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Donia by Alex Shamis Donia Bencke
The one who bends like a pretzel

Swinging on the streets since 1999
A Double or Nothing member since she founded it in 2002

Spends her time taking care of her cats...stray cats...other people's cats...

"The difference between dancing and wrestling is that in dancing, you're supposed to keep your partner's shoulders off the floor."
-Fred Astaire's character (Bake Baker) in "Follow the Fleet"

Photo by Alex Shamis

Susan Susan Martindill
The one with all the bruises

Swinging on the streets since 1999
A Double or Nothing Member since 2003

Spends her time eating, beating people up...er...defending herself in jujitsu, eating, looking for work, and eating.

Her fatal flaw: Is a sucker for a free meal.

Currently sponsoring: An orphaned elephant named Makena

"From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere."
-Dr. Seuss

Photo by Scott Dylewski

Dean Dean Hardwick
The one with the braid

Swinging on the streets since 1999
A Double or Nothing member since 2005

Spends his time reading and day dreaming... not necessarily in that order.

His fatal flaw: The inability to harness the power of the sun to provide power for personal flight. Also, he can't fly.

Personal motto: The sooner you fall behind the more time you have to catch up.

"Imagine if you will...a thumb tack singing 'I'm a little tea pot'."

Hailing from: MICHIGAN!!!! WOO HOO!! (Emphasis Dean's)

Photo by Scott Dylewski

TanyaTanya Keenan
The one who is no longer injured

Swinging on the streets since 2006
A Double or Nothing Member since 2008

Tanya's history of dance: Involved in the holy trinity of early dance education (tap, jazz, ballet) from ages 12-17.  Focused exclusively on ballet in last year of high school.  And then there was The Long Night of No Dancing until 2006.  I also do some ballroom and latin, as well as Balboa (since 2007).

Spends her time snuggling with her dog, gaming (both video and tabletop fantasy/scifi role-playing games), hiking, and reading voraciously.  Has an affinity for juxtaposing vastly different genres of artistic endeavor - would love to choreograph swing/lindy to angry white boy music, for instance, or maybe St. Louis Shag to Five Iron Frenzy's "Blue Comb '78" (ska/punk).  Has a Star Wars obsession (Episodes IV, V, and VI).

"You came suddenly like resurrection, like an infinite blessing, and my thoughts burned like trees on fire. You came today like God Himself, generous and full of grace, holding the key to my freedom in your hands."
- Rumi (Yeah, for me, that's a quotation about dancing.)

Doug Douglas Mathews
The one without facial hair

Swinging on the streets since 2006
A Double or Nothing Member since 2008

Can also be found at a blues club or faking West Coast Swing.

Has lived in Pennsylvania, Florida, and California. "If I move to Washington, I'll have all four corners of the US."

Doug likes walking, and he likes reading, but when he does them together, he does not like lightpoles, benches, or small children.

Favorite Author: Neal Stephenson, who somehow manages to blend social criticism into his fiction without being preachy.  A skill I do not have.


Richard Richard Perkins
The one who bakes

Swinging on the streets since 2005
A Double or Nothing Member since 2009

Can also be found harmonizing under archways, playing games of German origin, and watching the Simpsons.


Margot Margot Helm
The one who baked first

Swinging on the streets since 2005
A Double or Nothing Member since 2009

Can also be found with her dog Bella, who is not a vampire dog.


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