Sharon Davis is internationally known for her distinctive style in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and Burlesque. Australian born but now based in London, Sharon has taught and performed around the world. She holds 1st place titles at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, National Jitterbug Championships, Canadian Swing Championships, Burlesque Hall of Fame, World Burlesque Games and has claimed numerous other awards internationally. She is known for her dedication to the history of vernacular jazz dances and the music they evolved to. Her classes focus on pairing dynamic connection and flow, with body awareness and quality of movement as a pathway to individual style, creativity and musicality. With her bright and bubbly personality, Sharon’s teaching style is energetic, inspiring and fun. She founded the European Swing Dance Championships, and runs a dance company in London called JazzMAD. Visit www.sharonmdavis.com to find out more about her.
Sharon will be teaching our Core Solo Jazz classes.
Swing dancer (Lindy Hop & Authentic Jazz), Clàudia Fonte explores and embraces all kinds of playful ways in her dancing. Her main source and inspiration is Swing music itself. Taking the classic rhythms and moves as the foundation, she challenges herself to keep them alive through her own perspective and interpretation. Even though considering and admiring the great historical tradition of Swing dances, she believes in its evolution and expansion; respecting but also transforming the roots she explores different ways of communication and expression, as in vernacular jazz also in the partner dance. Authentic Jazz is where she feels most in her element. Solo jazz enables her to achieve a creative atmosphere of exploration and play where she takes on the challenges proposed by Swing music and finds her own voice and style. Essential to her approach is promoting solo dancing in the context of social dancing. Sharing tools and techniques her objective is to help the dancers to explore and develop a style the most authentic for them. She believes that the dance floor is where everything starts, and the magic happens; where all dancers find their own way of dancing.
Lindy hop dancer and instructor, choreographer.
It was more than 16 years ago that she discovered dancing and since then she hasn’t stopped;
every day at least for 6 hours she dances - giving and preparing classes, practicing, discovering
and helping others to explore, as well.
She has madly fallen in love with Lindy Hop and her devotion has become stronger through the
years. What attracted her the most and still fascinates her in Swing dancing is the freedom
this dance allows to the dancer, as much in the individual as in the partner dance, to find their
own voice and ways of expression that make each dancer unique.
Even though she feels that knowing the history of Lindy Hop, the most important dancers and
the classic moves enable greatly the development and improvement of a dancer and to find
their own, individual way of dancing, she does not believe in set aesthetic patterns and norms
to live up to and to fulfill. Her strength is musicality and flow. Moreover, a cornerstone of her
methodology and dancing is being present in the moment and she tries to emphasize this in
every aspect of her dancing and teaching, as well.
Maria believes that each dance is vivid and full of life. Being present at the moment gives the
opportunity and creates the ability to be open and flexible; to adapt to the music and to the
partner at the same time and follow where that moment takes us.
Clàudia and Maria will be teaching our Core Lindy Hop classes.