We share the love to dance
Egle AleknaviciuteLindy Hop
I took my first triple steps in Lithuania, I danced my shoes off when living in Copenhagen, now I share my love for dance in Rotterdam. The music and the conversation of the dance is about all I need to forget the rest of the world.
Becky TomasLindy Hop / Solo Jazz
For me, Lindy hop is all about the music. I’m never happier than when I’m swinging out to a Count Basie track at 200 bpm, or grooving to some seedy 1940’s blues track on a dimly lit dancefloor. Meeting like-minded folk at dance events is one of the best aspects of the scene – everywhere there are other jazz fans just as obsessed as I am, happy to keep dancing until 5am, before limping to bed, with sore feet and a smile! I discovered Lindy in my hometown of Plymouth, in the Westcountry of England, and was addicted immediately to the pure joy and energy that the dance brings.
Jeroen WolfsLindy Hop
My Lindy adventure started with lessons in Delft, and I joined the Roffaswing scene in Rotterdam just after my first course. Since then, I have spent large parts of my spare time attending workshops and social dances; usually accompanied by a huge bag filled with bananas, towels and spare/dry T-shirts (spread the joy, not the sweat :) ). As a dancer I am characterised by my high energy level and the huge smile on my face, especially if a faster song pops on. I love the enormous room for improvisation and spontaneity that the dance offers; both for leaders and followers. Surprising each other during the dance, or catching your partner doing the exact same funky footwork variation at the same time; those moments are the best!
Deirdre SchoemakerLindy Hop / Slowbal
Two of my passions - teaching and dancing - are now united! I started as a snowboard teacher in 2002; something quite different from dancing! But dancing is no less a love of mine, starting as a teenager and dancing modern ballet for 8 years. During a trip to Berlin I discovered the Lindy scene, although I didn't know it was called Lindy Hop at the time. People were dancing on the street and having so much fun together, I just had to learn it myself. Since then I have been a Lindy junkie and I would love to get you all addicted as well!
I took my first balboa steps in 2009 and fell in love with the dance immediately! I am very excited that the balboa scene in The Netherlands is growing and I am thrilled to start sharing my love for this dance with new people. For me, dancing balboa is very much about finding connection and creating rhythms with your partner, thereby expressing that very specific mood that you feel in earlier jazz music. Faster songs especially can have that typical balboa mood: the spice of swing with a touch of mystery and romance. To find that feeling together with your partner is magical!
I started dancing because I love the music. I was brought up in a musical family. My mom was a flute teacher, and my dad played rhythm guitar in an old style jazz band called the C-side Evergreens. Later in life I rediscovered Jazz, and found that it was sort of in my blood. Balboa is my first love in swing dancing. I find the intricacy of the dance fascinating. There is little room for error: either it works or it doesn’t. But when it does, it is the best thing in the world. A true feel good dance. And combined with the fast tempo’s makes Balboa exhilarating!
Luciën de BruinLindy Hop
Whenever I listen to swing music, I just can’t stand still. I spend hours each week on the dance floor ever since I started Lindy Hop. The swing dance community in Rotterdam is wonderful – lots of energetic people with a love of great music and a taste for superb socials. I am very happy to teach at Swing in Rhythm and hope to catch a dance with you soon!
Sarah Marijn TrapLindy Hop
A few years ago shortly after relocating to Rotterdam I fell into the Lindy Hop dance scene, and I don’t have any plans to turn back now. Dance has become a means for me to connect with people from all over the world on multiple levels. I’m excited this year to be teaching here in Rotterdam and continue to grow as a dancer.
My dance mode is always on, always has been on actually. My dancing experiences include a wide range of different dances from Ballet, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Salsa to Balboa. My Balboa crush runs deep. It makes my heart beat faster, because of the smooth footwork, the tender partner connection, the catchy music and the playful rhythms. Come on and get your dance mode on too! Looking forward to seeing you in class or on the dance floor.
Ewan MolLindy Hop
I’m quite a sportsman and I love to listen to music, especially jazz. What’s the best way to combine these two? Dancing Lindy Hop! I discovered the dance in 2014 at the Jazz Festival Delft: I remember I loved watching the dancers dancing this playful and energetic authentic dance, while listening to the lovely and swinging music. There was a great atmosphere that evening. I took the plunge, signed up for the beginners course and I’m really glad I did. Since then I’m hooked and I’m always looking forward to a class or workshop, but also to dance at a social, feeling that great atmosphere again and again.
Joost van SonLindy Hop / Balboa / Slowbal
Dancing has always been my passion. I started with Acrobatic Rock 'n Roll when I was just 11 years old. Later Boogie Woogie caught my interest and from there the step to Lindy Hop was easily made. Now I have been dancing Lindy Hop and Balboa for over eight years and I like to combine them together on the social dance floor. I love the dynamics and the music that comes with the dance and I like to inspire others to start dancing as well!