Teachers - Band - DJs
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 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.
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
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
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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See you soon
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Augsburg!