Your Team

Mile High Fusion is brought to you by a dedicated and diverse team of dancers. With their powers combined they will bring you a premier national fusion event!
While you read, enjoy our MHF 18 Staff Picks list – a compilation of our Favorite Songs to Dance To!

Aimee Eddins

Main Organizer
Aimee began dancing as soon as she can remember and adored studying, performing, and social dance from the very beginning. She began her journey in dance as a tiny ballet, tap and jazz dancer. With her family, she grew up doing contra and other American folk dances, beginning nearly 30 years ago! In college (where she majored in Mechanical Engineering), she studied Argentine Tango, followed by Lindy Hop, Bellydance, Blues, Women’s Folk Dances of the Orient, and the art of fusing dances together. Along the way, Aimee has dabbled in many other dance forms and focused on teaching and sharing her love of dance and movement with others through community building, event management, and mentorship.These days, she practices the art of Capoeira and focuses on creating community in Blues and Fusion. Aimee has called Denver her home for over 6 years and can be found around town dancing, teaching, and running dance and community events. To see what she’s up to or get in touch, visit her webpage www.SharingFlow.com.

Current Hometown:
Denver, CO

Top 3 Favorite Dance Styles:
Blues, Argentine Tango, Kizomba 

Kanit Dararutana

Main Organizer
Kanit’s passion for dancing began when a friend invited him to a Blues dance workshop a couple hours away. “You should come, it will totally change your life.” Truer words we never spoken. Soon, Kanit found himself dancing 7 days a week and traveling as much as possible. Dancing consumed his life as over the next few years he branched out into many different dance styles, traveling for events, creating and nurturing dance scenes, DJing, and even a bit of teaching. More recently, Kanit realized he had a passion for organizing events, and took on increasing responsibilities from scenes and events in his area. Kanit’s favorite dance style is fusion followed closely by West Coast Swing, and Blues, but he enjoys learning any partner dance. Kanit is most passionate about sharing the world of dance and the benefits it can bring to one’s life. Nothing makes him happier than a friend who came dancing for the first time saying they loved their experience.

Current Hometown:
Dayton, OH

Top 3 Favorite Dance Styles:
Fusion, Blues, West Coast Swing

Mark Carpenter

Education Director

Mark has been dancing for much of his life. He found social dancing with lindy & blues in 2005 and began teaching shortly thereafter, co-founding the still-running Drop Dead Blues in San Luis Obispo, CA. Since then he’s organized a number of events and workshops (The * Workshop, &ATJ, SLOx, …) and traveled the world as a dancer. In recent years he has dedicated his study to the emerging forms and conventions of “fusion” dance and is eager to explore and advance that movement via quality teaching throughout the world. He has taught at multiple events spanning four continents and in two languages.

Current Hometown:
Bay Area, CA

Top 3 Favorite Dance Styles:
Lindy, Blues, Tango

Jakob Sumearll

Entertainment Director

Jakob fell into dancing (literally) on a whim invite to attend a small swing dance weekly in Fort Collins, CO quite a few years ago. Since then, he delved into the world of blues dancing starting local and inevitably traveling further and farther away to get his fix. It around this time that he started experimenting as a DJ for the dance that gave unto him so much love and support. As time rolled forward, his tastes and preferences morphed from a love of traditional blues outward into the world of fusion started with the poorly named “alt” varieties and eventually landing on downtempo, lyrical, trap, and world sounds. He currently dances, volunteers, and DJs within the micro fusion scene of his local Seattle area. Truth be told, his current focus is more on the music than dance itself, but in that his goal is always to assist in the creation of a genuine and positive experience for the night. If you want to find him, just look for the un-ironic bellbottoms.

