Trisha hails from Hertfordshire, UK, and has been teaching at major dance events all over the UK and Europe since 1997.
Trisha has built up a reputation for being one of the most influential teachers within the European Swing Scene and has spearheaded the revival of Authentic Jazz within the UK. She has choreographed countless routines, and has also performed in the world famous Royal Albert Hall.
Her teaching style is innovative, dynamic and inspiring. Always engaging and fun, Trisha loves to make people laugh and feel relaxed in her classes while making the dance look as authentic as it can. Trisha’s ability to communicate complex concepts and patterns clearly means students find themselves easily understanding how movements and steps should look and feel.
Trisha has natural flair, a unique touch and very distinctive style on the dance floor. Her focus is to recreate the look of the original dancers of Lindy Hop,
Trisha is serious about Swing and helps you get where you want to go!
Benjamin originally hails from Melbourne, Australia, where he found swing dancing in 2006. He now lives in London; teaching, performing and travelling the world chasing Lindy Hop. Benjamin is a full time Lindy Hopper and currently runs two weekly swing venues in London, two performance troupes, and has taught in 15 different countries around the world.
Proud to have come from a background without professional dance training, he has placed in over 30 different competitions, is a 2-time UK Lindy Hop Champion and also won the Advanced Strictly Lindy at ILHC in 2013. Benjamin’s ability to break down moves and ideas into surprisingly manageable pieces, and attention to personal detail of his students has earned him a reputation as one of the UK’s most prominent instructors.
Ben loves to teach people all the things that he loves about swing, and his number one goal is always to show dancers the ways to exceed their own expectations without straying from having fun!
Robyn started dancing at the young age of four and since that time has enjoyed all manner of styles of dance including Ballet, Ballroom, Physical Theatre, Jazz, Musical Theatre performance and Tap. Indeed, Tap dance has been a constant in Robyn’s life and it was a helping hand in discovering Swing.
Robyn has been part of some exciting projects including dancing for Marvel’s ‘Avengers, Age of Ultron’, BBC’s ‘Call the Midwife’, Swing dance documentary ‘East London: Uncovered’, was selected as a dancer for Hermes at the ‘Vogue Night Out’, and danced on the BBC with Eastenders for Children In Need. Robyn was also recently involved in teaching two presenters to dance on ‘Blue Peter’.
Robyn teaches regularly around London and is also co-leader of the all-girls performance troupe ‘The Dixie Dinahs’, who placed 1st at The European Swing Dance Championships 2013. Robyn also took 1st Place at the London Swing Festival 2014 in the Showcase division, 1st place at The London Swing Festival with the Hotfoot Strutters 2015, and 1st Place with the Dixie Dinahs in 2016.
Robyn has taught at camps throughout the UK as well as the Czech Republic and Ireland, with many more on the way in 2016, and her infectious warmth and love of teaching make her a popular teacher. Robyn brings energy, enthusiasm and her love of Swing Dance into her classes and performances and can’t wait to see what comes next!
Originally from Germany, Moritz grew up all over the world having lived in the Caribbean, the German Alps and Africa. He often came across dancing at the Trinidadian Carnival or at Bavarian beer festivals (if that counts as dancing), but was always more into playing sports and reading books about maths. That all changed on an Autumn day in 2012, when he walked into his first swing class in London. From then on he has been travelling all across Europe to follow his passion for swing and blues dancing.
Having recently moved back to London, he has now started teaching swing and blues dancing and also joined some of London’s top swing and blues performance troupes, the Hotfoot Strutters and the Down & Out’s.
What Moritz enjoys most about swing dancing is the joy of social dancing (often for many hours non-stop), especially to live music. He is always in search for that perfect moment, where you, your partner and the music(ians) align and create something special together. Also, laughing is very important too.
Kibble started Lindy Hop in early 2010. With a strong emphasis on quality of movement & timing, he excels on the social dance floor. However complex, simple, large or small, his moves are fluid and borne from the music. His teaching style has been described as clear, precise and in-depth, his dancing style incorporates quality of movement and freedom that inspires and encourages his follow.
View a YouTube clip of him here.
Al will be teaching the Level 1 Lindy Hop Track at the Festival, with Helen!
Al is a founder member of Oxford Lindy Hoppers and has been dancing for longer than he’ll admit to. When teaching and dancing, he is a great proponent of connection… as he has spent too many years ‘Dad dancing’ by himself.
Helen will be teaching the Level 1 Lindy Hop Track with Al at the Festival!
Helen has been passionate about Lindy Hop since discovering it in 2003. She is a founder member Oxford Lindy Hoppers and has taught locally for a number of years. Helen runs OLH’s Thursday teaching night, Cowley Cotton Club, and its monthly social dance Hop the Hall. For Helen, lindy hop is all about having fun and a big smile on your face and her dancing and lessons reflect this!
Jenn and Michael have been teaching together for three years and in that time have developed a dance philosophy that is strongly rooted in accessibility, energy and enthusiasm.
Both have achieved proficiency with a range of swing dance styles in a short period of time without having formal dance tuition or a childhood backgrounds in dance; thus embodying their belief that anyone can learn to dance at any point in their lives if they’re interested and motivated to learn. This shared background is the springboard for their fun and engaging swing dance classes which focus on delivering in-class technique and material that is directly transferable into real-world social dance skills.
Jenn and Michael are both active members of the local and national swing dance community; as well as teaching for Reading University Swing Dance Society, they make up two-thirds of the Reading Swing Jam committee which organises regular social dances and workshops in Reading. Jenn also co-teaches weekly solo jazz classes in Reading.
Brennan DeVoe and Alex Haley are American exports enjoying England’s terrible weather and lovely people. They specialize in Balboa, Dean Collins style Lindy Hop, and slow dance. Together, they have a combined twenty years of social dance, scene building, and event running experience.
Brennan and Alex focus their dancing and teaching on connection mechanics. They want every student to connect with their partner in the most comfortable and efficient manner possible. Both coming from musician backgrounds, they enjoy showing their students how to break down the elements of each song and ‘hear beyond the eight.’ Brennan and Alex love the history of social dancing, and strive to preserve the spirit of each dance.