2018 Teaching Staff

Pete & Steph

Steph and Pete are a swing dancing duo who originally hail from New Zealand and have been dancing and teaching together since 2010. Having competed all over New Zealand and Australia, these two Kiwis thought it was time for a challenge, and last year made the move to London. They are both currently employed as swing dance teachers for Swing Patrol London.

Steph is a full time Music teacher during the day, but by night is totally devoted to all things lindy hop. Her love of dance stems from a very young age when she was introduced to solo jazz dancing early on. Since then, Steph has gone on to develop a real passion for swing dancing, teaching and performing.

Peter is a structural engineer and loves to chat about concrete when he's not swinging-out on the dance floor. Pete stumbled across swing dancing eight-years ago and has been hooked ever since.

Bianca & Nils

Bianca Locatelli started dancing at the age of six and tried a lot of dance styles from ballet to street dancing. Though, she got stuck in swing dancing, her biggest passion. She has been competing several years internationally and in Italy in Boogie Woogie, where she won the Italian championship several times in the junior category. Nowadays she's competing, social dancing and teaching Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop with her dance partner Nils Andrén in Sweden and around the world. They have been dancing together as a couple since 2013, the year Bianca moved officially from Italy to Sweden. Bianca recently received the EuroStar Award which was given to her for showing talent and potential and for having exemplified the spirit of the dance during the European Swing Dance Championships. Bianca thinks that music is one of the most inspiring factors for her dancing, she enjoys social dancing and watch people dancing and having fun.

Nils Andrén has now been dancing for about 10 years. He has throughout his career been constantly competing in various dances such as: Boogie Woogie, Salsa, Lindy Hop and the Swedish bugg. During several years of dancing he has acquired numerous of podium placements on competitions all around the world in Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie. One of his most recent achievement was the first place in the Advanced Lindy Hop Couples Division in addition to a second place in the Advanced Lindy Hop Classic Showcase Division with his dance partner Bianca Locatelli at the European Swing Dance Championship this years.

Nils and Bianca's core values of teaching are to make their students reach their full potential as dancers and having fun doing it.

Cátia and David

Cátia and David started dancing and teaching together in 2011, and have since become international teachers, mainly due to their aptitude to understand the fundamentals of good movement (dancing) and explaining it in an graspable and applicable way.

David is an addicted social dancer. You’ll rarely see him not dancing while there is groovy swing music playing. He’s also a geek, that cannot avoid himself of deconstructing the nuclear bio-mechanics and rhythmic structure of the dance and music. And he loves to share this knowledge/vision almost as much as he loves hugs.

Cátia is a person’s person. She’s always caring for everybody, 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.

Trisha Sewell

Trisha hails from Hertfordshire, UK, and has been teaching since 1997 and on the international scene since 2003. For 10 years she contributed to establishing the first European swing dance brand and the biggest of its time. She is now thrilled to manage her own company Savoy Hop, creatively directed by her personal vision. Trisha has built up a reputation for being one of the most influential teachers within the European Swing Scene.

She has spearheaded the revival of Authentic Jazz within the UK, working and training with some of the freshest dancers and teachers around. Her teaching style is innovative, dynamic and inspiring. Always engaging and fun, Trisha loves to make people laugh and feel relaxed in her classes. At the end of her classes students are filled with energy and excitement. Trisha ensures that class material is detailed and balanced for followers. The result is the dance looks as authentic as it can. Trisha’s ability to communicate complex concepts and patterns clearly means students find themselves easily understanding how movements and steps should look and feel.

Trisha has natural flair, a unique touch and very distinctive style on the dance floor. Her focus is to recreate the look of the original dancers of Lindy Hop, mixed with providing followers with drills, technique and musicality. An accomplished musician and experienced in Tap, she helps others to understand rhythms and how to improvise within the dance. She has had formal training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and musical theatre since the age 5.

With 12 years' experience in Swing dancing teaching most of the popular dances such as Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz, Blues, 20's Charleston. Trisha is serious about Swing and helps you get where you want to go! With a vast experience in choreography and artistic direction, she leads the way with her exciting approach to performance. Not only has she choreographed countless routines, she has also performed in the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London.

In addition to appearing in the TV, Newspapers, Radio and Music Videos, she has been regularly invited to perform and teach workshops at major dance events all over the UK and Europe, including Sweden, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Norway, Turkey, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Amsterdam, Italy, Austria, Ireland, Israel, and Slovenia.

Hector and Sonia

Sonia and Hector are a professional Lindy Hop couple who teach on a regular basis in Barcelona, and in recent years have been partly responsible for promoting the success of the Lindy Hop boomnationally. With a joint experience of over 31 years teaching (Sonia 19 years and Hector 12), they teach classes and give workshops in various dance schools in Barcelona and other cities, and right now are working in some of the most important Lindy Hop schools. They are continually involved in “spreading the Lindy Hop word”, venturing on as many attractive projects as possible. Hector and Sonia 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.

Sonia and Hector's teaching perspective is focused on the fundamental aspects of what they find interesting in Lindy Hop: bouncing, partner communication, and quality of movement from 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. Sonia and Hector 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.