Current Hometown:
Seattle, WA

Top 3 Favorite Dance Styles:
Fusion, Kizomba*, Zouk*

*Doesn’t dance but loves the aesthetic of

Katie Reid

Flair Director

I started social dancing in high school as part of a Latin Dance Club where I learned a variety of different Latin dances, then in my senior year, I went to a local VFW where they held swing dances on the weekends. During my undergrad years, I was introduced to blues and have been hooked ever since. Shortly after that kicked off, I fell in love with Argentine Tango. Over the years, I have participated in a variety of fusion events such as Atomic Blues Fusion, Las Vegas and Denver Fusion Exchanges, and others. I had a short stint of teaching blues/tango fusion dancing in Denver as well. These days, I primarily focus on blues dancing and have even taken up ballet to further expand my dancing. Fusion is still near and dear to me, and I always love to take the time to get it in when I can.

Current Hometown:
Denver, CO

Top 3 Favorite Dance Styles:
Blues, Tango, Ballet

José Gamero

Special Projects Director

José started swing dancing in 2001, as a freshman at the University of Florida (Go Gators!), and danced on and off until about 2005. After a long hiatus from dancing, he was persuaded by a friend to try Blues Dancing in 2010. Immediately hooked by both the dance and the community, he quickly became an active part of Portland’s blues scene. He joined the Board of the Portland Blues and Jazz Dance Society, PB&J, in the spring of 2011 and served in many roles, including Executive Director, until 2015. He has also served as Director of Rose City Blues & PUX, Core Member for BluesQuake, team member at The Fusion Exchange, on the organizing team for Recess, and a few others. You can often see him rockin’ a bow tie and hat and is generally happy just to be surrounded by good company. He’s an avid movie watcher, frequent traveler, and you can always count on him to point you to some delicious eateries. He doesn’t dance anymore, due to medical issues, but he still stays connected by helping organize events.

Current Hometown:
Portland, OR

Top 3 Favorite Dance Styles:
Fusion, Blues, Swing

Remy Martyn

IT Director

What started as a fool-hearted attempt to impress a girl during college resulted in a decade long dalliance with dancing and forays into swing, salsa, tango, fusion, and blues. Nowadays Remy’s love of blues music has made them a regular in their local scene DJing and connecting with local musicians. When not listening to music 40 hours a week Remy is acting equal parts Macgyver and Martha Stewart cooking, creating, and saving the day with whatever is in arm’s reach.

Current Hometown:
Austin, TX

Top 3 Favorite Dance Styles:
Blues, Tango, Fusion

Shawna Klein

Public Affairs

Shawna has been dancing for 9 years, starting in Salsa, Lindy Hop, and Blues. She has dabbled in Tango, Latin, and Ballroom, but currently only dances Fusion, West Coast Swing, and Zouk. Her current dance obsessions include bringing West Coast Swing and Zouk into her fusion dancing and melding it all together to a variety of music. You can usually find Shawna in a variety of cat ears on or near the dance floor.

Current Hometown:
Orange County, CA

Top 3 Favorite Dance Styles:
West Coast Swing, Fusion, Zouk

Nikki Fleming

Safer Spaces Co-Director

I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old. I started with the “classics” (ballet, jazz, tap, modern, African) and then when I got to college, moved into social dancing with swing and tango and eventually to blues and fusion. I find connecting with people through movement the most beautiful and simple expression. I have been running a monthly dance fusion event in Denver since I moved into a house that would allow for it and I am so excited to be part of creating a much bigger event and reaching an even larger audience.

Current Hometown:
Denver, CO

Top 3 Favorite Dance Styles:
Fusion, Blues, Tango

Lyra Goldman

Safer Spaces Co-Director

Lyra has been dancing for 15 years, starting out with square dancing and contra dancing. They were introduced to other folk dancing and partner dancing at Northwest Folklife, and started Blues dancing six years ago. Around that time, they took fundamentals in swing, tango, and salsa, and started fusion dancing. They have since started teaching dance, both at the local dance venue, Barefoot, and at the elementary school where they teach. They love the interplay of ideas between different people and different dance styles, and you will find them mostly switch dancing or dancing solo.

Current Hometown:
Portland, OR

Top 3 Favorite Dance Styles:
Balkan Dancing, Blues, Fusion