Teachers

Boogie Woogie

Tanya took off into the world of dancing at the delicate age of four. At the beginning, she engaged in classical dance, before starting acrobatic Rock-n-Roll at the age of nine. Beside this, she was active in a number of different projects in the areas of modern jazz, contemporary dance and Boogie-Woogie. Since the year 2000, Tanya was an active participant in Rock-n-Roll and Boogie-Woogie tournaments, and was able to score numerous victories, e.g. World Cup in Rock-n-Roll Formation category, won 4 World Cups in Boogie-Woogie main class. Apart from this, she has taken part in numerous dance projects and performances.

Already with five years of age, Sondre made his first steps on the dancefloor. With eight, he participated in his first Swing dance competitions. In the year 2007, he was a participant in the show "Norway's got Talent", where his dancing career really took off. Since 2009, Sondre took part in Boogie-Woogie tournaments, since 2011 in Lindy Hop tournaments. He achieved numerous first places.

Tanya and Sondre have been dancing and competing together since 2015. They have climbed to top levels and leading in the Boogie Woogie World Ranking List of World Rock-n-Roll Confederation. They won several World and European Championships and of course Norwegian and Nordic Championships in both, Boogie-Woogie and Lindy Hop. Together have become active teachers and performers at numerous camps and festivals. More pics and information on Tanyas & Sondres website. Furthermore, they have started running their own Boogie Woogie Dance Festival "Boogiefeets".

Tatyana Georgiievska (UKR) & Sondre Olsen-Bye (NOR)

Jessica Kaiser & Markus Kakuska (AT)

Markus (Kuschi) started dancing when he was 11 years old, together with Jessy he has been dancing since the year 2000. Dancing runs in his blood, he loves to move to the music and this is what makes him tick, the interpretation of the rhythm and melody. So he gives every dance his personal touch and with his funny way he is able to make almost everybody laugh. Right now Markus is working as a driver and is also taking care of his wife and their two kids which are also already "quite dancy". But every spare minute is packed with dancing and preparation for dancing.

Jessika (Jessy) has been dancing since she was a little girl, she started with Boogie Woogie at the age of 8. Since then dancing is her biggest passion, when you see her performing you can see, you can feel her heart. Whenever she hears music she never can stand still, needs to move to the melody. Her sensitive and funny kind of teaching makes it so useful for students at any age. Jessy had a environmental education and now works in the economic Division. Despite this job all her life is dedicated to dancing, especially the swing dances and the 50s lifestyle.

So their connection is more than 15 years of dancing together which means they know each other very well, they even know sometimes what the other one is thinking…This is what makes them such a harmonious couple. When it comes to teaching their main topics are Leading & Following paired with Musicality and they do their best to pass their knowlegde with the biggest fun to the students.

Their biggest successes are
* Vice European Champion in Juniors Class
* more than 50 wins in Juniors and Main Class in Austria
* 4 times National Champions

In 2011 Markus and Jessy started with teaching and were welcomed in a lot of international camps as in Ukraine, Russia, Germany, England and many more…Since then they travel around the world spreading their knowlegde and enthusiasm for swing dancing. The fun, harmony and their „Viennese Sense of Humor“ is what makes them superior and memorable in what they do. They organise their own Boogie-Woogie Dance Camp "5, 6, 7 Swing". Check their website for more information.

Jessica Kaiser & Markus Kakuska (AT)

Flora Bouchereau (F) & Thorbjørn Urskog (NOR)

Thorbjørn discovered the world of swing dancing at the age of 15 and was immediately hooked. His passion has always been to compete with others and so he started dancing competitively as soon as he could dance. He is still a competition dancer today, but now also teaches boogie woogie all over the world. He can already look back on a number of titles, including 5 World Champions, 4 European Champions, 13 Norwegian Champions, 2 Norwegian Lindy Hop Champions and 6 Nordic Champions in Boogie Woogie.

Flora started dancing at the tender age of 10. At 15 she stepped onto the boogie competition floor for the first time. In 2012, she danced her first international competition and reached the finals straight away. In 2014, at her very first competition, which was also the World Boogie Woogie Championships, she won her first world title with Thorbjørn. This was followed shortly afterwards by the European title, making Flora the youngest dancer in history to hold both titles. Together with Thorbjørn, she also started teaching some years ago, as she loves travelling the world and sharing her passion and knowledge of dance.

Flora Bouchereau (F) & Thorbjørn Urskog (NOR)

Alice & William

William Pisani started dancing at the age of 9 at Benny's Band dance school in Assago (Milan). After completing a degree in Interpreting and Communication at the IULM University of Milan, William now works as a dance teacher for various disciplines at Benny's Band. He teaches Boogie-Woogie, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Authentic Jazz.

