Meet our team

Profes (ordenats per ordre alfabètic)

Élida Pérez Lucena

Danza creativa, Danza en família Teacher -

Élida is an actress, mover, creator and teacher of movement and theatre, and teacher of the Keep Moving Method. She studied physical theater at the Barcelona Theater Institute. In her classes and creations she fuses the expressiveness and language of different disciplines while playing with movement, gesture, dance, words, text, music and poetry, always from the Flow and the Joy!

Aytana Calderon

Modern Jazz Teacher -

Aytana, originally from Venezuela, is currently training in Musical Theater and Dance in Barcelona, full of passion and enthusiasm, and eager to share it with students and colleagues.

Eila Galán

Blues, Solo Blues & Slow Lindy Teacher -

Eila since childhood has spent hours listening to music and dancing, Swing and Blues in particular, make her happy and passionate her. She loves to try new disciplines, have tasted hip hop, belly dance, contemporary and contact, as well as the Lindy Hop and Blues. She is in love with the creativity, improvisation, connection and dialogue offered by these dances. She likes to learn and to know how the body movement itself works and in relation to others.

Emi Garrote

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

Emi Garrote and Pep Espìgol started dancing Lindy Hop back in 1999. They received dancing education in Barcelona and different workshops in Europe. For more than seven years the were teachers at the Balliball School (Barcelona) and participated in the organization of the Barswingona International Event.

Co-founders of the Jazz Cats troupe from Barcelona, they danced and coreographed with it from its start until its dissolution. During its five years of activity, they performed in important scenarios like l'Auditori, the Palau de la Música, and the Cap Roig Jazz Festival. They also shared stage with musicians and dancers like: La Locomotora Negra, Swing Set, La Vella Dixieland, Barcelona Jazz Orchestra, Ignasi Terraza, Guillem Alonso (tap dance), Laia Molins (tap dance) and Roser Font (tap dance), among others.

Since 2003 they teach at european level: Sweden (Herräng Dance Camp 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), Swingin' Spring in Gothemburg 2007,  Russia (Moscow Xmas Camp 2009, 2010, 2011), Goodnight Sweetheart Londres (2005, 2011), Workshop “SäntisHop" Switzerland (2014, 2016), judges in the European Swing Dance Championchips 2011, 2012, France (París, Lille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Grenoble, Aspet), Switzerland (Bern), Italy (Swing Crash Festival, Como 2010), Grenoble Swing Festival 2006, Summer Camp Studio Hop (2008, 2016), Leapin’ Lindy in Bern (Switzerland) 2006,  Festival Jazz Terrassa (2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010), Andorra (Swing in Andorrain’), Catalonia (Sitges Swing, Lloret), Spain (Madrid, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Castelló),  Swim Out Costa Brava 2014, 2015, ZaraSwing Festival in Zaragoza 2017, 2016 y 2015, etc.

They have performed in the Gamper Trophy in Camp Nou (2012), in Gala FAO Tv1 "Mira quien Baila" 2005, in Barcelona Dance Festival Barcelona 2009, in Barcelona International Jazz Festival 2008, in TV3 Show “La Sonora” 2012. They have also held performances in the Palau de la Música with La Locomotora Negra, in the 47 VOLL-DAMM FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE JAZZ DE BARCELONA 2015, and in the Auditori de Barcelona with La Locomotora Negra ”XIII CONCERT PER AL TXAD 2016".

In 2007 they founded their own school "Escola de Swing Pep & Emi", in which they created a team to evolve arstitically and pedagogically until 2012. They also created their Lindy Hop exhibition troupe: the Swing Beats.

From 2008 to 2012 they were organizers and hosts of the Lindy Hop festival: the "Sinera Swing Festival" in Arenys de Mar (Barcelona).

Currently, they are still Lindy Hop teachers in regular courses, and in national and international workshops.

In their classes they strengthen the relationship of the dancers with the music and with their dance partner, with a main goal: having as much fun as the original dancers of Savoy Ballroom!

When they dance, they always have in mind the great legends that inspire them every day: Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Dawn Hampton, as well as the big interpreters of swing, like Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington.

www.pepiemi.com

Emma Romeu

Capoeira Teacher -

Emma began to dance at the age of 8 studying elementary dance at the Botánico Espacio de Danza school in Valencia and continued training in the specialty of classical dance at the Professional Dance Conservatory of Riba Roja del Turia and later also at the Contemporary dance specialty at CPDV. She has also practiced regional capoeira since she was 9 years old and often uses it to mix it with the language of contemporary dance. She has worked, among others, at the CIA Maduixa Teatre, has been a teacher in several dance schools, and has also been a resident in Stage Spaces during research and choreographic creation processes. She is currently studying higher studies in Choreography and Interpretation at the Barcelona Theater Institute and she combines it with choreographic creation work through the Tal Vegada collective.

