Åsa & Daniel Heedman
We have been dancing Lindy Hop for 25 years, and have been dance partners since 2004. We have both been teaching and performing across Europe, North America and Asia together with the legendary swing dance troupe The Harlem Hot Shots (formerly the Rhythm Hot Shots) and have at several times been on both national and international television. We have dedicated many years focusing only on Lindy Hop and other dances from the same era like Authentic Jazz, Tap, Slow Drag and Charleston.
We put a lot of emphasis on what we have learnt from original dancers like Frankie Manning, Norma Miller and Al Minns. These dancers are our biggest resource of information and inspiration who we have all worked and danced with, direct or indirect. Frankie Manning is the one dancer that we worked more close to than any other dancer of the original dancers and Åsa even had the opportunity to teach together with Frankie for some years in the 1990's. It is our goal is to continue spreading his spirit and love for Lindy Hop the best we can.
When we teach we focus on getting the best out of each and every one of our students, meaning: helping you find your personal and unique way of expressing yourself. We also put a big emphasis on musicality and rhythms - the more you understand, hear and feel the music/rhythms/energy the better you will be able to express yourself as a dancer.
To us Lindy Hop is a true street dance and we do all we can to keep it like that and not let it transform into a Ballroom dance. Lindy Hop is Jazz - free from boundaries and rules. To us being a good dancer is not about advanced technical skills or how many figures you know, but rather if you dare to feel and can express that through dancing.
Good dancing makes you smile!
Pep i Emi
We’ve been dancing Lindy Hop for the last 20 years, as dancers we have learnt in uncountable workshops in Barcelona and across Europe, and we still feel that eager-to-learn beginner inside.
We’ve been members and cofounders of several swing dance teams, and we have performed in theaters and other cultural venues in Barcelona and other towns in Catalonia and France, as well as some national television shows.
We teach as a couple since 2001. Locally we have been teaching at some of the schools in Barcelona, including our own PepiEmi Escola de Swing, and currently we teach at SwingManiacs. We have also taught in plenty of workshops in Catalonia and across Spain and Europe.
All this big amount of experience allowed us to create our own teaching style, which includes a sense of humour, good mood during classes and fluent communication with the students, respect for the roots of swing, as a dance style and as a music style, constant mention to the old-timers, use of different methodologies to adapt to all kinds of students… definitely to share the principles and values that Frankie Manning taught to us during his classes.
We believe that a natural, spontaneous street dance as Lindy Hop is totally connected to the search of joy through a close relationship with the music, mainly showing respect to other people, no matter their dance skills, their origin, their look, their opinions… That’s why we are really concerned about every student being able to use and enjoy the material we share in class, and we work hard to adapt to every person.
We love to share our passion and all the stuff we have collected during these years with our students. We get delighted to teach the beginners, we get excited to teach the advanced and we get specially motivated to share our approach to dance teaching with other Lindy Hop teachers.
Through Lindy Hop we all can be better persons!
Gustav grew up in a family dedicated to dance but was more into sports as a kid. Later, when his sister suggested that they should try out Lindy Hop by visiting something called Herräng Dance Camp he gave it a try. During his first contact with the dance in Herräng he was fortunate enough to have a class with Frankie Manning. He fell in love with Lindy Hop and since then, he has been dedicating a lot of time to learn more about this amazing dance.
Now a full time dancer and teacher in Barcelona, his teaching is focused on rhythm and flow. Gustav is constantly working to improve his movement by practicing Solo Jazz movement as well as Lindy Hop. He likes to perform and compete and has been successful at events such as ILHC, ESDC and The Snowball.
Laia started dancing at the age of six and and for six years she practiced Ballet, Contemporary and Flamenco daily. When she was 12 years old she started practice and compete in Ballroom dances but switched to Lindy Hop at the age of 19 when her parents brought her to a swing concert.
Now a full time dancer and teacher in Barcelona, she is focusing her teaching on followers to have a strong rhythm and to actively take part in the dance. She constantly strives to improve her dancing and movement by working on her solo jazz dancing as much as her Lindy Hop. She tries to connect fun, rhythm and silliness in her dancing.
Laia likes to perform and compete both in Lindy Hop and solo dancing, and she has been successful at events such as The Snowball, ILHC and Lindy Shock.