We are very excited that the following amazing, enthusiastic and friendly teachers will join us for Stir It! 18
Alexia & Aurélien (F / CH)
Anders & Marie (SWE)
Areski & Jule (D)
Arnas & Kamile (LT)
Crystal & JeongWoo (KOR)
Daniel & Tatiana (SWE / FR)
Lee Meidan (IS)
Egle & Smiltys (LT)
Heiko & Larissa (CH)
Leonardo & Roser (IT / ES)
Alexia & Aurélien
Aurélien was born crazy about rhythm and music. He grew up in a musician family and started playing the violin at the age of 4 and the saxophone some years later. Music is home to him, and swing dancing a way to show with his body the way swing mysic makes him feel.
Aurélien discovered swing dancing in Barcelona, many moons ago. Although, he wasn’t hooked from the very beginning, his love for this dance and the music it is danced to grew year after year and, nowadays, together with his regular partner María Ferrer, he trains, dances and teaches almost every day. His motto as a dancer and dance instructor: ‘Relax and surrender to the beat!’.
Alexia was resqued by swing dancing in 2005, when she was about to engage into standard competition dancing. Attending her first Herrang in 2007, she has since travelled the world to learn more about the dance, its origins, and jazz in general. With a background in ballet, jazz and contemporary dancing, she mostly gets interests in african rhythm based dances … also learning percussions and drums in the progress. That would explain why rhythm stays so important to her, and the core of her dancing.
Daniel & Tatiana
Daniel – With inspiration from the original Hoofers, Daniel is one of the dancers that still working in the style and rhythm heritage that once was created by the legends during the era of swing. To dance and to spread the traditional dance style built on rhythm gives him inspiration and the power in life. His ability to dance lots of different styles make him a respectful dancer. As well as a broad variety of Tap styles Daniel also dance traditional Lindy Hop, Charleston, Jazz and is a well educated Modern Jazz & Ballet dancer.
He works professionally at theatres in the musical scene where not only dancing, but also singing and acting is a part of his profession. He ́s been working in shows such as Crazy for You, Love Never Dies, Singing in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, Producers, Chicago, La Cage aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast, Grease and many others. Daniel is also in to choreography and he choreographed musicals like The Wild Party, Spelling Bee and Rebellas Skatt. “Never stop learning” is Daniels guiding principle and motto. He loves taking classes from the best teachers and continue his work to get better and better!
Tatiana – “Today, Tatiana Udry (Montpellier, France) is a new star of the world of swing dance. It has numerous titles in Solo Charleston, Jazz Roots and Blues as well as in Lindy Hop. Tatiana is known for her endless energy, her flexibility and her captivating stage presence. Sure you can not stop looking at her ! Her movement is cheerful and creative, very positive energy and with a unique style.” From Swinging Genova
Tatiana learnt classical and modern jazz for 12 years. After she discovered the couple dances before specializing in the lindy hop and charleston. She teaches Lindy Hop, Charleston and Solo Jazz Roots. Impressive for ease of movement, her technical maturity despite her young age and her craziness !
She won many competitions in different categories: Solo blues, jazz and roots charleston, jack and jill, strictly, and also team, in prestigious events like : European Swing Dance Championships (2015, 2013, 2011) International Lindy Hop Championships (2013, 2012), Lindy Shock, Paris Jazz Roots…
Anders & Marie
Marie has been dancing almost as long as she has been walking, but she fell in love with Lindy Hop and other vernacular jazz dances (Jazz, Tap, Black Bottom…) in 2006. Since then Marie has been fortunate to work and dance with the fantastic teachers of the Cat’s Corner Studio in Montreal (member of the “Northern Lights”) and is now based in Stockholm where she teaches at the Chicago Swing Dance Studio. She is the choreographer and director of the Herräng Dance Camp daily meeting chorus line and leads her own dance troupe HotCha Chorus Line with which she regularly performs. Her international career took her around the globe and in her classes she combines modern knowledge and authentic style with a good measure of fun!
Anders is a swing dance instructor and performer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has studied dances such as ballet, contemporary and modern jazz since the age of 10 and developed a passion for body movements, rhythm and teaching dance. At the age of 13 he fell in love with the African American social dances of the swing era such as Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz, Charleston and Tap and has since then been fortunate to teach and perform around Europe and the USA.
