Anna Porzelt and Nejc Zupan 

Anna’s life as a dancer began in her teens with competitions in Ballroom and latin-american dances. Even if that they are not quite “swing”, thanks to this experience, she was able to waltz and foxtrot before she discovered Paris’ swing scene in 2008. And all this enriches her repertoire today. Anna is most happy when she is able to mix all the dances: Lindy, Balboa, 20s Charleston, Collegiate Shag, One Step, Peabody – or whatever the music inspires her to do.

Anna’s principal goal in her classes is to empower followers to fully participate in the dance, and not just be content with following.

As DJ ‘Professor Shorthair’ Anna loves to see people swing out to her favorite 60s records and she also plays washboard with her band ‘The Wrecking Balls’. She puts on the wildest parties in Berlin and two crazy weeklong dance events: Swing and Balboa Castle Camp.

Anna likes to lead as much as she likes to follow, because she has a mind of her own, which is evident when you watch her feet.

Nejc started dancing swing back in 2003 as a result of his contemporary dance experience and a strong love for jazz music. It is also because of this that he became the main culprit for the popularization of Lindy Hop and Balboa in Slovenia in the early 2000s. His swing dance repertoire is a result of endless research into different dance forms, many international workshops and his humble willingness to keep learning from anyone willing to teach him. He pays special attention to jazz movement and musicality, both quintessential to any form of swing dancing.

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It is a pleasure to welcome these 2 talented internationally-recognized teachers together to Grenoble, for the first time!

 Annabel Quisao and Bobby White

After only two years of competing together, Annabel and Bobby hold almost every major title in the Balboa world, including two back-to-back All Balboa Weekend ACBC Championship titles (2015 & 2016), the California Balboa Classic (2016 & 2017), the Rendezvous Cup (2017), and the National Jitterbug Championships Balboa division (2016). Together they can boast almost three decades of teaching experience. Annabel is a social dance addict whose laugh can be heard across dance floors and whose enthusiasm is contagious. Bobby is the author of the popular swing dance blog Swungover, the book “Practice Swing,” and often teaches complicated concepts through funny noises

We are very excited to welcome this couple of playful professors in Grenoble!

Olga Marina and Andreas Olsson 

16797713_1288356694557886_6695515774982800991_oOlga Marina is from Moscow and was born into a family of teachers (language and music) and has been an energetic live wire since early years – studying music, doing athletics, martial arts and gymnastics. Olga has been teaching and competing all over Europe and is regarded as one of the best Balboa followers in Europe.

Andreas lives in Stockholm. He has been teaching, competing and performing Balboa, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate and St. Louis Shag internationally for more than a decade. Andreas is regarded as one of the top Balboa teachers and dancers in the world.

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As instructors, Andreas and Olga emphasise partnership, musicality and follow-leading abilities. They have an easy-going, relaxed way of teaching. They are known for giving well-structured classes and they always try to give their students lots of individual feedback. Their ambition is to create playful classes filled with interesting footwork, figures, fun tasks and laughter. 

Andreas is well-accustomed to Grenoble dancefloors, and it is great to have him back. We are terribly excited to welcome Olga with Andreas for this 2018 edition!

Audrey and Jean Buisson

buissonThe beginner’s level “Muggles” will be taught by teachers from the local area, Audrey and Jean Buisson. They have been passionate about Swing dance for over 10 years. Their first steps in this dance form were in Paris in 2006, and they were also part of the Flying Cool Cats troupe for 7 years as a demonstrator (Lindy Hop, Balboa, Shag, Jazz Roots, Charleston 1920 and 1930, etc.). For the past 4 years, Audrey and Jean have been specializing in Balboa, and now teach at the dance school The Academy in Aix Les Bains. They are equally passionate about teaching and dancing. All of this in a friendly and joyous atmosphere, that is also part of this Swing community.