Some info on your international teachers...
Bic & Simone Graham
Hector Artal &
Hector and Sonia, a professional Lindy Hop couple (Swing Dancers).
They both teach Lindy Hop on a regular basis, every day in Barcelona and in recent years have been partly responsible for promoting the success of the Lindy Hop boom nationally. With a joint experience of over 31 years teaching (Sonia 19 years and Hector 12), they teach classes and give workshops in various dance schools in Barcelona and other cities, and right now are working in some of the most important Lindy Hop schools.
They are continually involved in “spreading the Lindy Hop word”, venturing on as many attractive projects as possible. Hector and Sonia are keen to demonstrate their love and enthusiasm for Lindy Hop through their work in the hope that others too can enjoy and learn the same. Hector and Sonia teaching perspective is focused on the fundamental aspects of what they find interesting in Lindy Hop; bouncing, partner communication and quality of movement form the basis of their teaching. From their own creative standpoint, teaching “cool” moves or combinations is not the priority, although they use them as tools for enjoyment and as a way for students to remember what they have absorbed during the classes.
Hector and Sonia always try to incorporate their own individual creativity into their teaching, often showing students their own originality and invention in steps and movements which they have developed. They do this to help the student on their own creative journey and inspiration. Feedback has shown Hector and Sonia that students enjoy clear examples to explain certain movements.
Markus Rosendal is a professional dance teacher, performer and DJ.
His dance titles include twice winning 1st place at the Swedish Championships, runner up at the European Championships and 3rd at the World Championships.
Markus started dancing in 1998, and after 8 years building a successful career in his home country of Sweden, he began travelling around the globe teaching and performing, sharing his passion for swing. In 2015 he moved to London to look for old clothes, great records, and new students!
A well regarded specialist in dances from the 1920s – 1950s, Markus now teaches Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Authentic Jazz, Tap, and Shag. As well as teaching adults, Markus has enjoyed working with the community, touring Sweden teaching children around the country about dance and dance culture.
Markus also works as an event organiser and DJ, and the swing scene he began in his home town of Ludvika, Sweden back in 2009 is thriving today, with regular workshops and wild parties in an old school swing style.
Sandra enjoys to travel. Although she is a bit afraid of flying, that has not stopped her from performing and teaching around the world.
She is a restless soul and doesn’t think it is enough only to teach and perform: she also organises swing dance camps and writes, choreographs and produces a yearly swing dance musical together with Mattias Lundmark. Those musicals, as she sees it, is the best! I mean, who doesn’t love singing, dancing and self-made glittery costumes?!
Sandra loves old swing clips. She is a bit obsessed with them and has a big collection. Her goal is to study and learn them herself, and then finally teach them.
She has a clear authentic vision and in her work, she aims to keep and hone the style, craziness, energy and feeling of the golden age.
Jamin Jackson is a professional dancer and entrepreneur. He has choreographed, performed and instructed for over 2 decades in the States and abroad. Jamin’s swing style has been labelled as “the perfect blending of social dance and performance.”
As a teacher, he is known for his focus on principles, a positive charismatic style, and his ability to help people cultivate a positive mental attitude in their personal development as human beings.
He has over 28,000 hours of combined training alone in the styles of Lindy Hop, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Jazz.
Jamin has helped build and strengthen Lindy Hop communities in Spain, England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Finland, S. Korea, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Greece, Singapore, Canada, Mexico and many new communities throughout the heartland of the United States.
He believes the world has yet to see the biggest days for Lindy Hop and continues his commitment to systematically expose and grow the dance in new territories around the globe on and off the internet.