Every Friday for thirty weeks, I will write about a topic from the list of the
“30 Week Lindy Hop Challenge“.
Here is my topic of this week
Week #8: Instructors, who have inspired me a lot
There is no such thing as a favorite instructor.
They all are different. Some of them I adore, some of them I don't like that much. That's normal, isn't it?
So, how should I choose THE one. Impossible, at least to me.
Therefore, I'm going to tell you, who of the instructors inspire/d me most and why.
Johnny was my first Lindy Hop teacher. When I started with Lindy Hop in 1999, he was one of the most influential people in the swing scene in Switzerland. I liked his smooth and elegant style. He taught a lot about lead & follow and didn't focus on crazy moves.
Of course, I have to mention Frankie. He was not only a huge inspiration as a instructor, but also as a human being. And his hearty laughter is legendary.
Peter's shuffle style inspired me a lot. I spent hours to learn and practice the shuffle steps to finally create my own style.
Marie Nahnfeldt & Hasse Mattsson
Their warm and friendly style of teaching stands alone. I don't know any dancer who doesn't like taking classes with these guys.
I once had a private lesson with Hasse and we were working on the swing-out. Hasse just said to me how to start the swing-out: “invite her”. I tell you, these two words changed the way I do the swing-out forever!
Two things I really like about Nick: His ability to break down moves, no matter how difficult they are, and his marvelous musicality. No idea, how I can nearly get there 😉
Carla LaRue Heiney
Carla's professionalism as an instructor impressed me a lot.
It was in Eauze at SHSC, when I asked her after a class about the move we just learned. It was a quite difficult body movement the lead had to do. Carla danced with me, backled the move and I understood it within two minutes, what I couldn't figure out during the whole class.
Sylvia has this dry sense of humor. I learned a lot from her and I use many of her explanations in my own classes. And, I just like her!
Laura is very empathetic and she can give you feedback that is really helpful and pushes you forward. I try to be as helpful as a teacher as she is.
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