CONNIE YNDAL   Connie is a former professional dancer and she has worked with various dance companies and musicals. She has attended the Alvin Ailey School in New York and been a scholarship student at Steps on Broadway. Since 2001 she has been teaching dance, pilates and yoga full time. Besides tango her great passion is zouk; a brazilian partner dance, which can put you into a joyful flow.

CONNIE YNDAL

Connie is a former professional dancer and she has worked with various dance companies and musicals. She has attended the Alvin Ailey School in New York and been a scholarship student at Steps on Broadway. Since 2001 she has been teaching dance, pilates and yoga full time. Besides tango her great passion is zouk; a brazilian partner dance, which can put you into a joyful flow.

  MAJA EJRNÆS   Maja is a dancer, performer and anthropologist based in Copenhagen. At the moment, she explores the intersection between Argentinian tango and contact improvisation (ConTango), but her fused dance orientation has roots in contemporary dance, east african dance, partner dance, contact improvisation and unschooled free style. Currently, she teaches contact improvisation at Skuespillerakademiet and in the local CI milieu. She also works as a performer in the participatory art project Sisters Academy, where she explores the desirable state of being called  flow. 

MAJA EJRNÆS

Maja is a dancer, performer and anthropologist based in Copenhagen. At the moment, she explores the intersection between Argentinian tango and contact improvisation (ConTango), but her fused dance orientation has roots in contemporary dance, east african dance, partner dance, contact improvisation and unschooled free style. Currently, she teaches contact improvisation at Skuespillerakademiet and in the local CI milieu. She also works as a performer in the participatory art project Sisters Academy, where she explores the desirable state of being called flow. 

  PHYLLIS AKINYI   Phyllis started dancing at four years old. For more than a decade she studied ballet, jazz and contemporary dance alongside street styles such as old school hiphop, popping/locking, electric boogie, break dance, and house. By the time she was 15, Phyllis was already working professionally as a dancer in Copenhagen under the guidance of some of Denmark's finest choreographers.   She teaches flamenco as well, has created a series flamenco event in the heart of the city called  FLAMENCO45  where she performs regularly with some of Madrid's finest musicians, and is the brain behind a new fusion concept called  AFROMENCO.  All of this under the company name  AKINYI FLAMENCO .

PHYLLIS AKINYI

Phyllis started dancing at four years old. For more than a decade she studied ballet, jazz and contemporary dance alongside street styles such as old school hiphop, popping/locking, electric boogie, break dance, and house. By the time she was 15, Phyllis was already working professionally as a dancer in Copenhagen under the guidance of some of Denmark's finest choreographers. 

She teaches flamenco as well, has created a series flamenco event in the heart of the city called FLAMENCO45 where she performs regularly with some of Madrid's finest musicians, and is the brain behind a new fusion concept called AFROMENCO. All of this under the company name AKINYI FLAMENCO.

  PIOTR BOROWIAN   For Piotr, partner dancing is the space where we can let go of the different stories we re-tell to ourselves and others, and instead connect with the present moment, the music and another human; in a playful exchange of spontaneous creativity.   With a broad background in lindy hop, blues and afro-cuban dances, Piotr loves exploring different dance styles, getting into their unique feel to then dissolve the styles' boundaries and blend everything together in one unique mix. 

PIOTR BOROWIAN

For Piotr, partner dancing is the space where we can let go of the different stories we re-tell to ourselves and others, and instead connect with the present moment, the music and another human; in a playful exchange of spontaneous creativity. 

With a broad background in lindy hop, blues and afro-cuban dances, Piotr loves exploring different dance styles, getting into their unique feel to then dissolve the styles' boundaries and blend everything together in one unique mix. 

 
  ALAIN ANDRIEUX   Alain has always felt a visceral need to move to music, discovering partnered dances in 2002. Since then, he has studied quite a few individual or partnered styles: Salsa, Argentine Tango, Popping, Blues, Contact Improvisation (CI), Ballet, Forro, etc. He is always eager to learn new forms of dance, and new techniques.  His main partnered dances these days are Argentine Tango, CI and Blues (which he teaches at the weekly Stompin' the Blues in London, UK). He has taught Blues and Fusion around Europe and even in the USA.  For Alain, dancing in partnership is a collaboration to create something beautiful - or fun - together. He is especially interested in technical fusion and cross-pollination of dance styles and finding creative ways to express any kind of music.

ALAIN ANDRIEUX

Alain has always felt a visceral need to move to music, discovering partnered dances in 2002. Since then, he has studied quite a few individual or partnered styles: Salsa, Argentine Tango, Popping, Blues, Contact Improvisation (CI), Ballet, Forro, etc. He is always eager to learn new forms of dance, and new techniques.

His main partnered dances these days are Argentine Tango, CI and Blues (which he teaches at the weekly Stompin' the Blues in London, UK). He has taught Blues and Fusion around Europe and even in the USA.

For Alain, dancing in partnership is a collaboration to create something beautiful - or fun - together. He is especially interested in technical fusion and cross-pollination of dance styles and finding creative ways to express any kind of music.

 
  REBECCA MARY   Rebecca says the root of her work and her need to create comes from a deep desire to better understand the world and people around her and to then share what she finds with others.  She is interested in story-telling.  She believes there is a strong power in story-telling, one which has shaped our cultures and our human species for centuries.  One which is not of a clear linear form that can be rationally followed and explained, but is something people can still connect to and understand. Rebecca is interested in finding and telling these stories each time she creates. 

