Special Guest PETER LOGGINS
Peter is the foremost researcher on American Jazz Dances. Credited during the 1990’s for bringing back several dances that he learned from the original dancers of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.
He brings a first hand historical approach to his classes sharing what was handed down by legends of the past including National Charleston champions, Harvest Moon Ball Lindy Hop winners and 1930’s Swing Champions.
Peter not only travels worldwide as an instructor, lecturer, performer and competition judge but he has also been featured in television and film such as Beverly Hills 90210, Marilyn Mansion Mobscene video, Royal Crown Revue’s Zip Gun Pop video and Films such as Mulholland Drive, and the 13th Floor.
Aside from having a down to earth street approach to teaching, his expansive knowledge of the cultures along with the music that drove social dancing allows students to learn the history of these dances and how they’ve evolved through the years.
Since 2005 Katja has focused on early American dances from the Jazz age and Swing eras, such as the Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, Charleston, St. Louis Shag, and Authentic jazz. Her knowledge of (almost) all swing dances allows Katja to adapt her dance to any type of dancer. Which places her on the market among one of the best followers in understanding connection and reactivity. She is an elegant dancer. At first, you’ll be seduced by her style based on subtlety and finesse. But if you look a little closer you’ll be surprised by her musicality and footwork. Her focus on musicality and connection make her one of the most sought-after followers in the scene. Her shyness – probably her Slovenian origin as well – gives at first a “cold” feeling. But don’t make any mistake: she loves to laugh, party, and simply have fun. During a dance, she is one of the few followers to never refuse a dance and also often the last to leave the dance floor.
Lana is recognized worldwide for her passion for Swing, Jazz, and Charleston as a dancer, teacher, performer, and choreographer. Having a background in Ballroom dance, Lana has acquired her Swing and Jazz education and experience worldwide. For almost 20 years she continues revealing the secrets of the dance to students as well as improving her own dancing and teaching skills internationally. By discovering new dance techniques and styles as well as basic anatomy and body structure she keeps upgrading her level of expertise in dancing and teaching. Combining musicality and interaction with a partner, technique, and improvisation she is able to captivate dancers as well as the audience. As a teacher, she concentrates her attention on dance technique and natural body movement at all levels. She motivates dancers to improvise to the music creating excellent dynamics in the dance. Lana is actively taking part in dance events and competitions around the world being placed first in such world-known contests as International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, and many more.
Andreas was introduced to Lindy Hop in 2001 and a few years later to Balboa and other dances. In his early career, Andreas focused on performance and competition. He was part of the Swedish National Lindy Hop team and the Stockholm-based performance troop Shout n Feel it. Since the mid-2000s, Andreas teaches Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, Balboa, Saint Louis Shag, Collegiate Shag, and other swing dances all around the world. He often competes and was awarded first place at events in the Balboa division at National Jitterbug Championships. As a dancer, Andreas is known for his unique style, creativity, and musicality. He is a technical dancer who is highly appreciated for his social dancing skills and his ability to connect and dance with followers of many different styles. He thinks of himself as a swing dancer first and stresses the importance that dancers today learn a little bit of all the swing dances. As an instructor, Andreas emphasizes partnership, musicality, and follow-leading abilities. He had an easy-going, relaxed way of teaching. He’s known for giving well-structured classes and they always try to give their students lots of individual feedback. His ambition is to create playful classes filled with interesting footwork, figures, fun tasks, and laughter.
ANDREAS OLSSON (Sweden)
Nejc started swing dancing back in 2003 as a result of his contemporary dance experience and a strong love for jazz music.
Because of this, he became the main driving wheel for the 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.
In the past decade, he has taught all over Europe with some of the most talented teachers around and has supported new growing swing scenes in numerous countries.
He is known for his elegant and smooth style of dancing as he pays special attention to jazz movement, history, and musicality, all quintessential to any Swing dance form.
MATEJA GRAJZAR (Slovenia)
ANDREAS DE REGGI (Slovenia)