| Dance &
|Kelly Ray and Lesley Mitchell are Philadelphia-based social
ballroom dance teachers with extensive training in folkdance, character
dance, modern and ballet as well social partner dance.
For more than a decade they have made an intensive study of Argentine Tango, and they visit Argentina yearly to immerse themselves in the tango culture of Buenos Aires. Their teachers there have been, among others, Gustavo Naveira, Corina de la Rosa & Julio Balmaceda, Eduardo Arquimbau and Kely & Facundo Posadas, who are among the finest of the new and old generations of Argentine masters. Lesley and Kelly seek to transmit their love of the dance, the music and its culture to North American audiences and students.
They have also studied Swing, Lindy Hop, and West Coast Swing with some
of the luminaries and champions of the swing world, such as Frankie Manning,
Mario Robau, and Robert Cordoba, and they always keep up to date on how
the dance is evolving right here and now. As volunteers and guest teachers
they serve the Philadelphia
Swing Dance Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting
swingdance in the Delaware Valley.
Many of the images on this site are from Lesley's artwork. To learn more, go to www.lesleymitchell.com.