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.

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!

Jakob Bergelin & Anna Forss (Sweden)

Anna and Jakob started dancing separately when they were 9 and 10 years old, they
started off with the Swedish dance Bugg before they began with Lindy Hop about 3
years later. But dancing Lindy Hop became the main focus when they started dancing
and competing together in 2010.

Nowadays they are based in Uppsala Sweden were they work full time with dance.
The style of the Savoy ballroom dancers is their big inspiration witch reflects both in
their way of dancing and teaching.

They have several merits both Nationally in Sweden and Internationally. The latest
ones is 1st place in Lindy Strictly AllStars and Pro Showcase at ILHC and 1st place
at the Swedish Championships two years in a row.

Taster teachers

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.

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.

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.

Shorty George (USA)

Shorty George is one crazy dance cactus. When he started dancing in New York City, he forgot that he needed water to survive. While dehydrating himself, he enjoyed making his partner smile, as well as dancers around him. Since 2004, he’s rocked out as a Lindy Hop, Blues, and Balboa dancer. Around the globe from Taiwan, Denmark, Turkey, Iceland, Spain, and other countries, George taught Lindy, Balboa, and Blues Workshops and brought great energy, humor, and entertainment to the classes while teaching some useful techniques to improve people’s dancing, such as musicality, partner connection, feeling, character, and improvisation.

Ira Ishchuk (Ukraine)

Ira started dancing Lindy Hop in 2006 and found that this is the best way to express yourself, have fun, meet people and discover the world. She first found her way into couple dancing as a Follower (with a capital F), but since then has found thrill in her own interpretation and improvisation. She prefers to dance for, and with, her partner rather than the audience and doesn’t go for flashy dancing. She tries to follow as much as it is possible and find ways to have the most comfortable, joyful and unified dance: “Listen to the music, your partner, and your body. Follow these guidelines and you’ll have the best dances ever!” During the last year she has been teaching Lindy Hop, Blues, Balboa and Solo Jazz in Taiwan, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland at Herrang, Lindy Shock and Dragon Swing.

Ilario Ritacco (Italy)

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!

Egle Micolli (Italy)

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.

María Ferrer (Spain)

Maria fell in love with movement when she was a kid. Her background: Dance and Pedagogy. She graduated in ballet and contemporary dance by Conservatory of Valencia and the London Contemporary Dance School and more recently she extended her studies in performace art and social action.. Her personal and professional life has always revolved around movement; sometimes as a dancer, sometimes as a teacher or choreographer. She has also been involved in community dance projects with, women, teenagers and seniors in Spain and Germany.

Maria discovered swing dance in Barcelona and she was amazed by the social aspect of this dance. Around 2014, she started dancing with Aurélien. Since then, their work has been guided by a bunch of simple and yet powerful ideas: understanding movement, valuing and cherishing the basics, doing more by doing less, conceiving of music as a map full of possibilities, playing and trying to feel as free and comfortable as possible, expression. Maria thinks that there are no mistakes in dance, but rather a thousand of path to explore. She likes to think that vulnerability is a straight path to the truth of movement.

Maria has her residence in Barcelona where she works as a full time dancer and teacher. She also has a strong link to Geneva, where Aurélien was born, and where she founded with good friends Backbeat, an association which organizes monthly workshops.

Aurélien Darbellay (Switzerland)

Aurélien was born in a musician family. Music is his home: a place where he feels safe and alive, at peace and deeply moved.
He discovered swing dancing in his late twenties, in Barcelona. It wasn’t love at first sight. Nevertheless, slowly but steadily, he started being more and more interested, and then passionate about it. He met Maria around 2012, and they started dancing together a couple of years later. Since then, they train together almost every day, actively seeking to make their dance more free, more personal, more flowy, more expressive and more swingy!

For Aurélien, swing dancing is really about embodying the swing there is in the music he likes to dance to. It’s about finding a flow and, from there, using one’s body to show the love, the humor, the melancholy, the wit and all the other beautiful and interesting colors there are in a nice swinging tune.

For three years now, Aurélien has been a full-time swing dancer and instructor. He lives in Barcelona, where he teaches regular classes with his dance and life partner María. He also travels regularly to Geneva, the town where he was born, where he has co-funded Backbeat, an association which promotes swing dancing.

Natalya Borisenko (Russia)

Natalya is a full-time dance teacher, performer, competitor and professional traveller from Moscow, Russia. She has been dancing since childhood, tried different styles like ballroom, contemporary, traditional dances and many others. She started to dance boogie woogie in 2010 and in a while she turned to lindy hop and solo after discovering how much inspiration and freedom jazz music can give. Natalya started to teach in 2013 in Moscow, last two years she has been traveling a lot around all Europe for different competitions, teaching and social dancing. She knows many swing dance styles apart from lindy hop: such as St. Louis shag, blues, vernacular jazz and balboa. Natalya has a residency as a guest teacher in Pamplona, Spain where she is running regular classes of lindy hop, solo jazz, chorus line and performing group. As a teacher she focuses on encouraging dancers to express their personalities, to make sure they enjoy their own movements and get inspiration from the music. She appreciates individuality, playfulness and staying close to the roots and history of swing dancing.

 

Bands

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.

DJs

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 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)