Evita ArceCall 212-807-0802 or email to register for classes or book private lessons!
Known for her magical energy, high-flying aerials and dynamic movement, Evita Arce is a specialist in the Lindy Hop, The Charleston, and other Swing era dances. Evita performed the featured Lindy Hop role with partner, Michael Jagger, in the Broadway show SWING for the 2008 Japan tour, The Sacramento Music Circus, and the Benedum Theater in Pittsburgh. As well as staring in musicals, Evita has appeared as a dancer in movies, commercials and competed with partner, Michael Jagger, on the Fox TV show, "So You Think You Can Dance". She has performed at many of New York City’s top venues, including Lincoln Center Plaza, The Waldorf Astoria, The New York Athletic Club, and The Rainbow Room.
Evita performed in "Let Freedom Swing", a Celebration of America, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and held at the Kennedy Center. It was part of the Martin Luther King day and 2009 Inaugural Festivities.
Evita's choreography and partner work have earned her 1st and 2nd place in numerous national contests. In October 2007 at the American Lindy Hop Championships she won 1st place in Blues and Cabaret. Evita also has been recognized for her solo-Charleston dancing with 1st and 2nd place standings. Her competition credits stretch back to 2001, when she placed 1st in Jack and Jill at ALHC. She has also won 1st and 2nd place in several regional qualifiers for American Showcase and twice advanced to the final round. Her latest accomplismhment was to take 1st place in the Jazz dance competitions, both solo and partner (with partner Nathan Bugh), at ILHC 2012!
Evita began teaching swing as an assistant with "Four on the Floor" in Austin, TX in 2000. She later taught dance while living in Los Angeles for "3rd Street Dance Studios" and "The Dance Doctor." In 2004, Evita moved to New York City, where she joined forces with Dance Manhattan. Evita also teaches the swing clubs at Columbia University and Seton Hall University. Now Evita is invited to teach at dance camps all over the world. She has taught at Camp Savoy (UK), Swing Out North West, Swing Out New Hampshire, Lindy Focus, Sving du Nord, Boogie Baeren (Germany), Tokyo Swing Dance Society, Camp Oz (Australia), many other regional workshops, and the world famous Swedish Lindy Hop dance camp in Herrangue.
Evita’s teaching jobs and competition track are balanced with her professional performance career. Evita dances for several other companies in styles of Modern, American Folk, Latin and Swing. She performed in the Rudolstadt Folk Festival in Germany with The Vanaver Caravan, a company that incorporates clogging, tap, jazz, and percussive folk dances. She performs as a guest artist for The Gehring Dance Theatre, a modern and contemporary company under the direction of Heather Gehring. Evita also toured with Angel Garcia’s company, Tango y Mas, a fusion of sensual latin dances and partnered acrobatic tricks. Evita has danced for The Lindy Hop All Stars, organized by Paolo Lanna, since 2004. Evita’s longest running company membership has been with Swing FX, directed by Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas. Swing FX, now managed by Evita and partner Michael Jagger in NYC, was featured in the Edinburough, Scotland Jazz Festival, and annually performs at the Cabarets of Camp Savoy.
Working closely with many of the best bands in New York City, Evita has put on shows at LA MAMA E.T.C. with The Cangelosi Cards, The Edison Ballroom with George Gee and his Make Believe Orchestra, and toured with David Berger and The Sultans of Swing.
If you are ever in New York City you can catch Evita, while she’s in town, for her regular Lindy Hop classes at Dance Manhattan or maybe at one of the swing dance venues listed on the links page!