Marcus Koch and Bärbl Kaufer
Bärbl & Marcus are one of the longest lasting international instructor couples in the Swing world. 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of their dance partnership.
They both started with Boogie Woogie, but it all began when they discovered that some of the original dancers have been still alive, thus meeting legends like Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Gil Bradey, Jean Veloz, Ray Hirsch, Anne Mills, Betty Henderson Wood and many more.
In 1991 they started with Lindy Hop in Herräng and in 1992 they learned their first Balboa, Shag and Dean Collins Style from Rob van Haaren. They teach around the world, perform and organize their own events, like the famous international Rock That Swing Festival.
Their passion, hard work and love for the dance has awarded them a very successful career, winning multiple world, US, European, and national titles over the years. Included in their success, they received the prestigious Feather Award in 1996 and again in 1997 in the US and 2002 the Dance Teachers Award in Germany for their dancing achievements.
Nowadays they are one of the very few couples teaching all major Swing dances, including Hollywood and Savoy Style Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Charleston, Vernacular Jazz, and the Big Apple.
Mindaugas Bikauskas and Simona Pogosian
Simona Pogosian is a talented follower famous for her extraordinary choreographic skills. She started her dance journey when she was 4 years old. After trying different styles of dances she fell in love with Lindy Hop in 2004. Since then all of her time and energy have been dedicated to Swing dances including Balboa, Authentic jazz, Saint Louis Shag and of course Lindy Hop. Simona, together with her companions pioneered Lindy Hop in Vilnius. She regularly teaches there and abroad.
Her power to easily follow the rhythm makes her a flawless follower in couple dances and also spotlights her solo dance artistry. Don’t miss the chance to ask her out for a dance! You will not regret it!
Mindaugas is an international jazz dance instructor, performer, musician, teacher at “Lindyhop.lt” club and one of developers of a lindyhop scene in Lithuania. His biggest passion in jazz culture is the music. Being a DJ and a dancer in 2008 he came up with an idea to expand jazz culture in Vilnius by starting a band, consisting only of dancers – “Rhythm Junkies” and in 2011 “Home Jazz Five” now known as “Home Jazz Band”. Inspired by dancing his bands have different jazz era’s sounds and specialises to play for dancers.
Mindaugas says that the most important thing is to know jazz music from the inside. He is happily sharing this experience with his students. Together with the musicality, free movement expression, control and full dedication to the culture, Mindaugas classes are fun, full of joy and inspirational.
Arnas Razgünas and Eglé Nemickaité
Coming straight from the heart of Lithuanian Swing Dance scene, partnered up from the very first dance Arnas & Eglé are dancing, performing, teaching and inspiring the community at hoppers’ dance studio in Vilnius everyday. Passion and joy for Lindy Hop & Collegiate Shag gained their name as international instructors in regular small workshops around Europe, especially in Poland, where along with SWINGOUT.PL community they inspired Collegiate Shag scene in Warsaw and all over the country. Rich experience in teaching every day classes grants quality and fun with clear explanation of their material by expressing swing music and yourself in it. Arnas & Eglė are the organizers of the one and only Balboa & Shag festival in Lithuania – Swing Paradise. Arnas is also a part of well-known swing DJ duo project Rhythm Lord Brothers.
Àlex Mas and Núria Bonet
Àlex and Núria are currently part of the company that performs with the Barcelona Jazz Orchestra and have been members of several lindy hop companies, performing in many dance exhibitions, competitions and videoclips. They have been teaching together since 2008. Their main inspiration comes from the dancers that naturally mix tradition and modernity without losing the energy of lindy hop’s spirit. That is what they will pass on in their classes.
Pol Prats and Sara Planas
Sara Planas started dancing classical ballet when she was 4. Ballet, contemporary, hip hop… Dance has always accompanied Sara. It was not until 2009 that she fortunately discovered lindy hop and has been a passionate dancer and teacher since, teaching lindy hop, jazz steps and aerials in several schools. She has been spreading lindy hop and shag and acrobatics in other cities in Spain and outside the country like Geneva (Switzerland) and Dublin (Ireland) and London. Co-founder of the BCN SHAG FESTIVAL and Groovin’ & Movin’ Festival ,and member of the EURO SHAG Team, Member of the jazz steps group: Les Puces together with Lucile Pinteaux. She won the 1st place at the J&J Shag MBSW 2016.
Pol Prats is the founding director of Spank the Baby School in Barcelona. He has taught in different festivals in the UK, Sweden, Portugal and Finland including Stir it, Gnsh and London Swing Festival. African dance, tap dance, Alexander technique and others have been part of Pol’s interests and is recently fond of acrobatic dance. Co-founder of the BCN SHAG FESTIVAL & Groovin’ & Movin’ Festival.
Recently they’ve won several prizes: 2nd place Shag Strictly MBSW 2015, 1st place Showcase Savoy Cup 2016, 2nd place Showcase AM Camp Hollywood 2016, 4th place Shag Strictly Camp Hollywood 2016, 1st place Shag Strictly MBSW 2016.
Edu Rodríguez and Sílvia Parés
Edu and Sílvia started dancing together in 2012. Their passion for Collegiate shag started only one year later, when they first saw the famous video starring Stephen and Chanzie at Rock that Swing Festival. After that, they started travelling to learn more about this exciting dance. Few months after they started teaching at Spank the Baby, and later on in Swingcopat and Terrassahoppers, where they try to transmit the joy of dancing. They have won prizes in several competitions (Swing Fastival, Swing Paradise, Warsaw Collegiate Shag Festival, BCN Shag Festival) and taught in local and international events and festivals. They also like pineapples.
