Kurt Lichtmann

Current teaching partners: Kristi Sullivan - Becca Perini - Nora Murphy - Katie Woodilla
Former teaching partners: Cesidia Carosa - Melanie Kossuth - Ariel Regnier - Bonnie Margolis
Imogen Mills - Hannah Agate -Megan Strouse - Jennifer Marroquin - Melissa Patnella
Heather Carlsen - Ellie Foust - Kelly Douglass - Christel Trutmann - Amanda Abernathy
Kristin Germeroth - Meredith Lutz - Leah Wright - Ariel Conant - Maria Bodiu
Lauren Kutik - Camila Marquez - Ruonan Cheng - Erica Mallare - Christine Halter
Olga Desyanik - Liz Welch - Jamie Roden - Tatiana Echeverry - Jade Wu - Joyce Marx
Isabella Hanu - Karin Edsall - Beth Faulstick - Sarah Feinbein - Courney Noster - Jillian Lyon
Lazifa Kurbanova - Maureen Quinn - Rhiannon Youngbauer - Shaleen McKenna



Kurt, with his teaching assistants, taught Swing Dance, Ballroom Dance, and Latin Dance at Ithaca College, his music Alma Mater for 10 years, retiring in 2018. Kurt taught dance at Cornell University for 13 years, created the original Cornell Physical Education website, and was its webmaster for 7 years. He founded and DJ'd the WVBR radio show "Saturday Swing" and produced and DJ'd it for 12 years. He is the founder of ithacadance, and his Wedding Dance DVD has been riding at the #1 spot on Amazon.com since 2010 . He and his teaching partners offer private dance lessons in Kurt's private studio. Kurt is an avid club dancer, and competes in West Coast Swing and Balboa. Our complete philosophy of social dance:  "FUN!"

Kurt has studied West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Carolina Shag in classes, workshops at national competitions, and private lessons dance with many top USA Competitors and instructors (semi-complete list), His continuing learning of Spanish language is essential to a deeper appreciation of Caribbean music and dance. He has attended numerous large-scale dance events such as Boston Tea Party, American Swing Dance Championships, Summer Hummer, Swing Into Spring, etc, as well as dance trips to the Caribbean.

Born in Highland Park NJ, Kurt graduated Cornell '70 B.A. Physics, Ithaca College '82 Masters in Music Education (Voice, Piano). He brings the perspective of a musician, composer, and professionally trained educator to dance instruction. He led the retro-rock band THE CORVETTES for 10 years, and has been couples dancing since the early 1990s. He was founder/ producer/ DJ for 93.5 WVBR SATURDAY SWING radio show, now on temporary hiatus after 12 years on the air. He founded the CSMA (Ithaca Community School Of Music & Art) WHITON CHORALE, and directed it for four years. Let's not forget ten glorious years giving hundreds of workshops in songwriting at Central New NY public schools, and writing a whole lot of songs. Kurt DJ'd weddings and special events as Cayuga Pro DJ for 12 years, retiring in 2017.


As of 2017, he has blossomed as a singer: specializing in Italian, German, and Spanish repertoire.

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