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Sonia & Héctor
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Sonia and Héctor both have been teaching Lindy Hop on a regular basis in various dance schools in Barcelona since 2003 and they have been partly responsible for promoting the success of the Lindy Hop boom nationally. They are now traveling all around the world involved in “spreading the Lindy Hop word”, venturing on as many attractive projects as possible. Sonia and Héctor are keen to demonstrate their love and enthusiasm for Lindy Hop through their work in the hope that others too can enjoy and learn the same.
Héctor and Sonia’s teaching perspective is focused on the fundamental aspects of what they find interesting in Lindy Hop; bouncing, partner communication and quality of movement form the basis of their teaching. From their own creative standpoint, teaching “cool” moves or combinations is not the priority, although they use them as tools for enjoyment and as a way for students to remember what they have absorbed during the classes.

Mike & Jamica
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As an instructor, Mike strives to create a learning environment that is fun, challenging, and inclusive. The goal is for each individual student to find their next step forward and enjoy that process of growth. Mike loves seeing students’ eyes light up when they understand a concept or feel a movement work naturally in their body for the first time.
Mike has taught dance in 21 countries and counting. He currently teaches Lindy Hop, Air Steps, Solo Jazz, and many different Blues styles. Mike has not only placed in and won respected competitions across multiple genres but also thrown down hard in unofficial late night dance-offs.
Mike lives and breathes dance. He is constantly honing his skills and developing new ideas. If you run into him at a grocery store, an airport, a museum, or a mountain top, you’ll probably catch him dancing.

Currently living the nomadic life, Jamica Zion takes pride in being a groovy solo dancer, a dynamic follow, and growing lead. Jamica aims for range, not just in connection and style, but across genres too! Jamica’s approach towards sharing dance with others includes a critical understanding and appreciation of its history and culture, while simultaneously ushering students to build their own styles and meaningful connections to it. Jamica draws on their professional training from various social justice organizations and a long educational background which includes nearly three degrees in Sociology. This unique blend of experiences, teacher training, and knowledge allows Jamica to deliver inclusive and culturally responsible classes that are creative, thought provoking, and original!

Elze & Andrew
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Elze Visnevskyte comes from a vibrant dance scene in Vilnius, Lithuania where she is one of the community leaders at What a Jazz studio. Since early age, she’s explored a variety of dances – from old Renaissance to traditional folk dances. She has also spent a lot of time acting in theater and takes a part of it to her dancing and teaching.
Having written a thesis on African-American literature and art, she has studied the broader social and historical context of Swing dance. The values of play, improvisation, and individuality are at the forefront of her teaching. As an educator she is constantly working on exploring the freedom of movement and expression while keeping the connection to the roots of the art form.
Off the dance floor, you can find her with a microphone – whether it’s MC’ing or recording interviews for What a Jazz podcast. You can always recognize Elze by her contagious energy and loud laugh.

Andrew is Australian born, raised in China, and educated in the United States. Andrew started dancing in 2006 as part of a small Lindyhop scene in Beijing but soon moved to Los Angeles and grew up as a dancer there, after a brief hop over to Australia in 2015 he moved to Europe in 2017 and has since found himself based in Vilnius. Known for a fluid style with a touch of rhythm he loves social dancing more than anything else and as a teacher he loves creating and sharing fun steps with everyone.

Jacek & Lukasz
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About Jacek, it can be confidently said that his obsession with Lindy Hop has been ongoing since 2016, and he has a great fondness for Charleston and BiRol dancing. He is not only a regular participant in festivals and a laureate of many dance competitions in Poland and abroad, but above all, he is a passionate, authentic, and creative dancer. He places special emphasis on the connection between partners and attentive following of the music. Without a doubt, taking classes with him brings a lot of joy and positive energy!

As for Łukasz, apparently, he was dancing before he even started walking! At least that’s what his mom claims. Fate had it that he took his first triple step in 2018, and not long after, he began teaching others to take their first steps in Lindy Hop. For him, dance is primarily a dialogue and an opportunity to celebrate the moment with another person. He loves switching roles and the chance to better understand his body and express himself in solo dance. During his classes, he wholeheartedly engages with the students’ needs and pays special attention to the connection between partners and having fun together.

Larissa & Heiko
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Larissa and Heiko have been dancing and teaching together for more than a decade. They love to spread the joy of swing dancing in their local dance school Basel Jitterbugs and all around Europe. Both dance various swing dance styles, like Lindy Hop, Shag and Balboa and mix them based on the tempo and energy of the music. In class they share their immense passion for swing dancing to help you grow as a swing dancer and develop your own voice on the dance floor. They are also the hosts of their festival Jitterbugs Delight in Basel.

