Main Teachers

Ali Taghavi & Katja Uckerman

It was love at first dance: Ali&Katja have been dancing together ever since they met on a Paris dance floor in 2003. Based in Heidelberg, Germany, they are working to spread the Lindy Hop through their teaching teams in Heidelberg, Darmstadt and Berlin and with their own travelling to teach workshops around Europe.

Ali&Katja are best known for their technical yet accessible teaching. Their goal is to build upon and expand what you already know about the dance rather than to try to change you. Their very clear step by step “how to” instructions help you learn and practise in a focused way, so you can transfer your new skills onto the social dance floor right away.

In their classes, you’ll also get the tools how to practice and tell yourself if you’re “doing it right” outside the classroom. This way, you can continue to improve and practice on your own and take your dancing to the next level.

David Afonso & Cátia Fonseca

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.

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.

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.

Musicians

24 Robbers

24 Robbers are well known among, and dear to, the swing dancers in Portugal. Born from Swing Jam sessions, these 5 are making a name for themselves on the dance-floors.

Almost all members also Swing Dance, which allows them to better understand what dancers are looking for in a swingy groove.

Hugo Esteves – Drums
Kristina žurauskaitė – Voice
Simão Lamas – Bass
Màxim Colls – Saxophone
João Pedro – Guitar

Stomping at 6

Stomping at Six is one of the few swing bands in Lisbon, formed by students from the Hot Clube de Portugal Jazz School who fell in love when they saw some Lindy Hoppers dancing in the street.

Stomping at Six play Swing standards from the 1920′s, 30′s and 40′s, and they bring so much empathy and energy to their sets that you won’t be able to stay out.

DJs

DJ Cees Van Den

Cees is a swing and blues DJ based in Manchester. He has been swing dancing since 2011, something that has
given him an understanding that music not only needs to sound good, but also feel good.
He started DJing in mid 2012 at the weekly socials in Amsterdam and made his International debut in 2014.
Having an appreciation for pre 1940s music, he will make sure that you will have that contemporary sound
that keeps you dancing.

DJ David Afonso

He loves sharing stuff… and in the dance community found a way to share one of his biggest pleasures in life: Jazz music.

As one of the most active swing DJ’s in Lisbon (Portugal) since 2010, as an ocasional international DJ, as a swing dancer, Lindy Hop teacher and event organizer, he knows how to “read” a swing dancefloor and deliver the right music to electrify a party.

From the 20’s to the present, from the chunkiness of Swing, to the power of Big Bands, the melodic entanglement of Dixieland, the high-energy of Jump Blues, the harmonization of Jazz, the honey of Blues, the shouts of Gospel, the la pompe rhythm of Manouche, it all coexists within his DJ sets.

Two things are required to glue this diversity together though: an irresistible dancing rhythm and authenticity in playing. If the songs have claps and/or if they talk about food, even better!