Ali and Kris
Ali and Katie
Ali and Cláudia
Katie and Ben
Areski and Kris
Areski and Kris
Cláudia and Kibble
Ron and 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
Swing dancer (Lindy Hop & Authentic Jazz), Clàudia Fonte explores and embraces all kinds of playful ways in her dancing. Her main source is swing music. Furthermore, she likes to connect and communicate with the other dancers and get inspired by them in partner dancing as well as in solo dancing.
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; by 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 too.
Where she really expresses herself and shows herself is solo dance. Improvising creates a fruitful and joyful environment to find new movements and to set creativity free while providing the dancer with a cheerful atmosphere. 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. The dance floor is where everything starts and where the magic happens.
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 aim to bring new insights about the dance to every class they teach. They are known for their ability to simplify complicated concepts and present many practical ways to create harmonic, musical and inspiring dances. They deliver their classes in a fun and energetic atmosphere with a lot of personal feedback and care.
Ron is a certified fitness trainer with a rich background in martial arts and other dances. He helps dancers create good quality movement in their dance and provides them with ways of taking care of their body and preventing injuries. Ron constantly studies the history of the dance and enjoys digging deeper into jazz music, its musicians, grooves and feel. He is always excited to share his insights with his students as well as to introduce them to some awesome tunes.
Sharon has been playing jazz since she was a child and maintains a deep appreciation for the music we dance to. With her extensive musical background, Sharon strives to share interesting and practical ideas on how to connect to music and rhythm. She is a people person and she creates a comfortable atmosphere in her classes with a friendly attitude and lots of personal attention.
Ron and Sharon teach regularly in Europe and teach locally in Israel at the Swing It dance school. They also co-organize “Feelin’ Blues” Festival in Tel Aviv and “Desert Stomp” Festival at the heart of the Israeli Negev Desert.