Teachers

Skye Humphries (USA)

Skye Humphries was first persuaded to dance Lindy Hop by his mother in 1996, but quickly discovered his own love of social dancing, swing music and the Lindy Hop community. This led him to a wider interest in dance and he took classes in ballet, modern, and Jazz. Since 1999 he has taught wherever Lindy Hop is done – from national weekends to international dance camps. He is a founding member of some the most influential modern Lindy Hop troupes- including Minnie’s Moochers, Mad Dog, and the Silver Shadows.

Skye has also won titles at all of the major Lindy Hop competitions – including ULHS, ILHC, ALHC and the World Lindy Hop Championships. This involvement with Lindy Hop sparked his wider interest in America’s history and cultural heritage- leading him to pursue American Studies at The George Washington University where he received his master’s degree in 2007. He currently resides in New York City.

Frida Segerdahl (Sweden)

Frida has been dancing since her early childhood. Her very first dance interest was Swedish folk dances and Swedish Bugg and later moved on to Boogie Woogie. She also attended a three year dance dance high school focusing on modern and contemporary jazz dance and ballet. Training and competing brought her to Herräng Dance Camp where she was exposed to Lindy hop on the social dance floor for the first time and she fell head over heels in love with the music and the dance, finding a freedom of expression she had never felt before. From that point she was hooked and has never looked back. She joined the performance group The Rhythm Hot Shots, now known as The Hot Shots, a celebration of Harlem rhythms, for 15 years.
There she got the possibility to work hard, learning and performing a broad spectrum of the African American dances she loves such as Lindy Hop, solo  jazz, charleston and tap. She feels incredibly happy and humble that she has had the opportunity to travel the world performing, teaching, competing and sharing her passion for this artform for the last 20 years.

 

Felipe Braga (Brazil)

Do you feel some kind of a Brazilian breeze passing by? Quite unusual occurrence for the Balkans, isn’t it? Oh, but yes – it is Felipe Braga! He was born in Brazil and maybe that is part of the reason he is such a passionate dancer. At some point, he was amazed by the dancing movements that Jazz music can create and ever since, he is unstoppable.

His whole life path is like a recipe for reaching that current moment. Theatrical acting, playing drums, party-animator for a live music club in Brazil – these activities, quite different from each other, actually helped him a lot! He is very enthusiastic for social dancing and even if you are just watching him, you can feel how much fun it is! Felipe loves to exchange energy in the jam circles, as well as in the competitions or professional performances. Now, he lives in Munich, Germany so he can teach Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz at Vintage Club. Also, this year you can see his name in the Herrang Dance Camp schedule. We can’t wait to meet him at our dance floor!

Alice Mei (France)

We have all read/watched or at least heard of “Alice in Wonderland”. There is something really special about this heroine with her specific charm and fascinating personality. Alice Meï is probably this girl come true in the real world… but with dancing shoes.

Alice started dancing at the age of 4. By the time she turned 14 she had the honor of interpreting almost every single Disney character from “Dopey” to “Tinker-Bell”. She eventually joined a national dance school for another 4 years where she practiced ballet, contemporary and jazz dance daily. Slowly burning out with these dance styles, she began to look for something new. After a few unsuccessful attempts at African dancing, flamenco, and kick boxing she eventually met her true love – Lindy Hop!

Alice is definitely at her happiest when she is swingin’ it on the dance floor. You will most likely hear her giggling from the other side of the room when she is social dancing. Alice enjoys keeping her dancing simple and natural. It seems like her silliness has reached enough people since she won the “dancers choice award” at ULHS in 2006. In class, she teaches the same principals that she cherishes as a dancer and she mainly focuses on keeping things simple and in a nice rhythm.

Felix Berghäll (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 six count step in Boogie Woogie and has since then never stopped dancing or competing.

The year of 2009 and the first visit to Herräng was a big turning point in his life. The dance and the music had so much more to offer. That visit turned out to be the best thing he could do, his way of training for both competitions and his own dancing really changed and it proved to be good and have resulted in his most successful years in his career. He is part of both the Swedish National team in both Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop and made some fine results in the last 3 years.

