Shorty George & Ira Ishchuk
Shorty George is one crazy dance cactus. When he started dancing, he forgot that he needed water to survive. While dehydrating himself, he enjoyed making his partner smile, as well as dancers around him. Since 2004, he’s rocked out as a Lindy Hop, Blues, and Balboa dancer. In Iceland, Turkey, Poland, Israel, Greece & Spain, George taught Lindy, Balboa, & Blues Workshops & brought great energy, humor, and entertainment to the classes while teaching some useful techniques to improve people’s dancing, such as musicality, partner connection, feeling, character, & improvisation.Watch what Madrid & Krakow have to say https://youtu.be/PowAoZVgDsM?list=PLRJwQZLDcRDxXI7ZaroZY-r5Tk7N44ycR
She started dancing Lindy Hop in 2006 and found that this is the best way to express yourself, have fun, meet people and discover the world. She first found her way into couple dancing as a Follower (with a capital F), but since then has found thrill in her own interpretation and improvisation. She prefers to dance for, and with, her partner rather than the audience and doesn't go for flashy dancing. She tries to follow as much as it is possible and find ways to have the most comfortable, joyful and unified dance: “Listen to the music, your partner, and your body. Follow these guidelines and you'll have the best dances ever!” During the last year she has been teaching Lindy Hop and Blues in Germany, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine.
Elle Brenecki & Marti Gasol
Elle Having travelled all over Australia and Europe teaching, training and taking workshops from the best in the world, Elle's classes truly display her passion and joy for the dance. She has competed and performed in many events and in the recent years has placed in various competitions both in Lindy Hop and solo jazz. With her own particular style and energy, she is always looking for new shapes and rhythms to inspire and communicate with her partner. Elle encourages creativity and the freedom of expression within the dance and believes that Lindy Hop is conversation between two people and the music.
Marti Gasol started dancing and teaching in his home city of Barcelona where he discovered the fantastic world of swing dance and jazz music. Having studied a range of different styles of dance, he loves to mix it up often within one song, letting the music drive his dynamic movement. He has competed in both Collegiate Shag and Lindy Hop and recently has placed in various competitions around Europe. In class he has a strong focus on technique and giving the right tools to his students in order to improve the best that they can. On the social dance floor he uses these tools to interact with his partners, become another instrument in the song and, of course, have a lot of fun.
Yana & Pasha
Meet Pasha & Yana - crazy russian dancers. They are dancing all the time. At social dance parties, during shows and in the streets - virtually everywhere. Eight years ago Pasha started dancing boogie and after a while he switched to lindy hop .
Yana has been dancing for 3 years but she has been listening to jazz from the tender nail. When she discovered lindy hop, she fell to dancing and start practicing every day. The most important for them in dance is to keep it simple and take your time to enjoy the music and the partner
Elena Evangelia & Tolis Giannes
Elena took her first dance class at the age of four and has never stopped dancing since. She has been trained in Ballet, Contemporary Jazz & Ballroom disciplines.
While waiting in line for an audition in London, she saw a couple dancing lindy to the tunes of a saxophone player across the street. She instantly felt in love with the swinging groove of Lindy Hop!In 2012 she got back to Athens and started her own dance studio named ‘Jump & Jive’, teaching original swing dances. She holds an MFA in Choreography.
As a teacher she loves to see her students develop through time and always tries to push them to their limits.
Tolis Giannes started dancing Rockabilly 10 years ago. He learn his firsts step in Los Angeles where they used to call it East Coast Swing. He is a RnR guy in all aspects of life. He loves aerials, good grooves & fast tempos.
Together, they’ ve been teaching classic 50’s Rock ’n’ Roll dance & Dirty Blues from 2013. Elena & Tolis are running Jump & Jive - Athens Swing & Roll Team. It is the only team in Greece that has an Aerial track those days and students are literally flying!
Pieter Aart discovered Lindy Hop in 2012; since then you just can’t keep him off the dance floor. In no time he developed into the dancer that he is today: full of bounce, musicality and technical know-how. With his talent for teaching and communication, he is now making progress in the international world of Lindy Hop. From Pieter Aart you can expect thoroughly prepared classes that pay attention to every individual, as well as to the group as a whole.
Communication trainer and business consultant by profession, he enjoys digging into the details of dance technique and teaching Lindy Hop. Pieter Aart has been working on the gritty details of teaching Lindy Hop in collaboration with the SwingStep team from Germany.
