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. 


Name: Shannan
Role: Lindy Hop Instructor

How long have you been dancing and what are some of your achievements?
I started dancing when I was 12, with ballroom. Then in 2002 I started salsa and eventually begun to teach (which I still teach today). In 2006 I found swing dance and got absolutely hooked. Dancing 7 nights a week either at classes or at social events. In this time I have managed to...
-Taught in both Perth and Brisbane
-Won the Freo Swing Fest Jack and Jill
-Came second in the Paul Verevis Hullabaloo Jack and Jill
-Came second in the Brisbane Lindy Exchange
-Performed in both Brisbane and Perthand including televised events

Why do you do Lindy Hop and other swing dances? 
Because of the endless variety in the dance and the incredible community of dancers who make everyone feel special.

What's your most embarrassing dancing moment?
Winning best dressed at a "Hawaiian" themed event and being told i had to dance with the international instructor......... with my shirt open "like everyone else is doing"

What else do you do?
I love doing aerials, riding my motor bike, hiking in the bush, watching Superhero movies with friends and reading comic books (yes i am a comic nerd)

What's your favourite Swing clip?
ILHC 2011 Champions Strictly Lindy Finals Spotlights


Name: Kenneth
Role: Blues and Lindy Hop instructor

How long have you been dancing and what are some of your achievements?
I started dancing in 2009 and In that time I've traveled across Australia Europe and The U.S attending multiple workshops in all disciplines of swing and competing along the way. During this time I placed
-1st Jack n Jill Hullabaloo (Perth) 2015,2016
-3rd Jack n Jill MNSF (Montpelliar) 2015
-3rd Jack n Jill ASDC (Australian Swing Dance Championships) 2012
-3rd Jack n Jill Hullabaloo (Perth) 2013
and
-Taught in Europe, Attended dance workshops and trained across Europe America and Asia.

Why do you do Lindy hop and other swing dances?
because it brings me joy every time I dance and for that 3min 40 (or how ever long) I'm free from anything going on in the world and it's nothing but the joy of the music and dancing to it.

What's your most embarrassing dancing moment?
sitting in front of a few hundred dancers at my first camp oz next to a few of my friends who none of us knew how to dance and being introduced as the cuttlefish who of the next few days were going to swim away and learn how to dance.

What else do you do?
I enjoy doing circus regularly and playing games online (PC), board games and Nintendo.

What's your favourite Swing clip?
Fast Swing Dancing - ULHS 2006 liberation finals, first clip i saw about swing dancing and no matter how many times I see it I just want to get up and swing out fast and hard