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!
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.
Egle Regelskis (Lithuania)
Egle Regelskis is one of the leading Lindy Hop teachers in Vilnius, Lithuania. Working at Hoppers’ Dance Studio. She is dancing since childhood. Parents, uncles, cousins were, or still are professional ballroom dancers. Dance like a family tradition – if you start learning how to read, time to start dancing.
For 10 years she was involved in ballroom dance workouts, competitions, shows, and finally in 2004, discovered the Lindy Hop. Although the steps reminded of the Jive, but the dance itself was completely different. There is a story of two people. Once you know the basics,
can dance with anyone and anyhow. Lindy Hop taught her to improvise in dancing and understand the connection between dancers. She believes that if one can walk one can dance. Everything else depends on passion and willingness to work!
Tadas Vasiliauskas (Lithuania)
Tadas Vasiliauskas is one of the main Lindy Hop teachers in Vilnius, Lithuania. He teaches regular classes at Lindyhop.lt club along with a Jazz Dance course for students at Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences. Tadas actively performs and choreographs: he is in charge of a performance troupe and also was one of the first performers to bring Lindy Hop on stage in a contemporary theater show “Partners” in Vilnius. Tadas can be frequently found playing the trombone as a side hobby. On the dance floor, you can recognize him for his playful dance style and great energy. Tadas also often travels abroad to teach, learn, perform and compete with his dance partner Ana Umnova.
Ana Umnova (Lithuania)
Ana Umnova is a full time Lindy Hop teacher, performer and choreographer based in Vilnius. She started dancing at the age of 16. Since the very first Lindy Hop class, Ana realized that she wants to become a teacher. After attending as many Lindy Hop classes and events as possible, she began teaching at “Lindyhop.lt club”. It inspired her to take dancing and teaching even more seriously, so she began to study The Education of Dance. At the university Ana got deeper educational knowledge and also tried various dance styles, such as ballet, contemporary, ballroom, folk and historical dances. Her daily teaching and training in solo jazz, tap and lindy hop makes her approach to vernacular jazz dances even wider. Ana also often travels abroad to teach, learn, perform and compete with her dance partner Tadas Vasiliauskas.
Petra Robek (Slovenia)
I played volleyball since I can remember, but I always knew I wanted to dance. At the age of 13 I was introduced to the rockabilly scene and I learned my first steps. After a while I started dancing lindy hop I fell in love and this love still lasts.
Janez Šepetavc (Slovenia)
I started dancing in 2008 when I went to a bar, joined a crash-course and danced until 5 a.m. I enjoyed it so much, that I wanted to know more and dance more. The thing I love the most about dancing is the ability to connect with a random person and make them enjoy the dance and make them smile. Priceless.
Rasmus Holmqvis (Sweden)
Rasmus started playing sports from a very young age. When he was 6 years old, his mother forced him to try dancing. Since then, he loved every minute of it. During the last 19 years he has danced Swedish Bugg, Rock n’ Roll, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Boogie Woogie. Today he focuses mostly on Swing dances and he practices tap on a regular basis.
What he likes the most about dancing is that magical moments when both partners and the music are just melting together. He believes that dancing is a true joy and he enjoys seeing people adding their own personality and style to their dance.
He likes to travel around the world to teach, dance and quite often he competes winning various awards (most recently: 1st place open showcase ILHC 2017, 3rd place advanced strictly ILHC 2017, 3rd place advanced luck of the draw ILHC 2017).
While growing up working all summers at Herräng Dance Camp, performing with the HDC Chorus Line, and more or less living at the Chicago Swing Dance Studio in Stockholm during her first 5 years in the scene, the solid foundation for what would become Elins preferred way of dancing was made. Since then a lot have happened!
Nowadays she mainly work with teaching around the world, coaching show groups and performing everything from numbers to full length shows together with some well-known Swedish names like Mattias Lundmark, Sandra Klack and Mikaela Hellsten.
