Teachers - 2023

This year we have the pleasure of welcoming teachers from around the World.
We are inviting previous successes and new inspirations.

This years new dancemoves are imported by wonderfull teachers from Copenhagen to Buenos Aires.

Meet some of the teachers below, more teachers will be presented, including a completely new couple from Madrid




Soledad & Manuel

Soledad Larretapia started dancing Ballet at the early age of 5, and she continued her education in Flamenco, jazz and many other dances until she was 13 years old.
In 2002 she started dancing Tango and trained intensely. By 2005 she was already teaching in one of the most prestigious dance schools/Milongas of Argentina, and also other schools like Tango Brujo, La Maleva.
She started traveling to teach abroad in 2007. And that year, she also discovered Swing Dancing.
Since she is the only professional female dancer of both Tango and Swing, she travels worldwide to teach both styles and share both cultures with the world.
She has been in Canada, EEUU, Italy, Spain, England, Turkey, Russia, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Rumania, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, Grecia, among others...

Manuel Bicain from Argentina is back in town! He has visited Denmark almost every year for the last 10 years and taught both in Copenhagen and Odense. Manuel has BA Swing City in Buenos Aires together with Mariel Gastiarena.

    Manuel & Soledad  



Ari & Simon

 Ari and Simon are full time swing dance teachers, performers, and choreographers. They love all aspects of swing dance as well as the impressive history and culture that it comes from. Their main dances are Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz but they love all swing dances for the freedom, self-expression and connection they give. They have been working together since 2016 and are now based in Madrid working globally as well as growing their online platform through Patreon.

They have a dynamic, elegant, and powerful style that is a testament to their diverse backgrounds and their growth together. They hold titles from the International Lindy Hop Championships, The Savoy Cup and The Korean Lindy Hop Championships, among others. Their passion for the dance and the culture of swing has grown with them and is something they constantly strive to develop and express, whether in classes, on stage or in competition. 

Ari & Simon



Trisha & Marco

Trisha Sewel hails from Hertfordshire, UK, and has been teaching since 1997 and on the international scene since 2003. For 10 years she contributed to establishing the first European swing dance brand and the biggest of its time. She is now thrilled to manage her own company  SavoyHop.com creatively directed by her personal vision. Trisha has built up a reputation for being one of the most influential teachers within the European Swing Scene.
She has spearheaded the revival of Authentic Jazz within the UK, working and training  with some of the freshest dancers and teachers around. It’s been said that her teaching style is innovative, dynamic and inspiring. Always engaging and fun, Trisha loves to make people laugh and feel relaxed in her classes

Marco Dietz from Berlin, Germany started dancing at a young age at Rockabilly events across Europe. In 2007 he went to his first Swing event and fell in love with the music, the Lindy hop and all the other Swing dances e.g. Collegiate Shag, St. Louis Shag, Balboa, to name a few. Since 2008 he travelled around Europe and abroad to dance whenever there was a chance. In 2011 he brought Swing Patrol to Berlin. And since then Marco have been teaching a lot of local classes and abroad in Europe and the World. Marco adopts the philosophy that dancing should always be full of joy!

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Ana & Florian

Berlin, Germany

Ana Maeso is a social dancer, teacher and choreographer of various dance styles in the swing family, a guest in African-American dance and culture. She has competed and taught in different countries and currently owns, teaches at and directs her own swing school, “Rayuela Swing” (www.rayuelaswing.com), in Berlin.

Ana unexpectedly came across swing dancing through her college literary research when she was 25 years old, and its space for intimacy and improvisation immediately captivated her. In both her teaching approach and individual path in dance exploration, she strives to balance respect for the music, connection with other dancers, and respect for the roots and history of dance.

Florian began learning Lindy Hop because he loved music and was willing to learn the proper movements. Therefore, he was keen to keep to the musicality of the songs. He had fun from the very beginning and did not so much care about how perfect his posture was or how to show the fanciest moves. Instead, he just wanted to enjoy the dance itself and make his partner smile. Still, it is not only fun that matters. Dancing to music requires fundamentals and skills. Before starting to dance, Florian worked as a musician, which may now help him better connect the two art forms. At present, he teaches occasionally classes and workshops in Berlin and enjoys traveling to workshops all over Europe with the aim to learn, teach and dance until dawn.

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Kit & Birk

Copenhagen, Denmark

Kit Blædel has been dancing the Lindy Hop since 2006, introducing the Charleston to the Copenhagen dance scene. She is teaching Lindy Hop and Charleston in Swingshoes, Copenhagen. Her background is african dance and her dance is characterised by the joy of playing with rhythm and using the body naturaly and feminine. Her focus is technique, personal expression and classic movement. 

Birk Søde Christiansen started to dance and teach hip hop/show dance and electronic dances at the age of 15. In 2011 he attended a social dance in lindyhop in his local dance scene in Odense. Since then he has taught in Odense and has now moved to Copenhagen where he has taught since 2017.

"For me, jazz dance is the meaning of life." "I like to keep it simple and bring back the roots of the dance” “Scatting, musicality and the 3-minute love in a social dance is the most important thing for me" Birk says. 

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Naja & Mark

Sønderborg, Denmark

Naja started dancing Lindy Hop in Århus in 2011. Immediately she feel in love with the dance and in 2012 she started teaching. Along side she danced in an african dance troop finding inspiration to play around to the rhythms in the music.
In the autumn 2019 she has started teaching Lindy Hop in Sønderborg and together with Mark she is working on developing a Lindy hop scene there. The very most important thing to Naja while both dancing and teaching is to have fun and enjoy the interaction in the dance.

Mark joined the local Lindy Hop scene in Aarhus in 2010, and quickly realised that the swing fever was there to stay. 

After teaching in Aarhus for 8 years and attending several workshops around Europe, he moved from Århus and in 2019 he started a new Lindy Hop community i Sønderborg together with Naja.