Main 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 Segerdahl started dancing at the tender age of 5. During her teens she was enrolled in the dance program at Sturegymnasiet studying jazz, modern and ballet and much more. Since the age of 9 Frida started competing in Double Bugg and Boogie Woogie and although she was a champion at both, she hungered for more. When she was 15 she attended Herrang Dance Camp and fell in love with Lindy Hop. In no time, she was asked to join the world’s foremost jazz dance company, the Rhythm Hot Shots. She has performed and taught at all ends of the world.

In addition to her performance skill, many have rated Frida as one of the best social dancers in the world. Besides her amazing skills in Charleston, Lindy Hop and Jazz Dance, Frida now runs the famous Lindy Hop dance camp that she first attended back when she was 15, The Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden.

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!

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.

Pamela Gaizutyte (Lithuania)

Pamela has been dancing since she was 5 years old. She did traditional Lithuanian folk dancing for years, until she found her passion in lindy hop at the age of sixteen.

In 2009, she began working at Hoppers’ Dance Studio in her hometown of Vilnius, Lithuania, where she surrounds herself with rhythm on a daily basis as she practices, performs, and teaches lindy hop and vernacular jazz. Pamela Gaizutyte is one of the most exciting followers to burst onto the international swing scene in recent years. Her creativity, personal style and sense of musicality are an inspiration. . Pamela enjoys spreading the joy of dance and sharing her knowledge, and is excited to travel to new and faraway places to do so.

Mikaela Hellsten (Sweden)

Mikaela was born in Stockholm, Sweden and grew up with a love for music and dancing. She first got in contact with Lindy Hop in the late ninetees and already then she felt extremely at home with the dance. Throughout the years Lindy Hop and other related dance forms have kept on growing on her and she finds it to be an endless source of inspiration. The more she learns about the music and its history, the more she enjoys it and the more she wants to learn.

Mikaela has been performing in different settings since around 2005 and especially enjoys the theatrical aspects of dancing. She finds the richness of jazz dancing a great form of expression, on and off stage.

Mikaela is happy to share anything she can about the dance, in and outside the classroom.

Rikard Ekstrand (Sweden)

Rikard Ekstrand was first inspired to start dancing in the early age of seven. Today it’s his life and his way of living. Best chance to see this dancing creature is to visit Stockholm, Sweden, were he’s most often found. His focus in swing dancing and teaching lies in the art of rhythm, music and partnering. Except from swing dancing, Rikard is a quite well known street dancer in Sweden. He sees swing dancing as an artform and a culture legacy. Recreation of old techniques and styles is what makes Rikard go wild. He calls himself a student more than a dancer. “In the school of dance and rhythm you will never be fully skilled”. In 2006 Rikard started his cooperation with the Harlem Hot Shots and in 2008 he became a member.
Rikard also have a passion for competition, in which he has a long list of titles in both Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie.

Taster teachers

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.

Gustav Lindström (Sweden)

Gustav is a Stockholm and Uppsala based dancer, he teaches regularly at Chicago Swing Dance Studio and Swedish Swing Society in Stockholm. He has been teaching and performing Lindy hop, around Sweden and Europe, for last ten 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. Besides MessAround he has been part of theater productions in Uppsala and Stockholm. His dancing and teaching origins from his love of swing music and the aesthetics of the 30s and 40s. You can hear him play trombone with the swing band Hornsgatan Ramblers.

Elin Rhodiner (Sweden)

Elin fully embraced a dancing lifestyle when she came to Herräng the first time in 2010. Since then she has spent aaaall her summers in Herräng – living life, performing as a part of the HDC Chorus Line for the last 7 or 8 years (she lost count long ago!) and working in the legendary Midnight Ramble. The lively jazz scene of Stockholm taught her well, and nowadays Elin works with dancing in many different ways. Her expertise ranges from solo to lindy, coaching show groups and kids, performing everything from numbers to full length shows for young and old audiences, and occasionally competing around the globe. She teaches regularly both at Chicago Swing Dance Studio and internationally. She is looking forward to finally be back in the Athenian sun!

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 one of the most popular dancers from Moscow. He started dancing in 2013 with extraordinary enthusiasm, came to all parties and in the same year became finalist of newcomer J&J. In 2014 he won the Open Strictly competition in Moscow and was a finalist of an international J&J. From 2015 he started teaching, practicing and traveling all over the world winning a great number of competition titles. Lindy hop, Authentic Jazz, Blues and St. Louis Shag, there is nothing he can’t dance!

Alexey is famous for his personal style as a dancer, his big smiles but most of all for his high energy on the dance floor! Do you believe that someone can dance for 24 hours non-stop? Yes, this is Alexey!

