Yana Sanamyantz & Joris Focquaert
Yana is an active swing dancer, performer, teacher and dj. She was surrounded by jazz since childhood, while dancing came much later. Since the first lindy hop lesson, she fell in love with the swing scene and started devoting all her time to music and dancing. Raised with love in Moscow Swing Dance Society she shortly became a teacher there and in a few years started to travel for sharing and finding knowledge.
Yana is conveying joy, respect and love for the dance with her students.
Joris Focquaert comes from Ghent, Belgium.
He discovered the Lindy Hop in Copenhagen when he was studying at the Commedia School for mime & physical theatre. A background in the art of clowning, he takes this to his Jazz dances & dance performances, forming his attitude towards the dance. In class, Joris tries to share his best of ideas. He is one of the starting figures of swing dance school 'Crazy Legs' (Ghent) & vernacular Jazz dance troupe 'the Dipsy Doodles'.
Today he is a busy working dancer in Belgium & abroad, next to studying the Jazz trombone.
Pavlina Grombiri Korcova & Felipe Braga
Pavli has been dancing since she was a little girl and has tried many different dance styles. From ballet, ballroom dances, contemporary to hip hop… But she was always missing something. Of course - only until she found Lindy Hop!
Pavli found Lindy on YouTube in 2009. When she came to her first international event to see what it looks like in modern world, she immediately fell for it and got a dream of having a swing dance community back in her region. She kept travelling, learning, searching for inspiration and for the right people to join her dream.
Since then she and her team have made hundreds of people discover the joy of swing dancing in Brno, Czech Republic. She left her regular job and now she she runs one of the biggest schools in the region, leading team of 19 teachers and beautiful volunteers based scene of more than three hundred dancers, unique spirit and epic parties.
Pavli started to teach internationally in 2014, more intensively from 2015 when she won golden medal at ESDC for Open All Swing Showcase and became visible in many european JnJ and strictly finals.
Her passion and strong, positive personality is what you can see when she dances - in her feminine, elegant style spiced up with rocking swivels!
Many ask how Felipe learned Lindy Hop so quickly: transitioning from a toilet-cleaning newbie dancer marveling at the Folkets Hus floor to a Herrang instructor in three short years. The explanation is simple: his pre-Lindy life prepared him for what was to come. Training in theatrical acting gave Felipe body awareness and control as well as an ability to improvise--both in his energetic and now infamous class
warm-ups, and in the competitions where he always shines.
Felipe’s experience playing drums, as well as his youth in Brazil --where the music and dance culture are rich-- gave him an innate sense of rhythm. And finally Felipe’s days as a dancing party-animator for a live music club in Brazil gave him plenty of training for getting people excited about dancing in his Lindy Hop classes today.. But more important than any of this is that Felipe has embodied the Lindy Hop spirit since before he knew it existed. It is hard to find someone who doesn’t like Felipe.
His warm personality charms every dancer he meets, and his ability to connect with people in conversation carries over onto the dance floor. He leaves every follower with a smile, and anyone who has danced or talked with him will confirm: he always makes you feel special.
Daria Chupyrkina & Dmitry Vostrikov
Daria (Dasha) Chupyrkina one of the best swing dance follower in Russia. She started her career at The Music school, when she was 7 years old. She studied choreography, jazz modern, tap dance, actors skills and singing there.
She discovered to dance Boogie Woogie in 2007 and a few years later Lindy Hop. She has won lots of competitions such as Moscow X-Mas Lindy Hop Jack & Jill 2014, Lindy Shock Jack & Jill 2012, Open Russian Championships Boogie Woogie 2011,2013,2014, Open Russian Championships Lindy Hop Showcase light 2014, Moscow Jitterbug contest 2011, Invitational JnJ Battle in Moscow 2013 and another.
Now she takes a part only in Lindy Hop competitions and teaches in Russia and in another countries.