Alice Faraone has been dancing boogie woogie – her greatest passion – since she was 8 years old. At 17, she began teaching this dance and exploring all other swing dances. She studies Movement Sciences at the CATTOLICA University in Milan and is also a dancer and dance teacher of various dances: Boogie-Woogie, Lindy Hop, Balboa and Authentic Jazz.

As a dance couple, Alice and William have participated in numerous national and international competitions, achieving great placings and several prestigious awards. They are now international judges in our world organisation WRRC and, last but not least, have their own dance school: Big Beat Dance Studio.

Alice Faraone & William Pisani (IT)

Andi and Elsa have been dancing together since 2009, and won the Austrian Championship four times (including this year). They also ranked among the top ten in international competitions several times, and have been teaching together in Austria and abroad since some years.

When teaching, they focus on lead & follow, and a harmonic interaction between the partners, following the music - which, for them, is the core of dancing. Things don't need to be very complicated or complex; easy elements and variations can lead to something new, and are decisive to develop a beautiful, varied, and enjoyable Boogie Woogie dancing in Social Dance.

Teaching at BBDC 2019 is particularly special for them, because exactly 10 years ago, BBDC was the first camp they joined together - how better could they celebrate this!

Find out more on their website: https://www.andreasandelsa.com/

Elsa Köck & Andreas Aigner (AT)

Carla and Nino have only been dancing together for a short time. They already knew each other from social dancing and have been a permanent dance couple since the beginning of 2021. Both have already been able to gain tournament experience with other partners - both at national and international level. Their first tournament together was the German Championships in 2022, where they achieved 4th place as a "German surprise" and only just missed the podium. This year they will compete for the German national team.

The two are united by their common love of swing. This means not only the dance, but above all the music. With their witty manner and strong couple harmony, they clearly put the music in the foreground. Rhythm and blues is in their blood. Find out more on Instagram: @car_ninchen.

Carla Pollak & Nino Haydl (GER)

Lindy Hop

Tami and Erin Stevens are sisters who have owned & operated The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Assoc. (PBDA) in Pasadena, California. since 1983 (making this their 40th year!). With nightly classes in all styles of Swing & Ballroom, and weekly Saturday night live band Swing Dances, their PBDA has continued to be one of the largest schools in the USA, and it's still going strong. The sisters are renowned for bringing legendary Lindy Hopper, Frankie Manning out of dance retirement in the 1980s, thus helping to ignite the 2nd Era of Swing in the 1990's. They produced Swing Camp Catalina, the first and largest of the US Swing Camps, bringing international instructors (including Frankie) and thousands of students to the California Island each Summer from 1993 to 2004. Erin is featured on the Lindy Hop instructional video series with Frankie Manning and she often taught with him in the US, and internationally, while he was alive. Besides their dance expertise, both Tami and Erin are celebrated as historians of the Lindy Hop. In 2011, they were contracted to write a reference guide to the history of Swing ("Swing Dancing", ABC-Clio publishers), which has led to speaking engagements across the country.

Scott Price & Tami Stevens have been married for 30 years and are recognized for their performance and teaching skills in all styles of partnered social dancing. Scott teaches with Tami and Erin in many of the classes at PBDA to this day, and has taught with the sisters at Swing Dance Camps throughout Europe & Asia. The trio ran "The Jump Jive Boogie Swing Party" at Disneyland's Carnation Plaza in the '90s (Also Mickey's "Mambo" Club in the early 2000s) performing for students in the park. They've also been hired by Disney for countless private functions & promotional parties over the years, were the featured dancers on The Home & Family weekly Television show in the early 2000s, and were hired to perform (twice) on floats for the annual New Year's morning Tournament of Roses "Rose Parade."

After forty years of PBDA, Tami and Erin still enjoy teaching and, along with Scott, they continue to pass along the history of Swing (and the joyous fun of all styles of partnered dancing!) to their students.

Tami & Erin Stevens (USA)

Nejc started dancing swing back in 2003 as a result of his contemporary dance experience and a strong love for jazz music. Because of this he became a main culprit for popularization of Lindy Hop and Balboa in Slovenia in the early 2000s. His Swing dance experience is a collection of endless research into different dance forms, many international workshops and his humble willingness to keep learning from anybody who is willing to teach him. He pays special attention to jazz movement and musicality, both quintessential to any Swing dancing.

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Fancy (a birth name) fell in love with Lindy and Shag in 2008, with Balboa trailing not far behind. She’s been hooked ever since, constantly endeavoring to improve her technique on a never-ending quest for connection, improvisational freedom in social dancing and the true jitterbug spirit. She has performed, competed in and taught Lindy, Balboa and Shag all over the world, was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2014 and is a five-time winner of the National Jitterbug Championships in the shag division. She loves to dance with new people and beginners, so be sure to ask her to dance!

