Remy Kouakou Kouame
Remy fell into the Swing pot at an early age. He has been an established teacher and performer for many years, traveling around the world to international camps and festivals, sharing his passion and knowledge.
His approach to Swing dances is special because it combines the authenticity and the respect of the dances – thanks to the education he has learnt from his elders – with an originality and creativity inspired by his experience of many other artforms, with the addition of some spicy madness that characterizes Remy!
What he loves to share the most is the joy that dancing provides, as well as helping people finding their unique voices.
As an established competitor, Remy earned many awards in Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz.
His teaching, dancing and performing are very tainted by what he believes at the moment and can be changed from one month to another as he is not afraid of “thinking differently than the day before”!
Swing dancer (Lindy Hop & Authentic Jazz), Clàudia Fonte explores and embraces all kinds of playful ways in her dancing. Her main source is Swing music. Furthermore, she likes to connect and communicate with the other dancers and get inspired by them in partner dancing, as well as in solo dancing.
Taking the classic rhythms and moves as the foundation she challenges herself to keep them alive through her own perspective and interpretation.
Even though swing dance has a great historical tradition she believes in its evolution and expansion; respecting but also transforming the roots she tries different ways and communication styles, like in the partner dance. The traditional roles established in Lindy Hop are subject to this lively and spirited approach, as well.
Where she really expresses herself and shows herself is solo dance. Improvising creates a fruitful and joyful environment to find new movements and to set creativity free while providing the dancer with a cheerful atmosphere. Authentic Jazz enables her to achieve and explore challenges proposed by Swing music. Essential to her approach is promoting solo dancing in the context of social dancing, as well. Dancefloor is where everything starts and where the magic happens.