Instructors

We’re proud to bring together a set of amazing dancers and teachers from all over the world to give a fulfilling and rounded class experience!

 
 

Rasmus and Mona

Mona and Rasmus have now been swing dancing together for 2 years, even though they separately danced a lot longer. They have both joined competitions successfully. They started competing together at ILHC 2017 where they won the 1st place of the open showcase devision.  The styles of Swing they dance and teach most are Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Boogie Woogie, Charleston and vernacular jazz.
Their main idea about dancing is to inspire each other and express their feelings to the music in a very raw and authentic way. 
They are now teaching regularly in Munich and at international dance camps, where they spread their love for swing dancing.

 
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Michelle Stokes

What began as a casual attempt to try something new quickly turned into a life-consuming passion. In the six years since she dove into lindy hop, Michelle has managed to teach or emcee at least six swing events per year, and volunteer regularly for The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate.  She loves the physical creativity inherent to lindy hop, and its roots as a social dance.

Michelle aims for her students to leave with a firm foundation in rhythm, momentum, and the fundamental shapes of swing dance. She emphasizes comfortable body movement and strong rhythm over the look of the steps. As a feel-good dancer, Michelle hopes to inspire others to get on the social floor no matter what their experience and to be unafraid to ask anyone, of any skill level, to dance. She also encourages dancers not to take themselves too seriously, and will back that up with antics and loud noises.

Michelle loves Nutella, being a graphic artist, cheeseburgers, and automatic carwashes. In fact, she enjoys going through the carwash so much that she once made it a birthday present to herself. The key, she says, is to have a really good song cued up in order to fully lose oneself in the hypnotic spin of the brushes.

 
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Laurel Ryan

Laurel fell in love with swing music nearly three decades before she threw herself into the dance. Soon after her first lindy hop crash course Laurel was attending every event she could reach across the Midwest, jonesing for another dance to a live band. Laurel’s background as an educator and world traveler serves to fuel her passion for learning and teaching swing dance. She nerds out on putting educational theory into practice to better serve the dancers she instructs.

Laurel’s goal is to help preserve lindy hop’s roots as a social street dance while re-translating partner roles for continued relevance in modern culture. She also loves helping her students to find what unique qualities they bring to the dance as individuals, and is passionate about a diverse dance floor. Her enthusiastic partnership and fearless creativity has earned her titles from events such as Heartland Swing Festival, Lindy on the Rocks, Nevermore Jazz Ball, and Montréal Swing Riot.

She loves to craft playlists for an evening of swing, she blends vernacular jazz and hip hop in her choreography, and she has even designed dancewear for lady lindy hoppers. From playlists to lesson plans to the perfect performance skirt, Laurel is into lindy for the long haul. She’s also a champion silly dancer, so expect the unexpected on and off the dance floor.


 
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Dan Repsch

Dan is immersed in the music and the movement. He constantly travels internationally teaching and learning, happily sharing his ideas along the way. In his teaching, Dan’s enthusiastic approach brings a focus on innovation, connection, and attention to your partner. Dan is also a veteran DJ, spinning for events across 4 continents and DJing everything from international events to local dances on a weekly basis. He’s also organized both locally and for international events as their Head DJ, including BluesSHOUT! and The Blues Experiment. In the end, Dan is most excited to work hard at improving the dance and to see his students break through their boundaries.