Teachers - 2020

 This year we have the plesure of welcoming previous and new teachers to our festival. 

 

Ajax & Marco (2019)

Berlin, Germany

Johanna Ajax Andrade fell in love with Lindy hop at the age of 15 and figured out that for her to afford to take as many classes as she wanted, she had to start teaching. She has tought with various members from the Harlem Hot Shot in Stockholm and with local teachers in various events and dance schools in Europe and South America. With love for mevement she combines styles influenced from Jazz and Latin rhythms. She loves the rawness only a really good swingout can provide. 

Marco Dietz started dancing at a young age at Rockabilly events across Europe. In 2007 he went to his first Swing event and fell in love with the music, the Lindy hop and all the other Swing dances e.g. Collegiate Shag, St. Louis Shag, Balboa, to name a few. Since 2008 he travelled around Europe and abroad to dance whenever there was a chance. In 2011 he brought Swing Patrol to Berlin and teaches since then a lot of local classes and abroad in Europe and the World. Marco adopts the philosophy that dancing should always be full of joy!

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Lizette & Patrik (2019)

Stockholm, Sweden

Lizette Rönnkvist has been dancing and competing in lindy hop since the age of nine. After attending a three year long dance education she has been teaching, working and performing around Europe. At the moment she is based in Stockholm working as a professional dancer. Lizette has, just like Patrik, a strong focus on the roots and history of lindy hop and other swing dances like tap and jazz.

Patrik Pettersson started dancing on a dare from a friend. But what started as a dare immediately turned into a new passion. The history, culture and authenticity are some of the key factors in Patriks dancing, and he constantly focuses on the roots of lindy hop. Living in Uppsala, Patrik teaches around the country as well as he travels internationally to perform with various show groups, be it music or dancing.

Lizette and Patrik travels around the world with the amazin performance group Harlem Hot Shots. 

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Kit & Birk (2019)

Copenhagen, Denmark

Kit Blædel has been dancing the Lindy Hop since 2006, introducing the Charleston to the Copenhagen dance scene. She is teaching Lindy Hop and Charleston in Swingshoes, Copenhagen. Her background is african dance and her dance is characterised by the joy of playing with rhythm and using the body naturaly and feminine. Her focus is technique, personal expression and classic movement. 

Birk Søde Christiansen started to dance and teach hip hop/show dance and electronic dances at the age of 15. In 2011 he attended a social dance in lindyhop in his local dance scene in Odense. Since then he has taught in Odense and has now moved to Copenhagen where he has taught since 2017.

"For me, jazz dance is the meaning of life." "I like to keep it simple and bring back the roots of the dance” “Scatting, musicality and the 3-minute love in a social dance is the most important thing for me" Birk says. 

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 Trisha & Benjamin (2019)

London, United Kingdom

Trisha Sewell hails from Hertfordshire, UK, and has been teaching since 1997 and on the international scene since 2003. For 10 years she contributed to establishing the first European swing dance brand and the biggest of its time. She is now thrilled to manage her own company  SavoyHop.com creatively directed by her personal vision. Trisha has built up a reputation for being one of the most influential teachers within the European Swing Scene. 

She has spearheaded the revival of Authentic Jazz within the UK, working and training  with some of the freshest dancers and teachers around. It’s been said that her teaching style is innovative, dynamic and inspiring. Always engaging and fun, Trisha loves to make people laugh and feel relaxed in her classes. At the end of her classes students are filled with energy and excitement. Trisha ensures that class material is detailed and balanced for followers. The result is the dance looks as authentic as it can. Trisha’s ability to communicate complex concepts and patterns clearly means students find themselves easily understanding how movements and steps should look and feel.

Trisha has natural flair, a unique touch and very distinctive style on the dance floor. Her focus is to recreate the look of the original dancers of Lindy Hop, mixed with providing followers with drills, technique and musicality. An accomplished musician & experienced in Tap she helps others to understand rhythms and how to improvise within the dance. She has had formal training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and musical theatre since the age 5. 

Benjamin Cook is a professional Lindy Hopper, based in London, and teaching throughout Europe. He fell in love with swing dancing a decade ago in Melbourne and have made the pursuit of spreading joy and awesomeness his full-time career for the last 7 years.