Since then he has 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, and is a strong believer of the freedom and the authentic style of the dance and the connection you create with your partner and the music.

He sees swing dancing as a way to bring people together and bring happiness into their life. Because when he dances that is all he can think about and express. Pure happiness.

Remy Kouakou Kouame (France)

Remy Kouakou Kouame is an established dancer and performer. He started dancing Boogie Woogie at the tender age of 6, and went on to claim both the French and World Championships titles. He also dances Lindy Hop competitively and has more than a few Lindy Hop titles under his winners belt. Add a good measure of Solo Jazz to the mix and that brings us up to the present day. By now he has been an established teacher on the international scene for many years, and his fame and acclaim as a dancer and teacher continue to grow. He is to be found teaching, performing, and competing at international events and festivals around the world, sharing his joy and knowledge. His approach to Swing is unique and original, and as a teacher he promotes creativity and individuality.

Marie N’diaye (France)

Marie has been dancing almost as long as she has been walking, training mostly in modern Jazz. She fell in love with Lindy Hop and other African American Vernacular Jazz dances in 2006.

A true scientist (She obtained her PhD in Neuroimmunology from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Sweden in 2018), Marie loves history and facts. She has been applying her scientific method and dance education to conduct an embodied practice-based research of Jazz dance through the study of  original video clips and collaborations with many established dancers. She has also researched the cultural and social context of the Jazz dance era through literature study and interviews of artists. Her main focus is on the African American Jazz Women and Chorines (chorus girls) of the time. 

Marie worked and danced with the fantastic teachers of the Cat’s Corner Studio in Montreal, Canada and Chicago Swing Dance Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. She also teaches internationally, in France, Spain, England, Australia, Russia, USA, China… as well as at the world famous Herräng Dance Camp

Currently, Marie is a board member of the newly founded Black Lindy Hoppers Fund (an organization dedicated to support African and African diasporic dancers and artists in Lindy Hop and Jazz). She is also leading a new non-profit organization, Collective Voices for Change.

Víctor López & Isabel Gregori (Spain)

Isa and Víctor signed up for Lindy Hop lessons in the fall of 2014. Although dancing was something that never crossed their minds, the swing bug bit them both since the very beginning. Soon they became active members in their local scene in Valencia and started to attend international swing events.

They are teachers of Black Bottom Studio (Valencia) since 2016 which gives them another reason to travel in order to get improved and learn as much as possible. They believe that continuous learning is the way to be able to offer their best to their students. Since 2015, they have attended more than 60 festival (and going up every month :-p)

Apart from her endless energy, Isa is well known for her everlasting smile and the passion she throws into her dance.

What stands out in Víctor’s dance are his team player skills. During the dance he focuses on taking care of his partner.

Their energy and good vibes both in the dance floor and at their classes are contagious. 

Dominik Knoll & Nora Locher (Austria)

Dom & Nora tried a lot of dances and sports since they could walk – when finally Lindy Hop found them. As for both of them movement, improvisation, fun and challenges are very important, there was no stop anymore and the dance took over their daily life.

Today they are passionate Lindy Hop dancers, instructors and performers. They continuously travel to teach, to dance and to learn around Europe. They competed at the International Lindy Hop Championships in 2017 & 2016, European Swing Dance Championships in 2013 and are regularly in Finals of Strictly Lindy Hop competitions at international swing dance festivals.

In 2014 they founded their own swing dance school in Vienna, Austria (www.SwingAUT.at). Since then they share their love for Lindy Hop and Swing in Austria and in Europe.

They love Swing Outs, fast Swing Outs! As they dance together already for several years, they know a lot about strong partnership and having a good connection to your partner. They love to dance dynamic and keeping the energy and the flow with your partner and the music.

In their classes you can feel their love for the dance. The classes are filled with energy and fun, the students love their cheerfulness, technical approach and enthusiasm.

Thanos Daskalopoulos (Greece)

Thanos is a leading figure of tap dance and body music in Greece, while sharing and performing around the globe. Mentored by Heather Cornell and Max Pollak, his work focuses on the music delivered from the body sounds and percussive movement, fusing and expanding to various musical styles from jazz & funk, afro & latin, to his eastern and Balkan roots.

