We had the good fortune of connecting with Linh Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Linh, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in Vietnam and arrived in the United States with my family when I was young.

As a Vietnamese American, and a daughter of immigrant parents, I have experienced much in the way of different cultures colliding. I’ve come to appreciate the beauty in my Vietnamese culture but understand that not every value my parents uphold is what I personally want to live by. It has truly been a journey of self love and showing compassion for my family.

I believe that growing up with these two different cultures has given me valuable insight as to how others may feel and amore nuanced way of looking at situations.

My parents coming from a pourer background have had to work hard their whole lives as well. This has given me a sense of gratitude and perspective. I owe it to myself and to my parents and their sacrifices, to live my life to the fullest, and take advantage of the opportunites that they set in palce for me.

Thus I have decided to start my own business.

Growing up I loved to dance but never felt like it could be a feasible career for me.
I have come to the point where not taking the risk is worse than the possibility of failing.

Today, my business, Jubilee Swing Dance, exists to serve the community and spread the joy and beauty there is in swing dance.
My hope is that others can gain what I have from the dance: self confidence, self expression, and self love in the context of community.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Jubilee Swing Dance is a passion project born out of my love for vintage jazz dances.

Swing dance has been a love of mine ever since I first set foot in a dance call in 2016.
I started learning not only about the dance moves but the rich history behind the dance.

I continued to learn as much as I could while working other jobs that taught me everything from social media management, bookkeeping, and other skills that come in handy for running a business.

Today, my business seeks to offer an experience.
When people come to our dance lessons and social dances, they are transported back in time through the jazz music, the dance, and the speakeasy vibes of the 20’s.

I want the local world to know, that this dance, this music, and these vibes are still available in our modern world and still as beautiful as ever.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
FOOD would be a huge part of the itinerary!

I would take my friend to my favorite restaurant each day: Heim BBQ on Magnolia (FW), Shinjuku Station on Magnolia (FW), Pho Pasteur in Arlington, CookShack in FW, Ninja Ramen in Arlington, Happy Lamb Hot Pot in Grand Prarie, annnnnddddd my favorite snow cone shop called Sno Sweets in Arlington. For drinks there’s Scat Jazz Lounge and Pinky’s Champagne Lounge both in Fort Worth.
My favorite hangout spots would of course be taking them to a swing dance at Jubilee Swing Dance, a stroll at Trinity River Park, and swim at Burger’s Lake.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have had many female mentors in my life. My shoutout is dedicated to these amazing, influential women that have given to me selflessly and endlessly: Molly Germash, Amanda Brown, and Fatima.

Website: https://jubileeswingdance.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jubileeswing/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jubileeswing

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtv6g7g0CM7anTPphM9X0sA

Image Credits
Kris Medeiros

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