He teaches weekly classes in London for Swing Patrol, and sometimes run his own workshops locally. He takes great pride in raising a new generation of dancers and helping them along their journey, wherever on that path they might be. His heart belongs to his students, but travelling to visit dancers outside of his hometown is always something special; seeing their individual styles and being able to bring them something new and (hopefully) fun and exciting.

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 Olga & Alex (2019)

Brussels , Belgium

Olga Moiseeva is a virtuoso social dancer, instructor and performer of Lindy Hop and other dances of swing jazz era influenced by the authentic styles passed on to our generation by its originators and those who learned directly from them. It is her mission to continue working within the rich culture of swing dancing and teach her students “the real thing”.  She has been dancing Lindy hop for more than 15 years, having picked up the bug in Herräng Dance Camp. After working for many years with Moscow swing dancers, today you can spot her teaching regular classes in Belgian cities of Brussels and Ghent, traveling with workshops internationally, and performing at many swing dance events.

As a historian and researcher, she often hosts or gives lectures and seminars on swing era culture and traditions, be that music or dance history, society influence or vintage fashion. Given her experience with successfully growing swing dance communities, in 2014 she participated in the scene leaders panel at Frankie100 festival in New York.

Alex Kuznetsov explores the dance through his passion towards music of big swing orchestras and rhythm improvisation. His dancing journey started in 2007 and since then he never really stopped chasing the best Lindy and jazz dancers in the world and soaking the knowledge from them like a sponge. He constantly looks for inspiration from vintage clips with dance originators from Harlem ballrooms, which he applies then on the social dance floor, on the stage and in the classrooms. Having been raised with team sports taking a large part of his life, Alex always liked competing, practicing and coaching. No surprise the wild numbers of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers immediately caught his attention and ignited his fascination with high-tempo, athletically and rhythmically challenging performances and comedy-like attitude. He likes to say, “If Lindy hop doesn’t make you smile, you are doing it wrong!”

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Katharina & Florian (2019)

Copenhagen, Denmark and Berlin, Germany

Katharina Duarte has been dancing and playing music since childhood. Starting with the violin at the age of 5 she has played, sung and danced her way through music schools and dance studios. At home, she grew up on Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman.

Her love for dancing and teaching lindy hop and solo jazz shines trough in her classes that are known for great energy, passion for music and focus on connection with students on all levels.

Florian Klein began learning Lindy Hop because he loved music and was willing to learn the proper movements. Therefore, he was keen to keep to the musicality of the songs. He had fun from the very beginning and did not so much care about how perfect his posture was or how to show the fanciest moves. Instead, he just wanted to enjoy the dance itself and make his partner smile. Still, it is not only fun that matters. Dancing to music requires fundamentals and skills. Before starting to dance, Florian worked as a musician, which may now help him better connect the two art forms. At present, he teaches weekly in Berlin and enjoys traveling to workshops all over Europe with the aim to learn, teach, compete and dance until dawn.

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Gabriela & Manuel (2020)

Gabriela started dancing in 2008, venturing into Rock and Roll (Boogie?) and Tango.
In 2009 she discovered Swing, so she started taking regular classes and seminars of Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz, Balboa and Shag with local and international teachers.
She began teaching Lindy Hop classes in 2015 and since then she has participated in different events such as Frankie Ba, Buenos Aires Swing Championship and Buenos Aires Jazz Festival.
Between 2016 and 2019 he traveled to Sweden to the Herrang Dance Camp festival to continue improving, taking classes in Lindy Hop, authentic Jazz, Boogie Woogie and Balboa with the most outstanding dancers of the international scene.
She also was part of different choreographic groups.
She currently organizes the weekly Swing After Office cycle and works as a dancer and teacher for Lindy Hop and Boogie.

Manuel Bicain began swing dancing in 2003. He has taken theater, contact improvisation and circus classes for several years. He also studied tap and body percussion, disciplines in which he continues to be immersed. When he began to internalize in the world of traditional Jazz and improvisation, he found the ideal medium to express himself and share his art with the people around him. Manuel adds to his local training, the condiment of having taught courses with the best dancers in the world and having participated with the incredible and inspiring Mariel Gastiarena, in competitions in Europe and the United States.

He participated in different shows as Swing

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