Teachers 2018

Flora Bouchereau (F) & Thorbjørn Urskog (NOR)

Flora Bouchereau (F) & Thorbjørn Urskog (NOR)
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Thorbjorn discovered the world of swing dancing at the age of 15 and became immediately hooked. His passion has always been to compete with others and so he started competing the very same year he took his first dance steps. Today Thorbjorn still competes but also teaches Boogie Woogie all around the world. Throughout his career he has achieved quite a number of titles and is about to become the most winning boogie dancer in history. In his title gallery you find: 5 world championships, 4 European championships, 13 Norwegian Championships, 2 Norwegian Lindy Hop Championships and 6 Nordic championships.

Flora has been dancing since she was 10 years old. She started competing in Boogie Woogie at the age of 15, joining the first international competition in 2012 and just running up straight to the finals. In 2014, together with Thorbjorn, right at the first competition, she became World Champion, followed by the European Champion title as the youngest dancer in history to achieve these titles. Flora has started to teach professionally about a year ago and loves to travel around the world and to pass on her knowledge and love for dancing.

Jessica Kaiser & Markus Kakuska (AT)

Jessica Kaiser & Markus Kakuska (AT)
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Jessica Kaiser has been dancing Boogie Woogie continuously ever since she was 6 years old, actively competing since the age of 8. She feels the music in her heart and in her soul, and this is what you see, when you watch her perfoming.

Markus Kakuska started dancing Boogie Woogie at the age of 11, and he loves to give each song his personal touch. Markus and Jessy have been dancing together for 13 years, and they belong to the top dancers internationally, even though both of them are not full time dancers. They place 11th in the world ranking of Boogie-Woogie and have won more than 40 first places nationally and internationally.

At the moment they are also the reigning Austrian champions. Both of them have taught in many countries already. Their main topics in class are fun, fun and even more fun!

More Informatione about the both: www.swingin-crocs.at

Alice Faraone & William Pisani (IT)

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William Pisani

William Pisani started dancing at the age of 9 at the Benny's Band dance school in Assago (Milan). After graduating in Interpreting and Communication at the IULM University of Milan, William is now a dancer and instructor at the Benny's Band in different disciplines: Boogie-Woogie, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Jazz Routine.

Alice Faraone

Alice Faraone dances Boogie-Woogie, her greatest passion, since the age of 8. At the age of 17 she began teaching this discipline and studying the possible branches of the Swing dances. She is a student at the University CATTOLICA in Milan in "movement sciences", and is now a dancer and instructor of different disciplines: Boogie-Woogie, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa and Jazz Routine.

As a dancing couple, Alice and William participated in numerous national and international competitions together, with excellent rankings and several prestigious prizes won.

Tatyana Georgievska (UKR) & Sondre Olsen-Bye (NOR)

Tatyana Georgievska & Sondre Olsen-Bye
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Tanya took off into the world of dancing at the delicate age of four. At the beginning, she engaged in classical dance, before starting acrobatic Rock-n-Roll at the age of nine. Beside this, she was active in a number of different projects in the areas of modern jazz, contemporary dance and Boogie-Woogie. Since the year 2000, Tanya is an active participant in Rock-n-Roll and Boogie-Woogie tournaments, and was able to score numerous victories, e.g. World Cup in Rock-n-Roll Formation category, won 4 World Cups in Boogie-Woogie main class. Apart from this, she has taken part in numerous dance projects and performances. Since 2015 she and Sondre have been dancing and competing together. By now, they have climbed to fourth place in the Boogie Woogie World Ranking List of World Rock-n-Roll Confederation. Together they were active as teachers and performers at numerous camps and festivals in their short timespan of cooperation, e.g. Rock that Swing (Munich, Germany), SwingAuout (Laroquesbrou, France), Sexto Vintage (Sexto, Italy), Northern Boogie (St. Petersburg, Russia).

