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!
Pamela Gaizutyte is humorous and dynamic, humble, full of heart and a touch of the anarchic, Pamela was spellbound by Lindy Hop energy and community at the age of sixteen when she started her first classes at Lindyhop.lt Club in Vilnius. Despite her young age Pamela has already brought herself to light constantly learning anything related to dancing, be it music, psychology or anatomy. In 2009, Pamela began working at Hoppers’ Dance Studio in her hometown of Vilnius, Lithuania. Today she dances and teaches with the top leaders in the international Lindy Hop scene. Having no constant partner has given Pamela space to bring a lot of variety to her dance – no wonder dancers call her one of the most exciting followers in recent years.
As a dancer Pamela cherishes individuality and freedom. For her Lindy Hop is not as much about impeccable technique as it is about musicality and awareness. As a teacher she shares her values and encourages people to find their own way of dancing: “Learn to be ok with the way you are and how your body moves. It’s all about you.” Nietzsche once said “You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star”.