Anders jumps on every opportunity to develop himself within performing arts and swing dancing and wants nothing more than to share his passion and knowledge with people all over the world. Currently Anders is performing in a range of different productions and projects, teaches regularly at Chicago Swing Dance Studio and travels around the world as a swing dance teacher.
Marie Ndiaye and Anders Sihlberg have been Lindy Hop partners since 2010. They were both members of the dance troupe the “Midnight Rounders” and later on continued performing and teaching together. Both admire the old styles and strives to keep an authentic touch in their dancing. Their heroes are Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Al Minns, Marie Bryant and many other fantastic dancers of the era. Marie and Anders have been teaching lindy hop and slow dancing internationally as well as the famous Herräng Dance Camp.
Crystal & JeongWoo
Two of Korea’s main instructors, JeongWoo and Crystal are known for top international lindy & balboa dancers, and full-time teachers in Korea. They are traveling a lot and teaching, judging, competing to sharing their dancing energy and passion. They strive to inspire others by sharing their happy virus and new ideas for both Lindy Hop and Balboa.
Crystal and JeonWoo specialize in not only swing-out & swivel with energetic lindyhop but also elegance balboa with their own beautiful style. They have competed, won, judged and taught internationally in many places including the USA, Europe and of course Asia such as ILHC, ALHC, ABW, Camp Jitterbug, ESDC, Lindy Focus, Stompology, GLHC, LSC, CSI, KBF, MFS, OLX, HKSF, etc.
Besides their achievement outside of Korea, they have their own school called ‘SudaSwing’ and teach in Korea everyday, regularly. They are also known for organizers and run Asia Balboa Classic (since 2009) and Crazy Leg(one of main competitions) and currently leads their own team, Monsterz(Lindy), SuPulsez(Balboa), Begins(Shag).
Lee Meidan, originally from Tel Aviv and nowadays based in Madrid, started dancing Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz at the age of 18. Since then she’s been dedicating her time to learning, teaching, performing, competing and developing her voice, as a dancer and a teacher.
Lee is very passionate about the social aspect of the dance – the conversation between two people and the music, and the magical things that can happen in that space; In Solo Jazz dancing as well as in Lindy Hop.
Kamille & Arnas
Kamile Pundziute is a real treat in Vilnius Lindy Hop community, keeping it swingin’ since 2003, the very beginning of Lindy Hop explosion in Lithuania. Kamile has dedicated her life to dance. She is a dancer, a teacher, a choreographer and also a dance – movement therapist. She has travelled many places in Europe teaching, performing and spreading love for dancing.
Her education in somatics and movement therapy bring concepts of movement and following to a whole new level and is a base for her teaching. A knowledgeable approach coupled with an honest, joyful perspective of life is attractive for students. Positive experience guaranteed!
Arnas Jasiūnas is one of the top dancers of the thriving Lithuanian Lindy Hop scene, dancing since 2006. His original approach to dance will add to the knowledge of a dancer of any level. Arnas ideas are based on concepts of body movement, rhythms and authenticity of both the dance and the dancer. With his dance technique and teaching methods in the background Arnas turns the classroom into an effective workshop and gives students ideas for future training.
His long training in music makes his dancing a creative musical experience. And his playful personality will surprise and cheer you on the social dance floor. Rumor has it all 😉
Leonardo & Roser
Roser is a Lindy Hop, aerials and solo jazz teacher from Barcelona. She started doing gymnastics when she was 3 years old and later entered in the world of circus. All this time she has been learning different types of dance untill in 2011 she discovered for herself Lindy Hop, and can’t leave it ever since.
Roser has perfected her technique all over Europe learning with the best international teachers and has formed her energetic and precise style. Now she is teaching in Barcelona and in national and international workshops around Europe. She just came from Taiwan where she was teaching Lindy Hop, solo jazz and aerials.