Fancy Dougherty (USA) & Nejc Zupan (SLO)

Hyunjung Choi is a swing dancer, instructor and choreographer. Having majored in Korean traditional dance and enjoyed various dances such as dance sport and ballet, she came across swing dance in 2005, and instantly became fascinated by the dance. Since 2006, she has been teaching various lindy hop classes with new ideas, aiming for the growth of Korean swing dance scene, as well as competing internationally to acquire various titles. Especially her name became known to others by winning the 1st place in “Hellzapoppin contest, Frankie 100”. She continues to show her unique character in workshops and events all around the world. She is a passionate dancer who strives to better express herself, and her delightful dancing gives positive energy to everyone who watches her dance.  

Anders is a swing dance instructor and performer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has studied dances such as ballet, contemporary and authentic jazz since the age of 10 and developed a passion for body movements and teaching dance. At the age of 13 he fell in love with Lindy Hop and has since then been fortunate to teach and perform around the world. Today he continues sharing his love for dancing through teaching and performing - if you don’t catch him at an international event, you’ll be sure to catch him in Stockholm at Chicago Swing Dance Studio!

Hyunjung Choi (FRA) & Anders Sihlberg (SWE)

Cherry and Filip met in 2013 on a Lindy Hop course in SWINGOUT.PL dance studio. They started to dance Collegiate Shag in 2014 among a bunch of enthusiasts who brought it to Warsaw and partnered up while performing with the Warsaw Shag Team. Soon after they became instructors in SWINGOUT.PL and since that moment they teach regulary Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag around Poland and abroad.

Their dance is full of energy. Cherry dances with a wild Latin temperament, elegance and open head, playing with the rhythm and shaking things out. She loved to dance since she remembers. At the age of 6 she started with ballet and contemporary, then switched to ballroom and lyrical jazz for a while. Filip is a musician for many years, playing on the guitar, trombone and mandoline. He’s one of the founders of The Cajun Spices - a Polish gypsy jazz band. His passion reflects the way he dances and makes it a fine form of expression. They are full of enthusiasm, looking for new ideas and challenges.

Cherry Moreno & Filip Gosic (POL)

Tanya took off into the world of dancing at the delicate age of four. At the beginning, she engaged in classical dance, before starting acrobatic Rock-n-Roll at the age of nine. Beside this, she was active in a number of different projects in the areas of modern jazz, contemporary dance and Boogie-Woogie. Since the year 2000, Tanya was an active participant in Rock-n-Roll and Boogie-Woogie tournaments, and was able to score numerous victories, e.g. World Cup in Rock-n-Roll Formation category, won 4 World Cups in Boogie-Woogie main class. Apart from this, she has taken part in numerous dance projects and performances.

Already with five years of age, Sondre made his first steps on the dancefloor. With eight, he participated in his first Swing dance competitions. In the year 2007, he was a participant in the show "Norway's got Talent", where his dancing career really took off. Since 2009, Sondre took part in Boogie-Woogie tournaments, since 2011 in Lindy Hop tournaments. He achieved numerous first places.

Tanya and Sondre have been dancing and competing together since 2015. They have climbed to top levels and leading in the Boogie Woogie World Ranking List of World Rock-n-Roll Confederation. They won several World and European Championships and of course Norwegian and Nordic Championships in both, Boogie-Woogie and Lindy Hop. Together have become active teachers and performers at numerous camps and festivals. More pics and information on Tanyas & Sondres website. Furthermore, they have started running their own Boogie Woogie Dance Festival "Boogiefeets".

Tatyana Georgiievska (UKR) & Sondre Olsen-Bye (NOR)

Jessica Kaiser & Markus Kakuska (AT)

Markus (Kuschi) started dancing when he was 11 years old, together with Jessy he has been dancing since the year 2000. Dancing runs in his blood, he loves to move to the music and this is what makes him tick, the interpretation of the rhythm and melody. So he gives every dance his personal touch and with his funny way he is able to make almost everybody laugh. Right now Markus is working as a driver and is also taking care of his wife and their two kids which are also already "quite dancy". But every spare minute is packed with dancing and preparation for dancing.

Jessika (Jessy) has been dancing since she was a little girl, she started with Boogie Woogie at the age of 8. Since then dancing is her biggest passion, when you see her performing you can see, you can feel her heart. Whenever she hears music she never can stand still, needs to move to the melody. Her sensitive and funny kind of teaching makes it so useful for students at any age. Jessy had a environmental education and now works in the economic Division. Despite this job all her life is dedicated to dancing, especially the swing dances and the 50s lifestyle.

