Instructors

Kate Hedin & Bobby White

Always striving to capture the classic spirit of the original jitterbugs with a modern voice, Bobby and Kate teach Balboa, Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, and Collegiate Shag nationally and internationally.

Between them they have championship titles in almost every major Balboa and many major Lindy Hop competitions, including the American Classic Balboa Championships, the International Lindy Hop Championships, the Euro Balboa Cup, the American Lindy Hop Championships, and the Eastern Balboa Championships. Their judging is highly respected and sought-after for events such as the International Lindy Hop Championships and the European Swing Dance Championships.

Both Bobby and Kate are recognized for their engaging teaching —Kate instructs with a thorough, mechanics-based method, while Bobby prefers unique analogies and irk-irk noises. Along with more traditional classes based around moves, variations, and lead/follow technique, Bobby and Kate also enjoy teaching many “alternative education” classes on subjects like partnership, practicing, dancing personality, and developing a unique voice.

At events, Kate is renown for her DJ skills and competition judging, and Bobby is becoming famous for his entertaining talks. His blog, Swungover*, is well-loved in the swing community.

 

Kate and Bobby will be teaching our Int/Adv Balboa tracks.

Marie N'Diaye & Anders Sihlberg

Marie has been dancing almost as long as she has been walking, but she fell in love with Lindy Hop in 2006. Since then Marie has been fortunate to work and dance with the fantastic teachers of the Cat's Corner Studio in Montreal and is now based in Stockholm where she teaches at the Chicago Swing Dance Studio. 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 authentic jazz since the age of 10 and developed a passion for body movements and teaching dance. At the age of 13 he fell in love with Lindy Hop and has since then been fortunate to teach and perform around Sweden and Europe. Today he teaches regularly at Chicago Swing Dance Studio and travels around Sweden, spreading his passion for dancing to the Swedish youth.

Marie & Anders will be teaching our Int/Adv Lindy Hop tracks.

Olga Marina & Andreas Olsson

Olga Marina is from Moscow and was born into a family of teachers (language and music) and since her early years has been an energetic live wire studying music, doing athletics, martial arts and gymnastics. Olga has been teaching and competing all over Europe and is regarded as one of the best balboa followers in Europe. 

 

Andreas lives in Stockholm. He has been teaching, competing and performing Balboa, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate and St. Louis Shag internationally for more than a decade. Andreas is regarded as one of the top Balboa teachers

and dancers of the world.

 

As instructors, Olga and Andreas emphasise partnership, musicality and follow-leading abilities. They have an easy-going, relaxed way of teaching. They are known for giving well-structured classes and they always try to give their students lots of individual feedback. 

 

Their ambition is to create playful classes filled with interesting footwork, figures, fun tasks and laughter.

Olga and Andreas will be teaching our Int/Adv Balboa tracks.

Sandy Lewis & Martí Gasool

Sandy and Martí united as partners in their passion for collegiate shag in 2015 and they continue to rock the world today.

 

These two crazy kids love to show off their skills in playful choreos and the fun shines through in their classes as well. With Martí's elegant precision and Sandy's electric spontaneity you can't go wrong.

 

The Shagamuffins are excited to come to Birmingham for the first time and they are ready to shag the house down!   

Sandy and Martí will be teaching our Shag tracks.

Lizette Rönnkvist & Daniel Larsson

Lizette started dancing very young and has tried a lot of different styles through out the years. As a youngster she did a lot of competition dancing in Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop. She spent a few years working as a contemporary dancer but in the last 4 years has gone back to working only with swing dances.

 

Lizette teaches locally in Stockholm at Chicago Swing Dance Studio. She travels abroad a lot to teach and perform with the dance troupe Harlem Hotshots, of which she's been a member since 2017. Her main inspirations comes from the amazing dancers in the Whitey's Lindy Hoppers and of course other great dancers starring in Spirit Moves. 

With inspiration from the original Hoofers, Daniel is one of the dancers that is still working in the style and rhythm heritage that was once created by the legends during the swing era. To dance and to spread the traditional dance style built on rhythm gives him inspiration and the power in life. His ability to dance lots of different styles make him a respectful dancer. As well as a broad variety of Tap styles, Daniel also dances traditional Lindy Hop, Charleston, Jazz and is a well-educated Modern Jazz & Ballet dancer.

 

He works professionally at theatres in the musical scene, not only dancing, but also singing and acting. He´s been working on shows such as Crazy for You, Love Never Dies, Singing in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, Producers, Chicago, La Cage aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast, Grease and many others. Daniel has also choreographed musicals like The Wild Party, Spelling Bee and Rebellas Skatt.

