Teachers 2019

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.

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).
 
Tanya and Sondre have been dancing and competing together since 2015. 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

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.

Valerie Reiß & Christoph Pecher (GER)

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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.

Elsa Köck & Andreas Aigner (AT)

Kerstin Engel & Johannes Hien (GER)

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Kerstin and Jojo took their first Boogie-woogie steps in a basic class in the year 2009. Since 2012, they are busy in the competition scene. The rapid progress did not go unnoticed, so that they have been permanent members of the German national team since 2013. On the national floor, they are newly named vice-champions. But also internationally, their path leads steeply upwards: They have achieved a remarkable 11. place at the World-Masters in Moscow, and danced their way to a number of quarter-final and semi-final rounds. They captivate with their acrobatic moves, which constantly awe the audience. As trainers they have been teaching at the BVRR-Tanztagen (BVRR dancing days) beside their commitment at their home club. Their furthest trip as trainers has led them to Siberian Novosibirsk in december 2015.

Lee Meidan & Kevin St. Laurent (SPA/USA)

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Lee has been teaching Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz since 2012, first locally in her home town of Tel Aviv and then internationally around Europe. Since a young age Lee has been studying dance, music (specifically jazz) and theater, and has always been a passionate performer. For her, Lindy Hop is art; it’s a conversation between two people and the music; it’s a way of self expression greater than words.

Lee teaches with various different partners and enjoys continuously learning from her colleagues and peers. Her goal in classes is to find the most honest way of sharing her understanding of the dance with her students, and preferably laugh while at it.

As an international man of Lindy Hop, Kevin has been traversing the globe since the new millennium began, spreading the gospel of the golden age of jazz. He has taught and performed in over 30 countries across 5 continents with an emphasis on the style and inspiration from the 1920’s to the 1940’s, but with a modern twist.

Dance titles started with the World Lindy Hop Championships in 2000 and continue to this day to such events as the International Lindy Hop Championships, Camp Hollywood, Savoy Cup, American Lindy Hop Championship, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown and Camp Jitterbug.

With clear and humorous instruction, this creative and versatile dancer will entertain you, inspire you, and help you become the best dancer you can be.

Bianca Locatelli & Nils Andren (IT/SE)

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Bianca started dancing at the age of six and tried a lot of dance styles from ballet to street dancing. Though, she got stuck in swing dancing, her biggest passion. She has been competing and performing several years first in Italy and then internationally. Nowadays she's social dancing, competing and teaching Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop in Sweden and all around the world.
Bianca received the EuroStar Award which was given to her for showing talent and potential and for having exemplified the spirit of the dance during the European Swing Dance Championships. Bianca thinks that music is the most inspiring factor for her dancing, she enjoys social dancing and watch people dancing and having fun. She went to Herräng for the first time at the age of 14 and since then swing dancing has become an essential part of her days.
Nils and Bianca recently won the Swedish championship in both Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop.


Nils has now been dancing for 11 years. He has throughout his career been constantly competing in various dances such as Boogie Woogie, Salsa, Lindy Hop and the Swedish bugg. During several years of dancing he has acquired numerous of podium placements on competitions all around the world in Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie.
Nils is nowadays traveling around teaching, competing, DJing and social dancing. Music is his main source of inspiration and by dancing and teaching Nils tries to transmit to the audience and his students.

Anna Fors & Jakob Bergelin (SE)

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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 at the Swedish Championships two years in a row, 1 st place in Invitational Strictly Lindy at Savoy Cup and 1 st place in Pro Showcase at ILHC three years in a row.

Alevtina Kapusta (UKR) & Niklas Grill (GER)

Alevtina & Nik
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Alevtina started from Gymnastics, Acrobatic Rock-n-roll and Ballroom dances. After a few international events she chose Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop and Jazz as main styles. Dance became her passion and as a consequence her profession. For the last four years she has been teaching Lindy Hop, Jazz and Boogie Woogie all around Europe, coaching formation teams of Boogie Woogie, Jazz and Lindy Hop in Munich, Zurich and Ingolstadt.

Nik started swing dancing around 2008 with performing and compeating in Boogie Woogie. Some years later he discovered Lindy Hop as his new passion at the Boogie Bären club and now proudly teaches there regularly.

They started their partnership in 2017 compeating and teaching together in different events all around Europe. In 2018 they won the 3rd place at the Balkan Lindy Hop Championships Short Lindy Hop Showcase Division.

Both enjoy social dancing, the freedom of the Lindy Hop and love to share their passion and inspiration with others.