Ilario Ritacco (Italy) & Egle Miccoli (Italy)

Ilario is a psychiatrist and a Lindy hop dancer. He took his first dance lesson during his Erasmus in Valencia. Before he met Lindy Hop, he had never thought of being able to dance.
Egle approached dance for the first time when she was five. Since then, she has attended classical, modern and contemporary dance courses.
Egle & Ilario met around 2010 and a couple of years later they started dancing together.
They began to travel around Europe, attending one or two workshops a month, where they were trained by the best international teachers in the world. The passion for this dance brought them to found the Spirit of St. Louis School in Rome. The thing that Egle loves the most about Lindy Hop is social dance, that dialogue that is developed between dancers and music, that energy unleashed on the dance floor between strangers. Ilario thinks social dance is the most engaging and fascinating aspect of Lindy Hop and a precious energy source in life.
In recent years Egle and Ilario have organized international events in Rome, for example Spirit Lab and Swingala, Lindy Hop and Jazz Roots festivals.

Víctor López (Spain) & 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. 

Smiltys Andrikonis (Lithuania) & Martyna Beinarytė (Lithuania)

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 outabout 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!

Since Martyna was a child she was full of energy and her parents knew it shouldn’t be wasted without a purpose. At the age of 6 Martyna joined rhythmic gymnasticclasses, but after 8 determined years she felt she hadn’t found herself yet. With an encouragement from her sister Martyna decided to try Lindy Hop. After her first lesson she couldn’t stop dancing! With a huge smile on her face Martyna continued and since then she had won several Lindy Hop and Jazz competitions, performed at different scenes for amazing audiences and created a few noticeable routines. Martyna states, “Now I fully enjoy teaching Lindy Hop and can easily say –I just can’t imagine my life without the Dance.”

Hakan Durak (Turkey) & Nazlı Ilgın Barutçu (Turkey)

Hakan started his unforeseen dance career with Turkish folk dances to hang around with his friends in high school years. His interest in dancing continued with tango and salsa while he was studying at the university. However, he truly fell in love with Lindy Hop in the year 2006 through a video clip on youtube while he was sitting in an engineering office at a distant island called Iceland. His passion for Lindy Hop grew so big that he had to fly at least 3,5 hours for the next Lindy hop destination for many many years. He also had the chance to practice extensively under the guidance of Dax Hock and later of Sakarias Larsson. With his desire to share the joy of this dance with everyone around him, he first brought Lindy hop to Iceland and then to his home country Turkey. He probably owns a world-record in this category. His dancing style is light and energetic with a good sense of rhythm and he works constantly for new rhythmical ideas. Currently he lives, teaches and performs in Istanbul where he founded the first Turkish lindy hop community, as well as organizing Orient Lindy Express, Istanbul Lindy Exchange in this city and Arctic Lindy Exchange in Iceland. He’s never ceased to travel abroad to meet his fellow Lindy hoppers around the world since day one.

Nazli started dancing Lindy hop in 2010 after many years of professional sports career. This dance form has changed her life at the first rock step forever. She brings her sports background into dancing which gives her a dynamic and athletic look. She teaches and performs regularly in Istanbul and in international workshops. She’s also a Swing DJ both locally and internationally. She travels as much as she can to share the spirit on the dance floor.

Hakan and Nazlı have started to spread the Lindy hop spirit around the Turkey lately. They started teaching Lindy hop in the east side of country and they also organize a festival: Amed Lindy Exchange there. They will continue to share the joy of Swing!

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.

DJs

MC & head DJ Meghan

As an MC or DJ, Meghan works to make sure both the music that makes us swing and the people in the room have all the respect they deserve. Meghan is a Canadian lindy hopper who has been part of the global swing scene for fifteen years. You may have met her near a microphone or DJ booth at such places as Herrang Dance Camp, the International Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy Focus, Lindy Shock or Lindy Bout. If you haven’t met her yet, come say hello and strike up a conversation about Count Basie or the future of swing dance.

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.

“DJ Frida A.k.a. Night Train

Frida is one of the more active swing DJ’s in Stockholm and a popular house DJ at their renowned Chicago Swing Dance Studio, where she’s involved in many ways; as a teacher, club organizer and member of the Harlem Hot Shots. She began DJ:ing in 2010 and besides keeping her hometown swinging, she’s been playing regularly at Herräng Dance Camp, as well as various swing festivals around Europe. Frida discovered jazz in her early teens and it was the music that brought her into swing dancing—a passion that definitely has given color and range to her library and choice of tunes. Most of all she loves a good solid swing, but she’s not afraid to step out of the box when the mood is right; big-headed Bebop, hot tempered Rhythm ’n’ Blues, Cuban Mambo and low down dirty Blues are all genres close to her heart.”

(photo: Manne Wahlström)