NOLA Swing specializes in New Orleans entertainment but branches out to various genres. Owned by Jayna Morgan Decuers, who has a Masters of Music and a CPCE (Certified Professional in Catering and Events) certification, NOLA Swing guarantees a fun and exciting event due to our professional education and experience in dance, music and event management.
Since 1984, Jayna has studied all forms of dance, from tap to jazz to ballet to hip hop. While still in high school, she began swing dancing in the fall of 1997 with her friend, Matt Cohen. In 1998, she enrolled at the George Washington University in Washington, DC and met Huy Pham, a Lindy Hop dancer from California. With the neo-swing movement and her passion for swing dancing, she became the head of GWU’s Jitterbugs Swing Society, which offered Lindy Hop lessons by some of the world’s most renowned instructors, produced the first ever Inter-Collegiate Swing Dance Competition, and hosted dances with up to 400 attendees. Jayna has also competed at the Virginia State Open and the American Lindy Hop Championship. Meanwhile, Jayna pursued her music degree and worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the special events department.
Jayna began singing jazz at the George Washington University in 1998. After receiving her BA in music with a concentration in classical voice in 2003, she returned to her hometown of New Orleans. As a swing and Charleston dancer and instructor, Jayna would frequent the jazz clubs dancing to every jazz band in the city, and would often sing a song or two.
In early 2005, Jayna and former dance partner Michael Norris formed NOLA Swing, an organization that promoted the teaching and love of swing dancing in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, Michael moved away; however, Jayna stayed and has been blessed to work under the artistic direction of international instructor and world champion Nathalie Gomes. In addition, Jayna and her friend Ellen Boyer formed the professional Charleston dance troupe, The Frenchmen Street Flappers, and can be seen performing around town. Jayna was also one of the founding members of the New Orleans Fleur de Lindy Exchange.
Since then, Jayna has continued to work in Catering Sales and Event Management as a consultant for hotels, restaurants, venues and private clients while pursuing her professional career as a jazz vocalist.