Peter Winqvist Loggins (New Orleans, USA / Sweden)

Peter Winqvist Loggins (New Orleans, USA / Sweden)

Peter Winqvist Loggins (or as lithuanians like to call him - Senis Petras) is the foremost historian on American Jazz Dance. Credited for bringing back many of the dances that he learned from the original dancers of the 1920's and 30's and 40's. He brings a first hand historical approach to his classes sharing what was handed down by National Charleston champions, Harvest Moon Ball Lindy Hop winners and 1930's Swing Champions.

Peter not only travels worldwide as an instructor, lecturer, performer and competition judge but he can also be seen on video on Beverly Hills 90210, Marilyn Manson "Mobscene" video, Royal Crown Revue's "Zip Gun Bop" video, Mulholland Drive, and the 13th Floor to name a few.

Together with his partner, Mia Goldsmith, they have become famous for their footwork, improvisation, individual approach, and style. Their expansive knowledge of social jazz dances and the music that drove them allow students to learn the history of these dances and how they've evolved through the years.

Katja Hrastar Završnik (Slovenia)

Katja Hrastar Završnik (Slovenia)

Katja is an Elegant dancer.  At first, you'll be seduced by her style based by subtlety and finesse. But if you look a little closer you'll be surprised by her musicality and footworks.

Her knowledge of (almost) all swing dances allows Katja to adapt her dance to any type of dancer. Which places her on the market among one of the best followers understanding connection and reactivity !!!

Her shyness - as probably her Slovenian origin as well - gives at first a "cold" feeling. But don't make any mistake : she loves to laugh, to party and simply have fun. During a Dance, she is one of the few followers to never refuse a dance and also often the last to leave the dance floor.

... Leaders ... make sure to book a dance with her! You won't regret it !!!

Pamela Gaižutytė (Lithuania)

Pamela Gaižutytė (Lithuania)

Humorous and dynamic, keen, full of heart and a touch of the anarchic, Pamela was spellbound by Lindy Hop energy and community at the age of sixteen when she started her first classes at Lindyhop.lt Club in Vilnius. Despite her young age Pamela has already brought herself to light constantly learning anything related to dancing, be it music, psychology or anatomy.

In 2009, Pamela began working at Hoppers’ Dance Studio in her hometown of Vilnius, Lithuania. Today she dances and teaches with the top leaders in the international Lindy Hop scene. Having no constant partner has given Pamela space to bring a lot of variety to her dance - no wonder dancers call her one of the most exciting followers in recent years.

As a dancer Pamela cherishes individuality and freedom. For her Lindy Hop is not as much about impeccable technique as it is about musicality and awareness. As a teacher she shares her values and encourages people to find their own way of dancing: “Learn to be ok with the way you are and how your body moves. It’s all about you.” 

Nietzsche once said “You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star”.

By Migle Ravnialicevaite

Simona Pogosian (Lithuania)

Simona Pogosian (Lithuania)

Simona Pogosian is a vibrant dance enthusiast daring you to break the dancefloor rules you know! Be it Lindy hop, Solo jazz, Balboa or Shag – she will effortlessly mix and match all together to create her own unique movement story. Simona started her dance journey when she was 4 years old. After trying different styles of dances, she fell in love with Lindy Hop in 2004. Since then all her time and energy have been dedicated to Swing dances. Simona, together with her companions pioneered Lindy Hop in Vilnius. She regularly teaches there and abroad inspiring students to break free and find the joy in what they do.

Simona is known for her exceptional choreographic ability to turn her jazz moves into an original dance story. Her power to easily follow the rhythm makes her a flawless follower in couple dances and also spotlights her solo artistry. Don’t miss the chance to ask her out for a dance! You will not regret!

Kamilė Pundziūtė (Lithuania)

Kamilė Pundziūtė (Lithuania)

Kamilė Pundziūtė is a real treat in Vilnius Lindy Hop community, keeping it swingin' since 2003, the very beginning of Lindy Hop explosion in Lithuania. Kamilė 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!

Mikey Pedroza (USA)

Mikey Pedroza (USA)

Since 1998, Mikey Pedroza has been dedicated to the understanding and preservation of classical American Jazz dances such as, Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Slow Drag (Blues) and Solo Jazz. Hailing from Orange County, California, he passionately developed his own perfect blend of powerful movement and classic grace with a hard edged and playful style which is evident each time he steps onto the floor. Such dedication and originality has earned him numerous awards at national dance competitions as well as opened avenues for teaching and performing.
 
The same passion and energy Mikey exudes on the floor, he brings to students around the world. And as an instructor, he encourages his students to be self-expressive and creative while establishing a strong understanding of connection, lead/follow technique, frame, body awareness and mechanics. By building a good technical base, students are then free to develop their own personalized style with confidence. Mikey hopes that by sharing his love and knowledge of these dances with others, that they too will find joy in this classical American art form.

