Sakarias Larsson is a well-recognized swing dance performer world wide, known for his fast but soft style true to the authentic ideals. Sakarias is a diverse dancer; his main fields are the Lindy Hop, Tap, Charleston and Authentic Jazz. Sakarias is a well-experienced swing dance teacher with international teaching experiences since the early age of 19. He joined the Rhythm hot Shots (that later became Harlem Hot Shots) 2001 and has since then been one of the driving forces behind the dance company. Sakarias is one of the founders of Chicago swing dance studio, which is the most recognized place for swing dancing in Stockholm today. Together with Harlem Hot Shots he has been touring big stages in Sweden and around the world. Sakarias is also a jazz muscian and DJ with love to the original tracks of swing from the 30’s and 40’s.
Sandra enjoys to travel. Although she is a bit afraid of flying, that has not stopped her from
performing and teaching around the world. She is a restless soul and doesn't think it is
enough only to teach and perform: she also organises swing dance camps and writes,
choreographs and produces a yearly swing dance musical together with Mattias
Lundmark. Those musicals, as she sees it, is the best! I mean, who doesn't love singing,
dancing and self-made glittery costumes?!
Sandra loves old swing clips. She is a bit obsessed with them and has a big collection. Her
goal is to study and learn them herself, and then finally teach them. She has a clear
authentic vision and in her work, she aims to keep and hone the style, craziness, energy
and feeling of the golden age.
Fredrik Dahlberg was born and raised in the upper class neighbourhoods of Eastern Stockholm. Never had he a thought of becoming a dancer. Instead he spent his days with listening to Hip-Hop and playing basketball. As a true rebel of his safe upbringing he moved to the south side and started to show interest in vintage jazz music. One of his friends took him to a lindy hop class and at first he didn't show much of talent, struggling with what was left and right and up and down. Soon after he joined the famous swing dance company Harlem Hot Shots. How is this even possible? With a mind set on nothing else (that is not entirely true) and some luck some might say. With a big portion of individual style and new ideas he brings something refreshing to the scene. He tried tap (and is still trying), but on the other hand he masters dances like the lindy hop, the charleston and of course the eccentric authentic jazz which has entitled him several big awards in only a short period of time. With the Harlem Hot Shots he travels the world regularly and together with the Carling Big Band he tours Sweden one month a year. Fredrik wants his floors slippery and the music swingin' like Basie.
Mimmi Gunnarsson Bringlöv
Mimmi Gunnarsson has been dancing Lindy Hop since 2006. She soon found a passion for related swing dances such as authentic jazz and charleston as well. She started off as a social dancer and a couple of years later she started to perform – since 2012 as a member of the Harlem Hot Shots!
Besides teaching regularly at Chicago Swing Dance Studio in Sweden, Mimmi has travelled to teach and perform in Australia, US, Singapore, Mozambique and around Europe. Mimmi finds her inspiration in the old movies – She loves the playful and raw style of the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and the amazing dancing in The Spirit Moves.
Many ask how Felipe learned Lindy Hop so quickly: transitioning from a toilet-cleaning newbie dancer, marveling at the Folkets Hus floor to a Herrang instructor in three short years. The explanation is simple:
his pre-Lindy life prepared him for what was to come. Training in theatrical acting gave Felipe body awareness and control as well as an ability to improvise--both in his energetic and now infamous class
warm-ups, and in the competitions where he always shines. Felipe’s experience playing drums, as well as his youth in Brazil --where the music and dance culture are rich-- gave him an innate sense of rhythm.
And finally Felipe’s days as a dancing party-animator for a live music club in Brazil gave him plenty of training for getting people excited about dancing in his Lindy Hop classes today.. But more important than
any of this is that Felipe has embodied the Lindy Hop spirit since before he knew it existed. It is hard to find someone who doesn’t like Felipe. His warm personality charms every dancer he meets, and his
ability to connect with people in conversation carries over onto the dance floor. He leaves every follower with a smile, and anyone who has danced or talked with him will confirm: he always makes you feel special.
