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.
Anthony first started dancing at age 8 when his parents convinced him to learn and perform Chinese lion dances. As a young teenager he stumbled upon breakdancing, which kept him out of trouble until he found his true love in swing. Since then, he has trained in several other dance styles, but most of all he enjoys using this background to expand upon his technique and creativity in Lindy Hop. On the social dance floor he is known to be playful, musical, creative, and clear. He holds first place titles from events such as Lindyfest and Lone Star Championships, Montreal Swing Riot, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Lindy Focus, Camp Hollywood, and International Lindy Hop Championships. Combined with his professional background in education, his love of both leading and following have been instrumental to making the classes that he teaches both clear and intuitive. He is an active scene builder in his community and founded Salt City Swing, where he teaches locally.
Dancing has always been a passion for Irina, her expression completely and boundlessly inspired by music. She began learning Lindy Hop at the age of 15 and fell in love with it after her first night of social dancing. Since then, her passion for Swing dancing expanded to include solo Jazz, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag. Since her start in Lindy Hop in 2009, Irina has competed and taught across the U.S. as well as Europe. As a teacher she attempts to patiently guide her students through building solid foundation and technique as well as inspiring unique and personal movement and rhythm. Irina's greatest joy as a teacher is to see her students progress with their dancing, no matter the increment.
Gaby Cook is a veteran lindy hopper of all stripes. For the last 15 years, she has been an active professional in the global lindy hop scene — teaching and performing for events such as Herräng Dance Camp, Lindy Focus, Paris Jazz Roots, Rock That Swing Festival, Stompology, Lindyfest and the IG hop Dance Residency in Vienna among others. In addition to her career as a teacher, she is also a choreographer and performer of lindy hop performance material for audiences of all kinds.
In the classroom, she is playful, informative and honest. Through teaching dance, she seeks connect new audiences to the immensely rich history of swing-era dances. She prioritizes equality for followers and leaders in the classroom space — and has championed a movement first approach to teaching partnered dance content.
Rafal Pustelny is a vibrant young dancer and instructor who is passionate about traditional dances from all around the world! Rafal moved to NYC in 2010 and there studied American Jazz dance forms, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa. He quickly established himself as one of the top dancers in NYC, and has since earned acclaim in the international swing dance community.
His wide knowledge and skill in various styles has helped him win top placements in international competitions and has created opportunities for him to teach around the world. Rafal’s expertise and passion for dance shine in the classroom; he uses his technical prowess, upbeat sense of humor, and innate ability to connect with people to distill high-level content into accessible pieces that elevate multiple aspects of his students’ dancing.
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.
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.
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.