LiLi Hop

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LiLi Hop weekend is a Lindy Hop weekend or festival in Ghent. Workshops Lindy Hop and authentic Jazz with international Lindy Hop teachers, parties with live bands playing swing jazz, showcases, a 30 second showcase competition.,...
Het LiLi Hop weekend is een Lindy Hop weekend of festival met workshops in Gent door internationale Lindy Hop lesgevers, Lindy Hop feesten met live swing jazz bands, dansvoorstellingen,...

TEACHERS 2019

ANNA FORS & JAKOB BERGELIN (SWEDEN)

 Anna started dancing the Swedish dance Bugg at the age of 9. Before she started with Lindy Hop she competed in Bugg, Boogie Woogie and Double Bugg. When she was 16 she started dancing and competing with Jakob Bergelin and also attended Herräng Dance Camp for the first time. Since then her passion for Lindy Hop has only increased and she has attended several events and competitions with good results.   The style of the Savoy ballroom dancers is her big inspiration witch reflects both in her dance and teaching.  Nowadays after graduating High School she and Jakob have moved to Uppsala to combine studies and dancing. They are a part of the Swedish national team and still compete regularly at national and international competitions.

Anna started dancing the Swedish dance Bugg at the age of 9. Before she started with Lindy Hop she competed in Bugg, Boogie Woogie and Double Bugg. When she was 16 she started dancing and competing with Jakob Bergelin and also attended Herräng Dance Camp for the first time. Since then her passion for Lindy Hop has only increased and she has attended several events and competitions with good results.

The style of the Savoy ballroom dancers is her big inspiration witch reflects both in her dance and teaching.

Nowadays after graduating High School she and Jakob have moved to Uppsala to combine studies and dancing. They are a part of the Swedish national team and still compete regularly at national and international competitions.

 Jakob has been dancing for most of his life. At the age of 10 his mother made him take a beginners class in the Swedish dance Bugg and started competing shortly after. It took about one and a half year of dancing Bugg before Jakob found Lindy Hop and he quickly fell in love with it. After a few years of competing in Bugg, Lindy Hop and as well Boogie woogie, Jakob started dancing with Anna Fors and started focusing more on Lindy Hop. Together, Jakob and Anna has collected many good results from both national and international competitions.  Jakob is very focused on keeping the authentic style of the Savoy ballroom dancers in both his own dancing and also when he teaches the dance.  Competition placements: 1st place Swedish Championships 2016, 1st place Pro-Showcase ILHC 2016, 1st place Classic ILHC 2016, 1st place All-star Strictly ILHC 2016, 1st place Showcase Camp Hollywood 2016.

Jakob has been dancing for most of his life. At the age of 10 his mother made him take a beginners class in the Swedish dance Bugg and started competing shortly after. It took about one and a half year of dancing Bugg before Jakob found Lindy Hop and he quickly fell in love with it. After a few years of competing in Bugg, Lindy Hop and as well Boogie woogie, Jakob started dancing with Anna Fors and started focusing more on Lindy Hop. Together, Jakob and Anna has collected many good results from both national and international competitions.

Jakob is very focused on keeping the authentic style of the Savoy ballroom dancers in both his own dancing and also when he teaches the dance.

Competition placements: 1st place Swedish Championships 2016, 1st place Pro-Showcase ILHC 2016, 1st place Classic ILHC 2016, 1st place All-star Strictly ILHC 2016, 1st place Showcase Camp Hollywood 2016.

ANASTASIIA TITOVA & IVAN POBEGUTS (RUSSIA)

  Anastasiia  fell in love with Lindy Hop at the age of 15. Soon she started to dig into the old clips and read all kinds of available books in order to get a deeper understanding of the culture surrounding the dance. Her love for swing music was immense, so she used her 10-years experience as a classical violinist to learn how to create swing feeling and improvise freely which impacted her way of dancing and rhythmical ideas a lot.  Anastasiia finds her inspiration in the old swing clips, she loves Lindy Hop energetic, raw and playful and admires the freedom and preciseness of the jazz language. She met her partner in crime, Ivan Pobeguts, at Moscow Swing Dance Society and soon they partnered up to spread their passion for the dance through classes and performances. As a swing dance nerd, Anastasiia often gives lectures and seminars on swing-era culture and traditions for dancers as well as for the wider audience.

Anastasiia fell in love with Lindy Hop at the age of 15. Soon she started to dig into the old clips and read all kinds of available books in order to get a deeper understanding of the culture surrounding the dance. Her love for swing music was immense, so she used her 10-years experience as a classical violinist to learn how to create swing feeling and improvise freely which impacted her way of dancing and rhythmical ideas a lot.