Together with partner Rasmus Holmqvist she have earned a few decent titles from all kinds of proper swing-competitions like Savoy Cup (Showcase – 3rd 2016, Team City Battle – 1st 2016, 1st 2017) but also in other genres like the Golden Kolibri (Euro Dance Awards, 1st 2017) in Boogie Woogie (despite never practicing that particular style) against world champions in ballroom dancing.
She is mostly known for her unique style of dancing as a followers, since her biggest passion in dancing is performing, expression, solo jazz and musicality.
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.
Christophe Cholot (France)
Christophe is a passionate dancer who loves to travel around the world to attend workshops and take part in competitions.
However, what he loves best is social dancing and the ability to communicate with anyone through the dance. If you’re looking for him, you’ll definitely find him on the dancefloor until the party ends!
Christophe is based in Paris, France where he teaches Lindy Hop on a regular basis in his own swing dance school “Jazzy Feet”.
Amélie Barrande (France)
Amazed by the communion and sharing that you get through Swing dancing, Amélie constantly travels abroad to improve her teaching skills as well as her own dancing.
She tries to teach her students the technical and musical fundamentals as much as the importance of a smooth connection and a good complicity between the partners.
Amélie is based in Paris, France where she teaches Solo Jazz and Lindy Hop on a regular basis in her own Swing dance school: “Jazzy Feet”.
Egle approached dance for the first time when she was five. Since then, she has attended classical, modern and contemporary dance courses. During high school, she began studying acting, so she started experiencing body language, and she continued to do so also professionally for nearly 10 years.
In 2010, during her Erasmus project in Valencia, she met Ilario and she came across with Lindy Hop for the first time. In 2012 she graduated in Italian Philology from the University of Bologna and soon after she moved to Rome: it was only then that she began to take her first steps as lindy hopper.
Egle and Ilario, together, began to travel around Europe, attending one or two workshops a month, where they were trained by the best international teachers in the world. Their passion for this dance brought them together to found the Spirit of St. Louis School in Rome.
The thing that Egle loves most about Lindy Hop is the social dance, the dialogue between dancers and music, the energy unleashed on the dance floor between strangers. In recent years, Egle and Ilario have organized international events in Rome, like Spirit Lab and Swingala.
Ilario is a psychiatrist and a Lindy hop dancer. He took his first dance lesson during his Erasmus in Valencia in a school called Spirit of St. Louis. Before he met Lindy Hop, he had never thought of being able to dance,. From that moment on, his life has been completely coloured with swing music.
He lives in Rome, where he is teaching Lindy Hop on a regular basis at “Spirit of. St. Louis Roma” swing dance school and he is the organiser of the international swing festivals, Swingala and Spirit Lab.
He loves the energy of the Jam and Competitions but he thinks social dance is the most engaging and fascinating aspect of Lindy Hop and a precious life energy source. Ilario cannot believe that somewhere in the world there are people dancing without him, if there is swing music he can’t help dancing!
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!
Hakan Durak (Turkey)
Hakan started his unforeseen dance career with Turkish folk dances to hang around with his friends in high school years. 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 first brought Lindy hop to Iceland and then to his home country Turkey. Currently he lives, teaches and performs in Istanbul where he founded the first Turkish lindy hop community.
Nazli Barutçu (Turkey)
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.
Anna Rio (France)
Anna has always been passionate about dance. At the age of 21, she trained for five years in ballet, jazz, contemporary and afro-contemporary dance in a professional dance school both in Toulouse and Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. In 2010, she fell in love with the powerful energy of Lindy Hop and she discovered enthusiastically the exchange and communication between two partners, connected through and to music. Since then, she enjoys travelling the world from workshop to workshop and she continues to learn and train as a dancer and instructor, always eager to explore new teaching approaches and experiences. Very active in the lindy hop and solo jazz scene in Toulouse, she has taught regular Lindy Hop and solo jazz classes since 2013 and runs regular workshops and socials, as a strong believer in social dancing.
Jonatan Hedberg (Sweden)
Learning and improving is cornerstones in Jonatan’s life. He studied pedagogy at the University and became a teacher in Physical Education (Sports) and Mathematics in 2010.
