About Moi

Hi! My name is Mandi and this is my website.

I’m a busy bee with a lot of projects on the go so I thought it would be fun to set up a website dedicated to… well, ME! And all my stuff.

What defines me:

I’m a Lindy Hopper – a swing dancer. I’ve been swing dancing since 1998 and it’s the biggest, most defining part of my personality and adult life! I teach dance professionally at my school, Bees’ Knees Dance.

Bees’ Knees Dance Bio
Mandi Gould has been passionate about Lindy Hop since she first lay eyes on the dance in 1998. She is passionate about dancing and especially about giving absolute beginner adults an opportunity to take their first steps.

Assisting legendary swing dancer, Frankie Manning, with workshops in 2002, 2006 and 2008 proved to be a life-changing experience for Mandi. Following Frankie’s example, she is dedicated to spreading the spirit of Lindy Hop as a joyful, inclusive and welcoming dance. Mandi feels strongly that there is no such thing as two left feet, that it’s never too late to learn, and that Lindy Hop is a dance for real people from all walks of life. Mandi is now a member of the Board of Advisors for the Frankie Manning Foundation, and also organizes the annual Frankie Tribute Weekend in Toronto, Canada.

Mandi’s dance instruction has taken her across Canada and around the world, in the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, China, and South Korea. In 2002 she directed her swing missionary efforts in Saint Petersburg and Moscow where the helped to push the Russian Lindy Hop communities forward. In 2003 she managed two North American tours for the Harlem Hotshots on the West Coast and in the North East. From 2002 to 2004 she assisted as an administrator for the Herräng Dance Camp, was Herräng’s original DJ Coordinator, and organized the Swing Bus in 2004.

Her passion for original swinging jazz is closely tied to her dancing and teaching. Her artistic mandate is to study and promote the culture of the swing era including classic jazz music, history and vintage jazz dances. Though her primary focus is Lindy Hop as a social swing dance, she is also dedicated to performance Lindy Hop, Charleston, Black Bottom and Classic Jazz Dances. Lindy Hop is an integral part of who Mandi is and she is positive that carrying on Frankie Manning’s legacy will continue to be a part of her own life’s work.

Frankie Manning Foundation Bio
Mandi Gould has been passionate about Lindy Hop since she first lay eyes on the dance in 1998. Assisting Frankie Manning with workshops in 2002, 2006 and 2008 proved to be a life-changing experience for Mandi. Following Frankie’s example, she is dedicated to spreading the spirit of Lindy Hop as a joyful, inclusive and welcoming dance. Mandi feels strongly that there is no such thing as two left feet, that it’s never too late to learn, and that Lindy Hop is a dance for real people from all walks of life.

In addition to her work with the Frankie Manning Foundation, Mandi also organizes the Frankie Tribute Weekend and runs Bees’ Knees Dance studio in Toronto, Canada. She has taught Lindy Hop across Canad and around the world, in the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, China, and South Korea. Lindy Hop is an integral part of who Mandi is and she is positive that carrying on Frankie Manning’s legacy will continue to be a part of her own life’s work.

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