Teachers

At Swing It Utrecht, we take pride in our passionate team of swing dance instructors. Their experience and infectious energy that will keep you moving.

Lindy Hop
A long time ago Floris decided he wanted more dancing in his life. People standing around bobbing their head just didn't cut it. He started Lindy Hopping in Rotterdam, taking classes with his sister. Floris loves it when dancing is flowy, bouncy and dynamic. In a class he strives to create a relaxed atmosphere, and to teach things you will actually use on the social dance floor.
Collegiate Shag, Lindy Hop
He saw a video about Swing, started classes the next day, and never looked back. Loving the joy of Lindy Hop and speed and craziness of Shag, for Ilja improvisation, creativity and theatrics are at the core of his dances. He will always aim at entertaining and suprising his partner and the audience. Or, as he says: ”If my partner has laughed and shouted out in surprise, it was a good dance”.
Lindy Hop, Charleston
This seasoned dancefloor nerd started hopping in 2004. He sure knows what a challenging, exciting, personal journey dancing can be. Crazy about every little what / why / how, he loves to help students uncover those great "A-ha!" moments along their learning path. He firmly believes that the magic of dancing is for everyone, and he enjoys to adapt his teaching to everyone's unique way of learning.
Lindy hop, collegiate shag
Since 2016, Esther has been actively dancing Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag, finding joy in the music, creativity, and the social aspect of swing dancing. She particularly loves the energetic vibe of faster tempos, bringing a natural enthusiasm to her dancing. She enjoys teaching and sharing her love for the dance with others.
Lindy hop, Solo Jazz, Solo Blues, Tap
Stella has been a familiar face in the (international) community since 2014. Because of her background in (Jazz) ballet and as a Jazz vocalist, her dancing style is characterised by gracefulness, high energy, and challenging rhythmsn. As a teacher, she encourages you to face your challenges and explore your own creativity. Stella is also a choreographer. She made the "SiU routine" and several wedding dances.
Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz
Nitzan began dancing in 2015 in Tel Aviv, and stayed enthusiastic about the dance ever since. Playfulness, creativity and interaction are core values in her dancing and teaching. Her classes usually emphasize technique, connection, self-expression, improvisation, and most importantly, enjoyment. The purpose of her class is to encourage and assist students in finding their voice through dance.
Lindy Hop
Having started dancing Boogie Woogie in 2015, Maayke immediately started social dancing and taking classes all over Europe. Now based in Utrecht, she mainly dances Lindy Hop, but ventures into other styles as well. Considering herself mainly a social dancer, she incorporates her love for playing with connection and breaking the rules into her classes.
Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz
Janna is an enthusiastic dancer and teacher since many years. She dances Lindyhop and Charleston and she was a member of the Cotton Club showgroup. She keeps training at international workshops and loves to compete. She is famous for her musicality and playful, elegant style. During class, she likes to keep the spirit high and focussed and she always aims for the right balance between technique and fun.
Lindy Hop, Charleston, Solo Jazz
A Lindy Hop teacher since 1999, Matt has taught regular classes in Melbourne, Cambridge and Utrecht and at workshops and events worldwide. Probably best known as the founder of the Melbourne Lindy Exchange, Matt was the inaugural president of the Cambridge Lindy Hoppers, head judge for national Lindy Hop competitions, and an invited DJ at international events like Herräng Dance Camp.
Lindy Hop, Blues
Frank started dancing Blues and Lindy in Herräng 2002. Wanting a Blues scene of his own, he was the first Blues teacher in the Netherlands and started teaching Blues around 2006, but memory is a bit hazy. Since then he has taught workshops in over 10 countries, and is teaching with Laura at Swing in Utrecht for over a decade.
Lindy Hop, Charleston
After 3 years of Ballroom dancing Thomas discovered Lindy Hop in 2014 and was hooked after one night of social dancing. Ever since, Thomas has been a familiar face in the Utrecht scene. Fascinated by technique, movement and the language of connection, he is found on the dancefloor as much as possible. He loves to share this passion of making every dance an unique experience.
Lindy Hop
He willl never forget the first moment he saw people dancing lindy hop in the beautiful room of Winkel van Sinkel. He immediately turned into a lindy enthusiast, took courses multiple at a time, did not miss any chance to lindy from that moment on. In teaching, he focuses on communication and connection with the partner, and combining this with musicality and creativitity.
Lindy Hop, Balboa
Knowing nothing about Lindy Hop, Jojanneke was invited by an Australian friend to go to Herrang and immediately fell in love. In 2005 she was asked to come and teach in Utrecht where a new scene was about to be born. She has been teaching and organizing ever since and played a major role in organizing the scene, putting Swing in Utrecht on the map. She is a true dinosaur on the dance floor.
Collegiate Shag, Lindy Hop
Beginning her dance journey at age 4, she swiftly fell in love with its rhythm. Classical and ballroom set the stage, but swing dancing ignited her spirit. It's the improvisation, spontaneous joy, musical resonance, and the warmth of connections. Through teaching, she shares her passion for dance and her experience with our community.
Balboa, Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz
A professional Swing and Jazz dance instructor for 18 years, Natalia has spread her passion for these dances across continents, motivating students with her energetic and technically precise teaching style. With roots in Colombian folk and partner dances, Natalia’s dancing flourished during her teenage years in Canada through intensive training in Ballet and, naturally, the Jazz and Swing dances.
Lindy Hop
Starting his dance career in the clubs, he learned that a lot of modern dance has its roots in lindy hop. Thijs favors the feeling of the dance and flow of the stretch/compression, from one body to the other, that lies at the heart of it. Combining those principles with his loose and creative stylings. As a teacher he aims to bring this feeling to his students in order for them to feel and enjoy this same connection.
Lindy Hop, Charleston, Solo Jazz
A professional performing arts teacher for over a decade, Lotte first fell in love with Lindy Hop in 2001 in Melbourne. With a passion for connecting international and local communities through learning experiences and education in the performing arts, health, and wellbeing, Lotte has taught and performed Lindy Hop across Europe and Australia.
Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz
Since Malou discovered swing dance in 2012 she has been an active dancer in the European Lindy Hop scene with a fluid and free style. Jazz lives under her skin and it is her mission to share her knowledge about connecting with our bodies finding each persons unique way of moving with the music and each other from the inside out.
Blues
Laura’s love for dancing started when she studied in Mexico with Salsa dancing. Later followed Zouk, Argentine Tango, Lindyhop, Blues and Fusion. In 2011 she took her first Blues dance class and she was hooked right away! She has been teaching Blues with Frank for over a decade. She always says that blues dancing is the ultimate relaxation while exercising. Come and experience it!
Lindy Hop
When Sanne discovered Lindy Hop in the end of 2017 she immediate fell in love. She has been an active member of the Swing in Utrecht community from that moment, as she determined to dance and learn as much as possible about swing dancing. Sanne's style is playful and focused on musicality, connecting to the music and the dance partner. She loves to both lead, follow and switch.