Hep Cat Instructors


Andrea (Andie) Gill

Instructor, Workshops Coordinator, and Hep Cats founding member

After a few workshops in Hilo with visiting swing instructors in 2000 and 2001, Andie was having tons of fun Lindyhopping...but there was a small problem--no regular swing dancing in Hilo!  The best solution was to establish the Hilo Hep Cats, along with co-founders Rachel Klein and Shane Stafford.  Since then, Andie has brought respected international instructors in Lindy, Balboa, Blues, Charleston and other swing styles to Hilo and continues to dance, perform and teach with the Hep Cats. 



Amy Okura
Assisant Instructor and Fun Person

Amy started dancing in November 2006 with the Hilo Hep Cats.  She has attended several workshops by World renowned instructors in Blues, Balboa, Charleston and Lindy Hop.  She enjoys paying attention to and improving upon the subtleties of her technique and is a self proclaimed "Connection Junkie."






Andolie Marten

Assistant Instructor

Andolie has always loved dancing!    For the past six years she has been taking classes in all styles of dancing and has participated in workshops in Hilo, Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Portland.    Playing with the basic forms allows her wide versatility and a constant humility to learn more.  Andolie loves the people, rhythms and connections in the joy of movement!  See you on the floor!




 Photography by Clare Yi