Meet our Teachers

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Anita Marguerie

Lindy Hop / Balboa

I first saw Lindy at the strawberry fair in 2012 and thought ‘I want to do that’. I then started to go and never stopped. I like all style of swing depending on my mood; Lindy of course but also blues and Balboa and now I’m also into Slow Bal. 

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Paul Wright

Lindy Hop

I turned up to a social night in a dingy pub back in 2010 looking for a change from ballroom dancing. I stayed to the end of that first night and haven't looked back since. If you dance with me (or just near me), you may be lucky enough to experience my singing too.

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Dorka Nemes

Lindy Hop

I first turned up to a lindy class almost 6 years ago now and I was pretty much instantly hooked. At the time, I was not a happy bunny and dancing gave me back the much needed hope that there is just so much more to life than a full-time job. I haven't stopped since and instead decided to go on international workshops as much as my wallet and time allows so I could soak up more knowledge. I began teaching here in Cambridge a few years ago (I am so bad with remembering dates) and I really really love it. I am passionate about advocating the joy of playing with the music and coming up with your own style/moves. Less is more is something I believe in - the better you can do your basics, the less you need to fancy it up with 100s of variations. I also believe that knowing how to and enjoying dancing on your own is a key to partner dancing. As such, I am very keen on solo jazz as well. My recent obsession is with dance fusions - think hiphop merged with swing dance. My lindy follow crushes include Frida and Bianca because they are super playful and creative. As for leaders, I can't get enough of Skye, Remy and Nils. In my classes I can guarantee energy, fun and quite a bit of craziness.

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Mark Skipper

Lindy Hop

I used to be a typical computer nerd, but Lindy Hop changed my life. I had my first Swing Dance lesson in 2000 in San Francisco, and haven't stopped dancing since. I've been teaching since 2003. You'll find my lessons full of energy, mischief, and Jazz.

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Immy Black

Lindy Hop / Shag

I started swing dancing in 2016, and find the more I learn, the more I want to learn. I lead and follow Lindy Hop, St Louis Shag and Collegiate Shag, and enjoy dancing solo jazz. I love incorporating solo jazz, musicality and dance conversation into my dances: talk to me about switching roles, hijacks, dips, tricks and aerials. As a teacher, my aim is to help everyone feel comfortable and confident in their dancing and able to find their voice and the fun in every dance.

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Charlotte

Lindy Hop / Shag

I have been dancing for nearly 3 years after walking into a Tuesday Lindy Hop taster class on my own and have loved every second of it. Shag seems to be my natural dance and it just makes me dance happy! My love is thinking about footwork and using the music to make a dance even more fun through breaks and rhythms.

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Lauren Moore

Blues

Having discovered blues in 2017, I've never looked back and immersed myself in this fantastic dance style. I hope to be able to bring a sense of fun and laughter into all of my classes and show that everyone can dance! My motto for dancing (and life perhaps?): 'When in doubt, shake something!'

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Alistair Turnbull

Lindy Hop

I started swing dancing here in Cambridge in 2009, and I haven't stopped since. I've been to Herräng Dance Camp every year since 2011. I've taught Lindy Hop in Cambridge since 2013 as a lead, and since 2015 as a follow. Since 2016 I've been learning tap dance, because I've always been fascinated by rhythms. I am interested in the theory of leading and following, especially the Physics and musicality aspects and the relationship of the two roles. My dance mission is to bring the best out of every partner. My teaching mission is to keep Lindy Hop alive for the next generation.

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Jo Bradley

Lindy Hop

I discovered dancing at university and tried almost every dance society. Salsa, jive, ballroom even belly dancing! It was my hunt for jive in Cambridge that led me to Cambridge Lindy hoppers and I haven't looked back since. That was 2007 and I have since become a teacher and troupe member. I love sharing my enthusiasm of dancing with people as a teacher and performing with the troupe.  I have learnt other styles of dance as Cambridge swing dance has expanded and can be found following blues, balboa and shag on the dancefloor.  Ask me to dance!

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Michael Cass

Lindy Hop / Blues

I discovered swing dancing something like 8 years ago (I'm not sure exactly when because I was so bad at it initially I didn't record when I started) once i got the bug there was no stopping me and I eventually got over having two left feet. Adding Blues to my repertoire levelled up my dancing and expanded my dance world, not to mention discovering masses of fantastic music. I love dancing and the dance community, I hope that I can help others discover the joy its brought me.

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Jo Brookfield

Lindy Hop

At 6 foot 2 I had always felt awkward learning to dance but when a friend introduced me to lindy hop the fun, friendly, open and inclusive atmosphere had me hooked immediately. I love the energy of walking into a room of swing dancers and the freedom, expression and conversation that lindy hop allows. It is such a stark difference to my day job as a medicinal chemist and weekends often spent adventuring, hiking, climbing or more recently doing yoga or paddle boarding. I am grateful to those who taught me to dance and really enjoy passing on this knowledge and seeing others finding their feet, confidence, the beat and a love of dancing too.