Ground Grippers Dance Company is a not for profit New York based company fusing the talents and artistry of each Ground Gripper collaborator with Lindy Hop and other Social Dances. Co-founded and directed by Jessi Patz & Felix Pitre III, Ground Grippers brings Lindy Hop into the 21st century, creating immersive environments with a zealous devotion to get audiences out of their seats and onto the dance floor!
Felix and I are slowly getting back to dancing. (Slowly).
Last year was quite a roller coaster ride! Felix and Portia are now seasoned parents of two beautiful and smiley boys that are just about a year and a half now (YAY!!!). And I have finally recovered from my hip surgery about six months ago and am proud to say that I have been accepted into every Doctorate PT program I applied to (FUN!!!)
Feels great to be rehearsing with my dear friend and dance partner Felix after these long months…. And my hip feels amazing! (HURRAH!)
Recently, we enjoyed teaching the intermediate classes for NISE (NYU Intercollegiate Swing Exchange) and are excited to head back to NYU in April to teach some more!
Additionally, we were once again honored to perform for "Mohonk Thinks You Can Dance" hosted by Jeni Breen of Jeni Breen Tango Academy (our 4th year in a row). Each year at Mohonk Mountain House, we perform with some of the loveliest ballroom and latin dancers in NYC - I don't know how, but every year is better than the last! Thanks Jeni!
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