Darren Kramer is a dance instructor and musician that lives in the New York City-metro area. Originally from Chicago, his dance career began about 5 years ago when he walked through the doors of the esteemed dance school, Dance Manhattan, and began tutelage under internationally renowned dance instructors, including original Lindy Hop architect, Norma Miller. Since then, his love affair has gone from a passing interest, to an obsession, and now being a dance instructor himself.
Darren has won numerous awards in dance competitions at such events as New Jersey’s Lead East, Long Island’s Rockabilly Rumble and Rockabilly Rave, and Boston’s “Kind of a Big Deal” Weekend. He has traveled to compete in international dance competitions, including the International Lindy Hop Championships in Washington DC. He has also appeared dancing in the Emmy-award winning documentary series “Secrets of New York” in an episode about the history of New York City speakeasies. Darren has taught the dance lesson at the Wit’s End event in Manhattan and was the vintage dance instructor for Picnic Pops in Old Westbury, Long Island. Currently, he is the resident instructor for the “Jumpin’, Jivin’, and Swingin’ Sunday” at Roxy and Dukes Roadhouse in New Jersey while giving private and group lessons throughout the New York tri-state area.
Darren also plays music as “Darren Deicide”. When reviewed by The Aquarian Weekly, they said, “If any proof is needed that the power of blues is easier to find than ever, look no further than Darren Deicide.” He maintains a continuous touring schedule and has played with an array of notable artists around the entire United States that has spanned from Dead Prez to Danny and the Juniors. He has also played on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” as a featured artist on the “Make Music New York Festival”. In addition he has been featured at Louisville, KY’s “Good Folk Fest”, Washington, NJ’s “Festival in the Borough”, and Hartford, CT’s “Hope Out Loud Festival”. He has worked with award-winning director, Gabriel Haze, and reborn doll artist/model, Marilyn Mansfield, on his premiere music video for the song “The Cocaine Song”. His most recent release was his first 7-inch vinyl pressing, “Bomb This Joint”. This summer he began work on a joint project with Breadline Studios, Jude the Blackbird Productions, and sound producer, Chris DeCocco, in conjunction with Historic Jersey City’s Harsimus Cemetery to bring a new set of live video sessions that take place in Harsimus Cemetery as well as beginning work on a new full-length album.