Teachers - Band - DJs

Joris Focquaert

Joris Focquaert comes from Ghent, Belgium. He discovered the Lindy Hop in Copenhagen when he was studying at the Commedia School for mime & physical theatre. A background in the art of clowning, he takes his unique expressivity to his social dances & performances, forming his attitude towards the dance.

In class, Joris tries to share his best of ideas. He is one of the starting gures of swing dance school 'Crazy Legs' (Ghent) & vernacular Jazz dance troupe 'the Dipsy Doodles'.

Today he is a busy working dancer in Belgium & abroad, next to studying the Jazz trombone.

Photo: Photo use with kind permission of Joris Focquaert

Photo: photo use with kind permission of Clàudia Fonte

Clàudia Fonte

Clàudia Fonte explores and embraces all kinds of playful ways in her dancing. Her main source is Swing music. Furthermore, she likes to connect and communicate with other dancers and get inspired by them in partner dancing, as well as in solo dancing.

Where she really expresses herself and shows herself is solo dance. Improvising creates a fruitful and joyful environment to find new movements and to set creativity free while providing the dancer with a cheerful atmosphere.

Authentic Jazz enables her to achieve and explore challenges proposed by Swing music. Essential to her approach is promoting solo dancing in the context of social dancing, as well. Dancefloor is where everything starts and where the magic happens.

Credit: Clàudia Fonte

Héctor Artal

Sonia and Héctor are professional Swing Dancers. They both have been teaching Lindy Hop on a regular basis in various dance schools in Barcelona since 2003 and they have been partly responsible for promoting the success of the Lindy Hop boom nationally.

They are now are travelling all around the world involved in “spreading the Lindy Hop word”, venturing on as many attractive projects as possible. Sonia and Héctor are keen to demonstrate their love and enthusiasm for Lindy Hop through their work in the hope that others too can enjoy and learn the same.

Photo by Carlos Lopez-Recuerda Films. Photo use with kind permission of Héctor Artal

Photo by Carlos Lopez-Recuerda Films. Photo use with kind permission of Sonia Ortega

Sonia Ortega

Héctor and Sonia's teaching perspective is focused on the fundamental aspects of what they find interesting in Lindy Hop; bouncing, partner communication and quality of movement form the basis of their teaching. From their own creative standpoint, teaching “cool” moves or combinations is not the priority, although they use them as tools for enjoyment and as a way for students to remember what they have absorbed during the classes.

Héctor and Sonia always try to incorporate their own individual creativity into their teaching, often showing students their own originality and invention in steps and movements which they have developed. They do this to help the student on their own creative journey and inspiration. Feedback has shown Hector and Sonia that students enjoy clear examples to explain certain movements.

The Coquette Jazz Band

The Coquette Jazz Band is the newest striking phenomenon from jazz world of Vienna. They already performed on several of Europe’s leading festivals like the Jazzland in Vienna, New-Orleans Swing Festival in Budapest, Amsterdam LX, Brussels LX or the JazzCapital Festival in Hungary.

With their experiences and finely tuned sound, they are an impressive showcase to please long-time fans of the music, but also a great introduction for jazz newcomers thanks to the popular melodies.

The main profile of the ensemble became the 1930’s 1940’s danceable hot-swing music and the sound of the dixieland “revival” era. Their goal is to bring joy to the audience by bringing back the music of the “Golden-age of jazz”. Therefore, you can find many famous songs and arrangements such jazz giants as Fats Waller, John Kirby, Bix Beiderbecke, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkinsm, Ruby Braff, Louis Armstrong or Duke Ellington.

Zazie Métro

Our DJ for the Saturday Evening!

Zazie Métro loves jazz! She finds it in very different styles, from New Orleans jazz to classic big band swing and black rhythm & blues to contemporary swing. Excursions to all possible neighboring areas are possible at any time! Above all, it is important to her not to just randomly string together any songs, but rather to draw an arc that keeps the desire for dancing cooked. Let yourself be surprised!

Photo use with kind permission by Zazie Métro

DJ Oskay

Our DJ for Friday and Sunday Evening!

Oskay is an avid DJ, who has been listening to the music for far longer than he has been dancing to it. He loves to spend his evenings and weekends digging through his library, on the search for fresh songs to keep everyone entertained. While he has a soft spot for playful, slower songs (so long as they groove!), he can just as often be heard saying, "204 BPM isn't all that much". Together with DJericho, he will get you into the spirit of the Augsburg Jazz Rhythms and in tune for the weekend and send you on your way still swingin' after Sunday!

Photo credit: Louisa Galow


Our DJ for the Friday Evening!

Swing Classics meet current trends. Rarities on catchy tunes. You can't leave the dance floor with that groove. Together with DJ Oskay, he will get you into the spirit of the Augsburg Jazz Rhythms and in tune for the weekend!

Photo use with kind permission by DJericho

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