Our Team

Our Board of Directors

Catie Fissel (she/her)

President

“the sillier you feel, the better you look”

Raised on a strict diet of Big Band Swing, 60’s R&B, and old time Rock’n’Roll from infancy, Catie was primed and ready when asked if she’d like to dance. After attending a drop-in lesson from the University of Victoria Swing Dance Club, she was hooked for life. Catie enjoys being silly, fibre arts, DJing, Balboa, Lindy Hop, and flying through the air with the greatest of sometime ease.

catie@swingvictoria.net

Dave Henderson (he/him)

Vice President

“serious business”

Never wanting to lose a bet with his sister, Dave attended his first dance while at the University of Victoria. After a few rounds with Ballroom, he and a rogue group of swing inclined dancers broke free from the UVic Ballroom Club and started the UVic Swing Dance Club and LindyHoppers Anonymous (now named the Swing Dance Association of Victoria). After exploring to the edge of lindyhop and teaching a generation of Victoria LindyHoppers, he moved to Vancouver, then back to Victoria and has led a relatively quiet life... until now!

dave@swingvictoria.net

Jeff Doyle (he/him)

Secretary

“tain't what you do (it's the way that you do it)”

Jeff spent most of his life being pretty scared of dancing, until discovering in university that people will actually teach you how to dance! After this remarkable discovery, Jeff signed up for every class, lesson, and dance west of Toronto, and tried to drag every friend, family member, and loose acquaintance with him. Dancing hasn't gotten any less fun in the 6 years since then, so Jeff hasn't slowed down on the dancing! These days Jeff loves a healthy mix of Balboa, Lindy Hop, and Shag to whatever Jazz the band plays!

jeff@swingvictoria.net

Liana Stammers (they/them)

Treasurer

"there and back again, just like swingouts"

Liana has returned to the island and SDAV after an adventure that took them dancing in the far reaches of London (no, not that one), Ontario. After getting introduced to UVic Swing Dance Club by some friends many moons ago, they've caught the lindy hop bug and never looked back. Lindy hop, balboa, and blues, they'll happily dance it all. You can find them tearing up the dance floor, trying not to fall over laughing from doing "totally on purpose variations", learning some new rhythms, teaching, DJing, being a safer spaces ambassador, nerding out about jazz, or chatting about the culture and history of vernacular jazz dance on dance floors near and far.

liana@swingvictoria.net

Meagan Russell

Director at Large


meagan@swingvictoria.net

Jody Boyko

Director at Large


jody@swingvictoria.net

Kelby MacNayr (he/his)

Director at Large - Musical Advisor

"Dancing is the drumming of the soul"

Drummer/ composer/ bandleader Kelby MacNayr performs in a dizzying array of musical styles at home and abroad. Collaborating with musicians in every musical genre imaginable, Kelby makes his home where soul, creativity and passion connect.

MacNayr's Swing Rhythm Kings is dedicated to celebrating the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole and features MacNayr's swinging vocals and drumming in both trio and septet version of the band. Kelby is a featured performer on CBC radio and television, National Public Radio in the United States and at festivals across Canada and the US.

kelby@swingvictoria.net

If you would like to join the Board of Directors, please send us an email at hello@swingvictoria.net