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MEET THE TEACHERS




6 INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS


For the fourth edition, we are going to have 5 great names teaching Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz. To top it off, we will also have an African Dance teacher to bring you closer to the roots of Swing Dance.



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Frida Segerdahl & Skye Humphries

LINDY HOP

SWEDEN / UNITED KINGDOM


Frida has been dancing since her early childhood. Her very first dance interest was Swedish folk dances and Swedish Bugg and later moved on to Boogie Woogie. She also attended a three year dance dance high school focusing on modern and contemporary jazz dance and ballet. Training and competing brought her to Herräng Dance Camp where she was exposed to Lindy hop on the social dance floor for the first time and she fell head over heels in love with the music and the dance, finding a freedom of expression she had never felt before. From that point she was hooked and has never looked back. She joined the performance group The Rhythm Hot Shots, now known as The Hot Shots, a celebration of Harlem rhythms, for 15 years. 

There she got the possibility to work hard, learning and performing a broad spectrum of the African American dances she loves such as Lindy Hop, solo  jazz, charleston and tap. She feels incredibly happy and humble that she has had the opportunity to travel the world performing, teaching, competing and sharing her passion for this artform for the last 20 years.

Skye was first persuaded to dance Lindy Hop by his mother in 1996, but quickly discovered his own love of social dancing, swing music and the Lindy Hop community. This led him to a wider interest in dance and he took classes in ballet, modern, and Jazz.  Since 1999 he has taught wherever Lindy Hop is done- from national weekends to international dance camps.  He is a founding member of some the most influential modern Lindy Hop troupes- including Minnie’s Moochers, Mad Dog, and the Silver Shadows.  Skye has also won titles at all of the major Lindy Hop competitions- including ULHS, ILHC, ALHC and the World Lindy Hop Championships.  His involvement with Lindy Hop sparked his wider interest in America’s history and cultural heritage- leading him to pursue American Studies at The George Washington University where he received his master’s degree in 2007.

Don’t miss Frida & Skye’s energetic classes in all tracks. Consider joining them for a special master class.



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Rémy Kouakou Kouame

SOLO JAZZ

FRANCE


Remy Kouakou Kouame fell into the Swing Pot at an early age. As an established competitor, he earned many awards such as the French and the World Championships of Boogie Woogie. He has been as well an established teacher for many years now. He travels around many international camps and festivals, sharing his passion and knowledge. His approach to Swing Dances is unique with an originality and creativity inspired by his experience of many styles of dance, with the addition of some spicy madness that characterizes Remy! 

Take a chance to meet and learn from Rémy in the Solo jazz track! Rémy will also teach solo jazz in the full tracks.




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Jenna Applegarth & Viktor Lillard 

LINDY HOP

USA


Jenna found swing dancing in 2004 in her small local scene of Wenatchee WA. Since then she has spent countless hours expanding her dancing repertoire and sharing her love and knowledge of these dances with others. Her energy and passion create the perfect environment for learning.

Jenna has attended, coordinated, and taught various workshops and exchanges all across the globe. Some of her favorite highlights are performing at Benaroya Hall in The Jump Session Show and teaching for Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. Above all else she believes that learning to dance should be fun, and rooted in the music and history. With over 15 years of teaching/coaching/training experience, she loves finding new ways to connect with other dancers on the floor and in the classroom and to create challenging yet applicable lessons in the classroom.

Viktor Lillard discovered Lindy Hop in Ohio, United States nearly ten years ago, and has only fallen more deeply in love with Jazz and Swing Dance as time goes on. Over the years swing dance has taken him where he never dreamed he would go, and the varied influences have helped him develop a unique flavor to his dance. He loves to spread the joy of dance within a comprehensive experience of jazz music, and is continually studying jazz’s profound history and cultural roots in a continuum of Black American social dance. 

Viktor has taught classes and workshops on three continents, and continues to travel to teach, now based in Prague, Czechia. He uses his musical knowledge and his thoughtful creative outlook to help students both become comfortable in their basics and expand their boundaries. Above all, he absolutely loves to share his musical and flowing style of swing on the social floor, and he encourages all swing dancers to feel the music and have fun!

Enjoy Lindy Hop classes with Jenna & Viktor in all tracks. Jenna & Viktor will also teach the Beginner course.





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Tebby W.T. Ramasike

AFRICAN DANCE

BELGIUM


Tebby is a South African choreographer, dancer/performer, dance teacher & researcher and cultural activist.

Born in Johannesburg, he started dancing at a very early age, training in different dance styles, firstly in Ballroom & Latin and eventually in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and African, Butoh, African ritual dances.

After working professionally in several theatre and dance companies in South Africa and abroad, he came to Europe in 1995 to pursue studies in New Dance Development and Choreography at the European Dance Development Centre in Arnhem, The Netherlands. He then established himself as a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher in Europe. In 1999 he founded TeBogO Dance Ensemble (TBO) (later called TeBogO Dance), with a vision of focusing on the role and the spiritual essence of the dancing body as a tool of communication, bringing dance to the people as both a performance, socio-cultural and educational platform. Since its inauguration, he has been invited to perform and teach extensively in Europe and abroad (as far as Japan or South Africa, for example).

Enjoy the traditional African dance class with Tebby and musicians. 




  


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SWING THE ABBEY
LIVE MUSIC




FRIDAY NIGHT BAND

HOP'SH BAM CONNECTION


Excellent Swing band from Belgium, brilliantly guided by Marie Anne Standaert. Being a dancer herself, she perfectly knows how to combine all the musical ingredients to provide dancers with top swing music. All Hop-sh-Bam musicians swing with their whole body, heart and soul! Be prepared: Heavy swing and Hot jazz that will make your feet move like never before!





SATURDAY NIGHT BAND

LESTER'S BLUES


A swing jazz septet from Belgium formed to pay tribute to the artistry of Lester Young, Count Basie and their peers, Lester’s Blues made a debut album in 2018 ‘Hommage to Lester Young & the Basie-ites’ and played many jazz venues & dance festivals since. Their second album ‘Radio Rhythm’, which was recorded around one stereo microphone will be released in June 2022.

Lester’s Blues lend their name from a bittersweet song by saxophonist Lester Young, arguably the greatest jazz stylist that walked this earth. Inspired by 1930’s small band recordings of Count Basie and his alumni, Lester’s Blues is aiming to approach their effortless and galant style. The septet is modelled after some of the bands the Count recorded with: a four-piece rhythm section with piano and rhythm guitar, and three horns, composed of leading Belgian and Dutch seasoned jazz players.

Since 2016 the band has played at many jazz and dance festivals and venues. Their debut album ‘Red Label: Hommage to Lester Young & the Basie-ites’ from 2018 which was recorded without computers, live in one room straight to tape and issued on all analog vinyl (analog mastered and cut), received lots of positive acclaim and sold to an international audience.



SUNDAY NIGHT BAND

DUKE BOX


Luxembourg's favorite local Swing Band formed around the eccentric Stephan Kinsch is going to set the dancefloor on fire at our closing party on Sunday. 





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