Estela San Millan

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

Gina Berlanga

Dance Hall, Commercial Dance Teacher -

At the age of 3 she started dancing classical ballet and jazz and never stopped. With the technical basis of these two styles, st the age of 15 she decided to expand her knowledge by trying urban dances. She currently is specialized in Dancehall, Sexy Style and Heels, styles she has learned in New York and Jamaica.

Jana Grulichová

Swing - Lindy Hop, Swing - Solo Jazz, Tap Dance, Contemporany, The Stompers, Broadway Jazz, Modern jazz & Lindy Hop Show & Competition Teacher -

From the age of four Jana has been passionated about all kinds of dances. She studied dance at the Conservatory of Prague (Czech Republic) and since then she has continued expanding its training in dance worldwide: United States, Britain, Cyprus, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Spain, among others. It has been part of different companies: Zig-Zag Tap & Swing Dance CRASH, Clac & Roll, les Divinas, among others.

She is currently international teacher, choreographer and swing dancer (lindy hop, charleston, blues and tap). She also works as a choreographer and stage director at the Palau de la Música and the Taller de Musics. She also teaches other dances, such as street dance, jazz and contemporary dance.

Jazzmin Olave

Swing - Lindy Hop, Swing - Solo Jazz, Danza creativa, Danza en família, Teatro musical, Teatro musical & Modern Jazz Teacher -

Jazz, like her friends name her, is an absolutely performing arts passionate. She started dancing classic ballet when she was 4 years young, and then discovered Theatre at the age of 5, receiving her first formation in the ‘Zaragoza Theater and Dance local School’. She moved to Barcelona in 2005 to start her Dramatic Arts career in ‘L’Institut Del Teatre’. She’s been lucky to work and be part of some dance and theatre companies as well as acting in some of the most emblematic scenes such as the ‘Teatre Lliure’ or the ‘Mercat de les Flors’. Later on, from 2010 to 2016 she'd been teaching ‘Creative Dance’ and ‘Inclusive Theater’ to people with Functional Diversity. In January 2015 she discovered ‘Swing’ and fell in love with its essence and the freestyle in it. Currently she dance in an ‘Integrative Dance’ company called ‘Liant La Troca’, formed by mixed people with and without ‘Functional Diversity’. She also works as a ‘Inclusive Dance’ teacher in ‘L’Institut Del Teatre’.

Julieta Duran

Swing - Lindy Hop, Swing - Solo Jazz Teacher -

Julieta carries the rhythm in her blood and is passionate about dance. At the age of 4 she began to dance sevillanas and later classical ballet and contemporary dance. As a teenager, she became interested in Hip Hop, being part of groups and participating in competitions. In 2006 she discovered Lindy Hop in the squares of Gràcia and since then she has not stopped going to jams and festivals and learning other styles such as Solo Jazz, Charleston, Blues and Collegiate Shag.

 

Maria Clara

Danza creativa, Modern Jazz Teacher -

Maria is an interdisciplinary, Brazilian artist, researcher of the body and its different forms of expression. She started doing ballet, jazz and theater at a very young age and at the age of 9 she made her professional debut in a musical play. Since then, his work and studies have focused on the movement, covering different formations and countries. She graduated in Dramatic Arts in Brazil (2013), studied Contemporary Dance in New York, lived in an Ashram in India where she trained in Yoga, and since 2017 she lives in Barcelona, where she graduated in Physical Theater and Body Mime at Moveo, and took dance classes in the Area of Dance and Creation Space. She is currently presenting the August project HORIZONS with Les Zebras, the performance LOUVE.S, and rehearsing the dance and physical play W @ zap # ..?.

Marina Ares

Swing - Lindy Hop, Contemporany, Jazz Musical & Modern Jazz Teacher -

Since the age of three, when she tried her first Ballet class, Marina has not stopped venturing more and more into the world of dance, learning hip-hop, funky, classical dance and contemporary dance. She studied for a few years at the RCPD Mariemma in Madrid and she is currently studying Dance Pedagogy at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. She has taught modern and contemporary dance to people of all ages and from different disciplines. With contemporary dance she has discovered a world of expression that she carries with her and that she shares with everyone who enjoys movement!

