Max Angelo Pitruzzella
Max is originally from Montpellier France but he moved to Montreal in September 2006. The art of swing dancing is
how he makes his living, teaching at Studio 88-SWING in Montreal, performing for the SAF Entertainment Group and also teaching and competing around the world . He is passionate about sharing his understanding of all the details that create a good connection between partners and give the most energy to the Lindy Hop. He is dedicated to spread the passion of swing all over the world, pursuing Frankie Manning’s vision.
Max has a very long list of achievements in competition. Lately, he won 1st place in the Showcase division of the International Lindy Hop Championships and he also won the Hellzapoppin contest at Frankie95 last May, with his partner Annie Trudeau.
Annie is an former competition gymnast. She is a co-founder and co-owner of Studio 88 Swing in Montreal (Canada) where she has taught swing since 2001. As the artistic director, she also manages and dances in the Montreal Swinging Air Force dance performance troupe, which has been 2008 Team Divisions Champions of the Canadian and American Championships.
She is passionate and enthusiastic as a swing dancer, teacher and competitor. Her style joins dynamism and power with a subtleness that is very feminine.
Annie won many titles in the international Lindy Hop competition circuit. Lately, she won 1st place in the Showcase division of the International Lindy Hop Championships and she also won the Hellzapoppin contest at Frankie95 last May, with his partner Max Pitruzzella. She is also a part of the Ninjammerz team, an International Lindy Hop performance troupe.
Annie was a part of the recreation of the famous Hellzapoppin’ dance scene during the Frankie95 event and she also worked as a coach and choreographer in the new Cirque du Soleil show ‘Elvis: City Center’, in Las Vegas.
Remy Kouakou Kouame
World Champions in Boogie Woogie 2006, Sarrah and Remy can look back on a successful career as Boogie Woogie competition couple. Both have started dancing as little kids and came across the Boogie Woogie through several versions of the Rock'n'Roll. Since 6 years they have been dancing as a couple and share an extraordinary feeling with each other - Remy, as a passionate dancer by heart with an instinct for the swing and Sarrah, who can dance with glamour whatever she is lead.
Their dance style is characterised by a lot of energy, a mixture of several dance styles as well as a "certain piece of spice" given by their personality. They have opened their Boogie for the West Coast Swing, the Lindy Hop, the Charleston and of course also the Hip Hop which allows them to perform to a mix of modern music well combined with the good old rockin' beat.
For them, the most important things in Swing dances are : how to lead and follow (of course) but most of all "having fun", "having good times" and express instead of impress!!!
Keep curious to get an insight into their secret to their very individual style which they will be pleased to open up for you. Explore the Bermuda-Triangle of the dance: Leader - follower and the music!
Pontus had been dancing since the year of five. He started to compete at six and has continued since. His career has since 2006 included winning the World- and Swedish Championship in Boogie Woogie in junior class, a five year membership of the famous Harlem Hot Shots show company as well as many titles and placements in different international competitions. He has worked with television, theatres and international events all around the world.
With Isabella Gregorio, his nowadays main partner, he has after just 5 months of dancing together won the Swedish Championship in Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie both 2011 and 2012, as well as earning the title Vice Champion in both the European- and World Championship in Boogie Woogie 2011 and 2012, and Lindy Hop 2012. Together they won the International Lindy Hop Championships in Washington, USA 2012 in Strictly Lindy as well as placing in other divisions. Pontus also won the Charleston division.
Pontus' teaching is focused on practicing of quality body movement as well as realizing the magic of enjoyment. With true spirit the individual dancer can become truly great. Knowledge and Performance are keywords to his dancing and teaching.
Isabella Gregorio is a well-known international dancer. She teaches and performs around the globe, exhilarating students and audiences of all ages. Isabella is often mentioned as one of the top three followers of the world. She is well known for her crazy style and her great expression. Her professional career started in Italy 2002, with a quick start of claiming several titles in numerous international competitions as well as teaching across the world together with Vincenzo Fesi. Isabella has been dancing different kinds of dance since she was a child. She has been in the entertainment business for a long time, dancing as well as singing.
Swedish Champions 2011/2012/2013 in Boogie Woogie; Swedish Champions 2011/2012/2013 in Lindy Hop; Vice European Champions 2011/2012/2013 in Boogie Woogie; Vice World Champions 2011/2012/2013 in Boogie Woogie; 1st place World Cup 2011 in Lindy Hop; 3rd place in the famous ILHC 2011 ( strictly Lindy Champions division); 1st place at the famous ILCH 2012 ( Invitation strictly division); 3rd at ILCH ( Classic division); 2nd place at the famous ILHC 2013 ( strictly Lindy Champions division); 2nd World Lindy Hop Championship 2012.
Tony Jackson & Irene Ragusini
Tony and Irene are fast emerging as one of the most talented and exciting couples in a new generation of Lindy Hop dancers and teachers. They are extremely successful competitors having most recently won the European Swing Dance Championships and are engaging and dedicated teachers.
Gosia Wolska & Kuno Rasmussen
Passionate Lindy Hop dancers, instructors and performers. They regularly teach dance classes in Copenhagen and they also cooperate with a swing dance school in Sweden. As active members of SwingShoes dance association, they organize parties and workshops for dancers, and they constantly work on growing the Danish swing dance scene. They are also the main organizers of the international event: Copenhagen Lindy Exchange (CPH:LX).
More info at: www.SwingDanceFactory.dk
Felipe and Laura believe that in order to dance, you must allow yourself to be completely free. Their training occurred mainly on the social floor in Seattle's vibrant, unique, and highly-skilled scene; therefore their dance style has a foundation in creativity and good partner connection. After moving to Brazil, their personal style flourished, drawing a great deal of inspiration from the wild, Caranval-esque energy of Brazilian dances.
As professionals, their separate skills compliment one another: Felipe is a champion improviser and solo dancer, and Laura loves to create choreography and perform. As teachers, they aspire to a classroom environment where there is respect for students and one another.
When Laura and Felipe are inspired on the social dance floor, they feel magic can occur. They like to quote the dancers of the Savoy Ballroom (their greatest inspiration), who were once known to muse on the subject of Jazz dance: "The spirit moves us."
Felipe Braga & Laura Spencer
Helena Verheyen is a vernacular jazz dancer and costume designer based in Gent, Belgium. Over the last 15 years she has explored many dance forms, from ballet to african dance, tango, capoeira, contemporary dance, theatre, samba, modern jazz dance.
She bumped into Lindy Hop in 2009, and it was love at first sight. Ever since then, she has been attending numerous workshops in Europe and attended dance residencies in Montreal and New York. She has build up quiet some experience in solo body movement, performing & teaching and is always ready for new cooperations, crazy ideas, as long It's about movement & Jazz.
Since 2013 she also is a part of the Herrang Chorus Line, under the wings of Marie N'Diaye, training daily on authentic routines. Keeping the authentic spirit alive!
Focusing on Lindy Hop and solo authentic jazz, she has created her own unique style which integrates the variety of the dance styles she studied previously.
She is a bomb of energy on the dancefloor, surprising her partner with dazzling foot/bodywork.
Dancing & performing are her favorites! Whenever there is live music, there you’ll see her.
Competition at ULHS 2014, New Orleans, 1e place solo Jazz: