Nina Gilkensen

Lindy Hopper. Belly dancer. Hair-removal Laser Technician. The mysterious figure that is known only as "Nina" (and sometimes "Naomi") has many titles from prestigious dance competitions. But that's only a small part of her accomplishments. For instance, she can swivel in midair. She can simultaneously create vintage-style dresses and then destroy them while dancing. She can make 12-minute biscuits in 10 minutes. She writes upbeat musical theatre involving funeral homes. And last, but not least, she is a part of the award-winning Lindy Hop team the Silver Shadows, which sounds like it's a group of super heroes. And that's what she is. A Super Hero--one whose main super power is doing swivels in midair. And one day, they might save the world. Until then, she lives in Baltimore and falls down a lot.


Mike ‘Falty’ Faltesek

Falty brings to the dance floor an incredibly diverse social and performance dance talent that includes not only Lindy Hop but also Cakewalk, Black Bottom, Traditional Jazz, Tap, Charleston, Breakaway, Balboa, Big Apple, Blues and many other Authentic American Jazz dances. So basically all of the swing dancing.

Falty has been dancing for well over 19 years, in that time he has traveled to instruct, compete, and perform all over the globe, from Harlem to Los Angeles, Canada to Korea, and all throughout Europe. Falty is well known for his charismatic personality, approach-ability and passion for the essence of authentic jazz dance and music. He possesses an enthusiastic ability to convey ideas and movements explicitly, making him a popular instructor wherever he goes. He has taught hundreds of workshops here and abroad, each time leaving a lasting impression on his students.

Rikard Ekstrand and Gabriella Rosati

Gabriella and Rikard's teaching specializes in the understanding of the dance, improvisation, music and styling. Our classes make good sense both for followers and leaders and we often get good feedback on this. We also have got good feedback on: good material, appreciation of students and our skills to see their needs, good energy and clever ways to share our knowledge. These things and more are the reason we feel comfortable to say we do a good job at festivals. Rikard have over 12 years of full time teaching behind him and Gabriella started teaching alongside Rikard 3 years ago and together we make a strong team. Gabriella also grow up teaching kids in Taekwando and have good leading skills and knowledge about stretch, flexibility and strength work outs

Alice Mei

Alice is definitely at her happiest when she is swingin’ it on the dance-floor. Originating from Montpellier, France, she now tours the world as a full time swing dance teacher. She upholds the principles of keeping things simple, natural and in rhythm, and is known for her fun and playful style.

Remy Kouakou Kouame

Remy is an established competitor, performer and teacher, known for his unique and playful performing and teaching style. He travels to many international camps and festivals, sharing his passion and knowledge. What he likes to share the most is the joy that dancing provides. For him, dancing is… to live… to express!