Instructors with Step Into Swing
Rae and Larry Mullica
Larry and Rae Mullica are favorites among the students in the Central Iowa Swing dance scene. Known for their fun and energetic approach to teaching, they have inspired many new Hepcats to continue their education about the Swing dance culture. Their history in partner dancing spans over 30 years and began when Disco and the Hustle were all the rage. They have developed a passion for Swing that is demonstrated by their on-going pursuit to spread Swing awareness across the State of Iowa. In the spring of 2007, Larry and Rae founded the organization Step Into Swing. Since the organization's inception, the Mullicas have organized and sponsored three Iowa Lindy Blizzard workshops, a monthly dance, a weekly swing social, formed three dance troupes, and have developed a swing education program that introduces Swing dancing to students of all ages.
Recent accomplishments include taking 5th Place in the Twin Cities Balboa Festival 2008, first in the Fast Dance Competition at the 2006 Hawkeye Swing Festival and performing as featured dancers in the Des Moines Playhouse's 2006 production of the musical Swing! Rae also made the Jack and Jill finals at Twin Cities Balboa Festival, 2008, and Hawkeye Swing Festival Jack and Jill finals 2007. Larry and Rae had the wonderful opportunity to teach with Frankie Manning in 2006 at the Frank Manning Workshop in Fairfield, Iowa. They have also taught at Hawkeye Swing Festival for two years.
Larry and Rae are known for their fun, smooth style and flair to perform. They love teaching all forms of Swing and continue to look for new and creative ways to teach and get people dancing. ***Larry and Rae teaching at Java Joes.
Michael & Eve Brafford
Michael and Eve’s love of swing dancing started during the "Swing Craze" of the late 90's. They have traveled all over the U.S. working with the nation's best instructors and make every effort to continue to grow as a dancers and teachers.
Michale and Eve began dancing together as members of the UI Flying LindyHawks, the University of Iowa's competitive swing dance performance troupe. As the head Choreographer for the troupe, Michael led the Team in back to back wins at the Hawkeye Swing Festival and a fourth place finish at the Intercollegiate Battle in Colorado! Eve took First Place in the Twin City Bal Fest J&J and Cowtown Strickly Lindy at Cowtown both 2011. Michael also finished 4th at Camp Hollywood in the J& J 2009, 3rd at Twin City Bal Fest 2011, and 2nd at Cowtown 2011. Also placing 2nd in Strickly Lindy at Cowtown this year.
Since their partnership, Michael and Eve have taught classes and workshops for many groups around Iowa. Some of which include: The University of Iowa, ISU, UNI, Drake, Coe, and Step Into Swing. The couple is known around the Midwest for their fast and fancy footwork and their love of Shag dancing. Their style combines Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Shag, Charleston, Hip Hop and everything in between. Michael and Eve love teaching new students and hope to create a fruitful Swing Dance community in Iowa and around the Midwest.