Anastasiia finds her inspiration in the old swing clips, she loves Lindy Hop energetic, raw and playful and admires the freedom and preciseness of the jazz language. She met her partner in crime, Ivan Pobeguts, at Moscow Swing Dance Society and soon they partnered up to spread their passion for the dance through classes and performances. As a swing dance nerd, Anastasiia often gives lectures and seminars on swing-era culture and traditions for dancers as well as for the wider audience.

 Ivan started dancing Lindy Hop in 2012 in Moscow Swing Dance Society, Ivan soon realized that he was deeply involved into jazz dancing. He started digging into the roots of the dance and swing culture, trying himself in competitions, showcases and DJing. Traveling around Europe, learning from best of the best, he quickly became a good swing dancer and now teaches Lindy Hop in MSDS with Anastasiia Titova.  Ivan likes watching the old clips, paying attention to every detail and trying to catch the bit and the feeling of great Savoy dancers. His biggest inspiration is Frankie Manning.  As a dancer of jazz, charleston and Lindy Hop, Ivan has his own gentle and at the same time energetic style. He is famous for his wonderful feeling of swing. He mainly appreciates the social part of the dance - making conversation with music and his parnter.

Ivan started dancing Lindy Hop in 2012 in Moscow Swing Dance Society, Ivan soon realized that he was deeply involved into jazz dancing. He started digging into the roots of the dance and swing culture, trying himself in competitions, showcases and DJing. Traveling around Europe, learning from best of the best, he quickly became a good swing dancer and now teaches Lindy Hop in MSDS with Anastasiia Titova.

Ivan likes watching the old clips, paying attention to every detail and trying to catch the bit and the feeling of great Savoy dancers. His biggest inspiration is Frankie Manning.

As a dancer of jazz, charleston and Lindy Hop, Ivan has his own gentle and at the same time energetic style. He is famous for his wonderful feeling of swing. He mainly appreciates the social part of the dance - making conversation with music and his parnter.

JENNIFER SHIRAR & CHRISTIAN FROMMELT (St. Louis, Missouri - US)

 Since being introduced to Lindy Hop in 2008,  Jenny Shirar  has quickly become known as a dynamic dancer, teacher, competitor, and performer. She embodies a distinctive, high-energy style that favors audacity and individuality over perfection. Ever proud of her hometown roots in St. Louis, Missouri, Jenny also specializes in St. Louis Shag and the regional dialect of swing that developed in St. Louis between the 1930s-present. She has been privileged to learn from and dance with some of the great St. Louis Shag and Swing dancers of eras prior and as one of the only followers in the world to have had this training, she enjoys sharing this unique perspective with students from all over. Jenny has had numerous competition successes, including first place wins at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindy Fest, and more. As a teacher, she adopts a people-first approach and gets most excited about seeing dancers discover and explore their own way of moving.  Jenny partners with Christian Frommelt, also of St. Louis, MO, and in addition to traveling, teaching, and competing throughout the world, they have devoted a great deal of energy to building their local hometown scene. They are also the proud co-founders and directors of the St. Louis Jitterbugs and the infamous Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival.

Since being introduced to Lindy Hop in 2008, Jenny Shirar has quickly become known as a dynamic dancer, teacher, competitor, and performer. She embodies a distinctive, high-energy style that favors audacity and individuality over perfection. Ever proud of her hometown roots in St. Louis, Missouri, Jenny also specializes in St. Louis Shag and the regional dialect of swing that developed in St. Louis between the 1930s-present. She has been privileged to learn from and dance with some of the great St. Louis Shag and Swing dancers of eras prior and as one of the only followers in the world to have had this training, she enjoys sharing this unique perspective with students from all over. Jenny has had numerous competition successes, including first place wins at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindy Fest, and more. As a teacher, she adopts a people-first approach and gets most excited about seeing dancers discover and explore their own way of moving.

Jenny partners with Christian Frommelt, also of St. Louis, MO, and in addition to traveling, teaching, and competing throughout the world, they have devoted a great deal of energy to building their local hometown scene. They are also the proud co-founders and directors of the St. Louis Jitterbugs and the infamous Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival.

