Our amazing teachers

At Swing in Rhythm we have an amazing team of teachers that all have their own unique style and insights into the dances they teach. We share the love to dance.
Jeroen Wolfs

Jeroen

Lindy Hop, Solo jazz

My Lindy adventure started with lessons in Delft, and I joined the Roffaswing scene in Rotterdam just after my first course. Since then, I have spent large parts of my spare time attending workshops and social dances; usually accompanied by a huge bag filled with bananas, towels and spare/dry T-shirts (spread the joy, not the sweat :) ). As a dancer I am characterised by my high energy level and the huge smile on my face, especially if a faster song pops on. I love the enormous room for improvisation and spontaneity that the dance offers; both for leaders and followers. Surprising each other during the dance, or catching your partner doing the exact same funky footwork variation at the same time; those moments are the best!

Becky

Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz

For me, Lindy hop is all about the music. I’m never happier than when I’m swinging out to a Count Basie track at 200 bpm, or grooving to some seedy 1940’s blues track on a dimly lit dancefloor. Meeting like-minded folk at dance events is one of the best aspects of the scene – everywhere there are other jazz fans just as obsessed as I am, happy to keep dancing until 5am, before limping to bed, with sore feet and a smile! I discovered Lindy in my hometown of Plymouth, in the Westcountry of England, and was addicted immediately to the pure joy and energy that the dance brings.

Joost

Lindy Hop, Balboa, Slowbal

Dancing has always been my passion. I started with Acrobatic Rock 'n Roll when I was just 11 years old. Later Boogie Woogie caught my interest and from there the step to Lindy Hop was easily made. Now I have been dancing Lindy Hop and Balboa for over eight years and I like to combine them together on the social dance floor. I love the dynamics and the music that comes with the dance and I like to inspire others to start dancing as well!

Ellen

Balboa

I took my first balboa steps in 2009 and fell in love with the dance immediately! I am very excited that the balboa scene in The Netherlands is growing and I am thrilled to start sharing my love for this dance with new people. For me, dancing balboa is very much about finding connection and creating rhythms with your partner, thereby expressing that very specific mood that you feel in earlier jazz music. Faster songs especially can have that typical balboa mood: the spice of swing with a touch of mystery and romance. To find that feeling together with your partner is magical!

Finn

Ballboa

I started dancing because I love the music. I was brought up in a musical family. My mom was a flute teacher, and my dad played rhythm guitar in an old style jazz band called the C-side Evergreens. Later in life I rediscovered Jazz, and found that it was sort of in my blood. Balboa is my first love in swing dancing. I find the intricacy of the dance fascinating. There is little room for error: either it works or it doesn’t. But when it does, it is the best thing in the world. A true feel good dance. And combined with the fast tempo’s makes Balboa exhilarating!

Luciën

Lindy Hop

Whenever I listen to swing music, I just can’t stand still. I spend hours each week on the dance floor ever since I started Lindy Hop. The swing dance community in Rotterdam is wonderful – lots of energetic people with a love of great music and a taste for superb socials. I am very happy to teach at Swing in Rhythm and hope to catch a dance with you soon!

Natascha

Balboa

My dance mode is always on, always has been on actually. My dancing experiences include a wide range of different dances from Ballet, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Salsa to Balboa. My Balboa crush runs deep. It makes my heart beat faster, because of the smooth footwork, the tender partner connection, the catchy music and the playful rhythms. Come on and get your dance mode on too! Looking forward to seeing you in class or on the dance floor.

Yuliya

Lindy Hop

My dancing journey started when I was 4 years old with a dance ensemble. I continued with a choreography school where I learned classical, ballroom, folk dancing and after that I just couldn't stop dancing anymore. I explored Lindy Hop somewhere during summer of 2012 on the streets of Minsk, Belarus, where I am from. From 2013 I started taking regular classes, continuously travelling to international events and experimenting with styles: Lindy Hop, Blues, Balboa, Solo Jazz, Collegiate Shag. Swing dancing makes me feel happy and balances my life. It brings a lot of joy through music, interaction with people and improvisation. Teaching is a new challenge that makes me very excited to share my dance passion and experience with our scene.

Melissa

Balboa

Dance plays an important role in my life. To me it’s all about having fun, expressing through music, connecting and creating with my dancepartner. My first encounter with swing dance was in 2014 at Harbour Hop. I fell in love with the the energetic playfullness on jazz music. Since then I’ve spent a lot of hours on the dancefloor and I have met a lot of great people. To me the best dances are the ones when you really get into the groove with your dancepartner and big smiles are stuck on your faces. Now I have the chance to spread the joy of Balboa by teaching this smooth and powerfull dance with its subtle weight shifts and body language. So let’s connect and have fun on the dance floor!

Mark

Balboa

I first started dancing when I was fifteen. It started with the classic ballroom and Latin dances. When I was introduced to Lindy Hop in 2012, I fell in love with the music and the love for partner dances ignited again. Since then I never stopped dancing. Now I find myself dancing with every rhythm, even at a traffic light. In 2016 I started with balboa. Balboa combines a delicate connection with high speed music, pure pleasure.

Renata

Lindy Hop

My love story with Lindy Hop began one lovely summer afternoon somewhere in Southern France, while on vacation. I saw a group of passers-by put down a boom box in the middle of a park and break into a wonderfully jolly dance. Which I can only guess now was Shim Sham. The excitement of the dancers was so incredibly contagious that the swing bug got me right there. I am forever thankful for this fateful encounter - it made me discover and fall in love with Lindy Hop and start exploring Solo Jazz, Balboa, Slow Bal and Blues. The smooth, flowing and energetic music compels me to dance while sharing the music and connection with the partner brings out a lot of fun, playfulness and creativity. It is my happiness fountain and I am excited to share my passion for dancing with others.

Wouter

Lindy Hop

My very first dance was at our trusted little red boat back in 2016 where I got a quick Lindy Hop crash course and since then I haven't stopped dancing. After my first international festival it really went from being just a hobby to becoming a passion and I've been traveling abroad to dance at every chance I get. These days besides Lindy Hop I also dance Balboa and Blues which really expands my tempo range so I never have to leave the dance floor. I didn't just feel in love with the dance, but also with the music and the clothes. If you see me on the dance floor please ask me to dance, because I'm always in the mood for one.