We are very excited to welcome a bunch of wonderful teachers from all over the world.
gaz & alba (ES)
Alba started swing dancing because the swing people were exactly the crowd she was looking for in a new city, with the time the dancing on the dance floor led her to ecstasy, and she was really hooked when the jazz music found a big space in her heart. There was no way back then! She loves all the different dance styles of the swing era: Lindy Hop, Blues, Balboa and Authentic Jazz, all of which she trains in and teaches regularly.
She started teaching locally in Leeds since 2008 and in London for swing patrol in 2010. The dancing grew on her and she held the dream to have enough time to train and develop her dancing at the level she wished, to become a full time teacher and an organizer in her hometown Madrid. In November 2012 she decided to have the guts to fulfill her dream, quitted her job and moved back to Madrid, where she opened a swing school (Big Mama Swing), alongside with an international top lead, Gastón Fernández. She is eager to share with everybody her passion for dance that has taken over her life.
Gastón “Gas” Fernández is a professional dancer and dance instructor, based in Madird, Spain. He specializes in vintage dance styles including Lindy Hop, Charleston, authentic jazz, Balboa, Blues and Tango. As a former gymnast he is known in the swing dance community for his powerful acrobatics and aerials, while his background in Tango gives his blues style drama and strength, grounded in a sensitive connection with his partner. Gastón’s passion for swing has taken him around the world, teaching from New York to Melbourne, he has taught in some of the best swing and blues camps in the world, like Herräng, Snowball, MSF, Lindy shock, Smokey feet, Berlin Blues Explosion, Noctourne Blues, and many more
He has also been a major proponent of Blues dance in Buenos Aires and is teaching Blues internationally. With intense partner connection, Gas fuses Blues with Tango technique, though always striving to stay grounded in the essence of the Blues.
David & Cátia (PT)
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.
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.
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.
Philippa and Vivien (Swe/UK)
Philippa and Vivien met on the dance floor in 2011 with a slap to the face, and hit it off immediately. Since then, they have been teaching and competing together across Europe, as well as in their respective scenes (Oxford UK and Malmö, Sweden) – until they finally found a common home in Paris, where they teach weekly classes in Lindy-hop, Solo Jazz Roots, and of course Blues dancing. They believe that couple dancing finds its roots in solo body movement and musicality – but solid technique is a must. With Philippa’s background in gymnastics and physiotherapy, and Vivien’s boundless enthusiasm, they want to share the idea that any dance should leave you with a big, unshakeable grin on your face !
Philippa’s first meeting with blues dance was in the attic above the old ambulance garage a late summers night in 2010. Following a string of house parties she fell in love, and due to her unrivaled ability to absorb movement and technique she quickly left her mark on the dance scene, spreading her passion for the blues. Drawing on her training in solo dance and gymnastics she brings a unique view on follower expression through control, definition and elegance. Balancing her quest for technical perfection, mastery of dance alignment and connection, is a bubbly personality and a love for really bad puns.