Guy Grassiani & Yana Mestelman
Yana discovered swing dance about 8 years ago after getting a swing dance class as a birthday present. Since then it became not only a hobby but a passion and a way of life. Yana works at Holy Lindy Land, the main swing dance school in Israel almost since its opening, now developing a lot of its syllabi. She loves pizza, aerials and cats, and hates long walks on the beach. One of her favorite moments in the past year is getting to the Open Showcase Finals in ESDC 2015.
Swing dancing started out as a joke for Guy. He was tricked by a friend into going to a class, even though he had never tried anything like it before. But the joke was on his friend, as Guy loved Lindy Hop from the first Rock Step. Since then he danced as much as he could, learning traveling and evolving..
After going to festivals around the world and training with Holy Lindy Land to become a teacher, he then won 1ST place at the Warsaw Lindy Hop Exchange, teacher's teaching competition, and also placing in many dance competitions in around Europe . As well as teaching and Mc’ing all over and making his second appearance, teaching, here at Dragon Swing.
Guy teaches with enthusiasm, passion, and lots of metaphors. He is able to see the the student's perspective and uses that in his classes.
In Guy's class you will always leave with a smile and lots of new knowledge. You won't believe how you've learned so much after an hour of fun and laughs!
Leonardo Ostaggio & Selena Kruse
Selena comes from the US, where she fell in love with swing dancing as a teenager, years before discovering it in 2006. Totally hooked, she later left her life in scientific research behind and even moved coasts from San Diego to NYC to jump headfirst into the world of jazz music. Her approach to teaching is both enthusiastic and intellectual. Overall, she values playfulness, creativity, and musicality in a dance, and tries to help her students find that same joy.
She has trained in many styles, from Balboa to Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz, and Tap, but really craves a good swingout whenever possible. She holds titles from many competitions worldwide, from Prague Spring Swing Festival to Camp Hollywood. When she's not out competing or teaching in the US and Europe, her goal is to get as many Berliners laughing, connecting with each other, and having a great time.
Leonardo was born in Rome, Italy and started his journey as a dancer at the age of 14. With a strong background in Hip Hop among other styles, he has performed and competed internationally and continues to do so. After discovering lindy hop at a vintage festival in Rome, he hasn't turned back since and his passion for the dance has only continued to grow. He studies the dance down to every detail and travels on a regular basis learning from the best in the world.With additional experience in Blues, Authentic Jazz , St. Louis Shag & Tap dance Leonardo began sharing his knowledge first within the Roman community and then in Barcelona where he met his first dance partner. After that period he moved to Bruxelles where togheter taught regular classes and now he is back to Barcelona again. His vibrant energy and drive for the dance really shines through his particular style and the positivity he brings to his classes leaves his students always ready for more challenges. He is creative, musical and has an endless appetite for social dancing.
Daniil Nikulin and Maria Flippova (Green Dragon winners)
Maria started dancing boogie-woogie in 2009 in Yaroslavl. Soon she started to participate in competitions and boogie-woogie camps. In September 2012 Maria came to Moscow to study and at that time Daniil asked her to participate at the nearest competitions, where they got 3d place. And so her Moscow dance life started. In four years of competitive practice, that couple has become a general part of many dance events and not miss a single final in the Russian competitions Boogie Woogie, in which they participated. In late 2013, Maria became interested in Lindy hop: going to parties, to take up the jazz culture. Daniil was also interested in this dance, so they began to compete and grow in the lindy hop. Due to their felling and musicality, they were immediately mentioned by the judges.
As a result, Maria and Daniil are moving in two directions: boogie woogie and lindy hop. Expanding the borders, taking the best of each dance, they have achieved success in each of them. They promote pure connection in lindy hop as well as boogie woogie. Because of this, their dance looks very harmonious, as a living history, is directly associated with music.
Daniil is an international dancer, choreographer and teacher at “Tantsklass” dance school. His dance path started with boogie in 2009, in the third year of dancing he coupled up with Maria Philipova and actively started to participate in Russian competitions. In the middle of 2013 Daniil began to learn solo jazz and later that year participated in his first solo jazz competitions, which he won. That’s how one of his dance passion
was born. Then international competitions, camps, lindy hop and teaching in different Russian cities appeared in his life. Today Daniil is a Russian boogie-woogie and lindy hop champion, a winner of numerous Russian and international competitions in solo jazz and lindy hop and one of the most interesting dancers of Moscow swing dance scene. Knowledge of lindy hop and boogie woogie gives his dancing a special flavour — different dance styles complete each other, creating an interesting and unique style.
And for his solo dancing Daniil is looking for inspiration not only in authentic jazz, but also in many other styles like Indian classical dancing, locking or ballet.
“Real dancer does not dance some particular style. Real dancer dances himself and the music.” — Daniil thinks.