Arnas Jasiunas and Kamile Pundziute
Kamile is a real treat in Vilnius Lindy Hop community, keeping it swingin' since 2003. Whilst mainly focusing on the social side of Lindy, she has travelled many places in Europe teaching and spreading love for dancing.
Her studies in body and movement awareness 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 Jasiunas is one of the top dancers of the thriving Lithuanian Lindy Hop scene. 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 and rhythms. Also, long training in music makes his dancing a creative musical experience.
The combination of Arnas and Kamile's ideas about dancing techniques and teaching methods turns the classroom into an effective workshop and gives students ideas for future training.
Jon Tigert and Jenna Applegarth
Jon Tigert is an internationally recognized professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor in the Swing Dance community. As a teacher, Jon specializes in Lindy Hop, Charelston, Balboa, Blues, Jazz and Tap. Jon has performed and taught all over the world, including in Montreal, Chicago, New York, Santiago, Budapest, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Rome, London and more, as well as with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras as a featured artist. Based out of Nashville, Jon can often be found travelling the globe spreading his love of Swing to all of his students.
Jenna first started dancing when she was still in diapers. She began swing dancing some many years later, luckily no longer in diapers. Jenna continues to expand her dancing repertoire and share her love and knowledge of these dances with others. Although she enjoys pretty much any type of dancing and music you can move to, her first love is Lindy Hop. Her energy and passion create the perfect environment for learning, creating challenging yet applicable lessons.
Jenna has attended, coordinated, and taught various workshops and exchanges all across the globe. Some of her favorite highlights are performing at Benaroya Hall in The Jump Session Show and teaching for Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. Above all else she believes that learning to dance should be fun. With over 10 years of teaching/coaching experience, she loves finding new ways to connect with other dancers on the floor and in the classroom.
Felipe Braga & Laura Spencer
Felipe and Laura belive that in order to dance, you must allow yourself to be completely free. Their training occurred mainly on the social floor in Seattle´s vibrant, unique and higly-skilled scene; therefore their dance style has a foundation in creativity and god partner connection. After moving to Brazil, their personal style flourished, drawing a great deal of inspiration from the wild, Caranval-esque energy of Brazilian dances. As professionals, their separate skills compliment one another; felipe is a champion improviser and solo dancer, and Laura loves to create choreography and perform.
As teachers, they aspire to a classroom environment where there is respect for students and one another. When Laura and Felipe are inspired on the social dance floor, they feel magic can occur. They like to quote the dancers of the Savoy Ballroom (their greatest inspiration), who were once known to muse on the subject of Jazz dance: "The spirit moves us".
Peter Kertz and Elze Visnevskyte
Elze and Peter are maybe just the right amount of crazy you’ve been looking for.
She comes from Lithuania, where she teaches in Hoppers’ dance studio while he comes from Los Angeles, but currently lives in Montpellier, France, where he started his own swing dance school. Together, they have this Euro-American style all about fun and connectedness. Their musicality, playfulness, and creativity are not just parts of their light-hearted personalities as dancers, but also as instructors. For them, Lindy Hop is much more than only leading and following… it’s jazz music… it’s dancing… it’s trying to feel your partner… and in the meantime having a freaking great time! Their energy is contagious and their class material is stimulating.
Be prepared for loud laughs, crazy fun, and exciting new moves!
Emelie and Rebecka, a.k.a The DecaVitas or The DecaVita sisters, are currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. They have been teaching and performing together since 2006 and competing since 2008. In order to develop as dancers they have spent years travelling, teaching and training with a number of performance troupes. Since 2009 they have placed in several international Lindy Hop competitions and performed in music videos, TV-shows and theater productions. Today they make their living out of dancing, they run their own performance team Savage Rhythm and teach both weekly classes in Stockholm as well as workshops across Sweden and abroad. Together they are known for their endless enthusiasm and and passion for the dance. As instructors Emelie and Rebecka strive to teach good technique in a way that is positive, humorous and effective. They particularly value the interaction between the leader and the follower, believing that both dancers must inspire each other and together form the dance.
Emelie and Rebecka also bring a unique background to their teaching as both hold degrees in psychology. Their advanced education in learning and cognition, reinforcement and motivation coupled with their understanding of group dynamics allow them to provide students with a uniquely positive learning experience where the focus is less on talk and more on action. Whether competing or teaching, the DecaVitas radiate joy and inspire others to join the fun!
Felix Berghäll and Diana Geisler
Diana and Felix were successfully matched together by the organizers of RTSF festival where they first taught together. Both very passionate about dance and keen on keeping it smooth and comfortable, they found their partnering to be complementary and inspiring to one another.
Diana started her dancing career in her home town Vienna, where she co-founded a Swing dance project and teaches regular classes and workshops. She is a social dancer at heart and travels frequently to international swing events. The dynamic of Lindy Hop and Shag as well as the idea of energetic social dancing with strong partner connection form the fundament of her dancing. Developing a sensibility for your own body, as well as your dance partner, and a playful approach to musicality are the top ingredients of her individual style, as well as her classes. As a teacher, she hopes to inspire others by suggesting a framework of shapes and rhythms.
Like any other Swedish dancer he started in the Swedish competition scene. He started at the age of nine and with Bugg as his main style. One year later he took his first basic six count step in Boogie Woogie and has since then never stopped dancing or competing. The year of 2009 and the first visit to Herräng was a big turning point in his life. The dance and the music had so much more to offer. That visit turned out to be the best thing he could do, his way of training for both competitions and his own dancing really changed and it proved to be good and have resulted in his most successful years in his career.
Felix’s teaching and dancing is focused on getting every dancer to get to know them selves. As a strong believer of the word “Individuality” he believes that by practicing your own movement you can achieve great things and connect with someone and express pure happiness.