Board Members & Officers
Learn more about our volunteer board members and officers that put their time into building and shaping our dance community.
We have some open board positions that need to be filled, reach out if you'd like to help support your local dance community!
It was Pittsburgh, 2003 when Rachel got her first taste of Blues dancing, shortly after getting hooked on Lindy Hop. She fell in love with the intimate connection between your partner and the music and all that hip movement. As her Blues dancing has grown, she continues to marvel at the unlimited possibilities of self-expression and movement. She enjoys sharing that joy through teaching, DJing, organizing, performing, and kicking so much ass in competitions.
Joel first was introducing to the world of partner dancing at the budding age of 13 by his grandmother who taught him Argentine Tango. His passion for movement eventually made its way into other dance forms such as Blues, Fusion, and other various disciplines. His other hobbies include circus arts, puzzle games/word play, and performance arts of any kind. He is a long-standing member of the dance community and is very loyal to his friends and family.
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Anthony loves sweater weather, long drives through the countryside, and watching Masterpiece Theatre on PBS. When not dancing he enjoys working on his project car or staying in with a cup of herbal tea and a nice long book.
About four years ago, Sawyer discovered Blues. And what started as a way to get out of the house rapidly developed into a passion for his new dancer community, and a love for music and movement. Beyond the dance itself, Blues has given him the space an introvert (like him) needs to connect to people on the individual level. Sawyer also enjoys the traditional nerd spectrum of entertainment, such as bad sci-fi novels, videogames, and anime. He is also known to sit at a piano on occasion to pound out various tunes in his spare time.
Jeremy started dancing blues in 2011 at Urban Blues Recess after a brief fling with East Coast Swing. He's been happier - despite the strange sleep schedule - ever since. He aspires to be a better lead and follow, and would be happy for the invitation to dance either role. Jeremy joined the Barefoot Operations team in December of 2014.
Eric has been Blues dancing since the Spring of 2017 and joined the operation team in 2018. Eric’s favorite types of dancing are: Blues, Argentinian Tango, Contact Improv, and Solo dancing. He used to be shy about dancing in public, but now you can find him unabashedly dancing at bus stops around Portland. Eric’s love of music before dance was expressed through singing, playing, and songwriting. Other things Eric is passionate about are: magical Chinese tea, tai chi, and designing new card/board games. Eric likes to dance lead, follow, and ask him about his favorite, “lead neutral”.
Carter grew up thinking he had two left feet and no rhythm, and that being comfortable and confident with any form of dancing was unattainable. Then along came a friend in college who insisted he come out and try this social partner dance called Blues. With a lot of determination and a solid friend group to support and teach him, he was hooked! Gravitating towards fusion, Carter couldn’t get enough of the music and connection, eventually beginning to DJ and desire a more involved role in the community. After 5 years of Blues and Fusion, he dabbled in Salsa, and has recently taken up Tango as well. When he’s not dancing on a ballroom floor, you’ll most likely find him dancing up rock walls and boulders in his free time.
Reid took her first dance class (hip-hop) at age 12, and was absolutely terrible at it. But after many years and the addition of Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Contact Improv, and others, Reid fell absolutely head-over-heels for the feeling of moving, creating, and expressing with the body and has never looked back. She came to partner dancing in 2014 with Blues in Portland and has continued to be involved in the community. When not dancing (a rare occurrence) Reid enjoys knitting, playing the banjo, being outside all the time in any weather, and learning more about birthwork. Reid both leads and follows, and would love it if you asked her to dance!
Jeff fell in love with Blues dancing in the summer of 2009, and he's been moving and grooving any chance he can get since. Jeff has organized, taught, and DJ'd Blues, Lindy hop, and Fusion events throughout the Northwest. As DJ Coordinator, Jeff is enthusiastic about Blues music and Blues history. Come find him in the DJ booth, or ask him to dance!
Daniel Bullard-Bates started dancing Blues in 2014, shortly after moving to Portland from the East coast. While he had done other forms of dance before, Blues dancing (and later fusion) captured his mind and heart in new and exciting ways, and he started to take every class he could, then started traveling to events in other states. Now he works to make sure that we deliver high quality dance education to new and experienced dancers alike. When he's not dancing, Daniel likes to write, play video games, and hang out with cute animals.
Oliver has been Blues dancing for over a decade and Fusion dancing for several years. Oliver's goal is to be a team-builder, trainer, and non-hoarder of promotions duties and to empower dancers to get involved and take on roles in promotions online and on-site at PB&J events and PB&J-sponsored events. Contact Oliver to get involved with promotions!
On the lip of a volcanic crater-lake in Guatemala, 2006, Emily took a salsa class. From there, she was hooked on partner dancing, adding Argentine tango, lindy hop and, in 2016, Blues and fusion. She fell in love with the dynamic and lovely partner connection, musicality, and comfort of Blues dancing. Immediately diving into class, she soon joined Daniel in developing an ever-adapting curriculum to serve local dancers and beyond. She also enjoys competing, teaching, and DJ’ing.
James has been a Trombonist since age eleven, playing in Jazz, Funk, Brass Band and Blues Bands. His musical highlights include:
Cholla Charger Marching Band
University of Arizona Marching Band and Basketball Band
Miles Ahead Jazz ensemble (SF)
Bay Area Swing All Stars (SF)
North Beach Brass Band (SF)
Swig House Band (SF)
and the Brass Band Mission (SF).
He’s also made a guest appearance with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and opened for Aaron Neville and Kermit Ruffin. James enjoys dancing Blues, Swing, and Tango.
In 2013, Olga moved to Portland from Moscow, Russia where she received her BA degree in Acting from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts. Since 2006 Olga has participated in different theater and film projects in Moscow, in addition to being a resident artist at Drama Theater 'A - YA' where she worked with Alisher Khasanov. Olga graduated from College of T. Ustinova with a degree in Russian Folk Dance, and worked in the Modern Dance Ballet “Renaissance.”
David grew up in a musical family as both his father and grandfather owned music stores. In fact, his grandfather played piano in the big-band days including touring several years with the Larry Clinton Orchestra. He started his foray into partner dancing back in 2012 with Swing/Lindy-hop and later moved to blues to widen his craft and become more comfortable dancing to music with a slower tempo. He is the proud father of three young adults and is also a classically-trained percussionist, so if you ever want to jam, let him know ;)