Evita Arce (USA)

Evita Arce (USA)

Known for her magical energy, high-flying aerials and dynamic movement, Evita Arce is a specialist in the Lindy Hop, The Charleston, and other Swing era dances. Evita performed the featured Lindy Hop role with partner, Michael Jagger, in the Broadway show SWING for the 2008 Japan tour, The Sacramento Music Circus, and the Benedum Theater in Pittsburgh. Additionally, Evita performed in "Let Freedom Swing", a Celebration of America, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and held at the Kennedy Center. It was part of the Martin Luther King day and 2009 Inaugural Festivities.

Evita's choreography and partnerwork have earned her 1st and 2nd place in numerous national contests. In October 2007 at the American Lindy Hop Championships she won 1st place in Blues and Cabaret. Evita was recognized for her solo-Charleston dancing with 1st and 2nd place standings. More recently she took 1st place in the Jazz dance competitions, both solo and partner (with partner Nathan Bugh), at ILHC 2012!

Syncopated City, an off-shoot of Swing FX, is now managed by Evita and partner Michael Jagger in NYC and was featured in the Edinburough, Scotland Jazz Festival, and annually performs at the Cabarets of Camp Savoy, as well as venues around the city and the country!

Vincenzo Fesi (Italy)

Vincenzo Fesi (Italy)

Vincenzo Fesi is a worldwide recognised dancer, teacher and choreographer. As a real globetrotter, he teaches and perform at the most prestigious swing dance events around the world. Melbourne, Paris, Stockholm, Seoul and London are just some of the cities where he is invited as a guest every other weekend. He was born at Lake Como, but Roma adopted him three years ago. Inspired by the incomparable Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Frankie Manning Vincenzo Fesi dances the Lindy Hop, the Balboa, the tap dance and many other jazz styles. With his dark eyes and skin and his contagious smile, Vincenzo looks like a 1940’s movie star and brings enthusiasm on stage all over the world.

Being more famous abroad than in the Bel Paese, Vincenzo is the Italian star that shines in the lively international swing dance scene. Vincenzo organizes intensive workshops for beginners and professional dancers alike both in Como and in Roma. He has a specific teaching method that he developed throughout his years of experience in the fields. When he teaches and when he performs, Vincenzo gives off a contagious energy that drives his audience crazy. Since 2006 he organizes one of the most popular events in the world: Swing Crash Festival alongside Isabella Gregorio. The event takes place every June in Como. Inspired by old movies and newspapers of the golden age of jazz music, they organize an event with several live orchestras and hundreds of dancers that turn the city of Como into a magic place.

Nathan Bugh (USA)

Nathan Bugh (USA)

Nathan Bugh presents a unique, rhythmic style of jazz dance in performance and in workshops worldwide. He "rocked the stage" at Carnegie Hall, dancing Lindy Hop with the New York Pops Orchestra; he performed in Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater in Swingin' Frankie's Way; and he danced in the Vanaver Caravan’s Earth Beat, at Jacob's Pillow. Nathan brought the 20's to life in the Great Gatsby episode of My Fair Wedding. And he appeared on FoxNC's Fox and Friends Christmas. He is a principle dancer in the feature film, Rebel In The Rye. He has also danced in several music videos, including the Weepies, Be My Honey Pie.

As a national competitor, Nathan has taken 1st place in Lindy, Slow Dancing, Solo Charleston, Team, Jill&Jack, and Cabaret divisions. He is one of the most eminent solo-jazz contestants in the world, having won both the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2012) and International Lindy Hop Championships (2014). He is also the director and choreographer of “Yeah Man,” the 2015 ILHC Team champions. Nathan is based in New York City, where he performs regularly and teaches social-dance classes.

Thomas Marek (Germany)

Thomas Marek (Germany)

Thomas Marek has been a leading artist for contemporary tap dance in Germany and Europe for the last 20 years. In his work he is blending traditional and modern forms of tap dance with contemporary musical and theatrical elements.

Thomas Marek started tap dancing at age 14 and about two years after starting tap dance he met Brenda Bufalino at a workshop. She quickly became his most influential teacher in his beginning years. He later also had the opportunity to get to know and to study with tap innovators and masters like Honi Coles, Cholly Atkins, Chuck Green, Buster Brown, Lon Chaney and Jimmy Slyde. 

After finishing school in 1992  and an intensive training period in the USA, Thomas Marek became a professional tap dancer, focusing on his own artistic performances and tap dance productions. He is a regular guest in theaters and festivals all over Germany, Europe and the USA. 
He performed in Spain, Brazil, Israel, France, in the USA and in many theaters all over Germany and he danced on stage with tap dance greats like Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Duffy, Sarah Petronio, Jimmy Slyde and Gregory Hines.

„Thomas Marek is a wolf of a dancer. Tall, rangy, feet apart, he gives the floor a resonant thrashing. Don't think just complex shuffles and brushes; think kicking a stone down the block“ The Village Voice, New York 2005

Isabella Gregorio (Italy / Sweden)

Isabella Gregorio (Italy / Sweden)

Isabella Gregorio is a well-known international dancer. She teaches and performs around the globe, exhilarating students and audiences of all ages. She is well known for her crazy style and her great expression. Her professional career started in Italy 2002, with a quick start of claiming several titles in numerous international competitions as well as teaching across the world together with Vincenzo Fesi. Isabella has been dancing different kinds of dance since she was a child.