Leonardo – From Rome, Italy, Leonardo started his journey as a dancer at the age of 13 diving into Hip Hop and its related styles, where he perfomred, trained and competed nationally. After discovering Lindy Hop at a music and cultural festival in Rome, he hasn’t turned back since and his passion and love for the dance has only continued to grow. Apart from his strong focus and studies in Lindy Hop, he also teaches Blues, Authentic Jazz and St Louis Shag and has recently discovered his love for Tap Dance. As he loves to take inspiration and ideas for as many places as possible, he also touched on Balboa, Contemporary, Modern Dance, Afro and Ballet.
Leonardo believes that taking knowledge from various styles of dance allows for stronger understanding and awareness o body movement and therefore a better understanding and connection with the other person during couple dance.
Leonardo has been travelling, teaching, performing, competing & attending dance classes from the best international Swing Dancers around the world developing his own dynamic style and unique personality.
He looks forward to sharing with your community his best dance concepts!
Eglè & Smyltis
Eglė is an artist, comedian, dancer and dance instructor. After five years of being fully involved in hip hop culture, she started to dance lindyhop and become dance instructor. Expierence in comedy and theater gives her ability to improvise easily with everyone. For her most important is not a technic, but being artisticly alive and ability to create movement in a present without preparation. Eglė is always interested not about how people dance, but why they dance and how it can be transformed into authentic moves and improvisation. Eglė is thrilled about swing dances because it’s often danced by live music. Last but not least is her humor. Once you meet her, you can tell she can fill room with nice atmosphere and laught with students easily. As she says: when people laugh they learn faster.
Smiltys – Thanks to his parents, Smiltys had been familiar with jazz music since the day he was born! At the age of just 4 years old, he started acting in theatre, several years later playing saxophone and dancing contemporary dance became his hobbies as well. After graduating, Smiltys found out about Swing dances and since then, there was no turning back! Many classes, various competitions and international festivals later, he discovered that dynamics between the thrill of the competitions and the chill of the social dancing, is what motivates him to dance. Known for his technique, variety of uncommon move combinations and attention to the connection, Smiltys tries to inspire and enrich his students with the history, musicality and small details that matters the most!
Areski & Jule
Jule and Areski first bumped into each other at the 2014 edition of the Chase. She loved how immensely creactive he was in the partnership while still having this playfulness in the dance; he loved how grounded she could be, inspiring new shapes and aesthetics by dancing them in perfect rhythm.
Jule’s introduction to Lindy Hop was preceded by her love of music. Making music since the early age of four and working as a singer for many years later made the musical approach to the dance the most natural for her. Once the Lindy bug had bitten, Jule immediately started travelling to expose herself to many various concepts of technique from an early stage. It has always been: good connection in the partnership first for her – and she wanted to understand the little details from the very start. The same approach Jule is following in her teaching. After having attended various classes at many festivals, she wanted know what it is that makes a difference between an okay class – and a really satisfying one. She therefore then decided to spend a lot of her time training with, and learning from, SwingStep – taking every opportunity to absorb their great knowledge on pedagogy. She still is constantly working on very mindfully improving the nuances that make a class valuable to everybody in the room.
Areski started taking classes with SwingStep in 2014, and dropped everything else he was doing: it felt like he was meant for this dance. He became a full-time teacher with SwingStep in 2016. Bringing experience from his prior life as a sailing instructor, he has a good sense for understanding what is needed when, and how to express it. Training with SwingStep only helped become even more precise in his teaching, giving him the techniques to inspire people to work hard on their dancing. He also did short studies of ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, hip hop and tap dance. Increasing his knowledge about movement and body awareness helped him understand how he wants to shape his dancing, and therefore also his classes.
As a teacher, he wants to inspire the same way the dance inspires him. Making techniques, concepts, shapes, movement accessible and breaking them down in a way that students can see immediate results.
Heiko & Larissa
Heiko and Larissa are the founders of the Basel Jitterbugs. Together they teach weakly classes and workshops in Lindy Hop, Balboa and Collegiate Shag. They love to combine all of these dances based on the tempo and energy of teh music and inspired by original swing dancers from Los Angeles. Their Shag style is smooth, elegant and playful. Their teaching is designed with clear structure and a focus on solid technique. Heiko & Larissa always seek for a good fun class atmosphere where everybody can find motivating challenges. Besides teaching and social dancing they love to show of in competitions and to spread their passion for swing dancing in shows. Come and join their fun and challeging classes!