 Since being introduced to Lindy Hop in 2008,  Jenny Shirar  has quickly become known as a dynamic dancer, teacher, competitor, and performer. She embodies a distinctive, high-energy style that favors audacity and individuality over perfection. Ever proud of her hometown roots in St. Louis, Missouri, Jenny also specializes in St. Louis Shag and the regional dialect of swing that developed in St. Louis between the 1930s-present. She has been privileged to learn from and dance with some of the great St. Louis Shag and Swing dancers of eras prior and as one of the only followers in the world to have had this training, she enjoys sharing this unique perspective with students from all over. Jenny has had numerous competition successes, including first place wins at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindy Fest, and more. As a teacher, she adopts a people-first approach and gets most excited about seeing dancers discover and explore their own way of moving.  Jenny partners with Christian Frommelt, also of St. Louis, MO, and in addition to traveling, teaching, and competing throughout the world, they have devoted a great deal of energy to building their local hometown scene. They are also the proud co-founders and directors of the St. Louis Jitterbugs and the infamous Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival.

Since being introduced to Lindy Hop in 2008, Jenny Shirar has quickly become known as a dynamic dancer, teacher, competitor, and performer. She embodies a distinctive, high-energy style that favors audacity and individuality over perfection. Ever proud of her hometown roots in St. Louis, Missouri, Jenny also specializes in St. Louis Shag and the regional dialect of swing that developed in St. Louis between the 1930s-present. She has been privileged to learn from and dance with some of the great St. Louis Shag and Swing dancers of eras prior and as one of the only followers in the world to have had this training, she enjoys sharing this unique perspective with students from all over. Jenny has had numerous competition successes, including first place wins at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindy Fest, and more. As a teacher, she adopts a people-first approach and gets most excited about seeing dancers discover and explore their own way of moving.

Jenny partners with Christian Frommelt, also of St. Louis, MO, and in addition to traveling, teaching, and competing throughout the world, they have devoted a great deal of energy to building their local hometown scene. They are also the proud co-founders and directors of the St. Louis Jitterbugs and the infamous Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival.

maja hellsten & nils Nygårdh(SWEDEN)

  Maja  was born in to a dancing family, in Stockholm, Sweden, always traveling to dance camps and competitions as a child. At the age of 15 she was certain that dancing and singing would be the right way in life. Now Maja has a professional dancer’s degree from the Stockholm Ballet Academy and has been working as a dancer, singer, teacher, performer, producer and choreographer for many years. She gets her inspiration from the big dancing stars of the golden era such as Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and The Nicholas Brothers, just to name a few.

Maja was born in to a dancing family, in Stockholm, Sweden, always traveling to dance camps and competitions as a child. At the age of 15 she was certain that dancing and singing would be the right way in life. Now Maja has a professional dancer’s degree from the Stockholm Ballet Academy and has been working as a dancer, singer, teacher, performer, producer and choreographer for many years. She gets her inspiration from the big dancing stars of the golden era such as Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and The Nicholas Brothers, just to name a few.

  Nils  was born and raised in Mora, Sweden. Moved to Stockholm in 2006. Started dancing Lindy Hop at the Swedish Swing Society in 2009. In 2016 he became a member of the swing dance company Harlem Hot Shots.  Nils loves fast and acrobatic Lindy Hop and tap dancing.

Nils was born and raised in Mora, Sweden. Moved to Stockholm in 2006. Started dancing Lindy Hop at the Swedish Swing Society in 2009. In 2016 he became a member of the swing dance company Harlem Hot Shots.

Nils loves fast and acrobatic Lindy Hop and tap dancing.

FATIMA TEFFAHI (Belgium / sweden)

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Rhythm is her business!

Fatima started to tap dance in Brussels, her hometown, in the late 80’s. Her style is strongly jazz related and deeply rooted in the 30’s and 40’s tap and authentic jazz tradition. Since several years she is teaching all over Europe and since the fall of 2002 she is living in Stockholm where she is an active member of Harlem Hot Shots, one of the driving forces behind CHICAGO Swing Dance Studio.

Improvised or choreographed, authentic jazz is rhythmical, playful and full of character – you just have to add a bit of your personality to make it complete. Jazz steps are the foundation of classic routines like the Big Apple, Trunkey Doo and Shim Sham Shimmy, as well an integral part of your Lindy Hop vocabulary. A good lindy hopper is a good jazz dancer.


