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Katie & Areski


Katie originally comes from Hong Kong, she is now a full time instructor in Europe. Katie holds first place titles at Savoy Cup, Balkan Lindy Hop Championships and Dragon Swing. She runs her own weekly classes as well as teaching weekend workshops from Italy to Sweden.

She is known for her energy in the classroom and sass on the dancefloor. It was the joy and playful spirit that made Katie fall head over heels for Lindy Hop and this enthusiasm comes across in her classes. 


Areski started taking classes with SwingStep in 2014, and dropped everything else he was doing: it felt like he was meant for this dance. He became a full-time teacher with SwingStep in 2016. Bringing experience from his prior life as a sailing instructor, he has a good sense for understanding what is needed when, and how to express it. Training with SwingStep only helped become even more precise in his teaching, giving him the techniques to inspire people to work hard on their dancing.

He also did short studies of ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, hip hop and tap dance. Increasing his knowledge about movement and body awareness helped him understand how he wants to shape his dancing, and therefore also his classes.

As a teacher, he wants to inspire the same way the dance inspires him. Making techniques, concepts, shapes, movement accessible and breaking them down in a way that students can see immediate results.

Katie & Areski

Katie and Areski met for the first time at Chase Festival 2017 in Heidelberg, Germany. Their shared passion for teaching the dance and the dance itself, combined with the love for goof and fun was the base of their friendship. Before deciding to teach together, they trained their solo, talked about pedagogy, taught at the same festivals with different partners and finally decided to partner up to share their common core values with the students. Now, after teaching together at multiple events, they're ready: be prepared for energy, structure, fun and sweat!


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