Aleks and Dina are social swing dancers and hobby musicians. Aleks started dancing the Lindy Hop in 2013 in his hometown of Smolensk, Russia, where he also taught Lindy Hop. After he moved to Canada in 2018 he integrated his European Lindy background with his North American Lindy experience. Dina started dancing in 2016 in Toronto after seeing some Lindy Hoppers dancing in the wild. With her love for swing jazz, it didn't take long for her to dive deep into the dance, and to eventually start teaching.
Aleks and Dina have been dancing, practicing, travelling, choreographing and competing together since 2018. They have placed at and won multiple local and international Lindy Hop competitions.
Anne began swing dancing in 2010 and has no plans of stopping. Originally from New Mexico, she organized and taught classes for the swing dance club at New Mexico State University. Upon coming to Toronto in 2014, she became involved with the Lindy Hop scene, teaching at Dovercourt house and DJing at events across the city. She has also been a co-organizer for Dance Alchemy, the fusion dance community in Toronto, and organized social dances and workshop weekends, taught lessons and regularly Dj’d. As a member of many other social dance communities, she uses this toolkit of other dance styles to inform her follow technique and styling. She’s attended dance events across Canada, the United States and Europe, and can’t wait to travel for dancing again.
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Gabrielle has been a happy Lindy/Blues/Balboa enthusiast since 2010 and is excited to be part of the post pandemic swing revival. She has attended many dance workshop weekends including Cal Bal (the annual California Balboa Weekend), ABW (All Bal Weekend), Rhythm Shuffle, Tinker Bal and SONH (Swing Out New Hampshire), and has taken many dance classes and private lessons.
Lawrence began swing dancing over 15 years ago and remains addicted to this day. Having attended over 250 dance events in more than 30 countries, he continues to be a sought-after lead on the social dance floor. He has received private or class training from world-renowned teachers such as Frankie Manning, Sylvia Sykes, Lennart Westerlund, Valerie Salstrom, and Jo Hoffberg, to name just a few. He has been part of various dance troupes, has taught countless classes, and often DJs at local dances. He was one of the main organizers of the last Toronto Lindy Exchange (aka "TOE Jam") and was a member of the Toronto Lindy Hop executive team. He attributes his knack for the musicality and physicality of Lindy Hop to his years of classical piano and involvement in various sports.
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Rizwan Dar (Riz) has been swing dancing for over 12 years and has traveled far and wide just for the joy of dancing and to get the guidance from the best instructors. He has been teaching swing dance and spreading the joy of social dancing over the years in Toronto.
Simon teaches and loves Lindy Hop, 1920s dances, Ragtime dances, 19th century dances, traditional Viennese Waltz, Polka and Cross-step Waltz. He also teaches and loves Air Steps, lifts, drops, dips, floorials, and thinks this is some of the best and most fun stuff in dance.
Simon has been teaching dance for over 20 years, co-founded Toronto's Lindy Hop scene in late 1995 and 96, has taught many classes and workshops, has presented many live band swing dance parties, has organized many dance workshop weekends since the mid 1990s, and has attended many workshops with the world's most highly regarded Lindy Hop teachers.
Simon is the coordinator of Swing Toronto and of Waltz Toronto.