Teachers

 

JENNY THOMAS

Team Leader

The Team

There are a network of people working behind the scenes of the camp, and most of the year prior to it, making sure your experience is the best it can be.

PAULA

Volunteers &

Registration

TONY

Camp Set up

CHRISTINE

Registration &

Administration

Michael Jagger is a full-time professional dancer and has been performing and teaching for over 13 years. His stage credits include being featured dancers for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Let Freedom Swing, a celebration of jazz for Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Kennedy Center and again with the J @ LCO for a tribute to Benny Goodman at the Rose Theater in NYC. As a principal dancer with his partner, Evita Arce, he starred as the Lindy Hop specialist in several productions of the Broadway musical Swing!, including regional productions at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the California Music Circus in Sacramento and the 2008 Japanese tour.



Evita Arce is a Jazz dancer specializing in Lindy Hop, Charleston, and partnered dances from the American Swing era. Her directing and choreography has been recognized in Sleigh Bells Swing with the George Gee Orchestra at the Edison Ballroom, President Obama’s inauguration celebration with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and in the reoccurring New Years Eve Show at Lindy Focus. With partner, Michael Jagger, Evita advanced to the Las Vegas finals in Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance and danced the feature role in Broadways’ Japan tour of SWING!

Remy Kouakou Koame fell into Swing at an early age. His approach to Lindy Hop is special because it combines the authenticity and the respect of the dance – thanks to the education he has learnt from his elders – with an originality and creativity inspired by his experience of many styles of dance, with the addition of some spicy madness that characterises Remy! For him, dance is summed up by an enriching exchange between two people and, specifically for Remy, Swing is a state of mind, a spirit that reflects life.

Hasse and Marie are internationally recognized for their high energy, positive attitude and spirit as Lindy Hop dancers and instructors. Their classes emphasize the use of partner connection, musicality and technique. Energy and focus on fun are constant elements to every class. They have a lot of teaching experience and they appear on the teaching line up for many established camps around the globe and they are the co organizers of the Snowball.

Hasse and Marie live just outside Stockholm, Sweden. They have been dancing and competing together for many years. Today their main focus is social dancing but every once in a while you´ll still see them entering Jack n´Jills, Intergenerationals, lindy and balboa competitions - being very successful. They are doing their best to learn more about dancing and to spread their knowledge and passion for Swing dancing to others.

Jenny trained at The Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. Winning her first competition at the age of 4, she went on to win the All England Championships Tap, Ballet & Modern divisions. Discovering the Lindy Hop in 1992 she was adding The US Open, American Swing Dance & UK Open Lindy Hop Championships to her many titles. 


Starting her West End Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance with Wayne Sleep she continued to partner Wayne for the next 5 years in various shows, Royal Galas and guest appearances. Performing on some of the most prestigious stages in the world – The London Palladium, Royal Opera House, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, The West End & Broadway. Including Soloist and Assistant Choreographer for the Original cast of The Broadway Musical SWING, The Tony Awards, Macy’s Day Parade and The Blockbuster Movie The Polar Express with Tom Hanks. 

Jenny Thomas (UK)

Michael & Evita (USA)

Hasse & Marie (Sweden)

Anders Sihlberg

(Sweden)

Anders is a swing dance instructor and performer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has studied dances such as ballet, contemporary and modern jazz since the age of 10 and developed a passion for body movements, rhythm and teaching dance. At the age of 13 he fell in love with the African American social dances of the swing era such as Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz, Charleston and Tap and has since then been fortunate to teach and perform around Europe, Africa and the USA.


Anders jumps on every opportunity to develop himself within performing arts and swing dancing and wants nothing more than to share his passion and knowledge with people all over the world. Currently Anders is performing in a range of different productions and projects, teaches regularly at Chicago Swing Dance Studio and travels around the world as a swing dance teacher.

Remy KouaKou Kouame (France)

Isabella and Pontus started to actively dance together January 2011. In this short time dancing together they have won the hearts of audiences around the world and been able to collect a bunch of titles in international Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie competitions. Their Lindy Hop is fast and powerful and loaded with exiting show elements.

Isabella has been dancing all kinds of dances since she was a child. She has been in the entertainment business for a long time, dancing as well as singing. Isabella is often mentioned as one of the top three followers in the world. She is well-known for her crazy style and her great expression. Her professional career started in Italy 2002, with a quick start of claiming several titles in numerous international competitions as well as teaching across the world together with Vincenzo Fesi.

Pontus has been dancing continuously since he was 5 years old, actively competing (since the age of 6) and started teaching professionally as a 16-year old. After graduating, he moved to Stockholm in 2008 where the joined the famous Harlem Hot Shots. Ever since he has been a full-time dancer, competitor and teacher, spreading his love and energy for the dance all around the globe. Being a Harlem Hot Shot, Pontus is also a gifted tap dancer.

Pontus & Isabella (Sweden)

During the last 12 years she has also coached, choreographed and performed on the top Prime Time TV shows of today: Strictly Come Dancing, Comic Relief's The People’s Strictly, So You Think You Can Dance and USA’s Dancing With The Stars, and ITV’s Dancing On Ice.


Some of the most memorable routines on Strictly has been choreographed by Jenny, including Katya Jones & Ed Balls "Gangnam Style" which was nominated for a BAFTA and the winning Charleston this year with Joe McFadden and Katya Jones, amongst many others.


In the swing world Jenny continues to travel around the globe teaching at numerous International dance camps sharing her extensive knowledge of dance technique and exposing countless people to her love and passion for the Lindy Hop. To many in the swing dance community she is thought of as one of the “Teachers Teachers”.

Tony Jackson

(London)

Tony is teaching some of the optional classes during the weekend. He is one of the finest Lindy Hop and jazz dancers to have come out of the British scene. He holds 1st place titles at the European Swing Dance Championships and other international competitions, and has danced Lindy Hop on television’s Strictly Come Dancing. Tony is in demand to teach nationally and internationally, and has inspired people with his dancing all around the world. His teaching style is laid-back and fun, with a focus on rhythm and dynamics for playful, creative dancing that empowers his students to express their individual style.