Intermediate & Advanced levels
David Afonso & Cátia Fonseca
Photo by Mário Sousa @ Lisbon – 2016
These two Portuguese started dancing and teaching together in 2011, and have since become international teachers, mainly due to their aptitude to understand the fundamentals of good movement (dancing) and explaining it in an graspable and applicable way.
David is an addicted social dancer. You’ll rarely see him not dancing while there is groovy swing music playing. He’s also a geek, that cannot avoid himself of deconstructing the nuclear bio-mechanics and rhythmic structure of the dance and music. And he loves to share this knowledge/vision almost as much as he loves hugs.
Cátia is a person’s person. She’s always caring for everybody, and it shows when it comes to teaching where she uses an intuitive and organic approach to bring out to the best in each student. You’ll rarely see her not smiling.
Adam LaMontagne & Sanna Leinonen
Sanna and Adam have been dancing and teaching swing together for the past decade. During this time, they have become well known for the joy and skill that they bring to the social dance floor. Mostly partial to lindy hop and balboa J&J competitions, they have taken numerous titles individually at events such as The Snowball and Balboa Castle Camp, as well as placing in various events in Europe and the US during the past several years. 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.
Karri Rasinmäki & Tanja Wingerter
Karri and Tanja are offsprings of different dance scenes, but they share the same ideology and enthusiasm for swing dances and music. Having danced three years, they started teaching beginners and intermeediate level last year. In their classes they emphasize quality of movement and energy encouraging students to find their personal way to dance, and establish a connection not only with the partner but the whole group.
Karri found his way to Lindy hop through Boogie Woogie in Helsinki. After mainly focussing on training and competing he turned towards social dancing and got hooked. Some dancers call him "Karri 'Happy feet' Rasinmäki" - for a good reason: Karri is a master of footwork variations.
Tanja started Lindy hop during her Erasmus exchange in Slovenia, and continued on further exchanges in Montpellier and Madrid. She enjoys travelling for Lindy hop, both for festivals and "normal" social dancing and get inspired by different scenes and dancers.
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