I started dancing back in ’08 at Uni. French Rock’n’Roll looked like a friendly dance but oh boy, did I get sucked in quickly. Fun parties, fun people – I was soon practicing in my room to weird tunes with enthusiastic abandon. A lot can be said for gateway dances as my teacher surreptitiously started dropping hints about Lindy, Charleston, Balboa, and exciting week-enders. Moving to Japan for six months, then England, did little but encourage more practicing, more dancing, more styles! My first encounter with the mysterious atmosphere of a Lindy ‘Blues Room’ led to a forray in wild territories, investing my time in the less-known Trad Blues and Fusion scenes. Nowadays, I wholeheartedly believe all dances drink from the same stream of body movement and musicality, and I’m interested in practicing both Solo and Partner dances in as many styles as I can. Going part-time in my regular job in ’11 has given me the opportunity to train my dancing, and since throwing myself full-time into dancing, I’m getting as much as my feet can handle!
“Great dancers are not necessarily great teachers, great teachers are not necessarily great dancers.”
When you discover an intense passion, it’s hard not to want to share it! But it’s one thing to have dancing skills yourself, and quite another to teach them. You not only need to have a clear systemic overview of the activity, but also find a pedagogic approach that lets people progress through it.
As I’ve improved through my own dancing, I’ve also taken on the challenge to make the dance accessible to all, find effective teaching techniques, and most of all convey the incredible happiness that comes with it.
Home: I have been regularly active on the Oxford scene since early ’12. I teach Lindy-Hop several times a week in a variety of levels from Beginner to Advanced. I’m also regularly teaching 20’s Charleston Hen Party, so enthusiasm and teaching perfect beginners is definitely one of my skills!
Abroad: I’m teaching workshop weekends in England, Ireland, Germany and Sweden, and several more are in the plans.
I’ve started and run my own weekly event for two years, Swing Fix, within the scope of the Oxford Lindy Hoppers. I’ve been involved in a variety of workshops and full-weekenders, including the Oxford Winter/Mid-Term Blues as main organizer. I know the tough challenges that organizers face and I’m more than ready to be an easy-to-handle teacher with lots of flexibility!
I’ve performed in groups, solo, you name it. You can see me dancing briefly in the movie Gambit (2012), I’ve done promotion for Hermes (the scarves), and various charity/corporate events. I also run the performance group the Oxford Blue Cats and I’m part of the London-based Hotfoot Strutters.
Lindy:I’ve been competing for a while in local festivals ( 2nd Strictly DJAM 2011, 1st Rock Bottoms 2010) but my best result to date has to be a 2nd at the Lindy Shock Open J’n’J 2013.
Blues: 1st place Berlin Blues Explosion 14 Showcase, 3rd place at J’n’J and Strictly for same competition, 1st place J’n’J Espanish Blues Festival 2013, 3rd place J’n’J Feelin’ Blues Israel 2013 – and making it to the finals at Blues Baby Blues 13, Berlin Blues Explosion 13, in both Strictly and J’n’J.