Meet our Teachers
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 have been to (too) many international workshops to understand what it takes to be a good swing dancer and as a teacher I want to be able to make you progress in your journey, sharing tips that I got along the way. 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.
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!'
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 am passionate about advocating the joy of playing with the music and coming up with your own style/moves. Less is more - the better you can do your basics, the less you need to fancy it up with 100s of variations. I love solo jazz too and strongly believe it makes you a better partner dancer. 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. In my classes I can guarantee energy, fun and quite a bit of craziness.
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.
Lindy Hop / Collegiate 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.
Lindy Hop / Collegiate Shag
As probably most swing dancers do, I stumbled upon Lindy Hop by chance, decided to give it a go and remained a dancer ever since. Having danced Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag both socially and competitively, I realised that understanding the proper technique and rhythmic structures leads to more creative dancing. My aim as a teacher is to share what I have learned, and further propagate the joy of dancing.
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.
Lindy Hop / Collegiate Shag / St Louis Shag / Solo Jazz
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.
I believe that connection to the music and to your partner is what makes a wonderful dance, and that comes from working on your basics and building on them to make the flashy moves feel as simple as a basic. 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.
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!
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 started tap dancing when I was 8 and I loved the intricacy of the footwork, the rhythms and the routines. So, when I went to my first Lindy Hop class at the age of 22, I already thought I was a pretty good dancer. It soon became clear that I had a lot to learn. Aside from finding the right connection to lead and follow with my partner, I also discovered that, scary as it may seem, there is a freedom and joy that comes from unchoreographed dance. As a teacher, I want to encourage that joy in dancers of all levels, helping everyone to build up the skills and confidence to get them out on the dance floor!