THE BABBLE TEAM 2013
Jenny Sowden (Director/Registration/Website)
Photography by Braden Nesin
Jenny has been a director of BABBLE since the beginning of BABBLE history 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and finally now 2013! It's her honor to BABBLEly bring together dancers, musicians, and the NYC dance communities for one epic party of a weekend. She is a full-time international dance instructor, choreographer, event coordinator and DJ based in NYC with a crazy long list of dance styles to back it up, 34 to be exact.
Stalk her at JennySowden.com
Questions: nycbabble at gmail dot com
Michael Blank (BABBLE Designer)
Michael has been part of the dancing community for over six years. He has been BABBLing for the past 3 years and 2 years on the BABBLE design team creating flyers and other marketing material for the 2011 & 2012 events. When he is not dancing he works as a motion graphic designer and an illustrator.(PLUG: he's been illustrating and writing a graphic novel called The Muse of Richard Long. Ask him about it).He loves to BABBLE in all BABBLICIOUS dance forms: Blues, Lindy & Bal. His favorite moves are the "Crazy Legs" and the "Messaround", in fact that's pretty much all he knows... unless he combines them! BABBRILLIANT!!!
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Sarah LaBonte (Sponsor Coordinator)
Sarah LaBonte (a.k.a “Red”) – Live from New York…yes really, she's from the NYC Scene, though from all the travelling you might not have guessed. This is her 2nd year BABBLEin' and bringing the extras to another awesome event. Sarah's love for connecting the dots leads her to a life of combining great companies and products with great events and people to create a BABBLEisous Frenzy. But enough of this BABBLE…Let the fun begin!
For More Info Visit:www.sarahlabonte.com
For More Info Visit:www.sarahlabonte.com
Jennifer P - RedJen (DJ Coordinator)
Red Jenn has been BABBLEing since the beginning of BABBLE time (2008). She was the DJ coordinator for BABBLE 2011, 2012 and now 2013. She is a lifetime resident of northern NJ and is proud to like Bruce Springstein and have big hair. She spends the majority of her spare time putting the BABE in the BABBLE-ama-ding-dong and collecting music to share with her fellow dancers. BABBLE 2013 is a very special year because it is her unborn baby's very first dance weekend. (It's a leader!) Please make sure you find her and help her teach her future dance partner what it feels like to swing out.
dj . nycbabble at gmail dot com
Andrea Deck (Housing Coordinator)
Andrea might be new to BABBLETOWN, moving from DC this year, but she’s ready to embrace the BABBLING curiosity. An avid blues dancer, Andrea has been organizing and running events professionally for years, and is excited to try a BABBLETASTIC version of events. Known to be everyone’s Jewish mother- Andrea’s excited to share the warmth and BABBLICIOUS feeling of NYC with all of you, making sure everyone is happily housed and at least pretending to sleep during BABBLE this year.
housing . nycbabble at gmail dot com
Miriam Grill (Volunteer Coordinator)
Transplanted from San Francisco, this is Miriam's first year of being a BABBLEONIAN. Miriam has helped organize events and volunteers at various venues on the west coast and is excited to be a part of this rockin scene. She is a long time Lindy and Blues dancer and a passionate instructor. While not dancing the BABBLE out on the dance floor, she assists and project manages in scenic designer on Broadway. Like a true BABBLIOPHITE, she loves Balboa, Blues and Lindy and can't wait to see you out on the dance floor AND out on the volunteer team:)
volunteer . nycbabble at gmail dot com
Andrew Willens (Day Time Coordinator)
Andrew Willens first BABBLED in 2012, right when he arrived in NYC, and quickly slid into a deep, BABBLING obsession with swing dancing and all things related. Now he’s sharpening his two-tones with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers and Blues Dance New York, and soaking up BABBLE everywhere he finds it. …like Harlem, where he’ll be digging up a mess of BABBLEISTORY as he coordinates a BABBLEY tour of the birthplace of swing
Ivan Huang (Food Coordinator)
You might have heard about Ivan Huang's extravagant dinner party before you met him. He was raised by the proud moose of Canada at an early, tender age. Relocated from California after college, he is now here in NY to pursue his passion in swing dance, photography, cooking, and underwater basket weaving. He often spends his free time reading culinary books, perfecting his fish tail, and arguing about what is the best type of music to swing to. It is his utmost pleasure to bring his dedication of good food/company to BABBLE this year . Ivan is also training to be an aspiring sommelier and a cat whisperer.
Tori Cushing (Videographer)
Tori fell head-over-heels for dance while attending the University of Central Florida. She dove, feet first, into Lindy, Blues and Bal almost all at once. With a constant yearin’ for learin’ Tori is always trying to pick up new skills on and off the dance floor. Tori is a Digital Media student at UCF with an emphasis in Video. She loves to BABBLE in all things video, from onset recordings to video editing to even animation. Tori’s main goal is to capture everyone’s BABBLETASTIC time this year at BABBLE 2013!