Previous and current dance partners:
Sylvia Sykes began dancing in 1966, competing in 1970, and teaching in 1979. She has studied with many of the great dancers, including Frankie Manning, Dean Collins, Maxie Dorf, and Willie Desatoff. Her extensive studies and travels have made her an expert on regional dance styles and she is famous for her expertise in, and the preservation of the older forms of Swing dance. In addition, she is credited with helping to preserve the Balboa by introducing the dance worldwide.
In 1985, Sylvia and Jonathan Bixby co-founded the Santa Barbara Swing Dance Club, a twice-monthly live-music dance club that they still run. She is still teaching weekly classes and travels to teach over forty weekends per year. Her dance troupe ran for fifteen years, performed with great Swing bands, and nurtured other International teachers. She has been a member of the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance since its inception, has taught at the University of California, and has appeared in TV shows and in documentaries on Swing dancing over the years.
Sylvia is actively judging and teaching various forms of Shag, Balboa, Lindy Hop throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Mostly seen in Swing, Balboa, Lindy Hop festivals in Northern America and Western Europe.