Today Thanos was until recently a cast member of the dance and music group Cambuyon from Spain, premiered with them this February 2015 at the New Victory Theater in New York (Broadway) and is part of the international show “Body Music: see music, hear dance” under the direction of Keith Terry and Jep Melendez.

He is actively involved in the Athens Jazz scene and his collaborations include top greek jazz artists, the Coolspiritrio and his own leading projects Tapmotif Sextet and Acoustic Movement. He teaches regularly in the artistic space “Playground for the arts”, which is a faculty member of the “Orff Institute in Athens”. He is also constantly teaching to communities abroad, sharing tradition, concepts and his approaches in countries like USA, Canada, Spain, France, Switzerland, UK, Finland and more.

Alex Palamidis & Ioanna Panagopoulou (Greece)

Alex and Ioanna are an enthusiastic blues dance couple! They love to share their personal style of Blues dancing through teaching, adore choreographing captivating performances and cherish loooong nights of social dancing!

They are both highly trained dancers; Ioanna has been dancing since she was a child and Alex has been doing Swing dances for more than 12 years!

Since 2017 they have been focusing mainly on Blues, traveling around Europe deepening their understanding of the Blues dance and its culture as well as continuously developing their dancing and teaching skills!

Rasmus Holmqvis (Sweden) and Mona Reithmeier (Germany)

Mona and Rasmus are a very active international dance couple from Germany and Sweden. After Mona successfully join several competitions at dance events and Rasmus placed top three at Boogie Woogie World championship (2012-2014), they started their swingdance partnership in November 2016. Their main idea about dancing is inspiring each other and expressing the feelings they have to the music in a very raw way.

Alexey Kazennov (Russia)

Alexey Kazennov is an incredibly talented and inspiring swing dancer who is currently staying in Poland. He started dancing in 2013, with extraordinary enthusiasm going to every single party. In 2015 he began teaching, practicing and traveling all over the world, making dancing his profession. Since then, he has won a great number of competition titles (ILHC, Savoy Cup, The Snowball, Lindy Shock, Rock That Swing, and a long etcetera!). He loves to challenge and push himself constantly to improve. Lindy hop, Authentic Jazz, Blues, Balboa and St. Louis Shag… He can dance it all!  Alexey is famous for his personal style as a dancer, his big smile and most of all for his high energy on the dance floor. You will probably see him until the party ends, don’t miss his “survivors picture”! His purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to find their own style.
Poland, where he teaches in “ShimSham – Warszawski Swing”, became his second home. Before he had an opportunity to work for few years with dancers from Istanbul.
Do you believe that someone can dance for 24 hours non-stop?
Yes, this is Alexey!

Erol Akinci

Calling himself a hepcat who admires the ‘bop style’ of music and dance. His understanding shifted over the years, towards trying and respecting the culture and history. Researching into bebop/bop dancing for the past times, in his community, he tries to re-shape the approach towards jazz dancing and he is also a member of the T-Bop team. He shares his free perspective about technique and style, focusing on one’s character and groove. 

Bantu Dancers (Greece)

Bantu Dancers is a dance group of young people born and raised in Greece but with origins from Africa. For over 6 years, in collaboration with the Anasa Cultural Center of African Art and Cultures, we have been researching on West African dances, learning about dance traditions from all over West Africa and incorporating all that with the everyday life and experiences we face living as part of the African community in Greece. The group combines modern African movements with traditional movements, dancing to contemporary but also traditional rhythms with live drumming. Bantu Dancers have participated in various festivals all over the world.

Michael Afolayan (Greece)

Michael Afolayan is a musician, actor, performer, and animator. Founding member of the street theater troupe “Pantum”, co-director of the model circus school, Circus dayz and manager of the cultural center of African art Anasa where he teaches polyrhythms of West Africa (Djembe) using as a starting point, voice and body, from 2011  till today. He has studied classical percussion with, K. Vorisi, K. Theodorako, M. Taliadouros ( Snare Drum, timpani, marimba). He has collaborated as an actor-musician with several directors and theatrical actors for the last 10 years – His parallel path in the art of storytelling, but also of hip-hop, makes him quite experienced in rhythmic recitation and narration. And many times he is asked in performances to formulate a text with pure rhythmic conductions, which respects the energy and the pulse of the image-scene.

