Teachers | 2018

Ryan Francoise

Popularly known for his choreography on STRICTLY COME DANCING especially the Charleston routine  that earned Chris Hollins & Ola Jordan - AKA “Team COLA” - Five 10’s and the win in the Strictly finals, Ryan Francois a  2 time winner of the U.S. Open and American Swing Dance Championships is the foremost authority in the US & UK on all dances connected and related to the Jazz & Swing era - including, The Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, Charleston, Tap, Be Bop and Blues. 

Ryan’s best works to date are for the BROADWAY SHOW “SWING”nominated for 7 Tony Awards - including best choreography, The Disney Motion Picture “Swing Kids” Starring Christian Bale & Robert Sean Leonard and “Do You Come Here Often” winner of the Olivier Award for best entertainment.

​​​​Moe Sakan

She has had professional training in many types of dance, including jazz, ballet, tap and contemporary dance. In 1999 Moe fell in love with the Lindy Hop, since then this has been her dance of choice. An active social and competition dancer, she is proud to have won several UK and US competition titles. Winning the world's biggest Jack 'n Jill competition with Marcus Koch at Frankie 99 is one of the most special titles Moe has been proud to win. Moe is passionate about the music and fashion of the Swing era and she constantly endeavours to recreate an authentic style.

Henric & Joanna Stillman

This phenomenal couple has lots of teaching experience and they share a love and enthusiasm for the dance and know how to present it for an audience as well as for students at a workshop.
They are well known in the lindy hop community and have been teaching all around the world. Singapore, Washington, Perth, Hongkong, Paris, Buenos Aires is just some of the places where they have been invited to.

They have both danced since they were kids. Dances like lindy hop, bugg, rock´n roll, double bugg, modern dance, jazz and ballet are just some of their repertoire.
Henric and  Joanna enjoy performing  and bring a lot of energy, love and  enthusiasm on stage they have  attended in several TV-shows, Allsång på skansen, Grammisgalan, Idrottsgalan and the opening of Friends Arena, for just mantion a few.
In 1997 they coupled up to dance and compete in boogie woogie. In 1999 they became members of the Swedish national team and have since then entered and placed in many competitions, including winning the Swedish championship in boogie woogie and  lindy hop several times, as well as winning the world lindy hop championship in 2007.

Clàudia Fonte

(Lindy Hop & Authentic Jazz) explores and embraces all kinds of playful ways in her dancing. Her main source is Swing music.  

Taking the classic rhythms and moves as the foundation, she challenges herself to keep them alive through her own perspective and interpretation.
Even though swing dance has a great historical tradition, she believes in its evolution and expansion; respecting but also transforming the roots she tries different ways and communication styles, like in the partner dance. The traditional roles established in Lindy Hop are subject to this lively and spirited approach, as well. 

Authentic Jazz enables her to achieve and explore challenges proposed by Swing music. Essential to her approach is promoting solo dancing in the context of social dancing, as well. Dancefloor is where everything starts and where the magic happens.

Ali Taghavi

Most people know me as a pragmatic person who loves to try and apply new ideas. Often these ideas are based on my interest areas such as science, psychology or one of my many non-fiction audio-books. In our dance classes, it is not uncommon to find me citing books like “Made to Stick” (by Dan and Chip Heath) when I talk about communication between the dance partners. 

Our passion and goal is to spread swing dancing, both in Germany and around the world. That’s why we are running several online activities, discussion groups, and free instructional videos that cover all aspects of the life of a dancer.

Ari Beltrán & Simon Bressanelli

Ari and Simon are an elegant, athletic and playful partnership. Their dance is based on a strong respect of the music and of each other as dancers. Their style and sense of fun shines through in the way they dance, perform and teach.

Gerard Nevot

He started dancing ballroom styles and tango at the age of 10. Gerard has dedicated 12 years to these disciplines winning the Catalunya Championship (2003) and European Championship (2007). His experience follows as a dancing teacher until the moment he discovers Lindyhop.

Anna Portell

She started when she was a child dancing ballet and, having tried different dancing styles, she found her passion in lindy hop, solo jazz, electroswing and hip hop. Certified dancing teacher (Barcelona, 2006) she is a member of a hip hop dance company (Rookies of Barna) and she is the director and choreographer of Electrosisters: a small dance company inspired from a hip hop and solo jazz mixture following electroswing beat in a personal and charismatic way.