Teachers

We’re very excited to present our teacher line-up for 2018 which includes the world-renowned DecaVitas from Stockholm!

Here’s a short who’s who and what they’ll be teaching at the festival. Keep reading below for detailed bios on each of them.

2018 Teachers
  • DecaVitas – Charlie and Rebecka (Stockholm)
    • Lindy Hop, Aerials, Solo Jazz, Shag, 20s partnered Charleston
  • Jen and Nick (Wellington)
    • Lindy Hop
  • Matt and Steffi (Auckland and Austria)
    • Blues (solo and partnered)
  • Jess (Christchurch)
    • Solo Jazz

Our Tango, Hip Hop and Barn Dance workshops are all being finalised with guest teachers from Dunedin who will be announced here shortly.

The DecaVitas

 

Charlie and Rebecka, a.k.a The DecaVitas, are currently based in Stockholm, Sweden. They have been teaching and performing together since 2006 and competing since 2008 (although they now focus more on the artistic aspect of the dances that they love and less on competing).

As founders of the performance troupe MessAround, hailing from Uppsala, and Savage Rhythm Stockholm, Charlie and Rebecka have years of experience in coaching and choreographing group routines. Over the years they have placed in several international Lindy Hop competitions and performed in music videos, TV shows and theatre productions.

Today they make their living out of dancing, organising their own events in Stockholm and teaching workshops across Sweden and abroad, spending about six months every year on the road.

Together they are known for their dynamic and unique dance style. As instructors, Charlie and Rebecka strive to teach great technique in a way that is positive, coherent and productive. They particularly value the art of leading and following, believing that leaders and followers require equal amounts of information in the classroom to create the best possible connection on the dance floor.

If you want to know more, check out The DecaVitas.

Jen and Nick

 

Jen and Nick hail from Wellington, and have been dancing together ever since they met at university in 2012.

Jen learnt to dance while studying at Otago University, and was instrumental in running the scene in Dunedin for a fair number of years. Nick, meanwhile, learnt about swing dancing from his sister, and properly gave it a go while on exchange overseas.

Jen has a passion for a bit of everything (including attending the occasional hip hop class!) and is all about using her whole body to express herself; she definitely brings more than a little bit of sass and spunk to the dance floor! As an ex-jazz musician, Nick is drawn to the big band jazz classics and has eyes only for lindy hop. You’ll probably find him jumping and stomping around the place, and being a bit cheeky.

Since moving to Wellington, Jen and Nick have been part of the core teaching crew for Full Swing and have taught a variety of levels and styles over the years. As teachers, they bring an interest in musicality and creativity, and encourage their students to think outside the box and take ownership of their style. Most of all, they aim to boost their students’ confidence and give them the space to try new things out.

Matt and Steffi

 

 

In 2017, at around 3am on a dancefloor in Zurich, Matt and Steffi met for the first time; 7 dances later, they knew they had stumbled upon a very particular dance connection. A dance connection that later took Matt to Salzburg to the Salzburg Blueslings, where it became clear that Steffi and Matt’s dance styles, ideas and tastes are uncannily similar. They are both excited to reunite on the other side of the world again, and to be able to teach and dance in Dunedin!

More about Steffi

Steffi met the world of Swing and Blues dancing while studying abroad in Scotland, and her heart hasn’t let go since.

She loves conversing and exploring connection within the dance.

She enjoys switching roles and sees Blues as a good platform for breaking down gender roles, effecting social change and bulding community through the dance.

Since returning to her hometown of Salzburg, she has taught Swing dancing and Blues, travelled all over Europe for Blues dance events, established a growing Blues scene and organised Salzburg’s own Blues weekend event.

More about Matt

Matt has dabbled in various dance forms since childhood, and of them all Blues has definitely had the strongest pull on his heart. Originally a Dunedin Swing Rioter, Matt set off to travel after finishing University and stumbled across a Blues exchange in Edinburgh in 2013. That fateful weekend, the Blues flame was lit under his heart and has been burning fiercely ever since.

Matt’s main joys in Blues are the wonders of Ambidancing (switching roles), the finesse of Micro movements, and conversing in the dance. And of course generally nerding out about Blues.

Matt has been a key Blues teacher in Auckland in the last 3 years, and has regularly traveled overseas to chase Blues dance events. He has recently come back from teaching workshops in Europe and UK, and is super excited to be teaching again in Dunedin!

Jess
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Jess is a well known name in Swing dancing households around New Zealand. Focusing solely on dancing the Swing era for the last 12 years means she has danced in and around many nooks and crannies of the world. Jess is a regular teacher and performer for the Swing Town Rebels in Christchurch and also teaches private solo and group lessons for children and adults. Any spare time is spent choreographing and scheming performance ideas as part of the vintage dance duo Shortie Georgia and Tacky Annie. Holding a special place in her heart for Solo Jazz she is excited to be bringing you 2 super special classes at  the Mid Winter Swing Festival!

 

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