At Easy Speak we know the value in bringing in instructors who enjoy dancing and who enjoy teaching people how to dance. We look forward to having them on our dance floor and providing instruction to all our dancers.
Dance is what brought them together.
Abram started his dancing in high school at a local dance academy in Illinois learning to ballroom. He started going to Lynchburg Salsa in 2014 where he met Genette on the dance floor and also where he asked her out on their first date.
Genette took ballet when she was younger and started at Lynchburg Salsa in 2010 and jumped into the instructor role soon after. Meeting Abram on the dance floor and being asked out while in the middle of a bachata is the story that she loves to tell.
You can find Abram and Genette mostly dancing together in the kitchen with their two girls and showing them the steps.
Genette also works with couples who are preparing for their first dance under her business Genette Dahlby Weddings & Dance.
Abram (co-founder) and Genette (owner and co-founder) are excited to bring dance to the Lynchburg Commuinty. You will find them teaching on the dance floor, learning new steps from other instructors, cooking in the kitchen and behind the bar greeting all the dancers.
Mickey, Angie, and Lindsay are members of the Hill City Sliders. The Hill City Sliders are a group of talented, smart professional Lynchburg women who love to line dance. Founded in 2011 by their president Micky Ferguson, the Sliders’ repertoire includes mostly R&B and Soul line dances, but they also enjoy dancing to Caribbean, Latin, and Country music. They have performed in many places and at events and workshops in and around the city of Lynchburg, including Get Downtown, the International Festival, Juneteenth Celebration, the Legacy Museum, Diamond Hill Community Care Day, University of Lynchburg, and Relay for Life. They also teach classes for Lynchburg Parks and Recreation on Monday and Tuesday nights at Diamond Hill Community Center and at the Templeton Center.
Jason has been dancing since middle school in various styles and once he found West Coast Swing, he fell in love. With a vast knowledge of psychology and physiology, he specializes in the body mechanics of WCS, bringing healthy mindsets to the dance, and having a “conversation” with your dance partner. As the community organizer in Lynchburg, VA for the past 8 years, Jason has a wealth of knowledge in teaching West Coast Swing, DJing, and has a passion for teaching people to teach. He has taught up and down the East Coast solo and with champion West Coast Swing dancers, teaches weekly in Lynchburg, but is enthusiastic when it comes to teaching private lessons.
Meet Lydia Gabriel, an independent Ballroom Instructor originally from Illinois. With over nine years of experience in the world of ballroom dancing, Lydia's journey began at the prestigious Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Starting as a dedicated student, she later transitioned into the role of an instructor. Throughout her career, Lydia honed her skills under the guidance of various top Ballroom Dance professionals, with notable mentorship from the renowned Tony Devoloni from DWTS. Achieving success in numerous competitions, Lydia and her dance partner Iegor consistently secured top-three placements.
The discovery of Easy Speak Dance Hall reignited her enthusiasm for teaching Ballroom Dancing, prompting her to bring the art to Lynchburg. Lydia's teaching style mirrors her personality—patient, hardworking, and driven by the belief that everyone can learn to dance. Her lessons are customized to each dancer's preferences, with a focus on their individual goals. As a result, students not only acquire dance skills within the studio but also gain the confidence to showcase their moves at any social event. Connect with Lydia, and let the joy of Ballroom Dancing Unlock the Dancer Within, Step by Step.
I'm a proponent of "NextGen" Modern Square Dancing...which, no matter what you think, you have never seen before. It is the most interesting, entertaining, and engaging social activity I have ever encountered...and you already know how to do it...you just don't know that you know how. My job (and my joy) is helping people enjoy moving to music in a friendly, fun-filled environment that is open to anyone who chooses to participate.
Vera has served the Lynchburg community for over 2 years teaching East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop! Picking up dancing in 2019, she has competed in cities such as Boston MA, and Knoxville TN. She can also be found playing music, which was her passion long before dance. Vera directs the choir at her church 4 times a week, and can almost always be found humming a tune, or practicing a jazz step.