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)

Christoph discovered his passion for dancing at the age of 11 and soon began to compete successfully in tournaments. He became German champion in both the junior and the main class and has also produced one or two junior world champions as a coach. In addition, he has been successfully running his own club as the first chairman for 5 years: the Boogieschmiede.

Tamy discovered her love for swing dancing and the music of the 50s later and by pure chance. She has also taken part in several tournaments and has been teaching at the Boogie Bären and the Vintage Club Munich for several years. Besides Boogie Woogie, she also gives classes for solo jazz/charleston and is part of the solo swing duo "Fine alone".

Both are not only interested in Boogie Woogie, but like to combine elements from different swing dances. Music interpretation, heart and soul and creativity in dancing are the top priorities for both of them.

Tamara Singer & Christoph Pecher (GER)

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)

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!

Elsa Köck & Andreas Aigner (AT)

Kerstin Engel & Johannes Hien (GER)

Kerstin and Johannes (Jojo) have become addicted to Boogie-Woogie dancing already in 2009. Shortly after they started competing and finally reach the German and Bavarian champion title in 2017. Soon, their motto became: "Please fasten your seatbelt and compete internationally for Germany". The furthest travel brought them to Novosibirsk and Sochi during these years. Between 2013 - 2021 they could reach 3 international finals, and placed 10th in the World Ranking List of 2021. After almost 10 years competing in Boogie-Woogie they have decided to finish their competition career and focus on teaching and training. They have always impressed their audience with their acrobatic highlights. In the German National Team, they were the core of the community and kept strings together, because teamwork makes dreams work.

Today, they are teaching regularly at their own dance club, Boogie-Babies Bruck/Bodenwöhr. They also get hired to teach in Germany and perform at different showcases. From 2022, they will take care of the development and care about our Boogie-Woogie competition youth and runners up.

Kerstin & Johannes Hien (GER)

Lena Magnusson is 26 years old and living in Ludvika, Sweden. She started competing at the age of 7. She began with Bugg and moved later towards Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie. She started competing internationally in 2011 and has won the Swedish, Nordic, European, and World Championship during her time in the junior category. She had a couple of years' break from the competition scene but is now back together with Tobias Ramberg.

Tobias is 21 years old and lives outside of Hallstahammar, Sweden. He has also competed since his youth and has also won all the titles during his junior years in Boogie Woogie. Tobias has besides his Bugg, Boogie Woogie, and Lindy Hop studied ballet, modern jazz, and contemporary during high school and after that studied Locking, Popping, Breaking, House, and Hip-hop dance at Åsa Folkhögskola.

What Lena and Tobias are passionate about is how to mix the feeling of the music with the dancing together with having fun and a good time with your partner.

Lena Magnusson & Tobias Ramberg (SWE)

Dimitri & Alexsia started dancing together in 2017. Both were raised by a dancing family, where they first started with rock and roll and other dances as folk or hip hop. During their teenage years they discovered boogie woogie and very soon they became super passionate about it.

In 2017 they met each other at Rock That Swing Festival in Munich and immediately they decided to compete together. In 5 years of dancing together they achieved many goals such as always being part of the top 10 boogie woogie dancers, getting the bronze medal at World Championship in 2021 and finally winning the World Championship in August 2022 and Overall Winners World Cup 2022 in Prague December.

They also discovered Lindy Hop that helped them finding new and original ways of dancing. With Lindy hop they got the 3rd place in Camp Hollywood Strictly in 2018, 4th place in Balkan Swing Dance Championship Pro Showcase in 2019, 1st place in ILHC Virtual Edition in Normalizer Contest in 2020. They now run the Crazy Swing Dance school in Bologna where they teach every week, and they also travel all around Europe to teach to swing dance events. They always try to develop a catchy and dynamic style of dancing paying attention to connection and technique while flying in the air with crazy aerials.

Alexsia Ghezzo & Dimitri Masotti (ITA)

Lindy Hop

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)

Larissa and Heiko have been dancing together for more than a decade and teach as a couple since many years. They love to spread their joy and passion for swing dancing in weekly classes and workshops in their local dance school “Basel Jitterbugs” in Switzerland and abroad.