Sammy Gain (Greece)

Sammy Gian is a Kenyan dance instructor and choreographer with a strong background and experience in teaching and in facilitating performances. His formal education started in one of the biggest institutes of performing arts training in South Africa the MID (Moving into Dance Mophatong), but his professional experience as an artistic director and choreographer, performer, and teacher runs over 10 years in various African and European countries. In 2012 he was one of the main choreographers and instructors in an academic program at the University of Maputo, in Mozambique. Since then, he has participated in various festivals around the world and he creates his own productions. His dance identity has different dynamics based on the contemporary dance techniques of Martha Graham and Lester Horton mixed with African and acrobatic elements. Nevertheless, his dance styles continue to a big variety of hip hop, house, modern, urban jazz, and afro-fusion. Since 2016, he has lived in Athens, Greece, where he teaches afro-fusion on a weekly basis at the Professional Dance School, Aktina, as well as in dance studios such as DANCCE and Dancevacuum. He also coordinates seminars with different themes in different dance schools. Since July 2017, he has formed the Twende Dance Project, a modern dance center and meeting point for professional and amateur dancers, and a roof for his dance company. in 2018 and 2019 participates in the Thessaloniki Swing Festival as an African Dance teacher and as a performer and co-organizes the African-American Jazz Dance Project, where he studies African roots in jazz dances. To this day he continues to teach children and adults.

Bands

Carolina Reapers

We already know what happens when the Carolina Reapers go on stage: the irresistible swing, the explosion of energy, the craziness — and not to forget the exquisite repertoire, the tenderness and the subtlety, the contrasts — and one sure thing: dancing won’t stop until that last note is played as they bring one hell of a party.

Fernando Morrison, musician and Lindy Hop dance instructor, called upon his favorite jazz musicians in Montpellier to create this swing dream team.

Their performances are always surprising, full of inspiration and creativity, and you’ll never hear a song played twice the same way. Together they are a group of outstanding musicians and passionate individuals who take it upon themselves to make every Carolina Reapers Swing show a one-of-a-kind experience.

Jeepers Creepers (Greece)

The Jeepers Creepers band is a group of musicians from Athens(Greece) that specialises in playing the really beautiful popular or more rare tunes of the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s and also original melodies inspired mostly by the jazz idiom. The band was named after the popular Harry Warren’s tune that became widely known by Louis Armstrong. Their dedication to the swing-jazz idiom leaves the listeners with no choice but to dance and party all night long! They won the Swinging Europe Contest for 2021. They have given a lot of concerts in Athens and other cities of Greece, in New York and in Holland and they have participated in many festivals like the Swing n’ Sail festival,Kardamili International jazz festival, Carnival of Swing,Festival International de Hot Jazz Mexico, the Petit Paris d’ Athenes etc.

DJs

Felix Berghäll (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 six count step in Boogie Woogie and has since then never stopped dancing or competing.

The year of 2009 and the first visit to Herräng was a big turning point in his life. The dance and the music had so much more to offer. That visit turned out to be the best thing he could do, his way of training for both competitions and his own dancing really changed and it proved to be good and have resulted in his most successful years in his career. He is part of both the Swedish National team in both Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop and made some fine results in the last 3 years.

Since then he has 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, and is a strong believer of the freedom and the authentic style of the dance and the connection you create with your partner and the music.

He sees swing dancing as a way to bring people together and bring happiness into their life. Because when he dances that is all he can think about and express. Pure happiness.

DJ Sam

From a musical background having played the drums for many years, Sam turned his attention of Swing music as soon as he started dancing back in 2013 and when he began to teach the Lindy Hop, a deeper interest was sparked! Now you can catch Sam DJing at many events around Europe, whether it be in Herrang, Snowball, Smokey Feet, London Lindy Exchange as well as in his home scene of Gothenburg, he always tries to bring his A-game (sometimes, train….). Sam gets a real kick out of using the recorded music to play with the atmosphere in a dance hall as well as playing conscientiously around live music and has learnt this over the years from playing at his own events in the UK, Jumpin’ At The Seaside as well as creating and managing the band, Bjorn and the Brothers of Rhythm Big Band. You can expect to hear recorded music from Count Basie, Duke Ellington as well as many of the musicians that played in their bands, plus more!

