Sharon Davis is internationally known for her distinctive and feminine style in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and Burlesque. Australian born but now based in London, Sharon has taught and performed around the world. She holds 1st place titles at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, National Jitterbug Championships, Canadian Swing Championships, Burlesque Hall of Fame, World Burlesque Games and has claimed numerous other awards internationally. She is known for her dedication to the history of vernacular jazz dances and the music they evolved to. Her classes focus on pairing dynamic connection and flow, with body awareness and quality of movement as a pathway to individual style, creativity and musicality. With her bright and bubbly personality, Sharon’s teaching style is energetic, inspiring and fun. She is also the director of the annual European Swing Dance Championships, and runs a London swing school called JazzMAD. Visit www.sharonmdavis.com to find out more about her.
I started dancing at the very young age of 4 years old and have done numerous types of dances until I fell in love with Lindy Hop and solo jazz. I have now been swing dancing for 14 years and keep being fascinated by the art of improvisation. Connecting with my partner through rhythm helps me dance my following and is the most inspiring thing to me at the moment. I have been spreading the joy of lindy hop and authentic jazz in more than 30 countries through teaching, performing, competing and social dancing. I love the diversity of movement and the freedom of expression this dance brings to the world. I hope to keep learning things and keep on inspiring people for as long as possible.
Joris Focquaert comes from Ghent, Belgium. He discovered the Lindy Hop and Jazz Roots in Copenhagen when he was studying at the Commedia School for mime & physical theatre. A background in the art of clowning, he takes this to his Jazz dances & performances, forming his attitude towards the dance. In class, Joris tries to share his best of ideas. He is one of the starting figures of swing dance school ‘Crazy Legs & vernacular Jazz dance troupe ‘the Dipsy Doodles’. Today he is a busy working dancer in Belgium & abroad, next to studying the Jazz trombone.
Kevin St. Laurent and Jo Hoffberg
Jo and Kevin live and breathe Lindy Hop with their passion for celebrating life through dance. They travel globally teaching and performing dances from the Jazz Era of the 1920’s to 1940’s. Since their partnership began in 2007 they have taught in 28 Countries across 5 continents including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Together they hold titles at the International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, American Lindy Hop Championship, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Camp Hollywood and Camp Jitterbug. With clear and humorous instruction, these two creative and versatile dancers will entertain, inspire and help you become the best dancer you can be. They are striving to change the world…one rock step at a time. In the words of the Harlem Hamfats….”Let’s Get Drunk and Truck”
Laia Fuig and Gustav Jakobsson
Laia – Laia started dancing at the age of six and and for six years she practiced Ballet, Contemporary and Flamenco daily. When she was 12 years old she started practice and compete in Ballroom dances. At the age of 19 she didn’t want to continue with the ballroom dances and she agreed to go with her parents to a Lindy Hop dance. She loved what she saw at the dance and immediately starting to take Lindy Hop lessons, leaving the Ballroom dancing behind. Laia continued to dance as much as she possibly could during her years at the university, studying to become a chemist. Now a full time dancer and teacher in Barcelona, she is focusing her teaching on followers to have a strong rhythm and to actively take part in the dance. She constantly strives to improve her dancing and movement by working on her solo jazz dancing as much as her Lindy Hop. She tries to connect fun, rhythm and silliness in her dancing.
Laia likes to perform and compete both in Lindy Hop and solo dancing and she has been a finalist in the Solo Jazz competition at The Snowball and she has won 3rd place in the Invitational Jack & Jill at Lindy Shock. With Gustav she reached the Strictly finals at The Snowball 2015 and recently they won the Advanced Strictly division at ILHC 2016
Gustav – Gustav grew up in a family dedicated to dance. However, the folkloric dances that his parents were performing did not interest him that much and he spent his youth doing sports, such as tennis, and especially football. Later, when his sister suggested that they should try out Lindy Hop by visiting something called Herräng Dance Camp he gave it a try. During his first contact with the dance in Herräng he was fortunate enough to have a class with Frankie Manning. He fell in love with Lindy Hop and since then, he has been dedicating a lot of time to learn more about this amazing dance.
Now a full time dancer and teacher in Barcelona his teaching is focused on rhythm and flow. Gustav is constantly working to improve his movement by practising Solo Jazz movement as well as Lindy Hop. He likes to perform and compete and has been successful at events such as ILHC, ESDC, Lindy Shock and The Snowball. Together with Laia he reached the Strictly finals at The Snowball 2015 and recently they won the advanced Strictly division at ILHC 2016.
Maja Hellsten and Felix Berghäll
Maja – Maja was born in to a dancing family, often traveling around dance camps and competitions as a child. At the age of 15 she was certain that dancing and singing would be the right way in life. Now Maja has a professional dancer’s degree from the Stockholm Ballet Academy and has been working as a dancer, singer, producer, choreographer and teacher for many years. Combining the techniques of her many role models like Eleanor Powell, Fred Astaire, The Nicholas Brothers, Jeni Le Gon, Al Minns and Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers just to name a few, with the freedom, creativity and playfulness of jazz music is what brings her the most joy and shines through in her teaching.
Felix – Meet Felix Berghäll, a fun and friendly top international teacher from Sweden whose energy is contagious! Felix says “I always have this idea when I dance with a person, I am dancing FOR that person”. He is a strong believer in the freedom and authentic style of the dance and the connection and you create with the music and the people around you. With a background in Boogie Woogie, Felix is no stranger to competing, fast dancing and a love of expressing rhythm – and happiness! Recently he has enjoyed winning partnerships with Pamela Gaizutyte, Egle Regelskis (Lithuania) and Mikaela Hellsten (Sweden) as well as countless titles in his own right for solo jazz dance.