Already with five years of age, Sondre made his first steps on the dancefloor. With eight, he participatet in his first Swing dance competitions. In the year 2007, he was a participant in the show "Norway's got Talent", where his dancing career really took off. Since 2009, Sondre took part in Boogie-Woogie tournaments, since 2011 in Lindy Hop tournaments. He achieved numerous first places, for example 1. Place European Swing Dance Championship Strictly 2013 (London, UK) and 1. Place Boogie-Woogie Cup 2014 (Munich, Germany). Since 2015 he and Tanya have been dancing and competing together. By now, they have climbed to fourth place in the Boogie Woogie World Ranking List of World Rock-n-Roll Confederation. Together they were active as teachers and performers at numerous camps and festivals in their short timespan of cooperation, e.g. Rock that Swing (Munich, Germany), SwingAuout (Laroquesbrou, France), Sexto Vintage (Sexto, Italy), Northern Boogie (St. Petersburg, Russia).
More pics and information on Tanyas & Sondres website

Daria Chupyrkina (RUS) & JB Mino (FRA)

Daria Chupyrkina & JB Mino
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Daria (Dasha) Chupyrkina is one of the best swing dance follower in Russia. She started her career at the Music school, when she was 7 years old. She studied choreography, jazz modern, tap dance, actors skills and singing there.

She discovered to dance Boogie Woogie in 2007, and a few years later Lindy Hop.

She has won lots of competitions such as Moscow X-Mas Lindy Hop Jack & Jill 2014, Lindy Shock Jack & Jill 2012, Open Russian Championships Boogie Woogie 2011,2013,2014 and others.Now she takes part only in Lindy Hop competitions and teaches in Russia and in another countries.

Dance is a freedom for her, which gives her the chance to get across lots of emotions and expressions and certainly find a new friends . As she says: «If you want to communicate, lets dance!»

Jean Baptiste Mino (JB) is from La Roche sur Foron, where he grew. At the age of 17 he discovered dance and met Tatiana, his dancepartner for many years. They learned couple dancing together, in particular the Lindy Hop. He began with swing with Andy Spitz in Lyon and one year later he meet Thomas  Blacharz, the founder of the SwingJammerz.

This meeting changed his life, because he decides to move to Montpellier in order to learn the Lindy Hop and how to teach. Formed by the Ninjammerz among others, he expresses a dynamic style which allows him to win competitions all over Europe.

His teaching is based on lead and follow and on the technique. Now he’s running the SwingJammerz Association and organizing workshops in Montpellier.

Yana Meystelman & Ron Dobrovinsky (IL)

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Ron Dobrovinsky

In a class with Ron you will find that working hard and having fun can go together, as you’ll be driven to reach the next level in your dancing. His ability to simplify complicated concepts and create a very clear buildup in his classes will give you practical ways for improvement and new ideas for further exploration. By creating fine & clear contrasts between different elements in the dance, Ron manages to create a good understanding and fast implementation of the material.

As a certified fitness trainer & a rich background in martial arts and other dances, Ron has a deep insight about efficient usage of the body, which helps dancers to create a better movement in the dance, with insights about taking care of the body and preventing injuries.

Ron combines the valuable experiences of building a local scene as well as international teaching. He teaches regularly around Europe in various dance workshops and swing & blues festivals. In Israel, Ron is the director of Swing It - Swing Dancing School, and teaches around the country.


Yana Meystelman

Yana loves teaching and is always eager to explore new techniques and ideas to make her classes the best learning environment for her students. Her classes are always fun and even the most complicated of ideas become enjoyable to work on.

Dancing Lindy Hop for almost 10 years, swingin' and teaching are a way of life for Yana. She's teaching in Israel on a regular basis with the Swing It dance school and also traveling and teaching at various workshops and festivals all around Europe.

Marie N'diaye & Anders Sihlberg (SE)

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Marie has been dancing almost as long as she has been walking, but she fell in love with Lindy Hop and other vernacular jazz dances (Jazz, Tap, Black Bottom...)  in 2006. Since then Marie has been fortunate to work and dance with the fantastic teachers of the Cat's Corner Studio in Montreal (member of the "Northern Lights") and is now based in Stockholm where she teaches at the Chicago Swing Dance Studio. She is the choreographer and director of the Herräng Dance Camp daily meeting chorus line and leads her own dance troupe HotCha Chorus Line with which she regularly performs. Her international career took her around the globe and in her classes she combines modern knowledge and authentic style with a good measure of fun!