So their connection is more than 15 years of dancing together which means they know each other very well, they even know sometimes what the other one is thinking…This is what makes them such a harmonious couple. When it comes to teaching their main topics are Leading & Following paired with Musicality and they do their best to pass their knowlegde with the biggest fun to the students.

Their biggest successes are
* Vice European Champion in Juniors Class
* more than 50 wins in Juniors and Main Class in Austria
* 4 times National Champions

In 2011 Markus and Jessy started with teaching and were welcomed in a lot of international camps as in Ukraine, Russia, Germany, England and many more…Since then they travel around the world spreading their knowlegde and enthusiasm for swing dancing. The fun, harmony and their „Viennese Sense of Humor“ is what makes them superior and memorable in what they do. They organise their own Boogie-Woogie Dance Camp "5, 6, 7 Swing". Check their website for more information.

Jessica Kaiser & Markus Kakuska (AT)

Flora Bouchereau (F) & Thorbjørn Urskog (NOR)

Thorbjørn discovered the world of swing dancing at the age of 15 and was immediately hooked. His passion has always been to compete with others and so he started dancing competitively as soon as he could dance. He is still a competition dancer today, but now also teaches boogie woogie all over the world. He can already look back on a number of titles, including 5 World Champions, 4 European Champions, 13 Norwegian Champions, 2 Norwegian Lindy Hop Champions and 6 Nordic Champions in Boogie Woogie.

Flora started dancing at the tender age of 10. At 15 she stepped onto the boogie competition floor for the first time. In 2012, she danced her first international competition and reached the finals straight away. In 2014, at her very first competition, which was also the World Boogie Woogie Championships, she won her first world title with Thorbjørn. This was followed shortly afterwards by the European title, making Flora the youngest dancer in history to hold both titles. Together with Thorbjørn, she also started teaching some years ago, as she loves travelling the world and sharing her passion and knowledge of dance.

Flora Bouchereau (F) & Thorbjørn Urskog (NOR)

Alice & William

William Pisani started dancing at the age of 9 at Benny's Band dance school in Assago (Milan). After completing a degree in Interpreting and Communication at the IULM University of Milan, William now works as a dance teacher for various disciplines at Benny's Band. He teaches Boogie-Woogie, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Authentic Jazz.

Alice Faraone has been dancing boogie woogie – her greatest passion – since she was 8 years old. At 17, she began teaching this dance and exploring all other swing dances. She studies Movement Sciences at the CATTOLICA University in Milan and is also a dancer and dance teacher of various dances: Boogie-Woogie, Lindy Hop, Balboa and Authentic Jazz.

As a dance couple, Alice and William have participated in numerous national and international competitions, achieving great placings and several prestigious awards. They are now international judges in our world organisation WRRC and, last but not least, have their own dance school: Big Beat Dance Studio.

Alice Faraone & William Pisani (IT)

Shag

Cherry and Filip met in 2013 on a Lindy Hop course in SWINGOUT.PL dance studio. They started to dance Collegiate Shag in 2014 among a bunch of enthusiasts who brought it to Warsaw and partnered up while performing with the Warsaw Shag Team. Soon after they became instructors in SWINGOUT.PL and since that moment they teach regulary Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag around Poland and abroad.

Their dance is full of energy. Cherry dances with a wild Latin temperament, elegance and open head, playing with the rhythm and shaking things out. She loved to dance since she remembers. At the age of 6 she started with ballet and contemporary, then switched to ballroom and lyrical jazz for a while. Filip is a musician for many years, playing on the guitar, trombone and mandoline. He’s one of the founders of The Cajun Spices - a Polish gypsy jazz band. His passion reflects the way he dances and makes it a fine form of expression. They are full of enthusiasm, looking for new ideas and challenges.

Cherry Moreno & Filip Gosic (POL)

Balboa

Nejc started dancing swing back in 2003 as a result of his contemporary dance experience and a strong love for jazz music. Because of this he became a main culprit for popularization of Lindy Hop and Balboa in Slovenia in the early 2000s. His Swing dance experience is a collection of endless research into different dance forms, many international workshops and his humble willingness to keep learning from anybody who is willing to teach him. He pays special attention to jazz movement and musicality, both quintessential to any Swing dancing.

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Fancy (a birth name) fell in love with Lindy and Shag in 2008, with Balboa trailing not far behind. She’s been hooked ever since, constantly endeavoring to improve her technique on a never-ending quest for connection, improvisational freedom in social dancing and the true jitterbug spirit. She has performed, competed in and taught Lindy, Balboa and Shag all over the world, was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2014 and is a five-time winner of the National Jitterbug Championships in the shag division. She loves to dance with new people and beginners, so be sure to ask her to dance!

Fancy Dougherty (USA) & Nejc Zupan (SLO)