Learn more about our volunteer board members 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.
Imandra started partner dancing with Tango in 2008, and joined the Blues community in Eugene, OR in 2012. Blues dancing and it's amazing community of people have contributed to many changes in her life, including moving to Portland and joining the board to help run the Blues dances here. She's both a lead and follow in Blues, and would love it if you asked her to dance, no matter how long you've been dancing. When she's not dancing you can find her playing video games, camping, spending time with friends, or playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Devyn grew up dancing in Ballet, Irish dance, and Hip hop since they were 3 years old, and has been involved in Blues and Fusion for the past 4 years. They have taught around 10 types of dance, including Ballroom styles, and would love for people to approach them for any help in dance, as well as their character preferences in D&D or nerdy video game trivia. They have been on the PB&J board for the past 2 years.
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.
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”.
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.
Kai made the transition from East Coast Swing to Blues and Fusion dancing back in 2009. Since then he has taught, DJ'd, and helped organize local and national level events like Barefoot, Massive Blues Recess, and Rose City Blues. When he is not cutting a rug on the dance floor, you will most likely see him slinging a camera and taking care of business as a professional freelance photographer.
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!