Larissa and Heiko dance all of the swing dance styles and mix them based on the tempo and energy of the music. In class they aim to deliver a good learning experience with a well balanced mixture of fun and challenges. Their goal is to help you grow as a swing dancer and develop your own voice on the dance floor. You might have seen them in the teachers line up of many festivals like Rock that Swing, the Barcelona Shag Festival or Swing Paradise or in competitions where they made finals and placed successfully.

Larissa & Heiko Heckendorn (CH)

Fancy hails from Los Angeles California and fell in love with Lindy and Shag in 2008, soon followed by Balboa. Since then, she is driving for constantly improving her technique on a never-ending quest for connection, improvisational freedom in social dancing and the “true jitterbug spirit”. She has been teaching and performing around the world and was nominated for the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2014. She loves to dance with new people and particularly beginners, so don’t hesitate to ask her for a dance.

Olivier is of French origin and discovered Swing dances in 2001. Soon he started competing successfully in Boogie Woogie. In 2003 he met “home partner” Natasha and started building a home-grown scene as well as teaching internationally. His extraordinary leader skills, combined with a bit of French charme, make him a desired dance partner from beginners level to pro, like Fancy. His motivation is to never stop learning and use social dancing as well as competitions to collect experiences and to improve. With Nathasha, he is also running the most famous Balboa on the Promenade Camp on the beautiful French mediterranean cost.

Fancy Dougherty (USA) & Olivier Harouard (FRA)

Dimitri & Alexsia started dancing together in 2017. Both were raised by a dancing family, where they first started with rock and roll and other dances as folk or hip hop. During their teenage years they discovered boogie woogie and very soon they became super passionate about it.

In 2017 they met each other at Rock That Swing Festival in Munich and immediately they decided to compete together. In 5 years of dancing together they achieved many goals such as always being part of the top 10 boogie woogie dancers, getting the bronze medal at World Championship in 2021 and finally winning the World Championship in August 2022 and Overall Winners World Cup 2022 in Prague December.

They also discovered Lindy Hop that helped them finding new and original ways of dancing. With Lindy hop they got the 3rd place in Camp Hollywood Strictly in 2018, 4th place in Balkan Swing Dance Championship Pro Showcase in 2019, 1st place in ILHC Virtual Edition in Normalizer Contest in 2020. They now run the Crazy Swing Dance school in Bologna where they teach every week, and they also travel all around Europe to teach to swing dance events. They always try to develop a catchy and dynamic style of dancing paying attention to connection and technique while flying in the air with crazy aerials.

Alexsia Ghezzo & Dimitri Masotti (ITA) (Kopie)

Shag

Larissa and Heiko have been dancing together for more than a decade and teach as a couple since many years. They love to spread their joy and passion for swing dancing in weekly classes and workshops in their local dance school “Basel Jitterbugs” in Switzerland and abroad.

Larissa and Heiko dance all of the swing dance styles and mix them based on the tempo and energy of the music. In class they aim to deliver a good learning experience with a well balanced mixture of fun and challenges. Their goal is to help you grow as a swing dancer and develop your own voice on the dance floor. You might have seen them in the teachers line up of many festivals like Rock that Swing, the Barcelona Shag Festival or Swing Paradise or in competitions where they made finals and placed successfully.

Larissa & Heiko Heckendorn (CH)

Balboa

Fancy hails from Los Angeles California and fell in love with Lindy and Shag in 2008, soon followed by Balboa. Since then, she is driving for constantly improving her technique on a never-ending quest for connection, improvisational freedom in social dancing and the “true jitterbug spirit”. She has been teaching and performing around the world and was nominated for the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2014. She loves to dance with new people and particularly beginners, so don’t hesitate to ask her for a dance.

Olivier is of French origin and discovered Swing dances in 2001. Soon he started competing successfully in Boogie Woogie. In 2003 he met “home partner” Natasha and started building a home-grown scene as well as teaching internationally. His extraordinary leader skills, combined with a bit of French charme, make him a desired dance partner from beginners level to pro, like Fancy. His motivation is to never stop learning and use social dancing as well as competitions to collect experiences and to improve. With Nathasha, he is also running the most famous Balboa on the Promenade Camp on the beautiful French mediterranean cost.

Fancy Dougherty (USA) & Olivier Harouard (FRA)