Rikard Ekstrand considers himself a teacher and student of rhythm. “In the art of rhythm you will never be fully skilled”. He is a well known dancer, performer and teacher and part of the Swedish performance company Harlem Hot Shots. His teaching and dancing covers a very broad knowledge and the key word for him is without doubt: “Knowledge and understanding of what you do is the key for good quality”.
Rikard sees swing dancing and Lindy Hop as free improvisational dances with the focus being on the union between two dancers and the sharing of rhythm between them. A class with Rikard gives the students a bigger picture of the traditional ways combined with the improvisational parts of Jazz dancing. He’s been teaching at Swim Out for two editions and he’s joining us again. We love his energy and his manner of living!