DJ Jonas

DJ Jonas plays a lot in the Gothenburg scene, in Herräng and in swing events around Europe. He aims to play music that makes you happy, include swing both from the 30s, 40s and 50s and firmly believes there can never be too much Basie, Ellington and Hodges in a DJ set!

DJ Helena

Helena broke a leg. Not exactly a leg…a foot. The right foot. And she could not dance all that Lindy Hop. But in times of adversity great things can happen. Ella, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellignton, Lester Young came to the rescue and she felt an urge to play her favorite songs from these fabulous jazz masters and make people move even if she couldn’t! Her sets are rarely the same as she’s always looking for that song that will surprise everyone and making people run to the dancefloor! A Brazilian, Helena is based in São Paulo and spends her time DJing, organizing her music library and teaching Lindy Hop.

Alexey Kazennov (Russia)

Alexey Kazennov is an incredibly talented and inspiring swing dancer who is currently staying in Poland. He started dancing in 2013, with extraordinary enthusiasm going to every single party. In 2015 he began teaching, practicing and traveling all over the world, making dancing his profession. Since then, he has won a great number of competition titles (ILHC, Savoy Cup, The Snowball, Lindy Shock, Rock That Swing, and a long etcetera!). He loves to challenge and push himself constantly to improve. Lindy hop, Authentic Jazz, Blues, Balboa and St. Louis Shag… He can dance it all!  Alexey is famous for his personal style as a dancer, his big smile and most of all for his high energy on the dance floor. You will probably see him until the party ends, don’t miss his “survivors picture”! His purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to find their own style.
Poland, where he teaches in “ShimSham – Warszawski Swing”, became his second home. Before he had an opportunity to work for few years with dancers from Istanbul.
Do you believe that someone can dance for 24 hours non-stop?
Yes, this is Alexey!

DJ Michael

The  swing came into Michalis life first through the dance. Being a musician himself, he quickly fell in love with the music, and soon his steps led him behind the decks. Ever since, he keeps being mesmerized by the energy and sparkle of the swing and loves to spread it to the dancefloor.

DJ Philippe

Philippe Crompton-Roberts has been living in Hong Kong for many years and discovered Lindy Hop  in London in the late 80s. He has been dancing and collecting swing music ever since . One of the founders of Hong Kong Swings  and takes care of the DJs and bands. He plays regularly around Asia ( Korea,China,etc) and regularly DJs in Herrang.
Philippe likes to play music that will keep all the dancers on the floor. He is well known for playing classic  1930s and 1940s swing music from all the bands as well as the very danceable rhythm and blues style of the late 1940s. His all time favorite musician  is Duke Ellington.

DJ Dom ‘Hand Solo’ Eagleton (UK)

From Herrang to Helsinki and from Gothenburg to Ghent, Dom ‘Hand Solo’ Eagleton has been rocking dancefloors across Europe with swing music of the highest quality since 2016. Always on the lookout for interesting tracks and a passionate lindy hopper himself, London-based Dom is guaranteed to move your happy feet! Expect a diverse mix of sounds from the swing era, from time-honoured classics to lesser-known gems, and always – always! – Duke Ellington.

MC

T.J. Jazz (Spain/USA)

Spanish National Television has referred to this Boston born Jazz Show woman as “One of the most versatile artists on the Spanish scene.”  T.J. Jazz has worked as a vocalist, dancer and instructor with a broad range of artists, delighting audiences of Jazz clubs, festivals and events throughout Spain, Europe and the U.S.
T.J. Jazz  is also the founding director of the MAD TAP FEST: The Tap dance festival of Madrid & the MAD TAP JAMS, events that laid the early groundwork for Madrid’s tap dance community. It is through these events that she has had the privilege of presenting many talented artists and performances to audiences. She is excited to bring that experience to Athens Rhythm Hop this weekend and hopefully bring just a little more joy to the happiest people in the world.