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24th  -  27th of May,  2018

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Italija  |  Italy

Bianca Locatelli

Bianca je začela plesati pri zgodnjih šestih letih in se preizkusila v veliko različnih plesnih stilih, od baleta pa vse do pouličnega plesa. Vendar pa je nazadnje ostala zvesta svoji največji strasti, to je swing ples! Že vrsto let tekmuje in nastopa na različnih swing plesnih festivalih po Italiji in v tujini.

 

Trenutno je aktivna v swing plesni sceni na Švedskem, kjer se udeležuje plesnih večerov, tekmuje in uči Boogie Woogie in Lindy Hop, veliko pa poučuje tudi v tujini. Sama misli, da je glasba največja inspiracija pri plesu, zato zelo uživa na plesnih večerih in rada opazuje ljudi, ko plešejo ter se zabavajo.

 

Po tem ko je pri svojih štirinajstih letih prvič odšla v Herräng na festival, jo je swing ples popolnoma osvojil in tako postal zelo pomemben v njenem življenju

 

 

Bianca Locatelli started dancing at the age of six and tried a lot of dance styles from ballet to street dancing. Though, she got stuck in swing dancing, her biggest passion. She has been competing and performing several years first in Italy and then internationally.

 

Nowadays she's social dancing, competing and teaching Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop in Sweden and all around the world. Bianca recently received the EuroStar Award which was given to her for showing talent and potential and for having exemplified the spirit of the dance during the European Swing Dance Championships.

 

Bianca thinks that music is the most inspiring factor for her dancing, she enjoys social dancing and watch people dancing and having fun. She went to Herräng for the first time at the age of 14 and since then swing dancing has become an essential part of her days

Švedska |  Sweden

Nils Andrén

Nils pleše že 11 let. Skozi svojo plesno kariero je veliko tekmoval v  plesnih zvrsteh, kot so Boogie Woogie, Salsa Lindy Hop in pa 'Swedish Bugg'. Skozi leta plesnega udejstvovanja je osvojil številne nagrade na različnih tekmovanjih (Lindy Hop in Boogie Woogie) na Švedskem in v tujini.

 

Trenutno veliko potuje po tujini, kjer poučuje, tekmuje, vrti glasbo in pleše na plesnih večerih. Kot temeljno inspiracijo si je izbral glasbo, skozi ples in poučevanje pa skuša ravno to približati publiki in pa svojim učencem.

Nils Andrén has now been dancing for 11 years. He has throughout his career been constantly competing in various dances such as Boogie Woogie, Salsa, Lindy Hop and the Swedish bugg.

 

During several years of dancing he has acquired numerous of podium placements on competitions all around the world in Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie. Nils is nowadays traveling around teaching, competing, DJing and social dancing.

 

Music is his main source of inspiration and by dancing and teaching Nils tries to transmit to the audience and his students. “

Litva   |  Lithuania

Elze Visnevskyte

Elze prihaja iz živahne swing plesne scene v Vilni, Litva. Že kot otrok je raziskovala različne plesne zvrsti, tudi renesančne in tradicionalne ljudske plese. Veliko časa je tudi namenila igralstvu v gledališču, kar zagotovo nadgradi njeno plesno znanje in improvizacijo.

 

Ples pomeni zanjo veliko več kot le vodenje in sledenje - po njenem gre za čisto komunikacijo med plesalko in plesalcem in seveda z glasbo. Kreativnost in igrivost ji v plesu pomenita ogromno, zato ju skuša predajati tudi svojim učencem. Takoj jo lahko prepoznate po njeni nalezljivi živahni energiji in glasnem smehu!

 

Elze uči Lindy Hop in Solo Jazz na različnih festivalih in delavnicah po svetu in doma, kjer je tudi ena od vodilnih plesnih učiteljev v vzhajajoči plesni sceni. Hkrati z veseljem prinaša Lindy Hop tudi v gledališče, kjer trenutno ustvarja projekt 'Sodobna Lindy Hop predstava Partners'.

 

 

Elze comes from a vibrant dance scene in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since she was a kid Elze has been exploring a variety of dances - from old Renaissance to traditional folk dances. She has also spent a lot of time acting in the theatre so she takes a part of it to her dancing and improvisation.

 

For her dancing is much more than leading and following, it is essentially a conversation with a partner and with the music. She values creativity and playfulness and spreads it to her students. You can recognize Elze from her contagious energy and loud laugh.

 

Elze has been traveling and teaching Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz in various festivals and workshops abroad as well as growing her local dance community where she is a part of Hoppers’ dance studio team. She is also working in bringing Lindy Hop to the theatre, her most recent project is a contemporary Lindy Hop show “Partners”.

ZDA  |  USA

Peter Kertzner

Peter prihaja iz Los Angelesa, kjer je tudi začel svojo plesno pot. Plesna scena polna navdihujočih plesalcev ter njena bogata plesna zgodovina sta poskrbela, da se je do ušes zaljubil v Lindy Hop. Kmalu je začel potovati po svetu, kjer se je seznanil z različnimi stili plesa, ki jih ljudje individualno prinašajo na plesišče – takrat je vedel, da je na pravi poti!

