Meet our Teachers
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.
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!
Lindy Hop / Shag
I started swing dancing 3 years ago, and find the more I learn, the more I want to learn. I lead and follow both lindy hop 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, hijacks, dips, tricks and aerials, routines, Disney playlists and finding the fun in every dance.
Simon's swing dancing journey started in 2012 when he found himself playing a Street Piano in a flash mob by the river Cam. He is a cofounder of the Shag scene in Cambridge, and he also teaches at Shag Pile in London too. His love of Shag has seen him learning in Los Angeles, competing in Warsaw, choreographing in London, performing at Glastonbury Festival and teaching in Taipei. Simon promotes fun, musicality and efficient technique in his classes, with the goal of helping people hit the social floor all night long!
Photo credit: Bristol Shag Fiesta, Georgie Rastall
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.
Sophie has been dancing collegiate shag for a canny few years after first falling for the joy of it with the Swing Tyne crew in Newcastle upon Tyne, and then with the Shag Pile crew in London. She's danced and learned at shag festivals all around Europe, performed as part of the Shag Pilots and loves a fast double turn on the quick-quick-quick-quick - as well as a bit of St Louis shag and, just occasionally, some 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.
Lindy Hop / Shag
I discovered swing dancing in Switzerland in 2016 thanks to my sister who took me to a taster class with live band. I fell in love with the music and the positive energy of the dance and people immediately. After dancing Lindy Hop in Bern and Geneva I joined Cambridge Swing Dance in 2017 and have since also learned Collegiate Shag. In 2018 I joined both the Lindy Hop and the Shag teacher teams. I love fast and energetic music, learning and teaching technique and styling, and travelling to festivals in the UK and abroad. There is nothing better than a whole weekend of dancing with people from across Europe and the world! One of my favourite swing dance follows is Alice Mei - look her up :)
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.
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.
I'm the Shag Secretary for CSD, and I've been dancing for 5 years, after being convinced to attend a 20s Charleston taster at the Cambridge Big Weekend. Soon after I discovered Collegiate Shag, and have rarely stopped dancing it since! I've travelled all over the world with Shag, and love how joyful it is, as well as introducing new people to it. I also have all the time in the world for a good Lindy sugar push. Yum.
I started swing dancing in Australia in 2013. I had moved to a new city and had no friends but quickly made many through swing dancing! I was too scared to go to a social dance for my first 9 months of swing dance however once I started social dancing it was impossible to stop me. I love to dance lindy hop, solo jazz, blues and last but not least balboa. I started to learn Balboa in 2016 and have since travelled to the other side of the world and back to learn as much as I can. I believe in teaching key elements of the dance in a way that everyone can explore the dance without giving excessive technical information.