Dragon Swing 2022

Artists

LINDY HOP TEACHERS

Gastón “Gas” Fernández & Alba Mengual

Alba met these dances in 2007, and started to teach them for fun. She has been fully dedicated professionally to them since 2013. Her true passion is teaching and dance socially, letting go and allowing the communication magic to spark. She also understands the responsibility of being a cultural subrogate of this culture, and is very aware that she has to keep learning herself and conveying in classes the love for the culture, so people don't isolate the dance to its roots and people. Everything framed by jazz culture, she has learned to love and study with devotion.
Gastón “Gas” Fernández is a professional dancer and dance instructor, based in Madird, Spain. He specializes in vintage dance styles including Lindy Hop, Charleston, authentic jazz, Balboa, Blues and Tango. As a former gymnast he is known in the swing dance community for his powerful acrobatics and aerials, while his background in Tango gives his blues style drama and strength, grounded in a sensitive connection with his partner.

Malik Küçümen, & Irene Ragusini

Malik is a lindy hop/jazz dancer, teacher and performer from Istanbul, Turkey. He loves to explore different styles of jazz dancing; to a variety of music from different jazz eras. Malik is part of the team frrom Turkey as often competes/performs with Zeynep Oral and with his brother Deniz; the other half of the "Kucumen Brothers". He is also part of a Bebop style performance group called “T- Bop” and loves to switch styles when he feels like it. Lately Malik started creating and teaching together with Irene Ragusini.
Irene is a visual artist and a dancer. Although she was originally trained in ballet, jazz dance attracted her because of the space for personal expression and freedom of movement. Besides the dance itself she is interested in its rich history, its connection to the contemporary world and its aesthetics - researching on visual artists, videographers and photographers of the jazz era. She has a lot of experience teaching at international festivals around Europe as well as competing, with many placements. Recently she started training and creating with Malik.

Santiago Arana & Eugenia Diaco

Santi and Euge have been dancing together since 2017, forming part of the local scene in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During these years they trained taking as a reference the legendary dancers of the early days of Lindy Hop, delving into the roots, with total respect for these dances that come from the African-American culture. Since 2019 they have been working on their own routines and in the search to synthesize the content of their learning to share it in their classes. They are interested in functional and fluid dance, focusing on technique, connection and expressiveness. They currently compete and teach in different countries in Europe and Latin America. For them, the Lindy Hop means values of growth and community, a space for creativity and reflection.

Simon Bressanelli & Ariadna Beltran

Ari and Simon are full time swing dance teachers, performers and choreographers. They love all aspects of swing dance as well as the impressive history and culture that it comes from. Their main dances are Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz but they love all swing dances for the freedom, self-expression and connection they give. They have been working together since 2016 and are now based in Madrid.
They have a dynamic, elegant and powerful style that is a testament to their diverse backgrounds and their growth together. They hold titles from the International Lindy Hop Championships, The Savoy Cup and The Korean Lindy Hop Championships, among others. Constantly developing and practicing, their passion for the culture of swing has grown with them and is something they strive to express, whether in classes, on stage or in competition.
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SOLO JAZZ TEACHERS

Ron Dobrovinsky

Ron is fascinated with Jazz, its dancers, musicians, rhythms and grooves. He loves taking inspiration from great artists, alongside pursuing his own artistic ideas. He is always excited to share his insights with his students. Ron is known for his pedagogy and didactics. He introduces his students to inspiring ideas and movements while creating a deep understanding and fast implementation, in a clear and fun way. As a certified fitness trainer with a rich background in other dances & martial arts, he helps dancers create high quality movement in their dance, and provides them with ways to take care of their body and to prevent injuries. Ron combines the valuable experience of developing a local scene with his experience as an international teacher. Besides teaching regularly around Europe, Ron is also the director of Swing It dance school, where he teaches and promotes swing dance culture around Israel.
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Bands

The Schwings Band

The Schwings are a vintage swing and New Orleans style jazz band hailing all the way from the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius! Founded in 2011 by legendary jazz musician and multi-instrumentalist Remis Rančys. The Schwings rapidly rose to popularity in Lithuanian jazz festivals, clubs and lindy hop dance events. Initially playing golden standards of swing, Brazilian, and gypsy jazz, the band has since begun recording original compositions. Their most recent album “Teisutis” (March 2019) reached the #1 bestseller in swing/jazz category on Bandcamp - a popular online music distributor. Spotify data suggests, that most of The Schwings fans live in the USA. Now performing internationally, they have ‘schwung’ their Lithuanian spirit across the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Poland, Estonia, Finland and Russia. With music as diverse as the seasons - the Schwings can burn like summer, be nostalgic as autumn, pure as winter and uplifting as spring – all in the space of one evening.

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Shirt Tail Stompers

The Shirt Tail Stompers have over the years been recognised as one of Europe's best social dance bands. Formed in 2010 for the London Lindy Exchange and led by Trumpeter Steve Coombe, they have played numerous dance camps and shows all over the world. With their passion for swing music and movement, extensive knowledge and experience of social dancing, they are definitely the band to dance to in 2018. Truly appreciating the art of swing and knowing its place in history, they are heavily influenced by Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie and many other greats from the swing and trad jazz era of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. They are also influenced by the likes of the early Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet and the old musical roots of New Orleans.

Lazy Swing Band

Lazy Swing Band is our band from Krakow, which was founded in 2016 to play for Lindy Hop dancers at local dances. Over time, all swing Poland heard about them, from the sea to the Tatra Mountains. They love to play swing, they love to play for dancers, so they are already counting down the days to a musical meeting with you. You will hear them during the Thursday and Friday party !. Get your shoes ready, there will be a wild frenzy!

DJ's

DJ Štěpán

If you’re one of those persons who constantly tap their feet or make sounds with their...well, anything, you will get along well with Štěpán. Growing up in a musical family took its toll… Based in Prague, Štěpán is a resident DJ ready to play anytime and he'll keep you up on your feet until early morning hours. Just wait for late nights, closing songs and the almighty Titanic tune! Photo by Jiří Lubojacký

DJ Tony

Tony's first introduction to Swing dancing was back in 2004 by his sister, also a Swing dancer. Even though it took him another ten years to fully enter the Swing dancing world, since 2014 Tony has been catching up on all that he missed, and is now one of the core dancers in the Prague Lindy Hop community. Tony regularly DJs weekly dances and festivals in Prague and internationally, with a rich mix of tunes from the classic Swing era to post-war and groovy R&B. He believes that the most important thing for a DJ is to inspire dancers through the music and to keep the constant flow on the dance floor.

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