As long as it swings!

Nils & Bianca

Sweden / Italy

Bianca Locatelli started dancing at the age of six and tried a lot of dance styles from ballet to street dancing. In the end, she got stuck in swing dancing, her biggest passion. She has been competing several years internationally and in Italy in Boogie Woogie, where she won the Italian championship three times in the junior category. Nowadays she competing, social dancing and teaching Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop with her dance partner, Nils Andrén, in Sweden and all around the world. They have been dancing together as a couple since 2013, the year Bianca moved officially from Italy to Sweden. Bianca recently received the EuroStar Award which was given to her for showing talent and potential and for having exemplified the spirit of the dance during the European Swing Dance Championships. Bianca thinks that music is one of the most inspiring factors for her dancing, she enjoys social dancing and watching people dance and having fun.

Nils Andrén has now been dancing for 10 years. He has throughout his career been constantly competing in various dances such as Boogie Woogie, Salsa, Lindy Hop and the Swedish bugg. During several years of dancing, he has acquired numerous podium placements in competitions all around the world in Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie. One of his most recent achievements was the first place in the Advanced Lindy Hop Couples Division in addition to a second place in the Advanced Lindy Hop Classic Showcase Division with his dance partner Bianca Locatelli.

Freedom is based
on TECHNIQUE

Daniil & Maria

Russia / Moscow

Both of them have started their dance path in 2009, Maria in the hometown of her - Yaroslavl and Daniil in Moscow. Starting with Boogie Woogie, later in 2013, they focused on Lindy Hop, which turned out to be much more fitting for them. Nowadays Daniil and Maria are well known in swing dance society, teaching and performing all around Europe. For their style, they have a plenty of inspiration from all different old and modern choreography philosophies. 

The main idea of our dancing is expressing personal feeling and understanding of the music through the dance. So to be able to express ourself more or less fully, we definitely need to have a very flexible and strongly built up instrument - couple dance technique. So we are much into technique and theory, but even though it`s not the main goal itself. Our goal is freedom of self-expression through the contact in the couple. To achieve that we need to own the instrument we`ll use for it first. Five words to describe our philosophy: Awareness, knowledge, technique, musicality, humanity.  

Some of competition placements: Russian Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop Champions; Winners of Showcase competition in Lindy Shock 2016 & 2017; Winners of Green Dragon and Strictly Lindy Hop competition in Dragon Swing 2016; Finalists and Winners of the most competitions in Russia 2012-2017; Winners of Strictly Competition in Swinglandia 2017; Finalists of Invitational Jack`n`Jill in Lindy Shock 2017 (1&3 place)

Honor the dance,
learn the history.

Felipe Braga

Brazil / Santos

Many ask how Felipe learned Lindy Hop so quickly: transitioning from a toilet-cleaning newbie dancer marveling at the Folkets Hus floor to a Herrang instructor in three short years. The explanation is simple: his pre-Lindy life prepared him for what was to come. Training in theatrical acting gave Felipe body awareness and control as well as an ability to improvise- both in his energetic and now infamous class warm-ups and in the competitions where he always shines. Felipe’s experience playing drums, as well as his youth in Brazil --where the music and dance culture are rich- gave him an innate sense of rhythm. And finally, Felipe’s days as a dancing party-animator for a live music club in Brazil gave him plenty of training for getting people excited about dancing in his Lindy Hop classes today. But more important than any of this is that Felipe has embodied the Lindy Hop spirit since before he knew it existed. It is hard to find someone who doesn’t like Felipe. His warm personality charms every dancer he meets, and his ability to connect with people in conversation carries over onto the dance floor. He leaves every follower with a smile, and anyone who has danced or talked with him will confirm: he always makes you feel special.

DANCE! even if you have

nowhere to do it but in your
own living room.

Lucile Pinteaux

France / Toulouse

Lucile loves to experience movement. From the tiny 6-year-old acrobatic gymnast being thrown into the air to the contemporary/modern dancer of 16 years, she has always sought new ways of moving, leading her inevitably to discover and fall in love with the swing dance in 2012! After living 5 years teaching swing full-time in her adopted home of Barcelona. Lucile is now back home in Toulouse (France) where she teaches at the Studio Hop and continues traveling around Europe. As a competitor, she has won and placed in lindy hop, blues and solo jazz in events such as ILHC, ESDC, Savoy Cup, GSDF, Torino Swing Festival, Summer Camp Swing Festival, Barswingona, Paris Jazz Roots, Hot Blues, Falling in Blues and more. Since 2017 she’s part of the Brothers and Sisters in Rhythm Team. 

As a teacher, Lucile loves giving her students the ideas and freedom to discover their own way of moving and find how to adapt and connect with everyone. Lucile believes swing dance is especially beautiful because it allows us to experience the choreographer, dancer, and audience as one, in time and space with each other and as a whole. And this is why she can always be found happiest swingin' it on the dance floor, sharing her love and spirit of jazz with all.

dancing is like throwing dice

each time the result is different

Konrad & Agnieszka

 

Agnieszka started dancing at the age of seven with Ballroom before turning to African and Modern Jazz dances. She discovered Swing in California and learned Lindy, Blues and Slow Dance while participating in many European swing festivals. She has experience teaching a variety of dance styles across Europe. Recently she has been exploring the field of dance therapy in solo blues teaching.

Konrad started off with Japanese martial arts, progressing from softer to harder styles. Since he discovered Lindy Hop in 2013, it became his new passion and his boxing gloves have been abandoned for good. After winning many lindy competitions, he turned to Slow and Blues dance, where he found creativity and new ways of partner connection.

Together they have found Blues and Slow Dance to be perfect forms of expression. Based on a dialogue, musical interpretation, improvisation and a constant energy flow these two dances gave them lots of freedom on the dancefloor and a huge scope of expression. Konrad and Agnieszka (www.konradandagnieszka.com) have been teaching different European scenes (e.g. the Blues Spot, Strasbourg; Fair City Blues, Strasburg; Bluesila, Vilnius; Drag the Blues, Barcelona, etc.) for more than two years now. They are also actively working towards building and developing the Blues and Slow Dance scene in Warsaw as teachers of regular local classes and co-organizers of the Valentine and Autumn Blues.