OLGA MOISEEVA & ALEX KUZNETSOV (RUSSIA)

 Olga Moiseeva has been dancing Lindy Hop for close to 15 years, having picked up the bug in Herräng Dance Camp - the longest-running and largest Swing Dance event in the world today ( https://www.herrang.com/ ). In 2002 Olga founded Moscow Swing Dance Society (MSDS), now Moscow's premier dance school. MSDS has been instrumental in the expansion of Lindy Hop in Russia over the last decade. Today that club employs 15 teachers organizing 40 to 70 classes weekly, covering Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and Authentic Jazz. She is eager to repeat the success in Brussels.  Over the years Olga has organized numerous competitions, lectures and discussions on the history of Jazz music and Swing Dance, from its fashion to its social origins. In 2012 Olga and her partner Alex Kuznetsov were invited as teachers to Herräng Dance Camp. In 2014 she participated as a panel member in Frankie100 in New York. In 2014 they moved to Belgium, and now they are leaving in Gent and teaching in BSDC (Brussels) as well as in other places in Belgium

Olga Moiseeva has been dancing Lindy Hop for close to 15 years, having picked up the bug in Herräng Dance Camp - the longest-running and largest Swing Dance event in the world today (https://www.herrang.com/). In 2002 Olga founded Moscow Swing Dance Society (MSDS), now Moscow's premier dance school. MSDS has been instrumental in the expansion of Lindy Hop in Russia over the last decade. Today that club employs 15 teachers organizing 40 to 70 classes weekly, covering Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and Authentic Jazz. She is eager to repeat the success in Brussels.

Over the years Olga has organized numerous competitions, lectures and discussions on the history of Jazz music and Swing Dance, from its fashion to its social origins. In 2012 Olga and her partner Alex Kuznetsov were invited as teachers to Herräng Dance Camp. In 2014 she participated as a panel member in Frankie100 in New York. In 2014 they moved to Belgium, and now they are leaving in Gent and teaching in BSDC (Brussels) as well as in other places in Belgium

 Alex is a passionate dancer and teacher with a strong focus on musical and rhythmical aspects of the dance. He was introduced to lindy hop in 2007 and became an addict from the get go, digging deep into the roots of the dance, historical and cultural aspects of the swing music era. Traveling within Europe and overseas and learning from the best in the business Alex started teaching lindy hop and authentic solo jazz in 2011, passing on his unique approach to understanding the language of music and dance. While constantly looking for inspiration from the rare footages of the original dancers of 20’es and 30’es, he is a real treasure chest for all who likes to learn and expand their dancing repertoire. It is that in his philosophy the key to become a great lindy hopper on the social dance floor and as a performer one needs to be an inspiring solo dancer that drives his passion towards authentic jazz classes. Alex enjoys working on classic routines but never seizes the opportunity to improvise to classic tunes of the great musicians such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and many more.

Alex is a passionate dancer and teacher with a strong focus on musical and rhythmical aspects of the dance. He was introduced to lindy hop in 2007 and became an addict from the get go, digging deep into the roots of the dance, historical and cultural aspects of the swing music era. Traveling within Europe and overseas and learning from the best in the business Alex started teaching lindy hop and authentic solo jazz in 2011, passing on his unique approach to understanding the language of music and dance. While constantly looking for inspiration from the rare footages of the original dancers of 20’es and 30’es, he is a real treasure chest for all who likes to learn and expand their dancing repertoire. It is that in his philosophy the key to become a great lindy hopper on the social dance floor and as a performer one needs to be an inspiring solo dancer that drives his passion towards authentic jazz classes. Alex enjoys working on classic routines but never seizes the opportunity to improvise to classic tunes of the great musicians such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and many more.

JORIS FOCQUAERT (BELGIUM)

 Joris Focquaert comes from Ghent, Belgium. He discovered the Lindy Hop in Copenhagen when he was studying at the Commedia School for mime & physical theatre. A background in the art of clowning, he takes this to his Jazz dances & dance performances, forming his attitude toward the dance. In class, Joris tries to share his best of ideas. He is one of the starting figures of swing dance school 'Crazy Legs' (Ghent) & vernacular jazz dance troupe 'the Dipsy Doodles'. Today he is a busy working dancer in Belgium & abroad, next to studying the Jazz trombone.

Joris Focquaert comes from Ghent, Belgium. He discovered the Lindy Hop in Copenhagen when he was studying at the Commedia School for mime & physical theatre. A background in the art of clowning, he takes this to his Jazz dances & dance performances, forming his attitude toward the dance. In class, Joris tries to share his best of ideas. He is one of the starting figures of swing dance school 'Crazy Legs' (Ghent) & vernacular jazz dance troupe 'the Dipsy Doodles'. Today he is a busy working dancer in Belgium & abroad, next to studying the Jazz trombone.