Ali and Kris
Ali and Katie
Ali and Claudia
Katie and Ben
Areski and Kris
Areski and Kris
Dom & Nora
Ron & Sharon
David and Catia
Ali says “I learned to dance better so that I can teach better”. His true passion is to find new ways of creating magic in the classroom. For him, nothing is as satisfying than to help dancers learn techniques and concepts that inspires them to create their own magic moments on the dance floor.
Throughout more than 12 years of dancing and teaching, he has both refined his own style as well as adopted and integrated many new trends and ideas. This experience has made him very versatile as a lindy hopper, with a strong focus on being able to connect to many different partners.
Today, his greatest joy in a social dance is to draw inspiration from his partner’s movements. Being quick to respond, adapt and reply to what was just presented to him by his partner and the music, he creates a fun, witty and playful interaction that is great to watch and even greater to feel and share!
In class, he’ll teach you how to use all your senses to create such moments in the dance for yourself!
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.
Benjamin originally hails from Melbourne, Australia, where he found swing dancing in 2006. He now lives in London; teaching, performing and travelling the world chasing Lindy Hop. Benjamin currently runs weekly swing venues in London, two dance troupes, and has taught all around Europe for the last decade. Proud to have come from a background without professional dance training, he has placed in over 30 different competitions around the world, is a 2-time UK Lindy Hop Champion and has also won the Advanced Strictly Lindy at ILHC. Benjamin’s ability to break down moves and ideas into surprisingly manageable pieces, and attention to personal detail of his students has earned him a reputation as one of the UK’s most prominent instructors. Ben loves to teach people all the things that he loves about lindy, and his number one goal is always to show dancers the ways to exceed their own expectations without straying from having fun!
When he’s not on the dance floor he is a hi-fi geek from way back, a fan of all things unicorn related, and has an unhealthy obsession with hot cross buns
What brought Clàudia and Ali together is the magic that happens when they social dance. What makes the dancing between these two so wonderful is that the traditional concept of lead and follow seems to completely disappear. What you get instead is two swing dance enthusiasts creating a amazing moment together, with two seasoned dancers listening to and complementing each other far beyond the traditional roles of “leader” and “follower”.
Teaching how you can create your own “magic on the dancefloor” is definitely one of the most abstract and hard-to-break-down concepts. However, their combined skills as dancers with a strong passion for geeky details, Clàudia’s background in physiotherapy and Ali’s scientific approach from his work in chemistry, equip them with an ability to break down complex concepts into learnable elements, even for the hardest-to-define-but-most-important-to-achieve qualities of the dance.
Dom & Nora (AT&HU)
Dom & Nora tried a lot of dances and sports since they could walk – when finally Lindy Hop found them. As for both of them movement, improvisation, fun and challenges are important, there was no stop anymore and the dance took over their daily life.
Today they are passionate Lindy Hop dancers, instructors and performers. They continuously travel to teach and to dance around Europe. They competed several times at the International Lindy Hop Championships and Balkan Lindy Hop Championships and are regularly in Finals of Strictly Lindy Hop competition. In 2014 they founded their own swing dance school SwingAUT in Vienna, Austria. Since then they share their love for Lindy Hop and Swing in Austria and in Europe.
They love Swing Outs, fast Swing Outs! As they dance together already for several years, they know a lot about strong partnership and having a good connection to your partner on the dancefloor. They love to dance dynamic and keeping the energy and the flow with your partner and the music.
David and Cátia (PRT)
The passion and energy David and Cátia are bringing to the dance floor and their classes is incredible: They continuously amaze their students with their engagement, commitment, clarity and creativity, and everyone around them feels inspired by their never-ending power. The started dancing and teaching together in 2011, and have since become international teachers, thanks to their ability to understand the fundamentals of good movement and to explain it in an graspable and applicable way.
David is an avid social dancer. He’s also a geek, that cannot stop himself deconstructing the nuclear bio-mechanics and rhythmic structure of the dance and music. And he loves to share this knowledge/vision almost as much as he loves hugs. Cátia is a people person. She’s always caring for everybody, and it shows when it comes to teaching where she uses an intuitive and organic approach to bring out to the best in each student. She’s smiling – all the time – and the whole class smiles with her!
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.
Katie Cobalt (UK)
Katie originally comes from Hong Kong, she is now based in London. Katie has triple stepped all over the world performing and competing every chance she gets, holding first place titles at Savoy Cup, Balkan Lindy Hop Championships and Dragon Swing. She runs her own weekly classes with Swing Patrol as well as teaching weekend workshops from Turin to Krakow.
She is known for her infectious smile and bubbly personality. It was the joy and playful energy that made Katie fall head over heels for Lindy Hop and this enthusiasm comes across in her classes. She is a firm believer in getting the fundamentals right and deeply enjoys getting thoroughly nerdy with her students.
Ron & Sharon (ISR)
Ron and Sharon’s fun and challenging classes aim to create new insights in your dancing. Focusing on various elements of communication between partners, their classes will provide you with new ways to create more harmonic and inspiring dances. Their ability to simplify complicated concepts through a clear class buildup will provide you with practical ways for improvement. By creating fine and clear contrasts between different elements in the dance, they create a solid understanding and fast implementation of the material and inspire you with new ideas for further exploration. With a rich background in martial arts, fitness and other dances, Ron has a deep insight about efficient usage of the body, which can help dancers to prevent injuries and create a better feeling in the dance. Sharon, a saxophonist from an early age, also strives to teach her students to feel the dance, and constantly seeks to give personal feedback to her students and to help them individually.
Ron and Sharon teach regularly in Europe and also teach locally at Holy Lindy Land – Swing Dancing School, all over Israel. They also co-organize “Feelin’ Blues” Festival in Tel Aviv and “Desert Stomp” Festival at the heart of the Israeli Negev Desert.