Mini Swede Swing Weekend

A razzle dazzle weekend in Ghent...


Asa & Daniel Heedman

Åsa and Daniel have been dancing Lindy Hop for more than 20 years, they have been dance-partners since 2004. Both have 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. They have dedicated many years focusing only on Lindy Hop and other dances from the same era like Authentic Jazz, Tap, Slow Drag and Charleston. Frankie Manning is their true and biggest inspiration and their goal is to continue spreading his spirit and love for Lindy Hop the best they can.

When they teach they focus on getting the best out of each and every one of their students, meaning: helping you find your personal and unique way of expressing yourself. They 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.

They belie that Lindy Hop is a true street dance and they do all they can to keep it like that and not let it transform into a Ballroom dance. Lindy Hop is Jazz - free from boundaries and rules. "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!"

Gabriella, Jenny & Rikard

Gabriella works as a swing dance teacher and performer located in the city of Stockholm where she also grew up. She has been trained by the Harlem Hot Shots and is one of the hard working members of the group since a couple of years. She originally got acknowledged for her unique style and charisma and has later grown into a great inspiring teacher. Gabriella inspires with her stylish swivels and she pushes her students, especially followers, to develop and trust in their unique style and technique.

Rikard Ekstrand was first inspired to start dancing in the early age of seven. Today it's his life and his way of living. His focus in swing dancing and teaching lies in the art of rhythm, music and partnering. He sees swing dancing as an artform and a culture legacy. Recreation of old techniques and styles is what makes Rikard go wild. He calls himself a student more than a dancer. In 2006 Rikard started his cooperation with the Harlem Hot Shots and in 2008 he became a member.

Jenny Deurell has been dancing since she was a kid and started dancing professionally at nineteen years old and is now celebrating more than a decade of performing and teaching around the world. Apart from dancing, Jenny has studied theatre and music and loves to mix the genres together. She has been in several plays and cabarets, both as an actress, singer, and a dancer. Jenny has been a member of the dance company Harlem Hot Shots since 2005. Dancing and performing with the Harlem Hot Shots has made her a skilled Charleston and jazz dancer as well as a Lindy Hopper. She has been teaching since 2004 with focus on musicality and improvisation.

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Mimmi & Fredrik

Mimmi and Fredrik represent a young generation of Lindy Hoppers. Both live in Stockholm and are very active in the social dance scene. In 2012 they became members of the famous dance troupe The Harlem Hot Shots.

Fredrik and Mimmi are known for their authentic style and jazz movements. They get their inspiration from the old movies and love the raw style of the Savoy ballroom. Between rehersals and regular teaching at the Chicago Swing dance Studio in Stockholm, they travel to perform and teach around the world.



Sandra & Emil

Emil, a relatively late starter of swing dancing, was sucked into the scene of social dancing in Stockholm at the age of 22 and has been a passionated part of it since. His admiration for the originators of the dance combined with his passion for the music and aesthetics of the swing jazz era is the foundation from which he shares his dancing in class. Emil is a two time winner of Stockholm Open, strictly lindy hop division.

Sandra loves to dig into old swing clips: to study, learn and finally teach them. She has taught all over Europe and also in Asia. Teaching and performing the swing dances is a big passion in her life. She also has a big interest in vintage fashion, hairstyle, décor and interior. Sandra is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, producer and event organizer. She has won Stockholm Open, strictly lindy hop division, three times, came 2nd in strictly lindy hop at Snowball 2012 and placed 3rd in the advanced jack n jill at ILHC 2012.

Lizette Rönnqvist & patrik pettersson

Biography Patrik & Lizette
Patrik and Lizette started dancing together when they both moved to Stockholm,
Sweden. Besides teaching they are also members of the famous swing dance
company The Harlem Hot Shots.
The genuine spirit of the swing era, and in perticular the dancing that came from
the Savoy Ballroom and the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, have always been their
main focus and inspiration. This style is what they bring to their perfomances,
classes as well as their social dancing.


Gabriella Rosati & Jenny Deurell (Solo Jazz)

And here we are again, with a dazzling Jazz track! On Saturday you'll be lead by Gabriella Rosati, and you'll learn a authentic routine, wich will be performed on saturday evening.

Sunday it will be Jenny Duerellwho will teach you the rhythms of the night (and day), the jazz language!

More info coming soon!