Marta Cardús

Rock & Roll Teacher -

The dance, the joy and the enjoy it are part of her way of being. At 5/6 years old she too ballet lessons, but lasted just ... she wanted to watch "the clowns of the TV" (which is noticeable when teaching). She danced Ballroom Dances, Country, Traditional ... until she discovered in 2004 the Lindy Hop at the Lindy Jazz Cava of Terrassa by  the hand of Balliball, current BALLASWING, where she began as a teacher and since then she has not stopped teaching Lindy Hop, Rock & roll, Balboa ... She has gone to international and local festivals. Also she has been part of the organization of festivals such BeachiSwing,  All Balboa Bcn and the barSWINGona. She believes that "If you like music and you already walk, you can dance ... And if you also enjoy it, what else do you want!!! "

Marta Garcia

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

Marta started dancing when she was very young, at the age of 4 doing ballet and later she was in rhythmic gymnastics, first as a student and later as a trainer. She later learned funky, jazz and contemporary. She discovered Lindy hop in the spring of 2016 in an open class and became her passion. She also dances other swing dances such as balboa and shag.

Marta Vergés

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

Marta has been in a stage from the three years old. She has received lessons of diferent kinds of dances as traditional dances, classical ballet, tap, Latino dances, etc. She has been in a traditional catalan dances company of Gracia.The dance has been, is and will always be her great passion. At 2007 she discovered the world of Lindy Hop and since then she is a true lover of this discipline and its music. She is always ready to dance, if you meet her outside of the work, for sure she will be ready to dance.

Mer

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

In love with dance, music and good vibes, Mer discovers the Lindy Hop in a summer course
and, from the first day, the social dance becomes a fundamental part of her life in all
its sides: couple, solo or group. That same course, she begins her learning in Swing
Maniacs and shortly after the Blues and the world of international festivals will come into her life,
then the Jazz Steps and the Stompers and later the Balboa. Getting excited and learning every day
something new is her philosophy of life.

Núria Bertran

Aikido, Aikido Teacher -

From a young age she liked martial arts but it was not until the age of 26 when she saw an exhibition of Aikido and fell in love with the beauty and fluidity of its movements, which allow it to solve an attack or conflict harmonizing with it. Now, with more than 20 years practicing it, it is part of her essence. Her teaching experience began 15 years ago with Aikido for children, and later for adults. Since then she has taught regularly in Barcelona, and occasionally in various centers in Catalonia, solidarity events and also some self-defense workshops. The contact with Japanese culture through Aikido led her to study Japanese and get to know the Japanese mentality better through her language.

Neus Castells

Swing - Lindy Hop, Balboa, Swing - Solo Jazz, Super Followers & Cardio Swing Teacher -

She discovered the world of Swing by chance, when she was walking one rainy day through Ciutadella park, in Barcelona. She was captivated by the music and the dance and decided to take up Lindy Hop classes in 2007, after which she moved on to Charleston and finally Balboa, taking classes in Barcelona as well in international workshops. Going to all the dancings and events in Barcelona she could, she has been dancing almost everyday since then; for her a day without dancing and without having tryed and learned something new is like a wasted day.

Olga Márquez

Relaxed Lindy Hop, Chill Balboa Teacher -

The world of Rock and Roll brought Olga to Lindy Hop in 2008; she was fascinated by the both rhythm and the atmosphere. Her natural talents have enabled her pick up many jazz styles quickly such as Rock, Lindy Hop, Charleston and now Balboa. 
Let her captivate you with her vitality and great passion for teaching!

Roser Ros

Swing - Lindy Hop, Swing - Solo Jazz Teacher -

Roser family explains that when she was a year old she already liked to dance at the kitchen following the rhythm of the dishwasher. At 3 years old she started gymnastics, and from then she has never stopped practicing different disciplines of dance and circus. When she was a child she saw the film Swing Kids and say for herself that someday she would dance like those dancers.

At 2011 she met the lindy hop and from then she has not stopped dancing. It has become her passion together with the charleston and the air steps. She teaches lindy from 2014 and she has participated at some dance companies.

Albert Ferran

Balboa Teacher -

He dances Swing since 2001 and teaches Balboa in Barcelona since 2005 and internationally since 2011. Despite having won many European competitions and have participated in several Balboa World Championship finals, he continues believing that social dancing is the reason beyond all; that "nothing  makes sense unless you feel passion for what you do". Teach and dance makes him happy.

