Mike (the Girl) Legenthal
Keith Shapiro Memorial Award
At BluesShout this year, I was honored to win the most important award I've ever received. The BluesShout committee wrote, "With this award, we honor the memory of our dear friend and community leader, Keith Shapiro. This award embodies all of the other awards at once. The winner of this award is someone who is dedicated to growing their local community as well as the larger national community. They put on events. They study and appreciate the music, the culture, the history, and also the modern interpretations of blues dance. They are dedicated to their own dancing and continued learning. They show commitment to growth and the true spirit of blues - expression, creativity, and community. Anyone is eligible for this prize, but likely candidates are teachers and organizers." The blues community submitted nominations, then voted. I am humbled and honored.
Artsy Toes is live!
After doing custom shoes for a year and a half, I've finally launched an etsy shop. You can check it out here at www.etsy.com/ArtsyToes
Mike Legenthal is a passionate aficionado of jazz and blues, known all over the world for her friendliness, teaching skills, following, and expression. She embodies vibrant energy and technical precision, and strives to make every social dance the best possible. Whether at residencies, international workshops, or private trainings, she brings preparation and flexibility every time. Her classes can involve students morphing into robots or seaweed, standing on one foot blindly, or analyzing chord changes- always in pursuit of art. Regardless of subject, she always brings abstract and concrete topics, plenty of levity, and homework, to help students improve long after class ends.