The following teachers will be teaching at ALF 2017.
Gas and Alba
Gastón “Gas” Fernández is a professional dancer and dance instructor, based in Madird, Spain. He specializes in vintage dance styles including Lindy Hop, Charleston, authentic jazz, Balboa, Blues and Tango. As a former gymnast he is known in the swing dance community for his powerful acrobatics and aerials, while his background in Tango gives his blues style drama and strength, grounded in a sensitive connection with his partner. Gastón’s passion for swing has taken him around the world, teaching from New york to Melbourne, he has taught in some of the best swing and blues camps in the world, like Herran, Snowball, MSF, Lindy shock, Smokey feet, Berlin Blues Explotion, Noctourne Blues, and many more
Gastón is devoted to promoting and fostering swing dance and culture in Argentina, Latin America and Spain. He has directed two stage productions featuring live jazz and vintage dance in Buenos Aires: Swing Argentino with the Cuerdas del Sur band, and La Batalla: Swing en el Konex with the Antigua Jazz Band. He also runs South America’s first and largest annual swing dance festival, LHAIF (Lindy Hop Argentina International Festival) each year in Buenos Aires and the first Blues event in South America, “Careless weekend”
He has also been a major proponent of Blues dance in Buenos Aires and is now is teaching Blues internationally. With intense partner connection, Gas fuses Blues with Tango technique, though always striving to stay grounded in the essence of the Blues. Gastón is also an avid jazz music collector and a popular DJ. He has DJ’d for swing and blues dancers around the world.
Alba started swing dancing because the swing people were exactly the crowd she was looking for in a new city, with the time the dancing on the dance floor led her to ecstasy, and she was really hooked when the jazz music found a big space in her heart. There was no way back then!. She loves all the different dance styles of the swing era: Lindy Hop, Blues, Balboa and Authentic Jazz, all of which she trains in and teaches regularly.
She started teaching locally in leeds since 2008 and in London for swing patrol in 2010. The dancing grew on her and she held the dream to have enough time to train and develop her dancing at the level she wished, to become a full time teacher and an organizer in her hometown Madrid. In November 2012 she decided to have the guts to fulfill her dream, quitted her job and moved back to Madrid, where she opened a swing school (Big Mama Swing), bringing international top leads to help her with her mission (Kenny Nelson, Shorty George and finally Gastón Fernández, her actual dance partner). This new step in her life is leading her to being asked to teach internationally with increasing frequency at different international events: Uppsala (Sweden), Stockholm, Barcelona, Paris, Toulouse, La Guiole, Valencia, Lisbon, Porto, New York (USA, Nocturne Blues), Melbourne (Australia) and lately she had the pleasure to teach lindy at Herrang Dance Camp 2014. She is eager to share with everybody her passion for dance that has taken over her life.
Cam and Cat
Cam and Cat are a team who love sharing the history, creativity and fun of lindy hop with students all over the world.
Get ready to laugh your pants off whilst swingin’ the frig out! With 25 years combined teaching experience between them and a similarly ridiculous sense of humour, Cam and Cat are dedicated to helping their students improve and to working to a high standard, whilst not taking themselves too seriously. After teaching for the first time together in 2014, they have not looked back!
They love social dancing. They love throwing the hell down Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers style at 300bpm. They love teaching, helping people discover new talents and achieve their perceived impossibles. Most of all, they love making bad jokes. Also Jungle Speed (the greatest game ever). They love that too.
Cam and Cat recently won the Fast and Furious division at London Swing Festival (2015), took first place in the Strictly Lindy at Chase Festival (2015) in Heidelberg, Germany, and made the finals in the Classic Showcase at the International Lindy Hop Championships in Washington, DC (2015).
Audun and Charlotte
Audun and Charlotte started dancing and teaching together in 2011, and have since been eagerly traveling around Europe to learn, compete, teach, and most of all take part in the joy that is lindy hop. Their classes are flavored with quirkiness and fun, focusing on solid rhythm and technique. They have taught together at camps such as Lindy Shock, Dragon Swing, Winter Jump and Smokey Feet.
Charlotte loves jazz, she loves dancing, and she loves people. Put them together and you get a dedicated dancer, performer and teacher of lindy hop and authentic jazz! With a background in contemporary, jazz, and ballet she finds great interest in the technical side of lindy hop; but equally she enjoys the playfulness of the music and the movements, and likes to incorporate this into her classes, performances and social dancing.
Audun is a social dancer at heart and he loves delving into the nerdy and technical details of the dance. As such, he is passionate about sharing the knowledge he has picked up along the way to help you get the most out of each social dance. He dedicated himself full time to lindy hop for a year from the fall of 2013, is currently living in Oslo, and is a part of the dancing troupe "The Norweegies". He is also an accomplished performer and competitor in lindy hop and authentic jazz, holding titles from competitions all over Europe. Most importantly, though, he is looking forward to dancing with you!