Alba Menugal

ALBA MENGUAL

Alba started swing dancing because the swing people were exactly the crowd she was looking for in a new city, with time the dancing on the dance floor led her to ecstasy, and she was really hooked when the jazz music found a big space in her heart. There was no way back then!

She loves all the different dance styles of the swing era: Lindy Hop, Blues, Balboa and Authentic Jazz, all of which she trains in and teaches regularly.

She started teaching locally in Leeds since 2008 and in London for swing patrol in 2010. The dancing grew on her and she held the dream to have enough time to train and develop her dancing at the level she wished, to become a full time teacher and an organizer in her hometown Madrid. In November 2012 she decided to have the guts to fulfill her dream, quit her job and moved back to Madrid, where she opened a swing school (Big Mama Swing), bringing top international leads to help her with her mission (Kenny Nelson, Shorty George and finally Gastón Fernández, now her permanent dance partner).

This new step in her life is leading her to being asked to teach internationally with increasing frequency at different international events: Uppsala (Sweden), Stockholm, Barcelona, Paris, Toulouse, La Guiole, Valencia, Lisbon, Porto, New York (USA, Nocturne Blues), Melbourne (Australia) and lately she had the pleasure to teach lindy at Herrang Dance Camp 2014.

She is eager to share with everybody her passion for dance that has taken over her life.


Gastón Fernandez

GASTÓN FERNANDEZ

Gas is a professional dancer and dance instructor, based in Madrid, Spain. He specializes in vintage dance styles including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and Tango. As a former gymnast he is known in the swing dance community for his powerful acrobatics and aerials, while his background in Tango gives his Blues style drama and strength, grounded in a sensitive connection with his partner. Gastón’s passion for Blues has taken him around the world, and he has taught and performed in Argentina, Brazil, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, England, Portugal, Australia, EEUU, among others.

Gastón is devoted to promoting and fostering swing and blues dance and culture in Argentina and Latin America. He has directed two stage productions featuring live jazz and vintage dance in Buenos Aires.

He also runs South America’s first and largest annual swing dance festival, LHAIF (Lindy Hop Argentina International Festival) each year in Buenos Aires, and the first Blues event Careless Weekend.

He has also been a major proponent of Blues dance in Buenos Aires and is now increasingly in demand to teach Blues internationally. With intense partner connection, Gas fuses Blues with Tango techincque, though always striving to stay grounded in the essence of the Blues, As well he is a champion dancer and won the inaugural Blues division at the European Swing Dance Championships.

His mission in life is to pass on his passion for Lindy hop and Blues to others.


Vicci Moore

VICCI MOORE

There is nothing Vicci loves more in the world than dancing! She has a broad knowledge of dance and the body, training initially as a solo dancer and gaining a 1st class honours degree in Contemporary Dance and Choreography, and a diploma in Anatomy and Physiology. Her background in a variety of solo dances has been invaluable in her partner dancing, and she is known for approaching her blues dancing with grace, fluidity and intense body awareness.

As a teacher, Vicci is known for her warm and friendly approach. In her teaching and dancing she focusses on quality of movement, connection with your own body and your partner, fluid motion and body awareness; tools which enable creativity and personal expression in your dancing. She believes in giving people the tools to become their own dancer and encourages all her students to find their own blues voice.


Adamo Ciarallo

ADAMO CIARALLO

Adamo is dedicated to nurturing, developing, and promoting the blues scene in Europe and beyond. He is the co-founder and organizer of Espanish Blues Festival, Spain’s first ever blues dance festival.

Adamo has a professional qualification in teaching adults and he sees his role as teacher to facilitate the classroom in response to learner’s needs, enabling all students to achieve to their potential. His classes focus on highlighting the relationship between the dancers and the music and the importance of personal expression and creativity.

He loves social dancing, teaching, competing, and listening to music, and spends his ‘spare’ time reading and learning about the history of the dance forms he loves so much. But what makes Adamo’s dancing life worthwhile is the commitment, enthusiasm, and energy of his students and everybody else around in what he describes as “this beautiful community of dancers”.


Alina Sokulska

ALINA SOKULSKA

Originally from Kyiv (Ukraine), Alina has been dancing since she remembers herself. Having a rigorous training in a professional dance performance company Show-ballet A6 (Kyiv) since 8, Alina has been experimenting on and learning all possible dances. She met social dance at 17 and since then jazz, swing, lindy-hop, tap, blues, be-bopz, latin and traditional african dance were the issues that excited her most.

Her dance experience met with academic formation in Arts & Humanities helps Alina to comprehend Jazz Dance, her major passion, as a historical and anthropological phenomenon of the art of mixed identities. This helps her as a dancer to find new profound approaches to choreography, social dance, improvisation, musicality and a dancing style. She has been sharing her experience teaching both Solo and partner dances with Fedor Nedotko, lecturing, performing, choreographing and collaborating with jazz bands as well as hosting dance weekends, workshops and festivals in Ukraine, Russia as well as around the world.

Alina's main artistic search would be an answer to the question: "What would modern and contemporary Jazz Music look like embodied in Movement? How could the jazz dance be innovated departing from the Tradition?"


Jean-Charles Joyss

JEAN-CHARLES JOYSS

JoYsS, by his nickname, Jean-Charles by the name. He is a professional Swing, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop dancer and actor (acting classes at the school of art “la Comète” in Paris). JoYsS’ main focus in Jazz is on the “Authentic Jazz” (solo dances, Blues, Jazz Roots, Charleston), but he also dances and teaches Lindy Hop.

In the last few years he performed in and co-choreographed a show the TAP FATORY, a French multi-artistic show (tap dance, percussions, acting and dance) by produced by UAU, which also travels around the world.

Through teaching and performing in various events, he has become one of the promising new figures in the Swing scene. He won the 1st Prize of the Solo contest at the Paris Jazz Roots Festival 2015. In his classes, JoYsS’ emphasis is on the improvement of his students’ movements, teaching them how to understand their bodies even better. Working on your own body movement helps you grow as a dancer, as it fosters your coordination, balance and expression, which accordingly help you to improve your musicality and capacity to improvise. These skills are absolutely crucial for the partner dancing as well.

JoYsS is also an artistic director and a music composer, he has his own artistic company (Cie ULTIME) through which he, in 2007, won the awards as choreographer for the best dancing performance, and in 2012 and 2013 as music composer.


Encarny & Rober

ENCARNY & ROBER

They began this adventure together in 2012. They both agreed on the idea of ​​transmitting their love for Blues, Fusion and dance, interpreting music as a way of life beyond the simple taste for dance. This is how the blues came from Valencia Blues Revolution. With this new project, Encarny and Rober want to transmit the Blues and Fusion as a way to share and feel in community, embracing every person, regardless of gender, origin, age, etc...

All of this is materializing in Valencia, where they have created the VBR community, which not only works in social values ​​but also in quality training, with teachers like Adamo & Vicci and Justin Riley who are part of the VBR family.

You can feel this magic in any of the festivals they organize: Double Shot, Adventure Fest or Suitcase...

Since their creation both have not stopped traveling the world to deepen the roots of the Blues and Fusion to show what is wonderful about dance and body language.

In their classes, they use progressive social ideas about gender diversity, gender roles and how we interact inside and outside of the dance floor.

It is very easy for a class with them to become a party, you can dance from a 1920's Blues to current music like EDM and other new genres.