Nicolas Deniau & Mikaela Hellsten
Their playfulness, natural body movements and feeling the rhythm is their superpower. Nicolas Deniau and Mikaela Hellsten will be joining us as part of the teachers of Crossover Istanbul Istanbul Festival 2019!
Nicolas Deniau attended his first Rock’n Roll dance lesson when he was 8 years old so 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, taught at many festivals all around the world and now Crossover Istanbul Festival is going to be one of them. Nicolas will be with us for the first time!
Mikaela Hellsten grew up in Sweden with a love for music and dancing. She discovered Lindy Hop at the age of 13 and since then her interest in Swing dancing and its music has kept on growing! Mikaela is nowadays traveling all over the world to teach and perform and we feel excited about having her over as one of the teachers of Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019!
Rico Lim & Chloe Hong
All the way from Korea, Rico Lim and Chloe Hong will be teaching at Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019!
Korea is well known for it’s huge dance scene and it’s amazing dancers. Their passion and hardworking impresses everyone around the world and makes people want to go there and dance with them. This time things are a bit different.
Ladies and gentlemen, we feel so lucky to announce that Rico Lim and Chloe Hong will be teaching this year in Crossover Istanbul Festival to share their love of swing and to give a little taste of the craziness of their Korean swing scene with us!
Arnas Razgunas & Egle Nemickaite
Crazy Lithuanians are taking over Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019! Arnas Razgūnas and Eglė Nemickaitė are going to be with us in our teachers lineup!
One of the most prominent couples of Lithuanian Swing Dance scene, partnered up from the very first dance Arnas & Eglė are dancing, performing, teaching and inspiring the community in Vilnius and all over the world. Their passion and joy for LindyHop & Collegiate Shag gained their name as international instructors. Rich experience in teaching every day classes grants quality and fun with clear explanation of their material by expressing swing music and yourself in it. We are very delighted to say that it is going to be a pleasure to have them as teacher at Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019!
Mertcan Mert & Daria Chupyrkina
Daria Chupyrkina and Mertcan Mert will be teaching at Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019!
Daria Chupyrkina is one of the best swing dancers in Russia. She started her dance career in 7. Daria studied choreography, jazz modern, tap dance, actors skills and singing in the school of music.
At the classes, she takes accent on energy, rhythms, and direction of the body movement.
Mertcan Mert is a dance instructor, a performer, and a choreographer based in Istanbul, Turkey. Mertcan met Lindy Hop back in 2010 at the age of 20. Ever since the very first rock step, Lindy Hop became the focal point of his life and his world revolved around it. He succeeded in many competitions, and helped lift the lindy hop spirits. Mertcan is a big fan of traditional lindy hop and authentic Jazz. He loves his community and constantly working to improve the lindy hop with creativity and devotion.
As Daria says: “If you want to communicate, let’s dance!”.
Join us for sharing the joy of swing with them.
Vassiliki all the way from Greece will be with us as taster class teacher for Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019!
Vassiliki Papadopoulou has been dancing since she was 8 years old, starting with classical ballet for 7 years, followed by contemporary, ballroom and Latin dances. At the age of 19, she found her passion in Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz which charmed her with the energy and creativity that characterises them. Since then, she has been dancing systematically, having attended workshops in Greece and abroad.
She loves competing and performing. Authentic Jazz gives her joy, energy, freedom, and in it she found a way of expression and a source of inspiration. She is currently teaching and being part of the chorus line and performance group of Rhythm Hoppers, in her hometown Athens.
Join us for sharing the joy of swing with her.
Oksana Pavlova & Vitalii Kalinchyk
All the way from Ukraine, Oksana Pavlova and Vitalii Kalinchyk will be with us as taster class teachers for Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019!
Oksana and Vitallii, well known for their upbeat energy, dips&tricks and aerials. They will be sharing their knowledge and passion with us! Prepare yourself to get crazy with them!
Chloe Boucard & Peter Wishart
Chloé Boucard and Peter Wishart will be joining us as taster teachers of Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019!
Chloé Boucard and Peter Wishart have been dancing and teaching together for six years. Recognized for their high energy, positive attitude, creativity and joy, they are true social dancers. their classes emphasize on creating a balanced fun relationship between the partners, and the ways this can help musicality, connection, freedom, improvisation and expression.
They strive to make tricky things easy to learn!
Join us for sharing the joy of swing with them!
Semih İşbilen & Francesca De Vita
Francesca de Vita and Semih İşbilen will be with us as taster class teachers for Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019!
Francesca has a background in ballet and contemporary dance, and when she met Lindy Hop it was love at first sight. After some years of growing her Swing dancing in the US, she went back to Italy and founded an association - Savoy Swing - to promote the joy of the dance and keep it true to its roots. She runs the festival "Savoy Spring Jump" in Rome to bring inspiring teachers and expose the scene to their vision of the dance. Her focus is on Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz and Tap. She loves teaching rhythms, dancing socially and Dj-ing. Her teaching aims at giving students solid basics and make them find their own voice on the dance floor.
Semih Isbilen is a swing dance instructor and performer from Istanbul, Turkey. He has been dancing for 6 years. He started learing so fast that he was dancing just for 5 months, when he had performed with Chester Wiltmore 2 times in Herrang (Burlesque Man nights). After that he focused on dancing more and started Vernacular Jazz dance. What characterises him is his energy and creativity. He has an excellent communication and interpersonal skills and also a great passion for Lindy hop. He has been teaching for Istanbul Lindy Hoppers for many years and now he is a member of Hoppers Team Istanbul and is performing with group of Jazz Delights.
Join us for sharing the joy of swing with them.
Gökçe Alacadağlı & Yasemin Selçuk
Yasemin Selçuk and Gökçe Alacadağlı will be joining us as taster teachers of Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019.
Yasemin and Gökçe are organizers of the local Hadi Blues scene in Istanbul. Both being a Lindy Hop dancer and then instructor initially, their passion for Blues dance brought them together. On top of organizing & DJ’ing the weekly Blues events, they facilitate a teaching curriculum for Blues with five different levels. Their passion for Blues music and dance can be felt through their classes, where the roots of the Blues and the African American culture from which it came from are essential pieces. Their teaching style focuses on feeling the Blues pulse, understanding the partner dynamics, gaining confidence through communication and sharing the flow with musicality elements.
Join us for sharing the joy of Blues with them!