Martyna Beinarytė is a beautiful gem from Kaunas that enjoys every moment on the dance floor. This spontaneous, artistic and classic dancer loves mixing both modern and authentic moves, so her every dance leads to a specific style. Martyna loves to improve and share her stories of dancing!
Kamile Pundziute is a real treat in Vilnius Lindy Hop community, keeping it swingin’ since 2003, the very beginning of Lindy Hop explosion in Lithuania. Kamile has dedicated her life to dance. She is a dancer, a teacher, a choreographer and also a dance – movement therapist. She has travelled many places in Europe teaching, performing and spreading love for dancing.
Her education in somatics and movement therapy bring concepts of movement and following to a whole new level and is a base for her teaching. A knowledgeable approach coupled with an honest, joyful perspective of life is attractive for students. Positive experience guaranteed!
Taras Melnyk has received international recognition for his passion for swing dance as a dancer, teacher, performer and choreographer. In dance, it combines the connection with the music and with a partner, technique and improvisation - that is what attracts both performers and audiences. As a teacher, he is focusing on dance technique at all levels, thus motivating dancers listen to music and improvise, creating further momentum in the dance.
Taras began his dancing career in 1994. Music has always occupied a special place in his life, but only to listen was not enough… first 5 years of ballroom dancing, then 6 years of tap and, finally, rock and roll, boogie-woogie and swing. He "tries" it so far and draws inspiration from the experience.
Currently Taras dance and teach Lindy Hop, Balboa, West Coast swing, Jazz and Blues. He has been invited as a lecturer and jury member at international competitions and dance camps, as a choreographer for various dance groups, such as for the production of all the rooms in the style of swing on the popular TV show in Ukraine "You think you can dance – 1, 2, 3, 4 ".
Vitalia started dancing swing dances in 2005. The world of swing infatuated her from the first days of dancing and just in year and a half, she began teaching at KSDK, performing with the show group, and actively participate in the promotion of swing in Kiev and Ukraine.
Now Vitalia teach Lindy hop, Blues, Jazz, and Balboa. She also is one of the main organizers of both Swinglandia Dance Camps the most of the major swing events in Ukraine.
Taking a lot of swing events around the world - Herrang (Sweden), Cannes (France), Boston and Washington DC (USA), Vitalia continues to open a second and third breath in order to promote the swing as a social phenomenon. But, first of all sources of inspiration for her are her students at the club with which she gladly shares his experience and joy of dance.
For Vitalia important part of the dance is freedom. Each dance is a story, a piece of his past life. Focusing on communication lindy hop with music in the classroom Vitalia helps to find the most natural embodiment of everyone in the dance.
Andrei (Stockholm, Sweden) originally comes from St. Petersburg, Russia, however, his lindy hop was brought up by the Stockholm's scene, full of recognized and inspiring dancers and great swing bands. He appreciates individuality, playfulness and humor within the lindy hop, staying close to its roots and being respectful to its history. Within his style, he incorporates elements of tap, traditional Mozambican and other swing dances, also you can often hear him scatting rhythms as he dance. His goal as a teacher -- to bring joyful smiles on students' faces and to make sure they enjoy their own movements, get inspired from their partners and pull out cool moves time to time. Currently he teaches at Swedish Swing Society.
Natalya (Moscow, Russia) is a full-time dance teacher and performer. She knows many swing dance styles apart from lindy hop: such as saint Louis and collegiate shags, blues, slow dance, vernacular jazz and chorus line. She never misses a chance to perform and compete. When there are no more follower spots in a contest left, she joins as a leader, and usually very successfully. She enjoys a relaxed but controllable connection, which allows a lot of freedom in a couple.
