OSF favourite and all-round jazz rockstar Trisha Sewell has been teaching on the international scene since 2003 and has spearheaded the revival of Authentic Jazz in the UK.
With her innovative, dynamic and inspiring teaching style, she loves to make people laugh and feel relaxed in her classes. Trisha has natural flair, a unique touch and very distinctive style on the dance floor and a focus on recreating the look of the original dancers of Lindy Hop. As well as being an accomplished musician, she has had formal training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and musical theatre since age 5. We're thrilled to be welcoming Trisha back to Oxford to teach us how to kick it old school.
Clàudia is one of the most exciting dancers on the international scene right now, with a totally unique style and massive creative energy.
From a solid foundation of classic moves and rhythms drawn from the history and roots of jazz, Clàudia is constantly pushing to reinvent and transform swing and solo jazz dance. We're thrilled to welcome her to our festival so she can share that spirit of innovation with us!
You may have seen Clàudia teaching and performing at festivals across Europe, either solo, or as one third of the Jazz Messengers.
David and Cátia started dancing and teaching together in 2011, and have since become internationally renowned teachers, due to their skill in understanding the fundamentals of good movement and explaining it in an intuitive and instantly applicable way.
David is an addicted social dancer. You’ll rarely see him not dancing while there's groovy swing music playing. He’s also a geek, who can't stop himself deconstructing the nuclear bio-mechanics and rhythmic structure of the dance and music. He loves to share this knowledge and vision almost as much as he loves hugs.
Cátia is a people person. She always cares about people, and it shows when it comes to teaching, where she uses an intuitive and organic approach to bring out to the best in each student. You’ll rarely see her not smiling.
Robyn started dancing at the age of four and has enjoyed a long list of dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz and of course, lindy hop and balboa. As well as being a fixture of the London lindy scene, Robyn has taught internationally and frequently won and placed in competitions with the Dinahs troupe, which she co-leads and the Hotfoot Strutters. Her infectious warmth and love of teaching make her a popular teacher. Robyn brings energy, enthusiasm and her love of Swing Dance into her classes and performances.
Before arriving in London, Moritz has lived all over the world from the Alps to Africa. He often came across dancing at the
Trinidadian Carnival or at Bavarian beer festivals, but was alwaysmore into playing sports and reading books about maths. That all changed on an Autumnday in 2012, when he walked into his first swing class.
What Moritz enjoys most about swing dancing is the joy of social dancing (often for many
hours non-stop), especially to live music. He is always in search for that perfect moment, where you, your partner and the music(ians) align and create something special together.
Robyn and Moritz are veterans of OSF, and are consistently among the most highly rated teachers in our feedback (and they've always been up against stiff competition!). It was a no brainer for us to invite them back again to share their infectious sense of fun in classes and on the social floor!
Hyunjung majored in Korean traditional dance and enjoyed dances including dancesport and ballet before she discovered swing dance in 2005, and instantly became fascinated!
Since 2006, she has been bringing fresh ideas to her Lindy classes and growing the Korean swing dance scene, as well as teaching and competing internationally (and winning a number of titles). Hyunjung is a unique character and a passionate dancer who always strives to express herself. Her delightful dancing transmits positive energy to everyone around her!
Felipe went from newbie dancer to Herrang instructor in just three years. His secret? His pre-Lindy life prepared him for what was to come. Training in theatrical acting gave Felipe body awareness and control as well as an ability to improvise. His experience playing drums, as well as his youth in Brazil - where the music and dance culture are rich - gave him an innate sense of rhythm. And finally Felipe’s days as a dance party hype man for a live music club in Brazil gave him plenty of training for getting people excited about dancing. But more important than any of this is that Felipe has embodied the Lindy Hop spirit since before he knew it existed!
When we found out these two were teaching together in Europe we jumped at the chance to invite them to our festival. Watching either of these two dance for even a second should convince you that they're brimming with creativity, humour and world class dance skills!