Swing Summit Teachers

Swing Summit is a defining experience as a lindy hopper. The classes are immensely valuable and structured around the same core principles. The teachers and staff are great, always helpful and fun. Altogether, I hope to be back several times. Joao

Week 1, 2 and 3 teachers:

CÁTIA & DAVID (Portugal)

You will have 4 classes with Cátia & David over the week.

The passion and energy Cátia and David are bringing to the dance floor and their classes is incredible. Knowing and working with them over many years, they truly know what SwingSummit is all about and fully embrace the spirit of the camp. Their work as teachers at SwingSummit 2015, 2016 and 2017 not only amazed the students with their engagement, commitment, clarity and creativity, but the entire teaching team felt inspired by their never-ending power. David’s fantastic DJ sets might have only been topped by him bringing together a spontaneous band to play some extra live music…

 


 

 

Giulia & Stefano (Italy)

You will have 4 classes with Giulia & Stefano over the week.

Giulia and Stefano are the scene drivers and shining stars coming out of Torino, Italy. They bring lots of energy and big smiles to the dance floor and will warm your heart with their fun and charming way in their classes.

But besides all the enthusiasm, Stefano and Giulia care deeply about improving the technical skills and versatility of their students. Their openness and approachability makes it so easy to explore also the tricky bits of partner dancing with them. With additional background in theatre and music, they teach you how to accentuate and present your creativity in the dance.

Both Giulia and Stefano love to social dance: you’ll have an easy time to spot them on the dance floor and catch a dance.

 


 

SwingStep team: Kris & Areski (Germany)

You will have 2 classes with Kris & Areski over the week.
Kris has been a full-time teacher with SwingStep since 2011, a veteran of team classes and workshops. Areski is newer to the scene; he brought a lot of prior teaching experience with him and started teaching very early on in his lindy hopping, and is now also a full-time teacher with SwingStep. At first they were coach and trainee, after many hours together in the classroom they have found their own style and groove as a teaching partnership. Friendly while challenging, they teach with technical precision and still have time for a healthy dose of the giggles. They’ll inspire you to work on your dancing, leaving class sweaty and with a big smile on your face.

 


 

 

Week 4, 5 and 6 teachers:

Clàudia & Ali (Spain/Germany)

Clàudia & Ali:
What brought Clàudia and Ali together is the magic that happens when they social dance. What makes the dancing between these two so amazing is that the traditional concept of lead and follow seems to completely disappear. What you get instead is two swing dance enthusiasts creating an amazing moment together, with two refined dancers listening to and complementing each other far beyond the traditional roles of “leader” and “follower”.

Teaching how you can create your own “magic on the dancefloor” is definitely one of the most abstract and hard to break down concepts. However, Ali and Clàudia’s combined skills as dancers with great passion for geeky details, together with Clàudia’s background in physiotherapy and Ali’s scientific approach from his work in chemistry, they know how to break down complex concepts into learnable elements, even for the most “hard-to define-but-most-important-to-have” qualities of the dance!

 


 

 

Katie&Joe (UK/USA)

Despite her anomalous American accent, Katie Latter originally comes from Hong Kong where she first started her Lindy Hop journey in 2013. Now based in London she teaches weekly with Swing Patrol and has taught students all over Europe, triple stepping from Brighton to Holland. She holds first place titles from London Throwdown, Hong Kong Swing Festival and Swingin’ Spring in Sweden.
She is known for her infectious smile and bubbly personality. It was the joy and playful energy that made Katie fall head over heels for Lindy Hop and this enthusiasm comes across in her classes. She is a firm believer in getting the fundamentals right and deeply enjoys getting thoroughly nerdy with her students. You can find out more on her website, or follow her adventures in Lindy Hop and love of great selfie lighting on instagram.

We will introduce Joe very soon!


 

SwingStep team: Areski&Kris (Germany)

You will have 2 classes with Areski&Kris over the week.
Kris has been a full-time teacher with SwingStep since 2011, a veteran of team classes and workshops. Areski is newer to the scene; he brought a lot of prior teaching experience with him and started teaching very early on in his lindy hopping, and is now also a full-time teacher with SwingStep. At first they were coach and trainee, after many hours together in the classroom they have found their own style and groove as a teaching partnership. Friendly while challenging, they teach with technical precision and still have time for a healthy dose of the giggles. They’ll inspire you to work on your dancing, leaving class sweaty and with a big smile on your face.

 

 

I keep telling people that SwingSummit was hard work in the best possible way. It’s super focused and at times frustrating as training yourself can be, but you are in an enviably gorgeous location full of lovely people and incredibly supportive, talented teachers and everyone is so, so much fun. It’s just about the perfect way to improve your dancing and it’s one of the nicest ways to spend a holiday I can think of. I came with a partner and we had an awesome time. I’d love to come back with a bigger group of people from Edinburgh next year! (Kate Amann)

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