Dani Herguido

Aikido, Aikido Teacher -

Dani started practicing martial arts at the age of 16 with Taekwondo. After trying different contact martial disciplines, at the age of 21 he found Aikido and fell in love with it, and now with more than 20 years of experience dedicating himself to it, he prepares the NiDan or second black belt Dan. In his classes he uses his experience in Bushido and Buddhism and his theater acting studies to make his students have a good time, combining Eastern philosophy, respect, humility, creativity and the path of the No violence through Aikido.

Giulio Parise

Swing - Lindy Hop, Lindy Hop Show & Competition Teacher -

Giulio entered the world of Swing by chance in 2011. Since he discovered it, he hasn't been able to stop dancing. His favorite dances are Lindy Hop and Charleston, although he has also taken classes in Balboa. His style is energetic and explosive.

Iván Bouchain

Tap Dance, Electroswing Teacher -

Dancing is a way of life and his passion. Originally from Mexico, that's where he was introduced to the scene, especially in theatre. Later he began his career as a dancer in the National Actors Association. In 2002 he moved to Barcelona, where he completed studies in musical at Coco Comin School, where he is currently a teacher. Although specializing in tap, he completed his training with other forms, such as jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, ballet, singing and theatre.

One of the most important projects he is involved in is called Dinatatak. He has participated in festivals such as the Strassen Festival in Stuttgart and Busker's in Barcelona. He also acted in the Montjuïc open-air film festival, in Cova de jazz,  in addition to touring France and Sardinia. He has created, along with Ludovico Hombravella, the Walk On Tap On, where besides dancing he develops himself as a composer and singer.

Jason Naranjo

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

Arrived from the Canary Islands in 2013 and settled in Barcelona since then, Jason trained in urban dance for 7 years; including Hip Hop, Old School and Dancehall. The Swing entered his life when he saw how some dancers were having fun at a jam on Bogatell beach. The energy and groove of this music captivated him and from that moment he began to train in Lindy Hop and Jazz Steps. He is currently part of the Swing Maniacs company, "The Stompers".

Javi Ramos

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

Jose Vioque

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

Lluís Belsa

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

At summer of 2012 he discovered the Lindy Hop at Barceloneta outdoors swing dances and on September of that year he signed to Swing Maniacs to learn to dance it. In a year he also began to dance Charlestone and since then he has not stopped dancing and attending swing festivals and workshops both nationally and internationally to learn more and enjoy dancing.

Marc Morillo

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

Marc has always been in contact with sports, as a player and trainer of indoor football, and with the performing arts, as a member of an amateur theater company for 10 years. His interest in Jazz and Rhythm and Blues music led him to start learning Lindy Hop in 2017; he had always been fascinated by the energy of the dancers he had seen in the dancings of the street and he wanted to live it from inside. Since then, the fact of discovering new steps, variations and rhythms came together with his desire to learn more about the cultural roots of the dance and swing music.

Marcos Fuente

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

Marcos discovered the dance some years ago and from then on the grew infatuaded with it. From the start he learned from the best national and international teachers, although he has also trained on his own to develop his own style.

He loves dancing Charleston, Lindy Hop and Balboa, and so you can see him dancing in all kind of events. But we can also add that he's a very happy person. You'll always see him with a smile and dancing with everyone. All this is evident in his dance and in the way he teaches his students, and that spreads to those closest to him. For him the dance is a way to communicate, to express himself and keep his body as active as he can, but with lots of fun!

Miguel Cruz

Blues, Slow Lindy Teacher -

Miguel had always liked to play sports and practice outdoor activities such as hiking and skating. It was just skating in mid-2012 at the Cubs in Barceloneta where he met the Lindy Hop and got fascinated by the happiness reflected into the faces of the people dancing. Months later he joined a course at Swing Maniacs, and little later he also received classes of Blues. With the Blues, both the music and the dancing, he realized he had found the passion and feeling that maybe he missed at Lindy Hop and since then he can not stop dancing blues! He has received classes with the best national and international teachers, attended many festivals and danced tango for a year, to improve the technic applied to dance. Since 2015 he combines teaching with the organization with the BCNswing of the Barcelona Lindy Exchange and the Cocoa Blues Exchange. Favorite musicians: Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker. International dancers: Fabien & Lisa Adamo & Vicco, Dexter Santos ...

