Carla (Lisbon) :
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Carla began to dance and jump as a child ! She has formation in Circus, Theater, Ballet, Tap and Singing and some other art related and non-related crafts. She discovered Lindy Hop in 2009 with Abeth Farag and started teaching in 2011.
In 2014, she discovered Blue dance in the Atlantic Blues first edition and fell in love with this dance that allow her to join the musical and theatrical expression to various rythms and to fully express herself.
She teaches Lindy, Vintage Jazz, Aerials, Solo Blues and Blues at Swing Station in Lisbon, and was invited by Abeth in 2015 to join the production team of the Atlantic Blues Festival.
theatrical expression to various rhythms and to fully express herself .
Hugo (Lisbon) :
Born in Lisbon (Portugal) Hugo loves music, and especially swing music. In 2011 he began learning how to dance Lindy Hop with Abeth Farag. The energy and creativity that he found made his heart and soul dance. In 2013 he started to be a frequent DJ at parties and later accepted the challenge of being a teacher.
He participated in several street shows and festivals (Rock in Rio, Optimus Alive and Fusing Festival), always with an infectious smile and energy. In addition to being a performer, he has also taken on the challenge of becoming a Master of Ceremonies for the Atlantic Swing Festival and the Spanish Blues Festival.
Most recently, he embraced a new passion and project at Swing Station: Blues Dance. After a period of learning, going to festivals abroad, Hugo focused on promoting Blues Dance as both teacher and DJ, devoting himself wholeheartedly to this new dance.
Nick & Ilaria (London) :
Nick and Ilaria are a cool London based Blues dance duo. They love the way the Blues celebrates human nature and is able to bring people together by giving them a medium to express their true selves.
Ilaria is a caring teacher who encourages personal expression by not only explaining fundamental techniques to her students, but also providing the tools to let people connect to different partners and forms of blues music.
Nick is a school teacher by day and dance teacher by night. He loves finding out exactly how things work (hence the science teaching) which means he is perfectly poised to break down techniques and moves in a simple and logical manner.
In London Nick and Ilaria are ambassadors of the blues community; teaching weekly and performing front and centre with The Down and Outs troupe. Internationally they started their teaching journey in 2014 for the special occasion of Milan’s first blues dancing workshop. Since then they have been part of teaching teams all over Europe from St. Petersburg to Valencia. They have never danced in Paris before and so are excited to meet a new vibrant and enthusiastic scene!
Here are some more photos of our dear teachers !
And here is a teaser by Hugo and Carla for their dance school in Lisbon !
And a cool exhibition dance by Nick and Ilaria !