Mandi’s Dance Bio

Mandi Gould is a swing dance specialist living in St. Catharines, Ontario near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Bio

Mandi Gould has been passionate about Lindy Hop since she first laid eyes on the dance in 1998. The highlights of her life were assisting legendary swing dancer Frankie Manning with workshops in 2002, 2006 and 2008. In May of 2014, she was the Overall Producer for the largest swing dance festival of all time, Frankie 100, in New York City, including the show Swingin’ Frankie’s Way at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater. She is also on the Board of Advisors for the Frankie Manning Foundation. Following Frankie’s example, she is dedicated to spreading the spirit of Lindy Hop as a joyful, inclusive, and welcoming dance. Mandi feels strongly that there is no such thing as two left feet, that it’s never too late to learn, and that Lindy Hop is a dance for real people from all walks of life.

Mandi Gould is the original founder of Bees’ Knees Dance in Toronto where she taught as Head Dance Instructor for 16 years. Her dance instruction has taken her across Canada and around the world, in the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, China, and South Korea. In 2002 she spent time in Saint Petersburg and Moscow where helped with the early development of the Russian Lindy Hop community. In 2003 she managed two North American tours for the Harlem Hotshots and from 2002 to 2004 she assisted as an administrator for the Herräng Dance Camp, was Herräng’s original DJ Coordinator, and organized the Swing Bus in 2004. She is the co-found of Toronto Lindy Hop. Recently, she organized a special Lindy Hop event at the Rockefeller estate in Tarrytown, NY and is planning Swedes in New York City taking place in May 2019.

 

Demo Videos

Lindy Hop Social Dance Demo:

Jazz & Lindy Hop Demo, Korea

Rock n’ Roll Demo, Korea:

Lindy Hop Demo:

Dancing with Frankie Manning, dancing starts at 3:30:

Solo Jazz Demo:

Blues Demo: