Cláudia and Kibble, Kris & Areski, Ali
Cláudia & Kibble, Katie & Areski, Kris & Ali
Cátia & David, Katie & Ron, Kris & Ali
Ali says “I learned to dance better so that I can teach better”. His true passion is to find new ways of creating magic in the classroom. For him, nothing is as satisfying than to help dancers learn techniques and concepts that inspires them to create their own magic moments on the dance floor.
Throughout more than 12 years of dancing and teaching, he has both refined his own style as well as adopted and integrated many new trends and ideas. This experience has made him very versatile as a lindy hopper, with a strong focus on being able to connect to many different partners.
Today, his greatest joy in a social dance is to draw inspiration from his partner’s movements. Being quick to respond, adapt and reply to what was just presented to him by his partner and the music, he creates a fun, witty and playful interaction that is great to watch and even greater to feel and share!
In class, he’ll teach you how to use all your senses to create such moments in the dance for yourself!
Areski started taking classes with SwingStep in 2014, and became a full-time teacher with SwingStep in 2016. Bringing experience from his prior life as a sailing instructor, he has a good sense for understanding what is needed when, and how to express it. Training with SwingStep only helped become even more precise in his teaching, giving him the techniques to inspire people to work hard on their dancing. He also did short studies of ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, hip hop and tap dance. Increasing his knowledge about movement and body awareness helped him understand how he wants to shape his dancing, and therefore also his classes. As a teacher, he wants to inspire the same way the dance inspires him. Making techniques, concepts, shapes, movement accessible and breaking them down in a way that students can see immediate results.
Swing dancer (Lindy Hop & Authentic Jazz), Clàudia Fonte explores and embraces all kinds of playful ways in her dancing. Her main source is swing music. Furthermore, she likes to connect and communicate with the other dancers and get inspired by them in partner dancing as well as in solo dancing.
Taking the classic rhythms and moves as the foundation she challenges herself to keep them alive through her own perspective and interpretation.
Even though swing dance has a great historical tradition she believes in its evolution and expansion; by respecting but also transforming the roots she tries different ways and communication styles, like in the partner dance. The traditional roles established in Lindy Hop are subject to this lively and spirited approach too.
Where she really expresses herself and shows herself is solo dance. Improvising creates a fruitful and joyful environment to find new movements and to set creativity free while providing the dancer with a cheerful atmosphere. Authentic Jazz enables her to achieve and explore challenges proposed by swing music. Essential to her approach is promoting solo dancing in the context of social dancing as well. The dance floor is where everything starts and where the magic happens.
Kris has been a full-time teacher with SwingStep since 2011, teaching local classes in Heidelberg, Germany as well as international workshops from Israel to Ireland and many places in between. With her background in teaching astrophysics, Kris knows how to break down complex information into logical and easy to execute bits for her students. Kris’ approach to dance is methodical and precise and she has an excellent feeling for what her students need in order to achieve the next level in their dancing.
Katie Cobalt (UK)
Katie originally comes from Hong Kong, she is now based in London. Katie has triple stepped all over the world performing and competing every chance she gets, holding first place titles at Savoy Cup, Balkan Lindy Hop Championships and Dragon Swing. She runs her own weekly classes with Swing Patrol as well as teaching weekend workshops from Turin to Krakow.
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.
Ron is known for his pedagogy and didactics. He introduces his students to inspiring ideas and movements while creating a deep understanding and fast implementation, in a clear and fun way.
Ron loves learning the history of the dance and enjoys digging deep into Jazz, its musicians, rhythms and grooves. He is always excited to share his insights with his students as well as introduce them to great music.
As a certified fitness trainer with a rich background in other dances & martial arts, he helps dancers create good quality movement in their dance, and provides them with ways to take care of their body and to prevent injuries.
Ron combines the valuable experience of developing a local scene with his experience as an international teacher. Besides teaching regularly around Europe, Ron is also the director of Swing It dancing school where he teaches and promotes swing dance culture around Israel.