Teachers

REMY KOUAKOU KOUAME & ALICE MEI

Remy Kouakou Kouame is World champion Boogie Woogie 2006, and has an impressive trajectory of achieved prizes. He started dancing very young and discovered the Boogie Woogie through Rock’n Roll. In addition to Boogie Woogie, Remy dances other disciplines such as West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz and Hip Hop, which gives him a lot of versatility when expressing and improvising at the dance. He is a passionate dancer who stands out for having a great gift for playing the swing music.

His dance is characterized by his genuine and elegant style, his natural talent to perform the rhythms as well as his incredible musicality. For Remy the most important thing in swing dancing is how to lead and follow, but also know how to have fun and express yourself instead of wanting to impress. Together with Alice Mei they make an outstanding couple, placed on the top of the best lindy hop international dancers nowadays.

Alice Mei started dancing at the very young age of 4 years old and have done numerous types of dances until she fell in love with Lindy Hop. She has now been swing dancing for 13 years and keep being fascinated by the art of improvisation. Connecting with his partner through rhythm helps she dancing her following and is the most inspiring thing at the moment. She has been spreading the joy of lindy hop and authentic jazz in more than 30 countries through teaching, performing, competing and social dancing. She loves the diversity of movement and the freedom of expression this dance brings to the world. She hopes to keep learning things and keep on inspiring people for as long as possible. She’s one of the best followers of the Lindy Hop scene to us and we’re so happy she’ll be teaching in this 4th edition, so we’ll let her inspire us as she has been inspiring us until the moment.

ALI TAGHAVI & KATJA UCKERMANN

It was love at first dance: Ali & Katja have been dancing together ever since they met on a Paris dance floor in 2003. Based in Heidelberg, Germany, they are working to spread the Lindy Hop through their teaching teams in Heidelberg, Darmstadt and Berlin and with their own travelling to teach workshops around Europe.

Ali & Katja are best known for their technical yet accessible teaching. Their goal is to build upon and expand what you already know about the dance rather than to try to change you. Their very clear step by step “how to” instructions help you learn and practise in a focused way, so you can transfer your new skills onto the social dance floor right away. In their classes, you’ll also get the tools how to practice and tell yourself if you’re “doing it right” outside the classroom. This way, you can continue to improve and practice on your own and take your dancing to the next level.

NICOLAS DENIAU & PAMELA GAIZUTYTE

Nicolas Deniau attended his first Rock’n Roll dance class at the age of 8 and after only one year of dancing he took part in his first competition. This was the start of a long competition career in Rock’n Roll and Boogie Woogie. He was early drawn to the show aspect of the dance which you can still see in his dancing!

He has performed a number of times at various shows, placed in well-known competitions and taught at many many camps around the world. Nicolas took part of the 2nd edition of Swim Out Costa Brava and we are glad to have him back with Pamela Gaizutyte.

Pamela Gaizutyte is humorous and dynamic, keen, 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. 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.

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”.

RIKARD EKSTRAND & TATIANA UDRY

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.

Tatiana Udry teaches and lives in Montpellier, France. She learnt classical and modern jazz for 12 years. After she discovered the couple dances before specializing in the lindy hop and charleston. She teaches Lindy Hop, Charleston and Solo Jazz Roots. Impressive for ease of movement, her technical maturity despite her young age and her craziness!

She won many competitions in different categories: Solo blues, jazz and roots charleston, jack and jill, strictly, and also team, in prestigious events like : European Swing Dance Championships (2015, 2013, 2011) International Lindy Hop Championships (2013, 2012), Lindy Shock, Paris Jazz Roots…

FELIX BERGHÄLL & EGLE REGELSKIS

Felix Berghäll is a swing dance instructor, performer, choreographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. 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 sic count step in Boogie Woogie and has since then never stopped. At the age of 16 he made his first visit to Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden and fell in love with the African American social dances of the swing era such as Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz, Charleston and Tap.

He has since then tried to inspire and learn everything that he can and develop his skill of dancing, music and teaching. He wants to pass on this knowledge to people all over the world. He is a strong believer of the freedom and the authentic style of the dance and the connection you create your partner and the music. He sees swing dancing as a way to bring people together and bring happiness in to their life. Because when he dances that’s all he can think about and express. Pure happiness!

Egle Regelskis is one of the leading Lindy Hop teachers in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since opening Hoppers’ dance studio in Vilnius Egle is one of those who making the Lithuanian swing dance scene thrive. Besides teaching she is running Hoppers’ dance studio and swing dance events with the goal of helping new Lithuanian swing dance talents emerge.

Egle believes that dancing is something that makes people get out of their fears and meet themselves better. The way we are is the way we dance and magic happens only stepping out of our comfort zone by accepting ourselves with all the weaknesses and strengths. If one can walk one can dance. Everything else depends on passion and willingness to work.

SHARON DAVIS

Sharon Davis is internationally known for her distinctive and feminine style in Lindy Hop, 1920s Charleston, Blues and Burlesque. Australian born but now based in London, Sharon has performed around the world and holds numerous 1st place competition titles, including at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, National Jitterbug Championships, Canadian Swing Championships and the World Burlesque Games. She is known for her dedication to the history of vernacular jazz dances and the music they evolved to.

A sought after instructor, her classes focus on pairing dynamic connection and flow, with body awareness and quality of movement, as a pathway to individual style, creativity and musicality. With her bright and bubbly personality, Sharon’s teaching style is energetic, inspiring and fun. She is also the director of the annual European Swing Dance Championships.

KSENIA PARKHATSKAYA

Ksenia Parkhatskaya is graceful, eccentric, and full of character, and is one of the most interesting and versatile artists in the jazz and swing world today. Whether she is twisting crazy “cow tail” in Charleston, dancing to be-bop, swinging out in Lindy Hop or singing with orchestras, she imbues everything she does with unique style and artistry.

She exploded onto the swing scene at Harlem 2011(Vilnius), in the solo jazz dance battle, and claiming many crowns since, but she has been in training as a professional ballroom dancer since 1996, as an actor, modern jazz dancer since 2005. She has a true mastery over different genres, underpinned by a singer’s understanding of musicality and an historian’s appreciation of authenticity. A true artist, she isn’t afraid to embrace controversial material, and she has been invited to perform her inimitable choreography at the most respected tap, swing and jazz events in Europe.

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