Alice started dancing at the very young age of 4 years old and have done numerous types of dances until she fell in love with Lindy Hop. She has now been swing dancing for 12 years and keeps being fascinated by the art of improvisation. “Connecting with my partner through rhythm helps me dance my following and is the most inspiring thing to me at the moment.” Alice says. “I have been spreading the joy of lindy hop and authentic jazz in more than 30 countries through teaching, performing, competing and social dancing. I love the diversity of movement and the freedom of expression this dance brings to the world. I hope to keep learning things and keep on inspiring people for as long as possible.”
Many ask how Felipe learned Lindy Hop so quickly: transitioning from a toilet-cleaning newbie dancer marvelling at the Folkets Hus floor to a Herräng instructor in three short years. The explanation is simple: his pre-Lindy life prepared him for what was to come. Theatrical training and acting, playing drums, being a youth in Brazil –where the music and dance culture are rich– and being a dancing party-animator for a live music club, giving him plenty of training for getting people excited about dancing! 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.
Humorous and dynamic, keen, full of heart and a touch of the anarchic, Pamela was spellbound by Lindy Hop energy and community at the age of sixteen when she started her first classes at Lindyhop.lt Club in Vilnius. Despite her young age Pamela has already brought herself to light constantly learning anything related to dancing, be it music, psychology or anatomy. As a dancer Pamela cherishes individuality and freedom. For her Lindy Hop is not as much about impeccable technique as it is about musicality and awareness. As a teacher she shares her values and encourages people to find their own way of dancing: “Learn to be ok with the way you are and how your body moves. It’s all about you.”
Felix is a swing dance instructor, performer, choreographer based in Stockholm,
Sweden. Like any other swedish dancer he started in the swedish competition scene.
He started at the age of nine and with bugg as his main style. One year later he took
his first basic six count step in Boogie Woogie and has since then never stopped.
He is a strong believer of the freedom and the authentic style of the dance and the connection you create with your partner and the music. He sees swing dancing as a way to bring people together and bring happiness in to their life. Because when he dances that’s is all he can think about and express. Pure happiness!
Laia started dancing at the age of six and and for six years she practiced Ballet, Contemporary and Flamenco daily. When she was 12 years old she started practice and compete in Ballroom dances. At the age of 19 she didn’t want to continue with the ballroom dances and she agreed to go with her parents to a Lindy Hop dance. She loved what she saw at the dance and immediately starting to take Lindy Hop lessons, leaving the Ballroom dancing behind. Laia focuses her teaching on followers to have a strong rhythm and to actively take part in the dance. She constantly strives to improve her dancing and movement by working on her solo jazz dancing as much as her Lindy Hop. She tries to connect fun, rhythm and silliness in her dancing.
Gustav grew up in a family dedicated to dance. However, the folkloric dances that his parents were performing did not interest him that much and he spent his youth doing sports, such as tennis, and especially football. Later, when his sister suggested that they should try out Lindy Hop by visiting something called Herräng Dance Camp he gave it a try. During his first contact with the dance in Herräng he was fortunate enough to have a class with Frankie Manning. He fell in love with Lindy Hop and since then, he has been dedicating a lot of time to learn more about this amazing dance. Now a full time dancer and teacher in Barcelona his teaching is focused on rhythm and flow.
Growing up in different parts of Europe, Nicolas and Mikaela have had similar lives discovering swing and couple dancing at an early age.
Mikaela grew up with a love for music and dancing. As a child she had a preference for Jazz and Rock’n Roll music with favourite artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Bill Haley. She discovered the Lindy Hop at the age of 13 and since then her interest in Swing dancing and its music has kept on growing!
Nicolas attended his first Rock’n Roll dance class at the age of 8 and after only one year of dancing he took part in his first competition. This was the start of a long competition career in Rock’n Roll and Boogie Woogie. He was early drawn to the show aspect of the dance which you can still see in his dancing!
Nicolas and Mikaela started working together in 2010 and has since then performed a number of times at various shows, placed in well-known competitions and taught at many many camps around the world.
These two Portuguese started dancing and teaching together in 2011, and have since become international teachers, mainly due to their aptitude to understand the fundamentals of good movement (dancing) and explaining it in an graspable and applicable way.
Cátia is a person’s 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. You’ll rarely see her not smiling.
David is an addicted social dancer. You’ll rarely see him not dancing while there is groovy swing music playing. He’s also a geek, that cannot avoid himself of 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.
Juan is a world-renowned swing dancer, teacher and performer specialised in Lindy Hop & Authentic Jazz.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he had been dancing for more than 16 years, performing and competing at all the major Lindy Hop events and teaching workshops in USA, Europe, Asia & Australia.
After a very successful international career, he decided to go back to Buenos Aires where he funded and co-directs SwingCity, the biggest swing dance school in South America.
Juan will be teaching solo jazz classes at Winter Jump!
Concept class teachers
Vassia is an enthusiastic Lindy Hop & Authentic Jazz dancer. A true lover of classic jazz music, she likes to play with rhythms and improvise. She recreates moves and steps from old clips and she is a member of the vintage performance troupe, HDC Chorus Line led by Marie N’diaye. She is an organiser of Athens Rhythm Hop (international swing festival) and a co-founder of Rhythm Hoppers, an authentic swing dances school based in Athens aiming to spread the Lindy Hop across the country and to educate students about the swing music and dance culture.