Isabella and Pontus started to actively dance together January 2011. With light attitude, their classes are known for being highly pedagogical, technical and focusing on individual improvement. Together they have won the hearts of audiences around the world and been able to collect following titles:

5 years consecutive Swedish Champions in both Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie
5 years consecutive Vice World Champions in Boogie Woogie
4 years consecutive award winners at ILHC (Various divisions)
and more...
Pontus Persson (Sweden)

Pontus Persson (Sweden)

Pontus Persson has been dancing since he was 5 years old, actively competing (since the age of 6) and started teaching professionally as a 16-year old. After graduating, he moved to Stockholm in 2008 to evolve his dancing with the show company Harlem Hot Shots. He has since then been spreading the dance through shows, competitions and teaching.

Isabella and Pontus started to actively dance together January 2011. With light attitude, their classes are known for being highly pedagogical, technical and focusing on individual improvement. Together they have won the hearts of audiences around the world and been able to collect following titles:

5 years consecutive Swedish Champions in both Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie
5 years consecutive Vice World Champions in Boogie Woogie
4 years consecutive award winners at ILHC (Various divisions)
and more...
Rikard Ekstrand (Sweden)

Rikard Ekstrand (Sweden)

Rikard Ekstrand (SWE) was inspired to start dancing at the early age of 7. Today he’s a well recognized dancer in the swing dance scene and working full-time as a respected professional dancer, teacher and choreographer.
Except from swing dancing, Rikard also studied funk-styles for many years with a similar interest in the original styles and their connection with music and culture. He sees the expression of swing dancing as an art form, a culture legacy and consider him self as a student of rhythm. “In the school of rhythm you will always be a student”

In the classroom the main focus lies in “how” and “why”. A student should leave the classroom with more knowledge and inspiration than pre-class. His passion for teaching drives on dancers sharing their dancing and express together with him. Expect a challenge in different ways than what you are used to.

In 2006 Rikard started his cooperation with the Harlem Hot Shots and is now since many years one of the core members in the hard working dance company. As a side project from dancing he play jazz music with his band Hornsgatan Ramblers (SWE).

Sep Vermeersch (Belgium)

Sep Vermeersch (Belgium)

Sep Vermeersch is a versatile swing and jazz dancer based in Gent, Belgium. He’s known for his positive energy and dynamic movement.. He started as a ‘spontaneous’ dancer, shakin’ it in bars and at parties. This probably clarifies his unique and musical dancing style. Today, you can find Sep teaching and performing in different projects. From performing purely vintage dancing with The Dipsy Doodles to bringing burlesque cabaret with U n Coup de Folies or even go go dancing and MC-ing at electronic music festivals like Tomorrow lands’ Radio Ultra Modern stage.

He teaches lindy hop and solo jazz for Ghent finest authentic jazz dance school Crazy Legs. But in weekends he travels around Europe to teach solo or partnered up, mostly with Alexia Legoueix or Bára Hřebačková. When home Sep can be found training, Dj-ing or organising events for LouisLou. His energy and passion for the music, dance, art and vintage business made him a very busy and welcomed guest in many projects and events.The combination of his daily practise, pedagogical education and his energising class style makes him a unique ‘character’ in the modern swing dance world.

He’s not only valuing the dance itself, but especially the music and the ‘human’ behind all of that. Come over and Jam! He has competed often with for eg these interesting results: 1st place at ‘ultimate best dancer’ at Harlem 2015 (Vilnius, Lithuania), Strictly at Lindy Shock 2013 in Budapest and Solo Jazz at LSSF 2015 in Ljubljana. He was second at solo Blues in ESDC 2015.

Alexia Legoueix (France)

Alexia Legoueix (France)

Alexia was rescued by swing dancing in 2005, when she was about to engage into standard competition dancing. Attending her first Herrang in 2007, she has since travelled the world to learn more about the dance, its origins, and jazz in general.

With a background in Ballet, jazz and contemporary dancing, she mostly gets interests in african rhythm based dances… also learning percussions and drums in the process. That would explain why rhythm stays so important to her, and the core of her dancing.

When teaching, besides rhythm, she will really emphasis on the role of the follower in the partnership, as well as how to share a common musical ground with your partner… while still being yourself !

Albert Ferran (Catalonia/Spain)

Albert Ferran (Catalonia/Spain)

He has been dancing balboa since 2005, trying to grow the balboa scene in Barcelona and also teaching internationally since 2011. Having developed his own style with particular way to combine pure bal and balswing. He has won balboa international titles like Eurobal cup 2011, BOTP classic open 2013 and Easter balboa championships 2013.

Neus Castells (Catalonia/Spain)

Neus Castells (Catalonia/Spain)

Neus discovered Balboa at 2010 and since then she has combined her fascination for it with the Lindy Hop and other swing dances, dancing socially, training and teaching locally, looking for sharing her passion and knowing more about it. For her a day without dancing and without learning something new is like a wasted day. Recently she has been 1st at the 2017 Toulouse Balboa Festival J'n'J.

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