Teachers

 

Cat & Cam

Cat and Cam are a team who love sharing the history, creativity and fun of lindy hop with students all over the world.

Get ready to laugh your pants off whilst swingin’ the frig out! With 25 years combined teaching experience between them and a similarly ridiculous sense of humour, Cat and Cam are dedicated to helping their students improve and to working to a high standard, whilst not taking themselves too seriously. After teaching for the first time together in 2014, they have not looked back!

They love social dancing. They love throwing the hell down Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers style at 300bpm. They love teaching, helping people discover new talents and achieve their perceived impossibles. Most of all, they love making bad jokes. Also Jungle Speed (the greatest game ever). They love that too.

Cat and Cam recently won the Fast and Furious division at London Swing Festival, took first place in the Strictly Lindy at Chase Festival in Heidelberg, Germany, and made the finals in the Classic Showcase at the International Lindy Hop Championships in Washington, DC.

 

Cris & Jon

english version in progress – in the meantime ….  🙂

Somos Jon&Cris, un tándem mañomancunian que vive en Zaragoza, después de 15 años en Barcelona. Llevamos bailando juntos desde 2007, año en que también nos re-encontramos con la música swing y descubrimos sus bailes. En 2008 nos enamoramos perdidamente del lindy hop y decidimos especializarnos en esta modalidad. Poco más tarde, descubrimos otros estilos de baile a ritmo de swing tales como blues o balboa y también nos robaron el corazón por lo que ahí tuvimos la señal inequívoca de que íbamos por el buen camino.

Desde entonces no hemos parado de formarnos con los mejores profesores nacionales e internacionales, tanto dentro como fuera de nuestras fronteras en workshops, festivales, campamentos y, por supuesto, cursos de formación continua. En 2013, apoyados por nuestros profesores y mentores, comenzamos a impartir clases y así seguimos hasta hoy, enamorados del swing, del baile y de esta profesión.

Nuestra filosofía apuesta por un baile social abierto a todo el mundo -incluso a aquellos que no hayan bailado nunca- cuya única pretensión es disfrutar del baile en pareja.

Nos encanta interpretar la música fusionando distintos estilos de swing dance. No es que una canción la encorsetemos en un estilo y ya está, sino que si así nos lo pide el tempo o la melodía o el feeling podemos empezar bailándola con lindy hop y tal vez darle color con una pizca de blues dance, balboa, fox trot, shag, …

De igual manera, nos gusta compartir con nuestros alumnos todos los recursos que tenemos y dotarles de las herramientas necesarias para que ellos también sean capaces de interpretar y disfrutar de cualquier canción bailando por y para su pareja, en ese baile y en ese momento.

Es genial ver cómo poco a poco van construyendo su propio estilo, cómo todo fluye y cómo consiguen adaptarse a la persona con la que están bailando en ese instante sin importar si sabe más o menos, viendo que lo único que les mueve es una sonrisa enorme y las ganas de pasarlo bien. Esto les hace crecer a ellos y a nosotros y esa sensación de realización personal es indescriptible y maravillosa.

Cris and Jon: Blues, Lindy and Balboa

 

Helena & Alexey

Alexey Kazennov is an incredibly talented and inspiring swing dancer hailing from Russia. He started dancing in 2013 with extraordinary enthusiasm, came to every single party and in the same year made finals in a Newcomer J&J. In 2015 he jumped into the Lindy life with both feet and began teaching, practicing and traveling all over the world, and has won a great number of competition titles (Savoy Cup, Harlem, Rock That Swing, ILHC and a long etcetera!).

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, and 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!

Helena accidentally discovered Lindy Hop in 2014, while she was studying her Musical Theater degree in Barcelona. She immediately fell in love with it, and attended as many classes as she could (Lindy Hop, Jazz Steps, Tap, Boogie Woogie, Shag, etc). One year later, she started teaching locally and travelling to events, and she hasn’t stopped ever since! She has been to a lot of swing events all over Europe, learning from top teachers as well as social dancing (her favourite part!).

She’s known for her crazy energy and style on the dancefloor and on competitions, where she has accomplished success in multiple occasions (like The Snowball, Savoy Cup and Balkan Lindy Hop Championships, just to name a few). All this travelling has changed and enriched her perception of Swing Dance and Jazz Music, and that’s what she wants to transmit when she teaches. Her classes focus on connecting with the roots of the dance and having fun with your partner.

Alexey and Helena met while traveling to festivals. It was in Herräng when they discovered that they share the same values and ideas about Lindy Hop. Since then, they have been meeting frequently to social dance, train, compete and teach workshops. They also spent a few months teaching regular classes in Istanbul. Together they qualified for Savoy Cup Champions Cup, won some Strictly Competitions (Herräng, Orient Lindy Express, Balkan Lindy Hop Championships), as well as placing and being finalists in many other events (like The Chase or Swim Out Costa Brava).

Helena & Alexey