One of the most prominent couples of Lithuanian Swing Dance scene, partnered up from the very first dance Arnas Razgūnas & Eglė Nemickaitė are dancing, performing, teaching and inspiring the community in Vilnius everyday. Passion and joy for Lindy Hop & Collegiate Shag gained their name as international instructors in regular small workshops around Europe.
Rich experience in teaching every day classes grants quality and fun with clear explanation of their material by expressing swing music and yourself in it. Arnas & Eglė are co-founders of What a Jazz Dance Studio in Vilnius and co-organisers of the one and only Balboa & Shag festival in Lithuania – Swing Paradise.
Collegiate Shag, Lindy Hop
Eglė Nemickaitė & Arnas Razgūnas
Sanna Leinonen & Adam LaMontagne have been dancing and teaching swing together for more than ten years. During this time, they have become well known for the joy and skill that they bring to the social dance floor. Mostly partial to lindy hop and balboa mix & match competitions, they have taken numerous titles individually at events such as The Snowball, European Swing Dance Championships, and Balboa Castle Camp, as well as placing in various events in Europe and the US.
In the classroom, Sanna & Adam emphasize a solid mix of technique and playfulness resulting in a dynamic and personalized approach to musicality and movement that is accessible to all dancers.
Sanna Leinonen & Adam LaMontagne
Giedrė Paplaitytė from Lithuania and Eran Tobi from Israel have started teaching together when they both moved to Europe's party capital - Berlin. These two happy dancers are a super playful duo on the dance floor and off of it. In their classes they will make sense out of the non-sense and make it look good. With lots of smiles (and some bad jokes) they will help you to create music with your feet and body.
According to their students, Giedre & Eran are able to explain even the trickiest moves in a down-to-earth way, but they are most known for caring about connection and partnership in dance. So take all these goodies they have to offer and you'll get one hell of a dance!
Balboa, Lindy Hop
Giedrė Paplaitytė & Eran Tobi
They met in 2012 at a little jazz concert in Bratislava, both excited about swing dance and music, both living in area where there was not much swing dancing going on. Imagine the soul match! Today Peter and Pavli are seen in finals of competitions all around the continent, teach more and more internationally and belong to exciting young talented teachers of Lindy Hop in Europe.
Together their styles make inspiring contrast and harmony at once. In 2013, they joined three more Lindy hoppers to start a swing dance school in Brno and called themselves Swing Wings. During past two years Swing Wings built a team of 9 teachers and a beautiful scene of almost three hundred dancers, unique spirit and epic parties. That spirit they love to bring to European communities too.
Czech Republic, Slovakia
Pavlína Korcová & Peter Kepič
Jill & Alex have both been dancing from a very early age with different backgrounds: Alex is Benelux vice champion of breakdancing and has taught for over 13 years, whereas Jill came from a prestigious contemporary dance school in Belgium.
Having both fallen in love with the old school style of Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz, they focus on individual expression and open perspectives on different techniques. They’ll challenge you on how to stay controlled yet uninhibited, leave great individual freedom but stay together, to dance the move instead of doing the move. They love flashy steps, fast dancing and aerials but also enjoy a smooth slow drag blues.
Jill Demuelenaere & Alexandre McCormack
Beginners' workshop teachers
Riikka started dancing Lindy Hop in 2006 which was soon followed by Authentic Jazz and Balboa, teaching and other sorts of swing-connected craziness both in Finland and abroad. Today, Riikka teaches Lindy Hop and Balboa in Helsinki. She loves teaching people how to dance in rhythm and in control while having an awesome time with one’s partner.
Mikko fell in love with swing dances in 2004. He started teaching Lindy Hop in 2007. Balboa and Authentic Jazz followed in a couple of years. Mikko loves the freedom of experimentation with rhythms and movements in swing dances and enjoys teaching people about rhythm and connection.
Together they are one of the most requested teaching couple in Finland.
Riikka Väänäkoski and Mikko Väänäkoski
Katharina and Johannes Gustav are dance teachers at Tallinn Swing Dance Society, where they regularly give Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag classes.
Technique, connection and leading-following spiced with room for improvisation and cheerful mood of Shag - are the most important aspects for them.
Making a strong emphasis on musicality, energy and creativity, their dance style is smooth, precise and often unpredictable.
Both being passionate and tireless dancers, Katharina and Johannes visit as many festivals as possible. They also like to perform and take part in competitions, yet social dancing is where the heart is.