Swing Zing dance classes Jethro

Name: Jethro
Role: School owner and Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues and Solo dance instructor

How long have you been dancing and what are some of your achievements?
I started dancing in 2007 when a bunch of friends dragged me kicking and screaming to a ballroom class and I've been  hooked ever since. Since then I have studied ballet, hip hop, tango, tap and salsa but the Swing Dances are my favorite by far. 
During this time I have..
-2X winner the Australian Jitterbug Championships, Showcase division
-Won the Australian Jitterbug Championships Jack and Jill
-Choreographer and co-ordinater of the Charlotans, Australian Swing Dance Championships Team division winner.
-Won the Australian Swing Dance Championships Strictly Lindy division
-Won  the Paul Verevis Memorial Jack and Jill competition
-Came second at the Singapore Lindy Revolution Jack and Jill
-Came second at the Australian Jitterbug Championships, Up and Comers division (as a follow)
-Came 3rd in the Australian Jitterbug Championships Solo Charleston
-Dance school owner, Instructor, event organiser, choregrapher and performer

Why do you do Lindy Hop and other swing dances? 
It is the endless potential for creativity that makes Lindy Hop so special to me. There are so many potential rhythms and patterns to play with. Plus the connection with your partner means that leaders, while improvising, can communicate complicated, musical and unique ideas and follows will be able to understand what the lead is suggesting. On top of that level of connection, there is still a huge amount of room for both leaders and follows to add their own voice to the dance completely separate from their dance partner.

Originally though, it was the aerials and acrobatic aspect that drew me in.

What's your most embarrassing dancing moment?
That would be dropping my dance partner after doing an aerial in front of a massive home crowed at Hullabaloo when we were competing for the Australian Helzapoppin' Prize.

What else do you do?
In my time off I train and perform with a fire spinning and circus arts troupe.

What's your favourite Swing clip?

The classic ULHS 2006 clip. Fast dancing at it's best and one of the main reasons I started swing dancing!


Name: Charlotte
Role: Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz and Balboa Instructor

How long have you been dancing and what are some of your achievements?
I started swing dancing in 2012 and since then I have been going to every class and every social event I possibly can. My highlights have been
-2X winner of the Australian Jitterbug Championships Showcase division
-Won the Australian Swing Dance Championships Strictly Lindy division
-Mermber of the Charlotans, Australian Swing Dance Championships Team division winner.
-Winning the Hullabaloo, Jill and Jill competition
-Came 2nd in the Paul Verevis Jack and Jill at Hullabaloo
-Came 2nd at the Australian Jitterbug Championships, up and comer division (as a lead)
-Came 3rd and the Singapore Lindy Revolution  Jack and Jill
-Teaching Lindy Hop and Balboa for almost 2 years
-Training, performing and dancing all over Australia, plus traveling to Asia and America

Why do you do Lindy Hop and other swing dances? 
There's nothing I don't love about this dance.  I love the music, the movement, the fact that it's a partner dance, the fact that it's improvised, the fact that although there's a structure and framework to it, there are no rules.

 I love that it's just as fun and challenging slow as it is fast - I love the acrobatic side of it.  I love the style and era that surrounds it and how happy this dance makes everyone.  You walk into a room of people dancing and the energy is incredible, everyone has the biggest smile plastered on their face. I love it with everything that I am.

What's your most embarrassing dancing moment?
Elbowing Roger in the face mid aerial during my birthday jam at Mustang in 2015.  I elbowed him so hard his glasses broke.  Or the time I elbowed Remy in the face, or Hasse or Michael... My elbows have impressive reach for someone my height

What else do you do?
I'm trying to learn the following things:  how to do a handstand, how to juggle and improving my diabolo skills.

What's your favourite Swing clip?

 An amazing solo jazz performance at Frankie 100 with JB Mino & Tatiana Udry.


Name: Fiona
Role: Lindy Hop, Blues and Balboa Instructor

How long have you been dancing and what are some of your achievements?
I started dancing at 5 years old doing calisthenic and competed for 15 years. Then in 2007 I started Lindy Hop and have been dancing ever since. My highlights would be
-Attending every Hullabaloo since 2008, 
-Winning the Brisbane Lindy Exchange Jack and Jill
-Coming second in the Paul Verevis Jack and Jill
-Teaching in multiple places around Australia

-Being a member of Rhythm Riot 

Why do you do Lindy Hop and other swing dances? 
I Lindy hop because my first lesson was free... Then somehow its been 8 years.

What's your most embarrassing dancing moment?
Accidentally head butting my lead in the head.

What else do you do?
Outside swing I like circus, board games, growing strawberries and creating stuff (but not the cleaning up afterwards).

What's your favourite Swing clip?
The Empire Swings Back - Cake Song. 


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Name: Renee
Role: Balboa Instructor

Renee has recently moved to Perth From Brisbane where she has been teaching and dancing for many many years. We are extremely happy to have such a knowledgeable and excited member of the swing zing team who has been doing so much to push and grow the Balboa scene here in Perth

We will have more info about Renee and her dancing career ASAP 


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Name: Amy
Role: Lindy Hop instructor

Amy has been dancing Lindy Hop in Perth (and in London) and has been a member of the Swing Zing Performance team and Rhythm Riot for many years now. We are now lucky enough to have her as an instructor too!

We will have more info about Amy and her dancing career ASAP

 


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Name: Danika
Role: Lindy Hop instructor

How long have you been dancing?
I started dancing at about five, originally with Irish dancing before moving to hip hop/funk, which I did up until 2013 when I wanted a change and a friend suggested we try swing dancing together. That friend ended up not being able to make it but I was having so much fun in class, I just kept on going. The rest, they say, is history.

Why do you do Lindy Hop and other swing dances?
Lindy hop just looked like so much fun! The music, the moves, the awesome shoes! I wanted to be a part of that. Now I am a little more lindy-initiated, I find I love the improvisation, dynamics and non-verbal ‘conversation’ of social dancing. I have also started discovering the other amazing styles like Balboa and Blues and am slowly adding them to my dancing repertoire.

What's your most embarrassing dancing moment?
Repeatedly falling over from an already low, crouched position in an aerials workshop. What else do you do? If I am not searching for Perth’s best French toast or newest Japanese restaurant (I love most things Japanese), I am planning my next holiday which, most of the time, is to Japan!

What's your favourite Swing clip?
I don’t really have a favourite swing clip at the moment but my favourite song has to be “All the Cats Join in” by Benny Goodman.