He took a Lindy Hop taster in Stockholm late 2009 and the dance appealed to him strongly with it’s music, rhythmical emphasize, energy and style of movement. Jonatan loves how this dance connects people from different cultures and parts of the world. Life has never been the same after his first Herräng 2010.
He started teaching Lindy Hop in 2013 and today you find him in Toulouse where he give weekly Lindy Hop classes while trying to speak French. He is frequently travelling to different events to social dance, teach, perform, compete or to take classes, always eager to learn more about this amazing dance and its music.
Yana Sanamyantz (Russia)
Yana is an active swing dancer, performer, teacher and dj. She was surrounded by jazz since childhood, while dancing came much later, only 5 years ago. Since the first lesson she fell in love with the swing scene and started devoting all her time to endless workshops, parties and festivals. Yana is very much into the roots of the dance, she is searching inspiration in history, roots and music.
Nastya Gorban (Ukraine)
Here is what Nastya says about herself: “I adore dancing! This is what motivates me to continuously expand the dance world in-depth“.
The first skills she began to receive at the age of 6 by discovering rhythmic-sportive gymnastics and pop-folk dances during a few years. Nastya has been keen on jazz music since childhood. So it’s very logical, that she got interested in swing dances as an adult. This happened when she moved from her native city to Kyiv where lindy hop is taught.
So far Nastya has had a huge experience under her belt: more than 7 years of lindy hop, solo jazz and charleston. Furthermore, in the last 5 years she has been dancing such styles as modern jazz, contemporary, broadway jazz and classical ballet. Now she is a dance instructor in Kyiv Swing Dance Club and an active participant of various dance events and festivals, a finalists and a winner of different European competitions. Nastya has been teaching in Hungary, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Belarus, Spain and Turkey.
As a dancer and a teacher she pays a lot of attention to technique and purity of body lines and primarily tries to improve student’s basic skills which are essential for all dancers.
Shirt Tail Stompers
The Shirt Tail Stompers have quickly been recognized as one of Europe’s best social dance bands. Formed in 2010 for the London Lindy Exchange and led by Trumpeter Steve Coombe, they have played numerous dance camps and shows throughout Europe. They have a passion for swing music and movement, with their extensive knowledge and experience of social dancing, they are definitely the band to dance to in 2017.
Truly appreciating the art of swing and knowing it’s place in history, they are heavily influenced by Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Wingy Manone and many other greats from the swing and trad jazz era of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. They are also influenced by the likes of the early Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet and the old musical roots of New Orleans.
Last year alone saw them playing for dancers in Sweden, France, Hungary, The Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Italy and throughout the UK to rave reviews.
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!
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.
Co-creator of the event organization team ”the Swingouts” in 2011, the online agenda “Swing Kids and Roll” in 2012, dance school “Swing That Thing” in 2013 and All about Swing in Athens (Project) in 2017. Organized over 100 dance events and performed as a dj from 2011 until today, including 4 tributes to Frankie Manning, 1 Seminar with David & Claudia, over 60 theme parties, the 1st Solo Jazz-Charleston contest, lives with many swing & rock ‘n’ roll bands and has also participated as a dj in several seminar’s party. The culmination of all, is the co-organization of the 1st Charity Festival (Swing Kids and Roll), that was held in Greece in 2015, with the participation of almost the entire swing & roll community. The music of New Orleans and the Swing ERA fascinate him. Some of his favorite artists of that period are Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fats Waller and Billie Holiday. Two of the most known Swing parties in Athens, that he organizes, are named after the titles of his two favorite songs, among a big list of beloved ones, ”It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that Swing” and “Lindy Hopper’s Delight”.
Yana has been actively djing in Europe starting from 2015. She started in Russia from taking every opportunity to share her favorite tunes with dancers, but very soon she started to dj on the festivals like Harlem and Herrang. In swing music, she prefers big band swing and post-war recordings but likes to keep her sets balanced with all the genres.
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.
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!
There are more, but I don’t think they will be announced any time soon….!!!