Dance is a freedom for her, which gives a chance to get a lots of emotions and expressions and certainly to find a new friends . As she says: «If you want to communicate, lets dance!»
Before dancing Dmitry used to do some of different sports, like tennis, football, hockey, karate etc. Once he saw people dancing with swing music in one famous jazz club, and then he realized what he want to do for rest of his life. Taking classes, trips to the swing dance camps and events, competing, teaching - Dmitry likes everything about it so much, that he dance all of swing dance styles.
Today Dmitry one of the top Russian dancers and also bass player in The Facepalmers, jazz dance band.
In dancing Dmitry appreciates a wide range of moods, play with rhythms and dynamics, because it helps to continuously improvise and interact with your partner, and it looks good oт a social floor and in competitions.
Diana Geisler & Andrew Hsi
Diana started her dancing career in her home town Vienna, where she co-founded a swing dance project. She is a social dancer at heart and travels frequently to international swing events, not only to teach but often just to dance and be inspired. The dynamics of Lindy Hop as well as the idea of energetic movement with a solid partner connection form the fundamentals of her idea of dancing. Developing a sensibility for your own body, along with creating a dialogue with your partner and a playful approach to musicality are the top ingredients of her individual style. As a teacher, she hopes to inspire others by suggesting a framework of rhythms and powerful movements.
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. For someone who never danced before he thought it was pretty cool. That year the Harlem Hot Shots were on tour and happened to be in town performing, he saw the show and was inspired, making the pilgrimage to the Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden after dancing for only 2 months.
Known for a fluid style with a touch of rhythm, he is a proud member of the Brothers & Sisters in Rhythm an international crew of dancers from the land of Swingistan.
Andrew loves social dancing more than anything else, as a dancer he is known for his at times crazy energy on the floor, and as a teacher he loves discovering and sharing fun steps with everyone.
Peter Kertzner & 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!
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
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.
Joshua Mclean & Earanee Niedzwiecki
Joshua Mclean loves to dance.
He was introduced to Ballet and Hip Hop as a young child and then discovered Lindy Hop and American Vernacular Jazz dance whilst at high school in 2010, he was immediately captivated.
Joshua is an energizing element in the Lindy Hop dance scene and is recognized for his work with rhythm and improvisation on the dance floor. He is dedicated to the study and exploration of Jazz music, American Vernacular Jazz movement, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and lesser known Jazz dances.
In 2013, he was appointed the role of Lindy Hop Ambassador for the Frankie Manning Foundation and in 2017, he founded the Rhythm Ambassadors, a Lindy Hop performance group comprised of all African American dancers. This group performed their debut routine, “Sit-Down Strike” live in New Orleans with the Preservation Hall All-Stars.
In the past seven years, his travels have brought him to Canada, Chile, Spain, Sweden, France and all across the US to teach, perform, and learn Lindy Hop, Charleston and Solo Vernacular Jazz.
A lover of Satchmo and Nat King Cole since childhood, Earanee grew up with an ear for jazz, studying saxophone and jazz vocals at high school. While many flock to Lindy Hop for its high energy steps, it was the swingin’ tunes that reeled Earanee into the dance world in 2010.
She soon began following her love of swing dance around the globe, leaving her home of Adelaide, Australia to dance extensively in both Europe and the US. Now a seasoned instructor with experience teaching and competing both in Australia and abroad, Earanee’s classes are all about rhythm, sharing, and encouraging individual creativity.
Maxi Prado & Agustina Zero
Agus Zero & Maxi Prado started dancing serveral years ago sharing the same body language and their enormous passion for Jazz and dance. Both trained in different disciplines, they dance a Lindy Hop characterized by smooth connection, sensitivity & fluidity.
At the same time they deeply identify with Authentic music and vernacular movement thoug has artists of improvisation they fuse and mix in all kind of styles into their swing dancing.
Their teaching and performance is passionate and dedicated to innovation and research aiming to develop a dance accessible to everyone, dedicating their lifes to teach and perform Swing Dances around the globe.