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Yara, Hákon and Sanne at the Savoy Cup

Yara, Hákon and Sanne at the Savoy Cup

We are Hákon, Sanne and Yara and Swing Foundation is our Amsterdam (east) based Swing Dance Movement that offers high intensity dance classes, lectures and workshops.

We have been in the Amsterdam Swing Dancing scene since 2011/2012 and after years of organising local and international events, as well as teaching for multiple schools it was time to start our own initiative.

We are known for our structured and precise way of working, strong technical foundation, high quality teaching, performances, and goofiness.

Teachers

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Ben Goodvach-Draffin

Ben

This Aussie expat was spotted in Amsterdam wearing a Swing Foundation T-shirt long before anyone else was. Some facts in random order: ballet background, wicked spins, teaching since September 2017, lover of coffee, gym, works at Booking.com and his life motto: can’t stop, won’t stop.

Erol Akinci

Erol Akinci

Erol

Starting his authentic jazz dance career not long ago, this kind old soul is putting effort into embracing the history, origins, and culture of Lindy Hop. He shares his free perspective about technique and style, focusing on the groove and flow of jazz. You might miss this rather tall dancer on the social floor because he is winning the low Lindy Hop posture contest. Wait till you see him squat… Currently, he is continuing to teach, learn, and compete around Europe next to finishing up his studies in physiotherapy.

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Hákon Bjarnason

Hákon

Hákon got in touch with Swing dancing through his friends who were playing in a jazz band. He started dancing Lindy Hop right away and hasn’t stopped since. Inside this rather tall Icelander lies a huge nerd, not only when it comes to dancing but also in playing music as a professional pianist.

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Sanne Blok

Sanne

Sanne discovered Lindy Hop in 2011 and immediately started taking classes in Amsterdam. Currently she cannot think of her life without thinking of Swing dancing. In Sanne’s classes you’ll find lots of technique and musicality, together with a bit of goofiness. She likes to work on small details to make communicating with your partner easier.

Theodoor Koelewijn

Theodoor Koelewijn

Theodoor

The textbook example of a dedicated Lindy Hopper. Dancing since 2016 he has been unstoppable visiting events all over Europe dancing to the fastest songs of the best bands around. He organises the weekly event SOOP and doesn’t shy away from telling musicians what Lindy Hoppers want. Likes to dress up and look dapper, get lost into the history of Swing Dancing and enjoys a good ol’ Spakenburgse natte keek while reading from his impressive collection of books about Jazz. During the day he is also working hard to get every building in the Netherlands self sufficient and sustainable.

Vicki Lohrer

Vicki Lohrer

Vicki

Dancing has been a part of her life since the age of 11. Hip hop was her first big love until she found Lindy Hop through a colleague. Since then, she has been traveling to festivals around Europe to soak in different influences and find her own style. Things that make her happy: swivels, cheesecake, and more swivels.

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Yara Kruis

Yara

Yara has been dancing almost all solo dance styles since she was 4 years old and discovered partnered swing dancing in 2010. You can recognise a strong technical foundation in her dancing. In her classes you’ll find yourself looking for the most relaxed and natural way of movement with or without a partner.

Location

Our classes take place in StayOkay and Mirror Centre

Contact

For questions, don’t forget to check out the FAQ.

If you didn’t find an answer there feel free to ask us a question through the form below or our e-mail address info@swingfoundation.nl.

Feel free to write us in Dutch.