I like learning.
I like stories.
My professional experience comes from working for cultural and academic institutions such as The Catholic University of America, The National Museum of the American Indian, and the Library of Congress where I've earned a number of awards for exemplary customer service and getting things done when circumstances conspire to not help.
I have an undergraduate degree in History, plus additional training in event planning and management, project management, marketing, intercultural communication, and conflict resolution.
I also like to dance. Swing dancing. Lindy Hop to be more specific. I walked into my first class in 1999 and dove down a rabbit hole that has led me to teach, DJ, organize events, and write extensively about this street dance that came from Harlem in the 1920's and now spans the world.
I started my blog Wandering & Pondering to tell stories about all these things and much more. Most recently, I am also experimenting with communicating ideas through photography and videography.
The common link through my interests is people, and how they relate to each other. I'm a firm believer in the idea that everyone is the hero of their own narrative. My continuing story is to help people tell theirs.
Jerry S. Almonte
Since I have been an active participant in the Lindy Hop community and have done a bit of research into its development as a modern creative scene, I am often asked to be a guest on different swing dance media to comment on various aspects of the community.
Event Manager, 2008-present
Currently the most prestigious swing dance event in the world.
Producer & Co-host, 2012-2013
Talking about the world of swing dance with Bobby White of Swungover
Event Manager, 2009
The largest gathering of Lindy Hoppers from around the world to honor one of the dance's best ever.
Event Coordinator, 2007 & 2008
A weekend of Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz dance workshops and live music sponsored by The Jam Cellar.
Founding Member, 2001
One of the premiere swing dance music festivals in the United States.