Come ogni anno, Policoro in Swing ospita grandi nomi della scena internazionale. Quest'anno, siamo lieti di avere con noi alcuni dei nostri insegnanti più amati, band e dj che ormai fanno parte della grande famiglia di Policoro in Swing, insieme a nuovi nomi che siamo sicuri apprezzerete!
This year Marcus and Bärbl celebrate their 25th dance anniversary. Over all these years they shared their passion for vintage dances. They are internationally known for their commitment within the swing community. With their contagious energy and their profound knowledge, they made already the first and the third edition of Policoro in Swing unforgettable. We are really proud and happy that they will be back at Policoro in Swing 2016
Martynas Stonys is a leader in the Lithuanian swing dance scene. He combines fun, great teaching, dance technique and helps you enjoy dancing more than ever! Martynas is one of the founders of Hoppers’ Dance Studio, which is famous for producing new Lindy Hop talents and some incredible viral dance videos on the internet. “My one and most important goal of every class I teach is to make sure my students have great time, so they want to come back for the next one. They can’t improve if they don’t come back. I always try to make classes fun, starting with something basic, so less experienced students can catch up, and then adding more advanced movements and variations, so everyone learns something new.” “I always make sure both leaders and followers receive the same amount of attention. Lindy Hop is a dance for two people. It is so much more fun when both partners are dancing, and not just leading or following.”
Probably the one or the other of you had the chance to meet Abeth Farag last year at Policoro in Swing. As founder of the vintage dance school "Swing Station” located in Lisbon and organizer of the “Atlantic Swing Festival”, her mission is to spread these wonderful dances all over the country. Abeth is not only full of energy, but full of ideas and a real source of inspiration always inventing new and playful choreographies. You can look forward to inspiring Vintage Jazz classes. Besides Vintage Jazz classes, Abeth will put the perfect dance tunes as DJ during our parties in order to guarantee that any foot will stand still. For sure you will see Abeth dancing even behind the mixing console!
Oliv Chort learned to dance in Montpellier in 2006 with Swingjammerz. His inspiration comes from artists like Frankie Manning, Al Minns, John Bubbles and the Nicholas Brothers. His teaching is based on strong fundamentals of rhythm and flow while giving a significant part in the musical. It will be his first time at Policoro in Swing and we are happy to have him and Abeth at Policoro in Swing 2016!
Policoro in Swing 2016 will also offer a Blues Dance workshop. How amazing is this? And do you know who is going to introduce you into the magic of Blues (and believe us it is really magical)? We proudly present Gas & Alba! Alba started swing dancing because the swing people were exactly the crowd she was looking for in a new city, with the time dancing on the dance floor led her to ecstasy. She loves all the different dance styles of the swing era: Lindy Hop, Blues, Authentic Jazz, all of which she trains in and teaches regularly. At Policoro in Swing you will have the chance to feel her passion for dance that she is eager to share with you. Gastón “Gas” Fernández is specialized in vintage dance styles including Lindy Hop, Charleston, authentic jazz, Balboa, 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 swing has taken him around the world and he will be also present at Policoro in Swing in order to introduce you into the wonderful world of Blues. Blues lovers and those who want to become some, do you really want to miss this?
Isabella has been done different types of dances since she was a child. She has been in the entertainment business for a long time, dancing as well as singing. She is a well-known international dancer, teaches and performs around the globe, exhilarating students and audiences of all ages. Isabella is often mentioned as one of the top three followers in the world. She is well-known for her crazy style and her great expression. Her professional career started in Italy 2002, with a quick start of claiming several titles in numerous international competitions as well as teaching across the world together with Vincenzo Fesi.
Pontus has been dancing continuously since he was 5 years old, actively competing (since the age of 6) and started teaching professionally as a 16-year old. After graduating, he moved to Stockholm in 2008 to evolve his dancing, being offered membership of the dance company Harlem Hot Shots. He has since then been spreading the dance on a full-time basis through shows and competitions, not to mention, teaching.
Isabella and Pontus started to actively dance together January 2011. In this short time dancing together they have won the hearts of audiences around the world and been able to collect a bunch of titles like Swedish Champions 2011/2012/2013/2014 in Boogie Woogie; Swedish Champions 2011/2012/2013/2014 in Lindy Hop; Vice World Champions 2011/2012/2013 in Boogie Woogie; World Champions 2014 in Boogie Woogie; 1st place World Cup 2011 in Lindy Hop; 3rd place in the famous ILHC 2011 ( strictly Lindy Champions division); 1st place at the famous ILCH 2012 ( Invitation strictly division); 3rd at ILCH ( Classic division); 2nd place at the famous ILHC 2013 ( strictly Lindy Champions division); 2nd World Lindy Hop Championship 2012.
Do you already know Stefano Tertulliani & Giulia Cicerale? Not yet? Here we go… Stefano discovers African-American music initially through Capoeira, Hip Hop and Reggae. He makes several experiences in couple dances and more recently in Boogie Woogie. Shortly after he falls in love with Lindy Hop which turns out to be the perfect dance for him combining his passion for dance and music. He participates in various workshops and international events. His association “Dusty Jazz” which he establishes together with Giulia Cicerale is meant to spread the joy of this dance and their passion for Lindy Hop. Within its context, Stefano works as teacher, performer, musician and event organizer. Ever since, Giulia is fascinated by swing music and vintage atmosphere. She discovers the dance through her theatre studies. Before falling in love with Lindy Hop in Spain, she dedicates herself to other couple dances, such as Tango Argentino. Together with Stefano, she keeps travelling around Europe in order to participate in international events which make them develop and perfect their individual style. As vice president of “Dusty Jazz” she works as teacher, performer, choreographer and event manager.
We proudly present one of the bands playing at Policoro in Swing 2016! The awesome Madrid Hot Jazz Band from Spain! And what would be better than a Band Battle? Against who? Stay tuned... But we can already tell you that it is going to be 'caliente'!
Chiara begins as a child with the modern jazz dance, tries african rhythms and studies for more then 10 years contemporary dance, performing with professional companies. Great fan of any kind of black music, she starts to dig in the afroamerican dance culture: she inspires her earlier productions to the musical shows from the 50's and 60's and then, moving back through the time, she finally lands in the Swing Era. When she met Lindy Hop she felt she found what she was looking for and when she discovered Charleston and Jazz Roots, she felt at home. Now she fell in love with Blues dance, solo and couple, and started to organize Blues classes and parties. From 2008 she travels to take part to festivals and competitions; from 2009 she teaches, runs events and produce shows. She has been one of the very first lindy hoppers in Torino and the absolute pioneer of Charleston and Jazz Roots scene. From 2014 she is member of the Dusty Jazz Association and co-organizer of Swing Train Festival.