Kevin St. Laurent & Jo Hoffberg
We are exited to have this experienced and inspiring couple teaching at this year Swingin’ Spring.
Jo and Kevin live and breathe Lindy Hop with their passion for celebrating life through dance. They travel globally teaching and performing dances from the Jazz Era of the 1920’s to 1940’s. Since their partnership began in 2007 they have taught in 28 Countries across 5 continents including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Together they hold titles at the International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, American Lindy Hop Championship, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Camp Hollywood and Camp Jitterbug. With clear and humorous instruction, thesetwo creative and versatile dancers will entertain, inspire and help you become the best dancer you can be. They are striving to change the world… one rock step at a time.
Rikard Ekstrand & Pamela Gaizutyte
Pamela Gaižutytė began working at Hoppers’ Dance Studio in her hometown of Vilnius, Lithuania. Today she dances and teaches with the top leaders in the international Lindy Hop scene. Having no constant partner has given Pamela space to bring a lot of variety to her dance. Rikard Ekstrand start dancing at the early age of 7. Today he’s a well recognized dancer in the swing dance world and working full time as a respected professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. Rikard is a member of the dance Group Harlem Hot Shots and as a side project from dancing he play jazz music with Hornsgatan Ramblers.
Kuno H. Rasmussen & Gosia Wolska Rasmussen
Kuno quickly fell in love with the dance, especially with the playfulness and musicality of Lindy Hop. Kuno has participated in numerous international competitions in Lindy Hop with top rankings. He has also for many years been deeply involved in developing the Danish swing dance scene. He is one of Denmark’s best swing dancers and takes a pride in sharing the joy of the dance through teaching. With his musical understanding, Kuno is always playing with rhythmical improvisations in his dance, something he loves to share with his students in class. Kuno has also studied didactics at Copenhagen University, a skill set he puts to good use when planning his classes. Gosia’s dance adventure started back when she was a teenager. She tried different styles, from Ballroom Dance, through Salsa, to Jitterbug.From the very beginning, she simply loved the whole package: the music, the people, the culture, and the atmosphere around the dance Lindy hop. Gosia quickly got more and more involved in the swing dance scene in Copenhagen and she soon began teaching regularly. She loves to travel and visit other dance scenes, learn from other talented instructors, compete, perform, and get nerdy about this amazing dance. Lindy Hop has taken over Gosia’s life and she couldn’t be happier!
Tatiana Udry having won numerous titles in Solo Charleston, Jazz Roots and Blues as well as in Lindy Hop, Tatiana is one of the brightest stars in today’s swing scene. With creativity, playfulness and a great amount of energy she will help take your solo jazz to a new level! Born in south east France, she is now living and teaching in Montpellier, France. She learnt classical and modern jazz for 12 years. After she discovered the couple dances before specialising in the lindy hop and charleston. She teaches Lindy Hop, Charleston and Solo Jazz Roots. Impressive for ease of movement, her technical maturity despite her young age and her craziness!