 

"Never stop learning” is Daniel’s guiding principle and motto. He loves taking classes from the best teachers and continue his work to get better and better!

Lizette and Daniel will be teaching our Int/Adv Lindy Hop tracks.

Trisha Sewell

Trisha hails from Hertfordshire, UK, and has been teaching since 1997 and on the international scene since 2003. For 10 years she contributed to establishing the first European swing dance brand and the biggest of its time. She is now thrilled to manage her own company  SavoyHop.com creatively directed by her personal vision. Trisha has built up a reputation for being one of the most influential teachers within the European Swing Scene. 

 

She has spearheaded the revival of Authentic Jazz within the UK, working and training  with some of the freshest dancers and teachers around. It’s been said that her teaching style is innovative, dynamic and inspiring. Always engaging and fun, Trisha loves to make people laugh and feel relaxed in her classes. At the end of her classes students are filled with energy and excitement. Trisha ensures that class material is detailed and balanced for followers. The result is the dance looks as authentic as it can. Trisha’s ability to communicate complex concepts and patterns clearly means students find themselves easily understanding how movements and steps should look and feel.

 

In addition to appearing in the TV, Newspapers, Radio and Music Videos, she has been regularly invited to perform and teach workshops at major dance events all over the UK and Europe, including Sweden, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Norway, Turkey, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Amsterdam, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Israel and Slovenia.

Trisha will be teaching our Solo Jazz tracks.

Lynn Maslen & Sigga Gunnarsdottir

Lynn started her dance adventure more years ago that she cares to remember, but still kicks herself it took so long to find swing dancing which has become her true passion. Lynn started dancing ballet and tap as a youngster, but soon developed her love of partner dancing by training in ballroom as a teenager, learning both to lead and follow - an ability Lynn has taken through into her swing dance repertoire. Lynn dances lindy hop and balboa and has competed, reached the finals and placed at both National and International events including the California Balboa Classic, the European Swing Dance Championships, London Jitterbug Championships, DJam (Durham) and the Thames Valley Balboa Festival. She also regularly performs at events and festivals with various swing dance performance and social dance groups and has attended many international events including The California Balboa Classic and The Balboa Experiment in the USA. 

 

Lynn teaches weekly balboa classes in Reading as Balboa Mondays, along with occasional taster classes to help spread her love of balboa, slow balboa and lindy hop. Lynn also teaches day and weekend workshops as well as running charity dances

Sigga originally fell in love with Lindy Hop and then Blues and Balboa in quick succession. She has been active in her local scene in Edinburgh ever since. Teaching, DJing and organising events big and small. For the last few years balboa has been her main focus and she’s very excited to share all things Bal with anyone even remotely interested. 

She has taught Blues, Lindy Hop and Balboa and enjoys insights gained through comparing and contrasting different dances. She is particularly passionate about swing music and through relaxed playful musicality bringing fun, clarity and connection to her classes.

Lynn and Sigga will be teaching our Crash Course Balboa track.

Suzanne Grubham & James Hickman

Suzanne studied classical ballet, tap and jazz dance from a young age before training in contemporary dance and gaining a first class degree in Dance and Professional Practice. She has worked as a professional contemporary dancer for over a decade, touring internationally with many dance and theatre companies, alongside choreographing and performing her own work. As a performer she is known for her musicality and attention to detail, which she brings to her teaching style. She is a perceptive and passionate teacher with over 15 years experience teaching throughout the UK and internationally.

Suzanne discovered Lindy Hop in 2013 and has since trained with some of the best international teachers all over the world. She was delighted to be invited by Martyn Nelson to teach for The Swing Era and is thrilled to be back at Birmingham Swing Festival for the second year to share the joy of Lindy hop with both veterans and newcomers to the swing dance community in Birmingham. 

James started swing dancing in 2013 at the University of Sheffield and quickly fell in love. His favourite thing about dance is sharing joyful moments with a partner and creating something new every time. James regularly teaches with The Swing Era in Birmingham and loves teaching absolute beginner dancers

Suzanne and James will be teaching our Crash Course Lindy Hop track.

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MC - Lynn Maslen

Lynn is one of the leading swing dance event MCs in the UK providing her smooth-running informative MCing skills to a number of high-profile events including: The Rigmarole in London, Thames Valley Balboa Festival in Henley, the California Balboa Classic in Los Angeles and, most importantly, Birmingham Swing Festival 2019! 

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