HEATHER BALLEW (usa) and JAVIER JOHNSON (usa)
Heather and Javier are known around the world for brilliant musicality, razor-sharp technique, and super-fun classes.
As a participant of the 1990's swing renaissance, Heather Ballew swears she learned everything the wrong way first and has relearned and refined every bit of her dancing over the years. Because of this, Heather has a keen eye for what works and what doesn't. She believes that swing dancing should look good and feel great but most of all it should be fun. She loves social dancing with people of all levels and she is most known for her connection, footwork and playfulness.
Javier is a rocket scientist by trade, and he brings a powerful analytical sense which joins the mechanics of dance and the soul of expression. He is well versed in all the swing dances, but specializes in Balboa and soul. As an international swing dance instructor, he’s traveled around the world sharing his joy of teaching and his passion for jazz dances. He was the founding member of Lindy Circle (now Hartford Underground) back in 2007. He wanted to create a space where folks could get down and have some serious fun.
SANNA LEINONEN (Finland) and ADAM LAMONTAGNE (Usa)
Sanna and Adam have been dancing and teaching swing together for the past ten years. During this time, they have become well known for the joy and skill that they bring to the social dance floor.
In the classroom, they emphasize a solid mix of technique and playfulness resulting in a dynamic and personalized approach to musicality and movement that is accessible to all dancers.
Lana Sedlmayr (UKRAINE) and MICKEY FORTANASCE (USA)
Lana is recognised 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 dance education and experience all over the world for more than 15 years.
As a teacher she concentrates her attention on dance technique and natural body movement at all levels and motivates dancers to improvise to the music creating great dynamics of the dance.
Mickey has been dancing and competing for the past eighteen years. During this time his innovation and showmanship coupled with his love of both dance history and theory have led him to become an internationally recognized Balboa teacher and competitor. He has taught extensively throughout the world and is an internationally recognized teacher and competitor in both Lindy Hop and Balboa.
KATJA ZAVRSNIK (Slovenia) and PETER LOGGINS (Usa)
Katja started dancing at the age of five and through the years studied various forms of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, Gymnastics and Acrobatic Rock and Roll for nine years. Since 2005 she has focused on early American dances from the Jazz age and Swing era. Her knowledge of (almost) all swing dances allows Katja to adapt her dance to any type of dancer. Her style is based by subtlety and finesse, but if you look a little closer you’ll be surprised by her musicality and footwork.
During a social dance, she is one of the few followers to never refuse a dance and also often the last to leave the dance floor.
Peter is a historian on American Jazz Dance. Credited for bringing back many of the dances that he learned from the original dancers of the 1920′s and 30′s and 40′s. He brings a first hand historical approach to his classes sharing what was handed down by National Charleston champions, Harvest Moon Ball Lindy Hop winners and 1930′s Swing Champions.
Aside from having a down to earth street approach to teaching, his expansive knowledge of the cultures along with the music that drove social dances allows students to learn the history of these dances and how they've evolved through the years.