Anders is a swing dance instructor and performer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has studied dances such as ballet, contemporary and modern jazz since the age of 10 and developed a passion for body movements, rhythm and teaching dance. At the age of 13 he fell in love with the African American social dances of the swing era such as Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz, Charleston and Tap and has since then been fortunate to teach and perform around Europe and the USA. Anders jumps on every opportunity to develop himself within performing arts and swing dancing and wants nothing more than to share his passion and knowledge with people all over the world. Currently Anders is performing in a range of different productions and projects, teaches regularly at Chicago Swing Dance Studio and travels around the world as a swing dance teacher.
Marie N'diaye and Anders Sihlberg have been Lindy Hop partners since 2010. They were both members of the dance troupe the "Midnight Rounders" and later on continued performing and teaching together. Both admire the old styles and strives to keep an authentic touch in their dancing. Their heroes are Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Al Minns, Marie Bryant and many other fantastic dancers of the era. Marie and Anders have been teaching lindy hop and slow dancing internationally as well as thefamous Herräng Dance Camp.

Reetta Koivuniemi & Tuomas Sillanpää (FIN)

Reetta Koivuniemi & Tuomas Sillanpää (FIN)
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Tuomas and Reetta have been dancing together since 2008 and started to practice and compete more seriously in 2009. During their competition years, this Finnish couple has achieved several final places in boogie dancing World Cups, won all together ten Finnish Championship titles in boogie woogie, bugg and lindy hop, and in addition they were Nordic Champions in boogie 2016.  

They are experienced trainers and coaches of groups of different aged, and – sized. Now they teach regularly in Finland and in different workshops around Europe. As trainers they love both technique and music interpretation. Leading and following as well as bounce, rhythm and body control are all their favorite topics - how to feel the music and share this feeling as a couple.

Every lesson is a mix of technique, sweat, good music and of course a lot of fun! 

©Photo Timo Taskinen

Stacy Aurel & Ludovic Chanton (FR)

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Ludovic started dancing very young, he has been teaching swing dances for seven years now, including the boogie woogie, which is his flagship discipline.
Stacy began her first dance steps as a teenager and was directly charmed by the madness of the boogie woogie.
Ludovic and Stacy have been dancing together since 2010. Since 2012, they have been selected on the national french team and are currently 2European place and silver at the world championships.
More and more present on the international and French scene, Ludovic and Stacy are determined to share their passion for swing!

Valerie Reiß & Christoph Pecher (DE)

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Christoph Pecher started dancing at the young age of 11 and can look back on many successful competition years as Junior and Main Class dancer with different partners. He started teaching several years ago at his home club in Simbach. Last year, he and a small group of competitors in his area decided to found their own club that focuses on competition dance. Boogieschmiede has already won several prices in different classes.

Valerie Reiß heard about Boogie Woogie only 3 years ago and eventually made it to Boogie-Bären DanceCamp as a participant which seemed to be a first part of a small destiny. Shortly after starting dancing, she also started to teach in her home area in several dance schools, which developed her further as a dancer. Besides the dance, she is also interested in Vintage fashion which encouraged her to introduce her own label and collection “Swing My Dear” at the BBDC 2017. There, she meets Christoph, immediately feel the chemistry and dance and start competing in 2018.

As a dance couple, Valerie and Christoph provide a unique combination of her smooth and creative movements with his rather footwork technique-oriented style. With their immense experience as teachers, we are sure that you will enjoy exciting, funny and informative classes with them.

Alevtina Kapusta (UKR)

Tatyana Georgievska & Sondre Olsen-Bye
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Alevtina began dancing in her early childhood. She quickly progressed from gymnastics to acrobatic Rock`n`Roll. Already at the early age of 15, she began teaching Rock`n`Roll while at the same time learning ballroom dancing, herself. During her studies of ballroom dancing at the University of Kiev, she discovered Boogie-Woogie dancing and soon participated in in competitions. It did not take tong to stumble upon a Lindy Hop Video, which got her hooked. The next few years, she devoted her professional carreer to this dance - she participated in an incredible amount of international dance camps, workshops and competitions during this time. She developed her own approach to teaching, which focusses on the individual student. She intuitively knows how to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time. Just recently, she taught at the Munich Lindy Hop and Jazz Team Course 2015 in Munich (Germany), the Swing Dance Saturday Workshops 2015 in Salzburg (Austria) and the Lindy Hop Workshop 2015 in Ingolstadt (Germany).

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