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    Meet the Teachers

    David Zilkha

    David moved to Bristol in the summer of 2009 and then set up Swing Dance Bristol to develop the swing dance scene in the city. He aims to bring new dancers in to the scene, to run fantastic club nights, and to develop the level of dancing in the city. He's always happy to hear ideas or suggestions and you can contact him at david@swingdancebristol.com

    He has been teaching lindyhop and blues for around 10 years in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. He was one of the founders of the London Lindy Exchange, the London Balboa Festival, and Blues Revolution (which created the London blues scene), and then founded Swing Dance Bristol. Before his overnight conversion to lindy hop & blues many years ago, he had a background in contemporary dance which taught him how to use and be in control of the dancer's weight and centre and was a perfect preparation for partner dancing.

     

    Mithi Shafiq

    Mithi is one of Swing Dance Bristol's regular teachers and a fantastic dancer. She has been dancing lindy hop (and charleston, and blues, and balboa and both leading AND following) since 1999 – teaching for most of that time – and before that had a background in ballroom dance. She first taught with David at the La Santa Swing dance camp in Lanzarote more years ago than they can remember and they have taught together occasionally ever since. She is now a mum (late 2012), and is still teaching but not always able to be out dancing as much as she'd like.

    She trained with Angela "Cookie" Andrew and was part of the Cotton Clubbers dance troup for many years. She was also one of the teachers responsible for establishing the vibrant swing dance community at the London School of Economics. She sheepishly admits to have studied more partner dance styles than most of us have even heard of!

     

    Max Pampluna

    Max started partner dancing in 2005 in France where he practised Cuban Salsa. That's also where he saw swing dancing for the first time and immediately loved it. After moving to Bristol, he started learning Lindy Hop. Max seized the opportunity to share his passion for Lindy Hop in 2014 when he began teaching in Clifton for Swing Dance Bristol. Since September 2015, he has been running classes in Southville with Mithi.

    Max likes to focus on the connection between partners and on how to make the dance more fun during classes. He loves to create dance routines for couples or groups, and more recently, he has developed an interest in performance (and secretly wants to do more routines with his mates from "The Shim Shamblers" dance troupe!). He is also learning Solo Jazz and Collegiate Shag.Max also offers private tuition. Please feel free to contact him through Swing Dance Bristol for more information.

     

    Tashi Gregorska

    Tashi teaches Tuesday evening Lindy Hop classes in Easton, and occasionally some of the Southville classes. She dances other swing dance styles, and is among the best Shag dancers in the UK. She has many years' dance and performance experience in a wide range of styles before she started swing dancing including Contemporary, African and Street dance.

     

     

    Joe Medlar

    Joe teaches Lindy Hop every Tuesday in Easton with Tashi. He's also the host of our monthly swing dance night Ain't Misbehavin' held at the Southbank Club in Southville. Joe is a man of very many hats, he also holds his own events - vintage, folk, ceilidhs - is a musician, and a gardener.

     

     

     

    Lucy Moon

    After studying and getting hooked on swing dance in Melbourne, Australia and subsequently moving to Bristol in 2010, Lucy set up the Paper Moon Band - a swing quintet designed for dancers. She runs the Swing Dance Bristol Performance Group and regularly teaches at swing events.

     

     

     

     

    Jannike Riege Robinson

    Jannike has a BA in dance and dance teaching from the Norwegian College of Dance where she specialised in Jazz and Tap dance. She worked as a dance teacher and choreographer in Norway before moving to the UK in 2003. Jannike has been dancing with Swing Dance Bristol since the start in 2009 and has been one of Swing Dance Bristol's regular teachers since 2010. She currently teaches the improvers taster sessions with David at the start of Ain't Mis along with some other courses at Southville. 

     

     

    Craig Vanaman

    Craig first started learning Lindy Hop with David and Mithi in Bristol and now teaches regular classes at The Southbank with Jannike and Tashi. Combining years of teaching experience and an incredible enthusiasm for swing dance, Craig's classes focus on making Lindy Hop accessible and fun for dancers of all levels.