REBECCA MARY

Rebecca says the root of her work and her need to create comes from a deep desire to better understand the world and people around her and to then share what she finds with others.  She is interested in story-telling.  She believes there is a strong power in story-telling, one which has shaped our cultures and our human species for centuries.  One which is not of a clear linear form that can be rationally followed and explained, but is something people can still connect to and understand. Rebecca is interested in finding and telling these stories each time she creates. 

  LOVE DRAGON   Love Dragon lives in Berlin. His experience with dancing started in Ballroom. Since 2007 he has been dancing Tango Argentino. Later he found an inspiring new playground in Contact Improvisation that has influenced his Tango style. Switching between and blending the roles is one of the main sources of joy for him, and it has been an integral part of how he presents Tango to his students. Since 2004 he has been teaching weekly classes, at festivals and privately in Austria, Belgium, Danmark, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. 

LOVE DRAGON

Love Dragon lives in Berlin. His experience with dancing started in Ballroom. Since 2007 he has been dancing Tango Argentino. Later he found an inspiring new playground in Contact Improvisation that has influenced his Tango style. Switching between and blending the roles is one of the main sources of joy for him, and it has been an integral part of how he presents Tango to his students. Since 2004 he has been teaching weekly classes, at festivals and privately in Austria, Belgium, Danmark, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. 

  SANDRA THÖRN   Dancing has always been a safe haven for Sandra; a place where the world simply makes sense. With her music teachers degree and background in modern solo dancing, her blues dancing shows fierce musicality, a playful expression and awesome funky moves. She’s always searching for those moments of freedom where body moves before mind in a seamless connection with your partner and the music. Sandra puts a lot of emphasis on quality of movement and uses technique-training as a pathway to creativity and expression. She is passionate about teaching and seeing her students grow.  Photo: Photo Mon Petit Regard

SANDRA THÖRN

Dancing has always been a safe haven for Sandra; a place where the world simply makes sense. With her music teachers degree and background in modern solo dancing, her blues dancing shows fierce musicality, a playful expression and awesome funky moves. She’s always searching for those moments of freedom where body moves before mind in a seamless connection with your partner and the music. Sandra puts a lot of emphasis on quality of movement and uses technique-training as a pathway to creativity and expression. She is passionate about teaching and seeing her students grow.

Photo: Photo Mon Petit Regard

 
  LISA JOSEFSSON with CELCO PACO   Lisa Josefsson, dance teacher and performer, believes that dancing is that moment when there is nothing else in the world but your body, the rhythm and your partner. She has studied dance for the last ten years and is particularly specialised in working with the connection between dance, a healthy body connection and individual expression. She has a long experience in African American Vernacular dances such as Lindy Hop and Blues and also lived three years studying traditional dances in Mozambique with the dance company Hodi Maputo Afro Swing. Connecting dance, rhythm, mindfulness with a free spirit, each class is shaped differently to take each group on an dynamic journey.   Celso Paco was born in Mozambique where dance and rhythm was part of his tradition growing up. He has later studied music in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm. He is a professional percussionist and vocalist and has incredible way of following the dancers energy in the room with his drums, voice and traditional instruments. Celso is also connected to the African roots of Blues music and plays both African and American Blues.  Together Celso and Lisa will teach Shake it Loose African - Roots and Blues where Celso stands for the live music.

LISA JOSEFSSON with CELCO PACO

Lisa Josefsson, dance teacher and performer, believes that dancing is that moment when there is nothing else in the world but your body, the rhythm and your partner. She has studied dance for the last ten years and is particularly specialised in working with the connection between dance, a healthy body connection and individual expression. She has a long experience in African American Vernacular dances such as Lindy Hop and Blues and also lived three years studying traditional dances in Mozambique with the dance company Hodi Maputo Afro Swing. Connecting dance, rhythm, mindfulness with a free spirit, each class is shaped differently to take each group on an dynamic journey. 

Celso Paco was born in Mozambique where dance and rhythm was part of his tradition growing up. He has later studied music in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm. He is a professional percussionist and vocalist and has incredible way of following the dancers energy in the room with his drums, voice and traditional instruments. Celso is also connected to the African roots of Blues music and plays both African and American Blues.

Together Celso and Lisa will teach Shake it Loose African - Roots and Blues where Celso stands for the live music.

  NUNO CATHARINA    Nuno has a background as gymnast and contemporary dancer and later on she has immersed herself in blues dancing, tango and contact improvisation - a combination that she mixes into to the playful improvised partner dancing. Nuno has been working a dancer, teacher and choreographer with children and adults in all age groups. Her heart is in the social aspects of dance and has several times received funding for projects along with an award, which led to the making of this festicval. She now works as a dance photographer.

NUNO CATHARINA

Nuno has a background as gymnast and contemporary dancer and later on she has immersed herself in blues dancing, tango and contact improvisation - a combination that she mixes into to the playful improvised partner dancing. Nuno has been working a dancer, teacher and choreographer with children and adults in all age groups. Her heart is in the social aspects of dance and has several times received funding for projects along with an award, which led to the making of this festicval.
She now works as a dance photographer.

  NATASHA FIGUEROA   Natasha has been on a path of Authentic Relating for over 20 years by integrating honesty practices, dance, tantra, improvisation, and more. Her main passions are intimacy, communication, vulnerability, gender balancing, and love.

NATASHA FIGUEROA

Natasha has been on a path of Authentic Relating for over 20 years by integrating honesty practices, dance, tantra, improvisation, and more. Her main passions are intimacy, communication, vulnerability, gender balancing, and love.