Humorous and dynamic, keen, full of heart and a touch of the anarchic, Pamela was spellbound by Lindy Hop energy and community at the age of sixteen when she started her first classes at Lindyhop.lt Club in Vilnius. Despite her young age Pamela has already brought herself to light constantly learning anything related to dancing, be it music, psychology or anatomy. In 2009, Pamela began working at Hoppers’ Dance Studio in her hometown of Vilnius, Lithuania. Today she dances and teaches with the top leaders in the international Lindy Hop scene. Having no constant partner has given Pamela space to bring a lot of variety to her dance – no wonder dancers call her one of the most exciting followers in recent years. As a dancer Pamela cherishes individuality and freedom. For her Lindy Hop is not as much about impeccable technique as it is about musicality and awareness. As a teacher she shares her values and encourages people to find their own way of dancing: “Learn to be ok with the way you are and how your body moves. It’s all about you.” Nietzsche once said “You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star”.
Eglė Regelskis – a serious up-and-comer on the international scene – originally is from Vilnius, Lithuania now teaching and helping French swing scene in Bordeaux to emerge. Dancing was always in her blood. She first tried Ballroom and Folk dances, but it was when she found the family of Swing dances that she knew she had found what she was looking for! Eglė believes that dancing is something that helps people conquer their fears and truly connects them to who they really are. She likes to say: “The way we are is the way we dance, magic happens when we step out of our comfort zone thereby accepting ourselves with all our weaknesses and strengths”. And she can walk the walk, you just watch what happens as soon as she hears a good song, no matter if it is swing, salsa, funk, soul, hip-hop or house… Egle starts dancing, because she just loves good music! She also believes that if one can walk one can dance, everything else depends on passion and willingness to work.
Kamilė Pundziūtė is a real treat in Vilnius Lindy Hop community, keeping it swingin’ since 2003, the very beginning of Lindy Hop explosion in Lithuania. Kamilė has dedicated her life to dance. She is a dancer, a teacher, a choreographer and also a dance – movement therapist. She has travelled many places in Europe teaching, performing and spreading love for dancing.
Her education in somatics and movement therapy bring concepts of movement and following to a whole new level and is a base for her teaching. A knowledgeable approach coupled with an honest, joyful perspective of life is attractive for students. Positive experience guaranteed!
Arnas Jasiūnas is one of the top dancers of the thriving Lithuanian Lindy Hop scene. His original approach to dance will add to the knowledge of a dancer of any level. Arnas ideas are based on concepts of body movement, rhythms and authenticity of both the dance and the dancer. With his dance technique and teaching methods in the background Arnas turns the classroom into an effective workshop and gives students ideas for future training.
His long training in music makes his dancing a creative musical experience. And his playful personality will surprise and cheer you on the social dance floor. Rumor has it all 😉
Simona Pogosian is a talented follower famous for her extraordinary choreographic skills. She started her dance journey when she was 4 years old. After trying different styles of dances she fell in love with Lindy Hop in 2004. Since then all of her time and energy have been dedicated to Swing dances including Balboa, Authentic jazz, Saint Louis Shag and of course Lindy Hop. Simona, together with her companions pioneered Lindy Hop in Vilnius. She regularly teaches there and abroad.
Simona is known for her exceptional choreographic ability that turns her jazz moves into an original dance story. Her power to easily follow the rhythm makes her a flawless follower in couple dances and also spotlights her solo dance artistry. Don’t miss the chance to ask her out for a dance! You will not regret!
Mindaugas is an international jazz dance instructor, performer, musician, teacher at “Lindyhop.lt” club and one of developers of a lindyhop scene in Lithuania.
His biggest passion in jazz culture is the music. Being a DJ and a dancer in 2008 he came up with an idea to expand jazz culture in Vilnius by starting a band, consisting only of dancers – “Rhythm Junkies” and in 2011 “Home Jazz Five” now known as “Home Jazz Band”. Inspired by dancing his bands have different jazz era’s sounds and specialises to play for dancers.
Mindaugas says, that the most important thing is to know jazz music from the inside. He is happily sharing this experience with his students. Together with the musicality, free movement expression, control and full dedication to the culture, Mindaugas classes are fun, full of joy and inspirational.
Egle Nemickaite is a swing dancer from Vilnius, Lithuania where she is dancing, performing, teaching and inspiring the community at hoppers’ dance studio everyday. Dance followed Egle through all her life, but she found the real passion for Lindy Hop and later on for Collegiate Shag too.
Dance has always felt like a big liberation for Egle. Liberation from routines, thoughts, work, limits. Dancing makes her feel true to herself, music and partner. It gives her the power of total freedom and also a peace to the mind, body and heart. Her rich teaching experience is being increasingly appreciated at the international workshops as well. She shares her enormous passion towards a dance with great joy and commitment.