Daniil
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Within fifteen years of his dance journey, Daniil has explored various facets of Jazz Dance, winning numerous competitions in Europe & the USA. He has travelled to over 23 countries, sharing his passion for dance through teaching and performing. While having a reputation as a world-class dance artist, on the personal level Daniil always stays an introverted coffee lover that simply can’t resist a good swinging beat of Duke Ellington’s music.

Bands

Friday & Saturday:
Swing Up Orchestra (FR)
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The The Swing Up Orchestra is made up of jazz musicians from the Rhône-Alpes region (south-east of France), and takes you back to the golden era of the swinging 40’s. The band brings alive the music of jazz legends such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Artie Shaw, and many more. With a strong rhythm section, and feverish solos, the Swing Up Orchestra recreates the energy and excitement of the Swing era!

A warm welcome to:
Grégory Aubert, guitar and band leader
Lou Rivaille, vocals
Fermin Muñoz, tenor xax
Valentin Meylan, trumpet
Lucas Verrière, piano
Damiens Larcher, double Bass
Nicolas Serret, drums

Sunday & Workshops:
The Sheiks (CH)
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The Sheiks are six passionate musicians who play swing and original music just as they did in the wild 20s: fresh, loud and humorous. Their energetic insouciance delights audiences from old to young. Since 2018 they have been accompanying the workshops at the Stir It Festival in Zurich.

We are very happy they will be joining us this year as well as concert band at the Sunday party:
Valerio Lepori, trombone
Roger Greipl, tenor & baritone sax
Benjamin Danech, trumpet & flugelhorn
Tobias Künzli, piano
Jonas Künzli, double bass
Flavio Viazzoli, drums

Saturday: Bluesfloor
-> Band to be announced
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Blues and more and Stir It! join forces to bring you again live Blues music at this year’s Saturday party in an extra ball room. Think Blues dance is just slow and cuddly? Discover the vibrant world of Blues dance styles like energetic Chicago Triple, Struttin’, Stride & Strut, Texas Shuffle, and more. Originating from Afro-American communities in the early 20th century, these dances are far from what you might expect. And even if blues dancing is not yet your thing, come unwind :-).

DJs

DJ lil’roquette
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Daniela aka lil’roquette dedicated herself to swing music in 2010 and since then not only dances Balboa, Lindy Hop and Blues passionately… she is a musician, booker and has been travelling internationally as a DJ since 2015. Her sets are known for musicality, good mood and muuuuch energy. Daniela is responsible for this years DJs, many thanks!

DJ Fräulein Minnie
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Marcia aka Fräulein Minnie is a passionate Lindy Hop, Charleston and Balboa dancer since many years. She not only loves the sparkling figures and moves of the dance but also the music that wants us to make them so. That is why she is a hooked and ardent collector of good and swinging musical pearls, be it old or new. What she enjoys most when DJ-ing, is the magic moment when all of the dancers seem be in one and the same rhythm.
Marcia had taken over the organization of the DJs in the past Stir it years. We would like to thank her for this commitment. We are delighted to welcome her to this years Stir it with her warmth and great music.

DJ Elze
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Elze’s favorite tunes are the ones that make you: a) feel something you can’t express with words b) groove your steps and bop your head c) have a facial expression of pure enjoyment. When you find a song that does all of the above, you hit the jackpot. Elze loves treasure hunting for those songs and sharing them with other dancers.

DJ Steffi
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Steffi has been dancing Lindyhop since 2011 and DJing swing music for ten years, mostly in her home town of Basel but occasionally elsewhere. She loves DJing because she can use the diversity of swing music, from old recordings to contemporary bands. If she would only have to play two artists, her choice would be easy: She could dance to the music of Gordon Webster and Ella Fitzgerald for a whole evening.

DJ Chrisbe
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Christian Bossert aka DJ Chrisbe, from Zurich, Switzerland, is a well known and popular Swing DJ, spinning at international dance workshops, camps and events throughout Europe and overseas. Beside DJ’ing, Chrisbe is a passionate Lindy Hop and Balboa dancer, Swing dance instructor and event organizer. Chrisbe’s goal is to play music which creates a vibrant and enticing atmosphere. Since 2006, he has been spinning for Lindy Hop, Balboa and Blues crowds throughout Europe and abroad. Be prepared to hear both classics and unusual tunes guaranteed to make you smile.