All the teachers below will be available for private classes, and most of them will also teach group classes during the weekend. Here’s the quick summary:
- Bara from Belgium, teaching private classes and a solo jazz class
- Joris from Belgium, only teaching private classes
- Kamile from Lithuania, teaching private classes and both lindy hop classes and a more thematic class focused on movement
- Arnas from Lithuania, teaching private classes and lindy hop group classes
- Kris from Germany, teaching private classes and lindy hop group classes
- Areski from Germany, teaching private classes and lindy hop group classes
- Sanne from Amsterdam, only teaching private classes
- Hakon from Amsterdam, only teaching private classes
- Danny & Ellen from Amsterdam, teaching two switch group classes
- TBA: teachers for a fusion class
Barbora “Bára” Hřebačková
Bára makes her living through dance. An early dancer herself, she Hip Hopped her way into Tap, Charleston, Authentic Jazz & the Lindy Hop, growing more and more in all these styles of swing dancing in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. Currently, she is living and working in Europe’s much alive jazz-city, Ghent, Belgium: performing with dance project, Steam Heat Cats, and teaching at Crazy Legs Dance school. Do find her anywhere around Europe dancing & teaching, and enjoy her all-the-way graceful, light way of moving to the beat!
My main dance disciplines are tap dancing, solo jazz, and swing dance. Tap dancing has a big influence not only on my social dancing but on my way of teaching as well. I put a big focus on clarity of rhythm, precision, and timing as I believe that rhythm and feeling of groove are the underlying levels in dancing. I also compliment this with raising awareness about the music we dance to, in terms of musicality, structure, instrument functions…
Next to that, I try to help my students to find a comfortable relaxed feeling in their dance based on knowledge of their own body, using its strengths as well as limitations. Dancing for me is mainly about searching connection either with oneself and music or together with your partner and music. To learn how to talk and especially how to listen has been a big part of my classes for a long time.
My aim is to give to my students a concrete idea of what to work on and above all how.
Joris Focquaert comes from Ghent, Belgium. He discovered the Lindy Hop 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 & dance performances, forming his attitude towards the dance. In class, Joris tries to share his best of ideas. At private sessions, he is able to give feedback to both Leads and Follows: subjects focus on full body movement, building the conversation in the dance, and music. He is one of the starting figures of swing dance school ‘Crazy Legs’ (Ghent) & vernacular Jazz dance troupe ‘the Dipsy Doodles’. Today he is a busy working dancer in Belgium & abroad, next to studying the Jazz trombone.
Kamile Pundziute is a real treat in Vilnius Lindy Hop community, keeping it swingin’ since 2003, the very beginning of Lindy Hop explosion in Lithuania. Kamile has dedicated her life to dance. She is a dancer, a teacher, a choreographer and also a dance – movement therapist. She has traveled many places in Europe teaching, performing and spreading the love for dancing.
Her education in somatics and movement therapy bring concepts of movement and following to a whole new level and is a base for her teaching. A knowledgeable approach coupled with an honest, joyful perspective of life is attractive for students. Positive experience guaranteed! She can teach private classes to followers, leaders, and couples.
Arnas Jasiūnas is one of the top dancers of the thriving Lithuanian Lindy Hop scene. His original approach to dance will add to the knowledge of a dancer of any level. Arnas ideas are based on concepts of body movement, rhythms, and authenticity of both the dance and the dancer. With his dance technique and teaching methods in the background, Arnas turns the classroom into an effective workshop and gives students ideas for future training. His long training in music makes his dancing a creative musical experience. He can teach private classes to followers, leaders, and couples.
Hákon got in touch with Lindy Hop through his friends who were playing in a jazz band at an event where Lindy Hop performances and workshops also took place. He started dancing Lindy Hop right away and hasn’t stopped since. In 2014 Hákon started teaching weekly classes in Amsterdam and in 2018 at international festivals. Hákon also organizes the weekly Friday social dance evening in Amsterdam and the annual Smokey Feet festival.
Inside this rather tall Icelander lies a huge nerd, not only when it comes to dancing but also music because Hákon is also a professional pianist. In his lessons, Hákon likes to work on technical concepts that help you communicate with your partner so that you can more easily express yourself when the music starts playing. Hákon can teach privates to both leaders and followers.
Sanne discovered Lindy Hop in 2011 through a friend and immediately started taking classes in Amsterdam. She didn’t think Lindy Hop would play such a big role in her life, now she cannot think of her life without thinking of Lindy Hop. In 2014 Sanne started teaching weekly classes in Amsterdam. Throughout the years she became more and more active in the Amsterdam dance scene, organizing weekly socials and the annual Smokey Feet Festival.
In Sanne’s classes, you’ll find lots of technique and musicality, together with a bit of goofiness. She likes to work on small details to make communicating with your partner easier. She’s happy to teach privates to both leaders and followers.
Kris has been a full-time teacher with SwingStep since 2011, teaching local classes in Heidelberg, Germany as well as international workshops from Israel to Ireland and many places in between. With her background in teaching astrophysics, Kris knows how to break down complex information into logical and easy to execute bits for her students. Kris’ approach to dance is methodical and precise and she has an excellent feeling for what her students need in order to achieve the next level in their dancing.
Kris is happy to offer private lessons on lindy hop, or solo jazz, or anything in between, and likes to work equally with leaders or followers, together or separately… everybody’s welcome. Private lessons with Kris are a lot like her group classes: you’ll get a bit of silliness, a bit of sweat, and a lot of technique. She loves to delve with you to find the underlying techniques that can help you get over that hurdle that’s been bugging you – whether it’s about working on posture issues, or finding tools to make your rhythm more reliable, or about connecting to different partners, she’ll find the exercises you can take with you to make long-term improvements in your dancing.
Areski started taking classes with SwingStep in 2014, and became a full-time teacher with SwingStep in 2016. Bringing experience from his prior life as a sailing instructor, he has a good sense for understanding what is needed when, and how to express it. Training with SwingStep only helped become even more precise in his teaching, giving him the techniques to inspire people to work hard on their dancing. He also did short studies of ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, hip hop and tap dance. Increasing his knowledge about movement and body awareness helped him understand how he wants to shape his dancing, and therefore also his classes. As a teacher, he wants to inspire the same way the dance inspires him. Making techniques, concepts, shapes, movement accessible and breaking them down in a way that students can see immediate results.
Areski is happy to offer private lessons for both solo and partnered dancing, for both leaders and followers. In the privates, Areski is happy to focus on technique, shapes and aesthetics – amongst other things. A big motivation for him is to find out what the next step is in someone’s dancing. He enjoys sharing insights he’s got from his dance studies and give you easy exercises that improve your overall dance and movement abilities in no time. Together, he wants to find out what is best for you and inspire you to feel empowered in your learning experience.
Ellen is the founder of AlgoRhythm and teaches with great passion. She is known for giving a lot of individual attention to each of her students and the inclusive atmosphere she has created. She started Ceuvel Swing Camp as her idea of the perfect Lindyhop weekend: a cozy camp where everyone gets together and many private classes for individual attention.
Danny discovered Lindyhop through a friend and his enthusiasm grew quickly: Organising a weekly social, DJing and teaching. He’s known for giving space to every partner to express themselves in the music because he feels dancing should be a conversation and not just leading and following. He enjoys both leading and following and trying to blend those roles together.