Arnas Razgūnas is a passionate swing dancer and one of the Vilnius Swing Dance Scene leaders. He is the organiser of Balboa & Shag festival – Swing Paradise – and along with Eglė Nemickaitė and SWINGOUT.PL community is the inspirator of Collegiate Shag scene in Lithuania and Poland.
Rich experience in teaching every day classes at What a Jazz dance studio grants quality and fun with clear explanation of his dancing ideas and technique expressing swing music and yourself in it.
Arnas is also a part of world-known swing DJ duo project Rhythm Lord Brothers, so be sure to have the best tunes in the class and on the social dance floor!
Ana Umnova started dancing at the age of 16. After attending as many Lindy Hop classes and events as possible, she began teaching Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz at Lindyhop.lt Club.
She also studied the Education of Dance at Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences. She loves different dance styles, but Lindy Hop is always the number one dance for her.
Tadas Vasiliauskas is one of the favorite social dancers in Vilnius. He is known for his unique dance style and great energy on the dance floor. Tadas is also really into music: there’s not a day when he does not play his trombone.
Tadas have been teaching Lindy Hop with Ana Umnova for four years and this couple is known to be passionate and inspiring teachers. They specialize in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Authentic Jazz and Air Steps. They are mainly focusing on dance technique and musicality, emphasizing natural ways and aesthetics of movement.
Giedre started dancing Lindy Hop in Vilnius and has been involved in the Lithuanian swing dance scene for almost as long as it has existed. After traveling around the world performing and teaching swing dance Giedre established her base in Europe’s party capital, Berlin, where she teaches Balboa, Solo Jazz, Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag and St. Louis Shag.
Depending on the subject of the class, one should expect a fair amount of technique and lots of good ideas on improvisation. Giedre is always ready to share her ways on improving your dancing skills, but the main goal of her teaching is to share her love for dancing, and to inspire and encourage those who have just begun to explore jazz dance. Because, after all, dancing is fun!
The whole life on the dance floor! She started dancing at the age of 3, she did ballroom dancing for 7 years until she found lindy hop. At 2011 she discovered this dance that gripped her and kept her in with the great spirit and joy. 3 years later she started teaching at the Hoppers’ Dance Studio in Vilnius, Lithuania. With every group of students, with every festival she gets more and more inspired in teaching, performing and involving herself into this community. She loves the way jazz and swing music let her express herself and stay herself on the dance floor. This is the idea that reflects in her classes: stay yourself, listen to the music and enjoy.
Miglė is Lindy Hop teacher from the heart of Lithuania – Kaunas. More than 5 years ago, she discovered this dance and since then, she is a passionate dancers, active participant of various events and competitions, as well as one of the main teachers and organizers in her town, sharing acquired experience with other Lindy hop lovers.
In classes, even while focusing on technique or footwork, she and her partner Vilmantas encourage students to express themselves, relax and enjoy the dance. Full of energy and enthusiasm, Miglė and Vilmantas always await chance to share their ideas, inspiration and joy for this dance with you!
Vilmantas is Lindy Hop teacher from the heart of Lithuania – Kaunas. More than 5 years ago, he discovered this dance and since then, he is a passionate dancers, active participant of various events and competitions, as well as one of the main teachers and organizers in his town, sharing acquired experience with other Lindy hop lovers.
In classes, even while focusing on technique or footwork, he and his partner Miglė encourage students to express themselves, relax and enjoy the dance. Full of energy and enthusiasm, Migle and Vilmantas always await chance to share their ideas, inspiration and joy for this dance with you!
Since she was a child she was full of energy and her parents knew it shouldn’t be wasted without a purpose. At the age of 6 Martyna joined rhythmic gymnastic classes, but after 8 determined years she felt she hadn’t found herself yet. With an encouragement from her sister Martyna decided to try Lindy Hop. After her first lesson she couldn’t stop dancing! With a huge smile on her face Martyna continued and since then she had won several Lindy Hop and Jazz competitions, performed at different scenes for amazing audiences and created a few noticeable routines. Martyna states, “Now I fully enjoy teaching Lindy Hop and can easily say – I just can’t imagine my life without the Dance.”
Thanks to his parents, Smiltys had been familiar with jazz music since the day he was born! At the age of just 4 years old, he started acting in theatre, several years later playing saxophone and dancing contemporary dance became his hobbies as well. After graduating, Smiltys found out about Swing dances and since then, there was no turning back! Many classes, various competitions and international festivals later, he discovered that dynamics between the thrill of the competitions and the chill of the social dancing, is what motivates him to dance. Known for his technique, variety of uncommon move combinations and attention to the connection, Smiltys tries to inspire and enrich his students with the history, musicality and small details that matters the most!