Dance Instructors

We are happy to present free professional dance lessons. These lessons will be offered at River Run. Six professional dance instructors from around the country will be on hand to literally get festival attendees in the swing musically.

Josh McLaughlin and Emily Ernst

Josh & Emily started swing dancing about eight years ago. As a couple, they’ve been dancing for almost four years. They are co-owners of a company called Syncopated Rhythms. Their group of four dancers holds monthly workshops for the local scene. They DJ and teach regularly at various venues. They’ve been traveling quite a bit lately to complete, teach and DJ.

They have taught at Bal Rendesvouz, the Portland Lindy Exchange, Portland Fusion Exchange, Portland Parks and recreation, Come Raine, Come Shine, Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, and Oregon Dance Fair. In competitions they placed first in Oregon Dance Fair’s Lindy Competition 2007, and the Jack and Jill at Seattle Balboa Festival 2009.


  1. […] great jazz bands playing that you had a hard time choosing who to dance to — and that is the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree! Plus they love dancers! This is a small dance crowd but lots of fun. You can go for the whole […]