Anne-Helene and Bernard Cavasa
You’ve got on board with the swing dance craze and gone full tilt down the swing dance maze, but when your feet don’t know which way to go, you might need some guidance! Will you make it to the castle… or meet certain death?! Luckily these two might be able to help…
Anne-Helene, previously a classical and jazz dancer and Bernard, also a jazz and blues musician, have racked up an impressive top level international competition record. They are well known as top international teachers in Asia Europe and in the States, and especially loved for their clear and humourous teaching, their emphasis on musicality and connection, and the originality of their variations.
Passionate about Balboa, Blues and Lindy Hop, they teach in their own dance studios in Toulouse, and hold international Balboa and Swing festivals in France. They are teachers and organisers of the world-famous Studio Hop – and the coolest cats around.
Windy Lindy regulars, known for their fantastic banter and adored by dancers near and far, we’re thrilled to have these two back to guard the doors…but we should warn you that one of them always tells the truth… and one of them always lies!
Evita Arce and Michael Jagger
They’re fierce and brave and their sense of smell is keen, and they’ll fight you – anyone! Anywhere, any place, any time… so long as it’s a dance battle!
Both Evita and Michael first encountered swing dancing as students in college, embracing the music, the fashion, the physical activity, the socialising, and turning the swing thing into a full-on lifestyle.
They met each other in 2003 when they moved to Los Angeles and made it into Ryan Francois’ dance company, where they worked and trained incredibly hard. They eventually left LA, relocated to NYC in 2005, and decided to be dance partners. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength, traveling and teaching all over the world – and making it to finals of “So You Think You Can Dance” in Las Vegas!
Their dance philosophy is best summed up In their own words: “This beautiful life of traveling and teaching gave us amazing opportunities to meet phenomenal people all over the world. Through teaching people how to Swing dance we began to realize how powerful and important it is to take care of each other. Partner dancing focuses of course on the partnership and when you really boil it down to what makes us happy in life it’s connecting with others, helping others succeed and bringing joy into other’s lives. For us, Lindy Hop and Swing dancing have given us an artistic outlet and a most incredible way of connecting with people not only through a physical dance but through inspiring conversations and hopeful stories of awaking and transformation.”
So lay down your weapons, get ready to learn and they’ll see you on your way to amazing!
Sylvia Sykes and Nick Williams
When the sun goes down and the bats are back to bed, these two come round and all of a sudden you want to shake your pretty little head and tap your pretty little feet!
Brighter than sunlight, louder than thunder, with a flash and a band we’re thrilled to introduce the gang who need no introduction! Sylvia Sykes studied with Dean Collins and was a member of his last dance troupe. She also studied balboa with Maxie Dorf and spent years learning from the greatest Southern California balboa dancers. Sylvia is an inductee into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame, as well as the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. She is best known for reviving Balboa, which is rapidly gaining popularity around the world, and is a regular guest at the balboa dance camps.
Nick Williams has his own lengthy list of accolades, and has embodied the passion and spirit of swing dancing ever since his first lesson in 1998. The depth of his understanding of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag stems from studying with the original dancers. Nick’s desire for authenticity, combined with his passion for dance evolution, leads to a style known for precision, lightness, musicality and dynamic energy
This funky strollin’, ball playin’, hip swayin’, trouble makin’, booty shakin’ duo are back by popular demand to teach us how to swing out – and chilly down!
JoYsS – Jean-Charles Zambo
Great clothes, smooth moves, an air of mystery and a single name that starts with J…. Remind you of anyone?
He might be Jean-Charles by name, but everyone knows him as JoYsS! This multi-talented teacher is a professional Swing, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop dancer and actor. JoYsS’ main focus as a dancer is “Authentic Jazz” (solo dances, Blues, Jazz Roots, Charleston), but he also dances and teaches Lindy Hop.
This year, he is on tour with contemporary performances alongside Laura Scozzi, performing on the best stages of Paris (Théatre du Rond Point, on the Champs Elysée Avenue), and also travels around the world. In this piece he dances, acts and sings. With acting training from “la Comète” in Paris, performance, artistic direction, composition and choreography credits on international touring productions, and through teaching and performing in various events (including winning the Solo contest at Paris Jazz Roots Festival in 2015).
JoYsS has become one of the promising new figures in the Swing scene. In both partner and solo classes, JoYsS’ emphasis is on full body movement – using coordination, balance and expression to improve musicality and improvisation. Though we’re strangers till now, we’re reordering time and turning the world upside down to meet him, and we can’t wait!