TEAM

Dance and movement have always been important to Viktor. He grew up dancing socially with friends in a small multicultural university town in upstate NY. He discovered Lindy Hop and other Jazz dances in Ohio in 2013, and has only fallen more deeply in love with Jazz Dance as time goes on. Viktor loves to spread the joy of dance within a comprehensive experience of jazz music, and is continually studying Jazz’s profound history and cultural roots in a continuum of Black American social dance. Viktor has taught classes and workshops on three continents, and continues to travel to teach. He uses his musical knowledge and his thoughtful creative outlook to help students both become comfortable in their basics and expand their boundaries. Above all, he absolutely loves to share his musical and flowing style of swing on the social floor, and he encourages all dancers to feel the music and have fun!

Natalia began teaching Lindy Hop in 2005 at the Ottawa Swing Dance Society. Shortly after, she co-founded Ottawa’s first dedicated Swing school, Swing Dynamite, where she taught and mentored students and teachers for 8 years. A Swing instructor of 16 years, Natalia has taught throughout Canada, the USA, Mexico, and the Netherlands. “Natalia has a depth of teaching experience that only comes with years of nurturing dancers daily from their first steps, to first place in international competitions. She’s amazing at coaching leaders to connect clearly and master their movement, teaching followers to react instinctively and find their voice, and everyone to find the joy of dance.” Byron Alley. Professional Swing dancer

As an instructor, Mike strives to create a learning environment that is fun, challenging, and inclusive. The goal is for each individual student to find their next step forward and enjoy that process of growth. Mike loves seeing students’ eyes light up when they understand a concept or feel a movement work naturally in their body for the first time.
Mike has taught dance in 21 countries and counting. He currently teaches Lindy Hop, Air Steps, Solo Jazz, and many different Blues styles. Mike has not only placed in and won respected competitions across multiple genres but also thrown down hard in unofficial late night dance-offs.
Mike lives and breathes dance. He is constantly honing his skills and developing new ideas. If you run into him at a grocery store, an airport, a museum, or a mountain top, you’ll probably catch him dancing.

Helena is a young, yet super experineced and inspiring dancer and teacher from Zagreb, Croatia. After exploring various African American Street Styles for almost 8 years, she fell in love with Authentic Jazz dances.
Her dancing style is very playful and full of novelty, yet reminding us of the raw style of the jazz pioneers.
Helena has been travelling across the world teaching Solo Jazz at some of the biggest festivals such as Jazz Roots, The Snowball, Herrang Dance camp and ILHC where she won 1st place in Invitational Solo Jazz competition.
Her love for this culture keeps pushing her to explore it’s quality, values and history. She has gained a lot of experience as a teacher and developed an interesting and in-depth pedagogy. Her teaching style is creative, playful, extensive, and very body-awareness focussed.        

Restless to keep on learning, Teodora is 24/7 busy with Swing and the ways swing dance changes people’s lives. She firmly believes that anyone can dance and makes sure to let her students feel that during her classes. Whether that will be with analyzing the technic behind the Funky Chicken (yes, she likes to get cheeky and geeky) or with practical tips so that you can keep on practicing alone at home, you will feel that you are supported in your dance journey and that she is ready to dance with you solo or partnered! 

Trying not to compromise on his bounce, Jasper is hopping from party to party until he basically can’t stand on his feet anymore. Never stopping to challenge himself, you will find him doing experimental footwork, complicated moves and improvising. However, he always leaves room for his partners to try the same! During his teaching, he is always ready to provide personal attention, as he knows that we all have to start somewhere.

More teachers will be announced soon!