Alexey is an incredibly talented and inspiring swing dancer hailing from Russia. He started dancing in 2013 with extraordinary enthusiasm, came to every single party and in the same year made finals in a Newcomer J&J. In 2015 he jumped into the Lindy life with both feet and began teaching, practicing and traveling all over the world, and has won a great number of competition titles. Lindy hop, Authentic Jazz, Blues, and St. Louis Shag, there is nothing he can’t dance! Alexey is famous for his personal style as a dancer, his big smiles, and most of all for his high energy on the dance floor! Do you believe that someone can dance for 24 hours non-stop? Yes, this is Alexey!
Ira started dancing Lindy Hop in 2006 and found that this is the best way to express yourself, have fun, meet people and discover the world.She first found her way into couple dancing as a Follower (with a capital F), but since then has found thrill in her own interpretation and improvisation. She prefers to dance for, and with, her partner rather than the audience. She tries to follow as much as it is possible and find ways to have the most comfortable, joyful and unified dance: “Listen to the music, your partner, and your body. Follow these guidelines and you’ll have the best dances ever!”
Shorty George is one crazy dance cactus. When he started dancing, he forgot that he needed water to survive. While dehydrating himself, he enjoyed making his partner smile, as well as dancers around him. Since 2004, he’s rocked out as a Lindy Hop, Blues, and Balboa dancer. In Iceland, Turkey, Poland, Israel, Greece and Spain, George taught Lindy, Balboa, and Blues Workshops and brought great energy, humor, and entertainment to the classes while teaching some useful techniques to improve people’s dancing, such as musicality, partner connection, feeling, character, & improvisation.
Anna and Chris are Melbourne-based lindy hoppers with over 20 years experience between them. Inspired by the dancers of the Savoy era, they’re passionate about playfulness, creativity and vernacular jazz, as well as swinging out fast and flying. Working with performance groups Hot Jam and Echoes of Harlem, Anna and Chris are accomplished teachers and performers who build a positive and empowering environment for people to explore the dance.
Steven Coombe – trumpet player and band leader of the Shirt Tail Stompers will be here both to MC, play with his band, and do his popular musicality-taster. This is a fun and very useful class for dancers on all levels. This year we will have two, one directed at newer dancers, and one for the more experienced ones.
More to be announced!
Christopher started dancing Lindy Hop in 2008, and has been hooked ever since. He was immediately amazed by the playfulness of the dance and the magic of leading and following. Over the years he has become an experienced teacher, both at Bårdar Swing Club and at other dance scenes. Every year he participates at workshops at home and abroad to improve his own dancing, as well as picking up more on how to teach. In his classes, he always makes an effort to create a relaxed and light atmosphere.
Christopher loves to play with rhythms, and listens carefully while dancing to place moves and variations into the syncopated jazz music. Lately he also discovered the joy of tap dancing, and especially merging it into his jazz dancing.
Bands & MC
Jazzombies is David Skinner’s swing ensemble, with a lineup featuring some of the best swing musicians in Oslo. The band plays classic jazz tunes, by Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, George Gershwin, and many more.
The Jazzombies have played for us at Winter Jump several times, including performing during teacher impro dances – check it out! This year they will play for us both Friday and Saturday!!
Friday we’ll have Skinner and friends, with David Skinner (piano), Svein Erik Martinsen (guitar, vocals), Håvard Fossum (saxophone), Lars Frank (clarinet, saxophone), Jens Fossum (bass), and Hermund Nygård (drums). Saturday we’ll be swinging to Jazzombies, with David Skinner (piano), Kåre Nymark (trumpet), Georg Reiss (clarinet, saxophone), Frank (clarinet, saxophone), Børre Frydenlund (guitar, vocals), Svein Aarbostad (bass), and Bjørn Olufsen (drums)!
We are super excited to welcome Shoeshine Boys back to Winter Jump 2018! Just like previous years, they will be playing for us at the Thursday night pre-party.
In 2008 the band had its debut concert at the New Orleans Jazz Club Workshop on Herr Nilsen. Since then, they have established themselves as a new and young fixture in Oslo’s traditional jazz environment. The band has recently played at different jazz-scenes in Oslo, and have become a big favourite among the swing-dancers in Oslo.
We’re honored to have the wonderful Meghan as our MC for the weekend! Meghan is a Canadian lindy hopper who has been part of the global swing scene for fifteen years now. You may have met her as DJ and band coordinator at Herrang Dance Camp, as MC at Lindy Shock or competition DJ at Lindy Bout in Vancouver. If you haven’t met her yet, come say hello and strike up a conversation about Count Basie or the future of swing dance classes.
DJ Jonas plays a lot in the Gothenburg scene, in Herräng and in swing events around Europe. He aims to play music that makes you happy, include swing both from the 30s, 40s and 50s and firmly believes there can never be too much Basie, Ellington and Hodges in a DJ set!
DJ Petter is passionate about swing music: for listening to, dancing to and DJing. When dancing he loves playing with the music and rhythm variations, and he believes that strong solo dancing is the core of good Lindy Hop. Another outlet for his creativity is brewing beer, and Petter will again provide the Winterjump crowd with Fancy Beer!