 

Danes živi v Franciji, natančneje v Montpellier-u ter uči swing po celem svetu. Petrov stil plesa temelji na zabavi in na dobri povezavi. Pravi, da gre pri plesu za veliko več kot le vodenje in sledenje. Sam se pri plesu osredotoča na muzikalnost, igrivost in kreativnost  pomešano z dobro mero zabave.

 

S svojo nalezljivo dobro energijo predaja zelo zanimiv in spodbuden plesni material svojim učencem. Sporoča vam, da se pripravite na dobro mero smeha, nore zabave in plesne gibe polnih izzivov.

Peter began dancing the Lindy Hop in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised. The scene filled with inspiring dancers and a rich history of swing dancing dating back to the 1930s was enough for him to fall head over heels with swing. He soon began traveling the world to learn the different styles and voices that people were bringing to Lindy Hop today, and that was when he knew he caught the bug!

 

Today, he lives in Montpellier, France and teaches the dance internationally. Peter’s style is all about fun and connectedness. For him, Lindy Hop is much more than leading and following… it’s about musicality, playfulness, and creativity… it’s dancing… and in the meantime having a freaking great time!

 

His energy is contagious and his class material is stimulating. Be prepared for laughs, crazy fun, and exciting new moves!

Sweden |  Švedska

Anna Fors

Anna je začela plesati zelo prepoznaven švedski ples imenovan 'Swedish dance Bugg' že pri devetih letih. Preden je začela plesati Lindy Hop je tekmovala v Buggu, Boggie Woogie-ju in Double Buggu. Pri šestnajstih letih je začela aktivno plesati in tekmovati s svojim sedanjim soplesalcem Jokabom Bergelinom, s katerim sta tudi prvič obiskala 'Herräng Dance Camp'.

 

Od takrat dalje je njena strast za Lindy Hopom le še naraščala. Obiskovala  je številne mendarodne plesne festivale ter se udeležila različnih tekmovanj ter velikokrat osvojila zavidljive rezultate.

 

Najbolj jo navdihujejo Savoy ballroom plesalci, kar se odraža tudi v njenem plesnem stilu in načinu učenja.

 

 

Anna started dancing the Swedish dance Bugg at the age of 9. Before she started with Lindy Hop she competed in Bugg, Boogie Woogie and Double Bugg. When she was 16 she started dancing and competing with Jakob Bergelin and also attended Herräng Dance Camp for the first time.

 

Since then her passion for Lindy Hop has only increased and she has attended several events and competitions with good results.

The style of the Savoy ballroom dancers is her big inspiration witch reflects both in her dance and teaching.

 

Competition placements:  1st place Swedish Champonships 2017/2016, 1st place Pro-Showcase ILHC 2017/2016, 1st place Classic ILHC 2016, 1st place All-star Strictly ILHC 2017/2016, 1st place Showcase Camp Hollywood 2016, 3rd place Invitational Strictly ILHC 2017

 

Švedska |  Sweden

Jakob Bergelin

Jakob pleše že skoraj vse svoje življenje. Pri zgodnjih desetih letih ga ja mama prijavila na začetni tečaj zelo prepoznavnega švedskega plesa imenovanega 'Swedish dance Bugg' – zelo kmalu je začel v tem dinamičnem plesu tudi tekmovati.

 

Kmalu po tem se je prvič srečal z Lindy Hopom v katerega se je namudoma zaljubil. Po nekaj letih tekmovanja v Bugg-u, Lindy Hop-u in Boogie Woogi-u je Jakob pričel redno plesati z Anno Fors, s fokusom na Lindy Hop.

 

Jakob in Anna sta osvojila številne nagrade na različnih Lindy Hop tekmovanjih na državni in nacionalni ravni.

Jakob has been dancing for most of his life. At the age of 10 his mother made him take a beginners class in the Swedish dance Bugg and started competing shortly after. It took about one and a half year of dancing Bugg before Jakob found Lindy Hop and he quickly fell in love with it. After a few years of competing in Bugg, Lindy Hop and as well Boogie woogie, Jakob started dancing with Anna Fors and started focusing more on Lindy Hop.

 

Together, Jakob and Anna has collected many good results from both national and international competitions.

 

Jakob is very focused on keeping the authentic style of the Savoy ballroom dancers in both his own dancing and also when he teaches the dance.

 

 

Slovenija |  Slovenia

Katja Završnik

Katja je pričela plesati pri petih letih in se je skozi leta učila raznoraznih plesov od baleta, jazza, modernih in standardnih plesov do gimnastike in akrobatskega rock'n'rolla, s katerim je Slovenijo uspešno zastopala na mednarodnih tekmovanjih.

 

Od leta 2005 se osredotoča predvsem na zgodnje ameriške plese Jazz iz Swing obdobja, kot so Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, Charleston, St. Louis Shag in Authentic jazz (tradicionalen solo jazz). Široko znanje (skoraj vseh) swing plesov ji omogoča prilagajanje plesalcem različnih stilov. Njen občutek za kontakt, odzivnost med partnerjema, muzikalnost in eleganca jo uvrščajo med najbolj iskane plesalke na sceni.

