Watch Libby and Travis’ Night-of Performance: Swing!
Get to know Libby through our short Q&A!
What is your day job?
My background is in sales, marketing, and music performance, but my most recent and important job has been COO of our home and mom to my 3 kids, now 19, 17, and 13. While raising my family, I have volunteered for various organizations, predominantly Plymouth Housing Group and my children’s schools. Currently I serve on the board of local nonprofit Seattle JazzEd and work as a reading tutor in the Seattle Public Schools.
What is your previous dance experience?
My experience in partner dancing is limited to the Winnetka Women’s Club’s social dancing classes that I took in junior high under the tutelage of the remarkably proper Mrs. Wilson. Vivid memories include 7th grade boys, sweaty palms, itchy tights, and the Fox Trot.
Why are you dancing for Plymouth Housing Group?
As the number of those living on the street continues to increase, I feel that nothing is more important than the work Plymouth does every day. The issue is undeniably complex, but Plymouth’s “Housing First” philosophy is an exceptionally comprehensive, effective, and humane way to bring about positive change for those who have been marginalized, in many cases, for their entire lives. I am proud and honored to have been given this opportunity to raise money for permanent housing via such a unique and fun event.
Where are you going to put your Mirror Ball Trophy when you win?
With pride and gratitude, I will hang that mirror ball from the middle of my living room ceiling in the hope that it will spark impromptu dance parties with unexpected and unsuspecting (but welcome) visitors to our home!
Meet Professional Dancer Travis Whetman
Travis Whetman has been sharing his love of swing dancing in the Seattle area for over a decade. He is known for his ‘classic’ style of Balboa dancing which is no surprise given his love of watching and analyzing the dancing of such leads as Maxie Dorf, Hal Takier, and Willie Desatoff. If you take a class with Travis you can expect a good balance of technique and fun moves, and there will always be a good amount of corny jokes and laughs!
Watch Libby and Travis’ Rehearsal and Interview!