Founders of Swing Troopers in Matadepera, they were so excited about their village and swing dancing that they felt the need to organize this beautiful weekender.
Anna Portell thinks of dancing as a fusion of personal styles. She started dancing when she was a child and from ballet to swing, she has been instructed in several styles. Now, she is the director of the dance company Electrosisters, in which she has innovated with a fusion of hip hop and solojazz following electroswing beat. She teaches regularly hip hop, solojazz, electroswing and lindy hop in different schools such as El Gimnàs (Sabadell), Swingcopats (Sabadell), Swingmaniacs (Barcelona) and Terrassahoppers (Terrassa). She is a member of the hip hop dance company Rookies of Barna. She has collaborated doing electroswing classes in Barswingona ’15 (Barcelona), Matadepera Swing Festival ’16, Tandem-Club (Mallorca), Barcelona Shag Festival ’16. Currently, she enjoys her work teaching her passion for dancing.
Ainoa is just pure magic! Seeing her dance is amazing, her strength and expressiveness are very personal. She has trained her body since she was very young, she had a long run as a gymnast and now she is having it as a dancer. She discovered the world of swing 5 years ago and dived into it to make it her way of life. She has taught in different cities in Spain and recently she has returned to Barcelona, where she is a local teacher. She loves jazz and traveling and always shows her endless energy. She says that she is in a process of constant learning, in search of new cities, learning about new communities and training with the dancers who inspire her most. Vital movement!
Are you ready to dance until exhaustion? Ready to enjoy the wildest swing?
Shakin’All will take you to a universe full of vintage music, a territory between Jazz, Blues, Rock’n’Roll and Gospel. A fun concert with lively themes from Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Louis Prima…
Dani Alonso – Trombonist and vocalist
Juli Aymí – Saxophonist, clarinetist and vocalist
Pepino Pasqual – Saxophonist
Gerard Nieto – Pianist
Queralt Camps – Double bassist
Martí Elias – Drummer
Ye-Ye Swing Music A-Go-Go
Wax & Boogie
Over the years, Wax & Boogie have been gaining recognition and have become one of the best bands of the blues, rhythm and blues and boogie-woogie scene.
Ster Wax and David Giorcelli have been able to capture the true spirit of African-American traditional music in an exceptional way and turned it into their own means of expression. They master the language of black music in a rich and varied way. Ster and David surf easily and confidently on the different waves of the genre.
Shuffles, boogie-woogie, rock’n’roll, swing or jumps are part of their usual repertoire, not to mention intense and hot “slow downs”. That’s where we can appreciate the power and the feeling thatboth David on piano and Ster on vocals, as well as the rest of musicians who play with them, have brought to this style of blues that was developed by black people in the ‘South Side’ of Chicago a few decades ago.
Besides what has been mentioned, Kansas City, Texas blues and 50s R&B are present in all the work of the couple, with the constant influence of Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, Otis Spann, Esther Phillips, Big Maybelle, Big Joe Turner, Johnny Otis, Amos Milburn and Wynona Carr, among many other great names of the forties and fifties.
Ster Wax – Vocalist
David Giorcelli – Pianist
Oriol Fontanals – Double Bassist
Reginald Vilardell – Drummer
Inspired by Django Reinhardt’s music, Scaramouche play Jazz Manouche in a varied and personal way, always with the characteristic simplicity and joy of the gipsy style that will make you unable to stop moving your feet!
Elisenda Julià – Vocalist
Jon Unanua – Double Bassist
Jacob Marcé – Guitarist
Diego Mena – Guitarist
She draws and dances or dances and draws (‘cause she’s more on the dance floor than in her studio :P).
I was born in Barcelona in 1983. I studied illustration in Llotja School of Art and Design and then a did a Specialisation Course in Illustration for Children’s Publications in Eina University School of Design and Art. I kept learning and having worksops here and there with illustrators I loved, also working as a freelance and making some exhibitions.
I made some drawings for schoolbooks, for some folk music events, music album covers and plenty of little things and personal projects, and in 2008 I published for the first time a children’s book, yay!
Meanwhile I worked in children education and gave several craft worksops for children and families in libraries. Because of this I started studying education at the University of Barcelona and took some workshops about free and alternative schooling.
Nowadays I work part time as a mixture of administrative/designer (no comments) and as a freelance illustrator.
I love dancing in my free time. I have danced folk many years and started learning swing dances a couple of years ago. Now I am hooked on shag. I love dancing as fast as I can. It’s amazing.
Here is some of her amazing work: Gina Portillo – Drawings
We’ll have the honor to have Núria Aguade working with us and capturing the magic of the weekend.
As she says, she has the luck to do what she likes the most for the living, and she has been doing it for a decade now. Her pictures show her capability to find the beauty of every moment and capture it in an instant.
She has worked in some big events and festivals such as SwimOut Costa Brava.
While we wait for the Matadepera Swing Weekend to arrive, you can admire her work on her professional website: nuriaaguade.com
Nuno has been dancing lindy hop for about three years. He works as a videographer from Lisbon, and has his own video production house – Other Features.
Besides dancing, he has always loved creating videos that capture emotions and that people can watch over and over again. That´s why he has started the Within the Groove project, to make lindy hop videos all around the world (facebook.com/Withinthegroove/).