Nil Mujal

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

Nil Mujal finished the superior grade of Jazz Music in Barcelona in 2014. His first contact with the Lindy Hop was in a show at the Palau de la Música, where he participated as a saxophonist. There he met Jana Grulichová who introduced him to the dance world.

Pep Espígol

Swing - Lindy Hop Teacher -

Emi Garrote and Pep Espìgol started dancing Lindy Hop back in 1999. They received dancing education in Barcelona and different workshops in Europe. For more than seven years the were teachers at the Balliball School (Barcelona) and participated in the organization of the Barswingona International Event.

Co-founders of the Jazz Cats troupe from Barcelona, they danced and coreographed with it from its start until its dissolution. During its five years of activity, they performed in important scenarios like l'Auditori, the Palau de la Música, and the Cap Roig Jazz Festival. They also shared stage with musicians and dancers like: La Locomotora Negra, Swing Set, La Vella Dixieland, Barcelona Jazz Orchestra, Ignasi Terraza, Guillem Alonso (tap dance), Laia Molins (tap dance) and Roser Font (tap dance), among others.

Since 2003 they teach at european level: Sweden (Herräng Dance Camp 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), Swingin' Spring in Gothemburg 2007,  Russia (Moscow Xmas Camp 2009, 2010, 2011), Goodnight Sweetheart Londres (2005, 2011), Workshop “SäntisHop" Switzerland (2014, 2016), judges in the European Swing Dance Championchips 2011, 2012, France (París, Lille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Grenoble, Aspet), Switzerland (Bern), Italy (Swing Crash Festival, Como 2010), Grenoble Swing Festival 2006, Summer Camp Studio Hop (2008, 2016), Leapin’ Lindy in Bern (Switzerland) 2006,  Festival Jazz Terrassa (2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010), Andorra (Swing in Andorrain’), Catalonia (Sitges Swing, Lloret), Spain (Madrid, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Castelló),  Swim Out Costa Brava 2014, 2015, ZaraSwing Festival in Zaragoza 2017, 2016 y 2015, etc.

They have performed in the Gamper Trophy in Camp Nou (2012), in Gala FAO Tv1 "Mira quien Baila" 2005, in Barcelona Dance Festival Barcelona 2009, in Barcelona International Jazz Festival 2008, in TV3 Show “La Sonora” 2012. They have also held performances in the Palau de la Música with La Locomotora Negra, in the 47 VOLL-DAMM FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE JAZZ DE BARCELONA 2015, and in the Auditori de Barcelona with La Locomotora Negra ”XIII CONCERT PER AL TXAD 2016".

In 2007 they founded their own school "Escola de Swing Pep & Emi", in which they created a team to evolve arstitically and pedagogically until 2012. They also created their Lindy Hop exhibition troupe: the Swing Beats.

From 2008 to 2012 they were organizers and hosts of the Lindy Hop festival: the "Sinera Swing Festival" in Arenys de Mar (Barcelona).

Currently, they are still Lindy Hop teachers in regular courses, and in national and international workshops.

In their classes they strengthen the relationship of the dancers with the music and with their dance partner, with a main goal: having as much fun as the original dancers of Savoy Ballroom!

When they dance, they always have in mind the great legends that inspire them every day: Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Dawn Hampton, as well as the big interpreters of swing, like Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington.

www.pepiemi.com

Sergi Descayre

Swing - Lindy Hop, Tap Dance Teacher -

Sergio Santed

Sexy Style, Danza Urbana & Commercial Dance Teacher -

From an early age, Sergio danced in his parents dining room to the beat of the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys. He started with funky and hip hop at the Dancescape school in Lleida and took part in some competitions. He then studied musical comedy at Coco Comín and specialized in Commercial Dance, Heels and Sexy Style in London, New York and Los Angeles.

Victor Espinal

COLLEGIATE SHAG Teacher -

Victor is a doctor by profession, he finds for the first time the passion for the dance by performing Roller Dance in Barceloneta with a group of local skaters. He remembers to have been walking with his parents at Plaza Catalunya during the Festes de la Mercé local celebration when he saw how a joyful group of people of all ages was dancing. He told himself that one day he would start dancing swing. Inspired by Billy Elliot's film, he decided to start dancing Lindy Hop in the summer of 2014. He quickly creates an increasing passion and attraction for Lindy Hop's local and international culture. It is when he begins to attend international festivals with very early experience at Lindy, which was enough to make dance an important part of his life. He was later attracted to more dances such as the Blues, Collegiate Shag, Tap, Balboa, Boogie Woogie and the St. Louis Shag. 

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