Mary's older sister was an inspiration and first encouraged her to try social Ballroom Dancing, then Balboa. From there, Mary went on to discover Lindy Hop at Lindy on Sproul where she met and became friends with many founding members of The Breakaway. Captivated by the dance's joyful affirmation of being and opportunity for playful expression, she is thrilled to be on the marketing team to help share this dance with others.
Amalia discovered swing dancing for the first time through a Balboa workshop that a friend pulled her into in her hometown, Barcelona in 2008. She enjoyed it very much and shortly after she was introduced to Lindy hop. She moved to Grenoble (France) in 2009 and got the chance to keep learning and exploring the swing scene there and around Europe. A few years later, she discovered the pleasure of dancing slow music as well through Blues. Lindy brings her lots of joy, fun, playfulness and a big smile in her face while Blues dancing allows her to express more sensuality and explore a different connection that is very grounding for her. Building a swing dancing community here in the East Bay with such wonderful people is a new adventure that she is very passionate about and very grateful to be part of. See you at The Breakaway!