Thanks to his parents, Smiltys had been familiar with jazz music since the day he was born! At the age of just 4 years old, he started acting in theatre, several years later playing saxophone and dancing contemporary dance became his hobbies as well. After graduating, Smiltys found out about Swing dances and since then, there was no turning back! Many classes, various competitions and international festivals later, he discovered that dynamics between the thrill of the competitions and the chill of the social dancing, is what motivates him to dance. Known for his technique, variety of uncommon move combinations and attention to the connection, Smiltys tries to inspire and enrich his students with the history, musicality and small details that matters the most!
Helena casually discovered Lindy Hop in 2014, while she was studying her Musical Theater degree in Barcelona. She immediately fell in love with it, and attended as many classes as she could (Lindy Hop, Jazz Steps, Tap, Boogie Woogie, Shag, etc). One year later, she started teaching locally and travelling to events, and she hasn’t stopped ever since! She has been to a lot of festivals all over Europe, learning from top teachers as well as social dancing (her favourite part!). She’s known for her crazy energy and style on the dancefloor and on competitions, where she has accomplished success in multiple occasions. All this travelling has changed and enriched her perception of Swing Dance and Jazz Music, and that’s what she wants to transmit when she teaches. Her classes focus on connecting with the roots of the dance and having fun with your partner. Everything else will come from here :)
Selle discovered Lindy Hop when he spent two weeks at Herrang Dance Camp 2011. It made him fall in love with the dance and he has been present every year since. Selle started teaching in Uppsala 2012. Now he is regularly teaching classes in both Uppsala and Stockholm. An important part of dancing is to travel to international events both to improve and develop but also to meet new friends. He tries to encourage dancers in his home scene to expand their dance world by traveling. Inspired by the large number of events Selle has visited around Europe he decided to set up a camp in himself in Uppsala. He organised U-Town Swing Camp and after an initial success the camp has been growing steadily and it was held the third time in autumn 2017. The camp focuses on great music and every year excellent international teachers are invited to teach.
Selle is a member of the Uppsala based dance group MessAround together with his dance and teaching partner Elin Almstedt. The group has been doing performances and competitions at events like Herrang, ESDC amd Snowball. This year they are preparing to travel across the Atlantic and show their moves at ILHC.
Selle’s love of dance revolves around partner connection. The feeling of creating the dance in the moment and sharing it to great jazz is what it is all about. Making his dance partner smile is his primary driver. Even though it is great to look good it is much better and more important to make it feel good for your partner.
Elin is a lindy hop dancer, teacher, choreographer and performer from Uppsala, Sweden. Signs were there already at early ages: she couldn’t sit still to old blues songs and some of her first notes on the piano were boogie-woogie songs. Not knowing that it would change her life, Elin join a friend to Herräng in 2008 to try this thing called Lindy Hop. She became completely struck by the different dances, the music, the friendship, the happiness, the energy, and the rhythms, and danced day and night for two weeks straight. Half a year later she joined the performance group MessAround in Uppsala, well known for their fast dancing and breath-taking acrobatics. Already after one year she started teaching Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz and has since then been appreciated for the musicality, happy spirit and pedagogic classes. In 2012 she founded the dance company Old Fat Jazz, trying to be true to the original style and spirit of swing. She was also one of the key musicians founding The Rhythm Baby Makers, one of the most well-known swing bands in Sweden started by dancers. During her career she has been traveling the whole of Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, US, and Mexico. If you do not yet know her, you just need to look for the never fading smile in the room!
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 "Savoy Spring Jump" in Rome, a small event based on the concept of inviting only a few inspiring instructors, in order to allow everybody to spend a lot of time with them and be exposed 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.
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Gustav is a Uppsala based dancer and has been teaching and performing Lindy hop, around Sweden and Europe, for the last eight years. He is a member of the show group MessAround from Uppsala. Together they have performed in Sweden’s biggest TV production, Melodifestivalen, and at events such as Herräng, Snowball and ESDC. Besides MessAround he has been part of theater productions in Uppsala and Stockholm. He also plays Trombone in several jazz bands. His dancing and teaching origins from his love of swing music, often with focus on rhythms and foot variations.