 

Katja trenutno živi v Ljubljani ter se profesionalno ukvarja s poučevanjem in nastopanjem širom Evrope, Azije in Amerike.

 

 

Katja Završnik started dancing at the age of 5 and through the years studied various forms of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, Gymnastics and Acrobatic Rock and Roll for 9 years.

 

Since 2005 she has focused on early American dances from the Jazz age and Swing era, such as the Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, Charleston, St. Louis Shag and Authentic jazz. Her knowledge of (almost) all swing dances allows Katja to adapt her dance to any type of dancer. Which places her on the market among one of the best followers understanding connection and reactivity.

 

She is an elegant dancer. At first, you'll be seduced by her style based by subtlety and finesse. But if you look a little closer you'll be surprised by her musicality and footwork. Her focus on musicality and connection makes her one of the most sought after followers in the scene. Her shyness - as probably her Slovenian origin as well - gives at first a "cold" feeling. But don't make any mistake : she loves to laugh, to party and simply have fun. During a dance, she is one of the few followers to never refuse a dance and also often the last to leave the dance floor.

 

Currently living in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Katja travels doing special weekend workshops and festivals. In the past 8 years she has taught and performed all over Europe, Asia and USA.

Slovenija |  Slovenia

Nejc Zupan

Nejc Zupan je eden prvih novodobnih plesalcev swinga v Sloveniji in tudi eden izmed najbolj izkušenih slovenskih swing učiteljev, saj se je s swingom srečal že leta 2004. Je ustanovni član in vodja prve slovenske swing plesne skupine Besne gliste. Svoje znanje je pridobival na številnih mednarodnih delavnicah. Izkušnje s področja sodobnega gibalnega gledališča, glasbe ter klasičnega teatra mu omogočajo svež in zabaven pristop k poučevanju in razvoju swing plesa. Posebno pozornost posveča jazz gibu in muzikalnosti, ki sta v swingu nepogrešljiva.

Nejc Zupan is one of the first modern swing dancers of Slovenia and one of the most experienced slovenian swing teachers, as he started to dance already in 2004. He is a founding member of the first Slovenian swing dancing group, called Besne gliste. He gained his rich dancing knowledge from many international workshops he visited. All the experience from the field of  modern movement theater, music and classical theater, enables him to have a fresh and fun approach to teaching and also in progress of swing dance in general. He dedicates special attention to jazz movement and musicality, which are indispensable  in swing dancing.

Belgija |  Belgium

Sep Vermeersch

Sep je vsestranski swing in jazz plesalec. Znan je po svoji pozitivni energiji in dinamičnemu gibanju. Svojo plesno pot je začel kot 'spontani' plesalec, kjer je veselo poplesaval po barih in drugih zabavah. To zagotovo daje pečat njegovemu unikatnemu in muzikalnemu gibanju. Danes poučuje in nastopa na različnih plesnih dogodkih in projektih. Njegov ples lahko občudujemo v popolnoma 'čistem' vintage stilu skupaj s skupino 'The Dipsy Doodles', kot tudi v bolj cabaret stilu s skupino 'U n Cup de Folies', prav nič nenavadnega pa ni, če ga tudi srečate kot DJ-a na raznih festivalih elektronske glasbe!

 

Trenutno poučuje Lindy Hop in Solo Jazz v Gentu, v plesni šoli 'Crazy Legs'. Ob vikendih običajno potuje po Evropi in poučuje na različnih mednarodnih festivalih. Velikokrat je tudi zmagal na Lindy Hop in Solo Jazz tekmovanjih.

 

Kot srčni občudovalec umetnosti, poslušalec glasbe in plesalec je razvil zelo poseben odnos do giba in glasbe same; zelo ceni glasbene in plesne predhodnike katerekoli zvrsti. Sep pravi: »Samo pridi in pleši«.

 

 

Sep Vermeersch is a versatile swing and jazz dancer based in Gent, Belgium. He’s known for his positive energy and dynamic movement.. He started as a ‘spontaneous’ dancer, shakin’ it in bars and at parties. This probably clarifies his unique and musical dancing style. Today, you can find Sep teaching and performing in different projects. From performing purely vintage dancing with The Dipsy Doodles to bringing burlesque cabaret with U n Coup de Folies or even go go dancing and MC-ing at electronic music festivals like Tomorrow lands’ Radio Ultra Modern stage.

 

He teaches lindy hop and solo jazz for Ghent finest authentic jazz dance school Crazy Legs. But in weekends he travels around Europe to teach solo or partnered up, mostly with Alexia Legoueix or Bára Hřebačková. When home Sep can be found training, Dj-ing or organising events for LouisLou. His energy and passion for the music, dance, art and vintage business made him a very busy and welcomed guest in many projects and events.The combination of his daily practise, pedagogical education and his energising class style makes him a unique ‘character’ in the modern swing dance world. He’s not only valuing the dance itself, but especially the music and the ‘human’ behind all of that.  Come over and Jam!

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