Cat Foley & Michaela Delmonte [UK]
Teaching Lindy Hop
Cat Foley is a Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz dancer, teacher and performer currently London based, working with Swing Patrol, teaching solo jazz and lindy hop and travelling worldwide. Cat’s improv comedy experience, and theatre background bring extra life to her teaching and performing. Known for her infectiously fun style, Cat wears her heart on her sleeve and strives to bring out individuality, positivity and energy from her students.
Michaela Delmonte has performed as part of various lindy hop and solo jazz dance troupes including the Skyliners, the Dinahs and the Hotfoot Strutters. She currently teaches partner and solo dance classes in London for Swing Patrol and also runs two dance troupes – the Skyliners and Club Stomp. Michaela’s love of swing dancing lies in the partnering, the creativity and the constant adventure that the dance offers. Through delving deeper into the music and dance history, refining movements and exploring different ideas with different partners, she finds the journey of developing a greater understanding of swing dancing utterly compelling.
Daniel Larsson & Tatiana Udry [SE/FR]
Teaching Lindy Hop
With inspiration from the original Hoofers, Daniel Larsson is one of the dancers that still work in the style and rhythm heritage that once was created by the legends during the golden era of swing. Daniel has a broad dancing repertoire, including traditional Lindy Hop, Charleston, Jazz as well as Modern Jazz and Ballet. He works professionally at theatres in the musical scene where not only dancing, but also singing and acting is a part of his profession.
Tatiana Udry, based in Montpellier, France, spent twelve years learning Classical and Modern Jazz before getting into couple dancing and specializing in the Lindy Hop and Charleston. These days she is teaching Lindy Hop, Charleston and Solo Jazz Roots. She is best known for her impressive ease of movement, her technical maturity despite her young age and her craziness! She has won many competitions in a variety of styles (Blues, Jazz, Charleston…) both as a solo dancer and in couple dancing.
Evgeniia Zlatina & Alexey Kazennov [RU]
Teaching Lindy Hop
Evgeniia Zlatina’s first steps in swing dancing actually started with Boogie Woogie. She fell completely in love with the dance process and the boundless possibilities of development. But after a few years of dancing Boogie she came to the party at Summertime Swing School and was charmed by the energy and community of Lindy Hop. In 2015 she began teaching Lindy Hop and solo jazz at Summertime Swing school in St. Petersburg, Russia. For Evgeniia dance is a way to feel freedom – there are only you, your partner, your true feelings, music and exactly this moment.
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. 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.
Lindy hop, Authentic Jazz, Blues, and St. Louis Shag is all part of his repertoire. Alexey is famous for his personal dancing style, his big smiles, and most of all for his high energy on the dance floor. His goal as a teacher is to inspire people to find their own style.
JoYsS (Jean-Charles Zambo) [FR]
Teaching Solo Jazz
JoYsS is a Jazz, Contemporary, Swing and Hip Hop professional dancer. He took acting classes at the school of art “la Comète” in Paris. He won 1st place at the Solo jazz Contest at Paris Jazz Roots Festival 2015, and 1st place in the Solo Charleston division at ILHC 2015. He is one of the most accomplished dancers in the international swing dance scene. For him, the body is like a stringed instrument. Each of these strings are feelings (sadness, happiness, melancholy…) and we have to learn not to be afraid of them in order to play the best melody… to be a “HEARTist”. In his classes he emphasizes improving his students movements by teaching how to better understand their own bodies, which helps growing as a dancer, because it fosters coordination, balance and expression. This in turn helps improve their musicality and capacity for improvisation, and to never lose the pleasure of learning – skills absolutely crucial for every dancer. And yet dance is not his only professional activity! He is the artistic director and founder of the award winning company Cie ULTIME and a music composer.