Seattle rhythm guitarist Dina Blade is best known for her relaxed and swinging sound. At age 11 she taught herself to play and sing folk songs, gradually expanding her repertoire to include American jazz standards and Brazilian bossa nova. She has performed and toured in the U.S., Canada, and Cuba, and has recently returned from her fifth trip to Brazil where she was teaching, recording and concertizing. She has released five recordings of jazz standards as well as a book/cd of singing games, and is also a dance caller and tap/clog/swing dancer. As a guitar instructor, Dina's main goal is to inspire students to have the time of their lives playing music regardless of background, age, or ability.