Anne Hélène & Bernard
Pep & Emi
Scott & Serena
Anne Hélène & Bernard
Anne-Helene & Bernard fell in love with Swing Dancing in 1997… since then, they dance Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, Charleston & Jazz Roots almost every day. Because of their special background (Anne Helene has danced ballet, modern jazz & contemporary since she was 7 years old in, whereas Bernard started as a musician and a sportsman) they have been asked to teach in international workshops all over the world since 2001: all over Europe, America, Asia, Australia. They sometimes participate in competitions and are still the only non-American couple to win the American Balboa Championship. They've been running their dance school in Toulouse, Studio Hop, since 2001, where they also choregraph for their troupe, the Tagada Swing Swing, who have won the main European troupe competitions several times.
They are especially known for their huge passion for the swing and the blues scenes, their musicality and unique style, the good balance in the couple. About their teaching, they have their own pedagogy, super precise, always in evolution, offering new ways of explanations, exercises and moves to make the dance easier and more comfortable. They manage to create a super comfortable atmosphere in class with a lot of humour and cheerfulness, and are very accessible and are happy to speak about and to dance with everybody during parties.
Pep & Emi
Pep and Emi began dancing the Lindy Hop in 1999 and trained in Barcelona as well as different workshops in Europe. They began teaching at the Balliball dance school in Barcelona, where they remained for seven years. Soon after, they started teaching abroad, in workshops and festivals all over Europe (Sweden, Russia, England, Switzerland, France, Italy, Andorra,...). For five years they had their own school, “Escola de Swing Pep & Emi” and worked with their own team, an experience that helped them evolve both as artists and as teachers.
They’ve taken part in the organization of numerous festivals, including their very own international lindy hop festival “Sinera Swing Festival” in Arenys de Mar (Barcelona). For many years they also participated in organizing Barswingona Festival. For as long as it was active, they danced and choreographed at many important events and stages as part of the “Barcelona Jazz Cats” troupe, of which they were co-founders. Pep & Emi also founded their own Lindy Hop company, the Swing Beats, and performed on numerous well-known stages in Barcelona.
They currently teach at workshops and festivals all over Spain and internationally, and teach their regular courses in Barcelona. In their classes they like to focus on a dancer’s relationship to the music and to his or her partner. The point of all this being to have as much fun on the dancefloor as the Savoy dancers used to have! When Pep & Emi are on the dancefloor, they are inspired by legendary dancers (Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Dawn Hampton,...) and musicians (Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington...).
Scott & Serena
Serena Rizzo began her dance career under the guidance of world champions Vincenzo Fesi and Isabella Gregorio. With them she performed in several shows, including “Jazz on Broadway” at Teatro dal Verme in Milan. In 2010 and 2012 she toured Europe to perform in theatre show “Swinging Hollywood”, presented in both Italian and German theatres by the Swing Dance Orchestra. With boundless enthusiasm, Serena continues her study of the swing era through many of the most prestigious events in the world.
This has led her to placing in several prestigious competitions including a 1st place in Herrang fast feet Jack and Jill and 1st place in Strictly Lindy Ljubljana Sweet Swing Festival and many others. Serena is also one of the official instructors at the renowned Summer Jamboree festival and she now teaches and performs all over London and internationally. You can find Serena teaching at Bethnal Green and Soho.
Before discovering dancing, Scott enjoyed his work as a corporate banker, but sought an environment where he could really make a difference and express himself. During that time, his mother showed him an article saying that most retired people wished they'd taken more risks in life, and this sparked something inside him. While traveling through America in 1998 with his brother, they stumbled upon big band music and swing dancing. Instantly drawn to the energy of the music, the people, and the steps, he made a New Year's resolution to learn how to swing dance.
Once he had acquired a good knowledge of the dance, he began teaching lessons and started Swing Patrol. His love for swing dancing is contagious and his classes grew from 23 people on the first to a few thousand every week today across London, Melbourne, Sydney & Berlin. Today, Swing Patrol is one of the world's largest swing dancing schools that is known for its inclusive positive culture. Scott teaches all over Europe and the UK and ensures that his classes have a perfect balance of hard work, strong technique and laughs along the way. Scott teaches regularly on a Tuesday night in Dalston East London.