Rikard Ekstrand from Sweden
Rikard is an internationally admired swing dancer, teacher and choreographer. Along with swing dancing, Rikard also studied street dancing for many years and was a respected street dancer in the Stockholm area
during that period. In 2008 he became a member of the Harlem Hot Shots. He holds a long list of titles in both Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie.
Jenny has been dancing since she was a kid, started dancing professionally at age 19, and is now celebrating more than a decade of performing and teaching around the world. Apart from dancing, Jenny has studied theatre and music and loves to mix the genres together. She has been in several plays and cabarets, as an actress, singer, and a dancer. Jenny has been a member of the dance Harlem Hot Shots since 2005. Dancing and performing with the Harlem Hot Shots has made her a skilled Charleston and jazz dancer as well as a Lindy Hopper. She has been teaching since 2004 with focus on musicality and improvisation.
Jenny and Rikard have been dancing together since 2007, performing and teaching around the
world. They see dancing as an art form and a culture legacy and like to recreate old techniques and styles. When they teach and dance socially they have a very playful and free approach to the dance and take a lot of inspiration from the old timers who used to dance at the Savoy Ballroom.
Joshua lives in Seattle, Washington, and has been dancing since he was five years old. He started dancing Lindy Hop in 2011, and has traveled to Chile, Spain, Sweden, Canada, and all over the US to teach and perform Lindy hop, Charleston, and Solo Jazz. In the classroom, he enjoys focusing on rhythm, fluidity of motion, balance, and partnering technique.
Some of Joshua’s favourite accomplishments include being honoured as a Frankie Manning Foundation Ambassador of Lindy Hop, performing in the Lindy Focus New Year’s Eve Show, a short interview with the NY Times, and teaching swing dance for Campfire USA’s 103rd birthday celebration.
Marie is a Lindy Hop and vernacular jazz choreographer, performer and instructor. She has been dancing almost as long as she has been walking, training mostly in modern Jazz. She fell in love with Swing, Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz in 2007.
A true scientist, Marie loves history and facts. She has been not only studying the roots of the dances through old clips and collaborations with other dancers. But also has conducted research on the different dancers of the swing era. Her main focus being the jazz women and chorines of the time.
Marie worked and danced with the fantastic teachers of the Cat’s Corner Studio in Montreal before moving to Stockholm where she teaches at the Chicago Swing Dance Studio. She also teaches internationally, in France, Spain, England, Australia, Russia, Sweden… as well as at the world famous Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden.
Anders is a swing dance instructor and performer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has studied dances such as ballet, contemporary and modern jazz since the age of 10 and developed a passion for body movements, rhythm, and teaching dance. At the age of 13 he fell in love with the African American social dances of the swing era such as Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz, Charleston and Tap and has since then been fortunate to teach and perform around Europe, Africa and the USA. Today he teaches regularly at Chicago Swing Dance Studio and travels around Sweden, spreading his passion for dancing to the Swedish youth.
Marie N’diaye and Anders Sihlberg have been Lindy Hop partners since 2010. They were both members of the dance troupe the ‘Midnight Rounders’ and later on continued performing and teaching together. Both admire the old styles and strives to keep an authentic touch in their dancing. Their heroes are Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Al Minns, Marie Bryant and all the other members of the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. Marie and Anders have been teaching lindy hop and slow dancing at the famous Herräng Dance Camp as well as internationally.
I love this woman: she plays music for dancers; she dances; she explains music to me; she gets what an organizer is asking for and she wrangles amazing musicians to make it happen.
This year Jen has two big roles:
1. Instructor: teaching Understanding Jazz Music for Swing Dancers. Playing music and sharing what’s going on when we hear changes and different sounds, but we don’t know what’s happening: she’ll help us hear better so we can dance better.
2. Musical Director: bringing great artists onto the stage every night so we can Swing out hard, shuffle softly, kick like mad, and glide sweetly.