Ana Mínguez & Gustav Lindström
Ella Lejonstål & Nils Nygårdh
Lizette Rönnqvist & Patrik Pettersson
A pioneer of swing dance in the Basque Country, Ana has been teaching Lindy Hop in Donostia for more than 18 years. She has also taught regular courses in other cities such as Vitoria, Bilbao and Biarritz.
In addition, she has also participated as a teacher of Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz & Charleston in various international stages and festivals as well as in several editions of the Paris Swing Festival. Of particular note, in the 2008 edition of the Paris Swing Festival, she was Frankie Manning’s assistant partner.
Her passion for Lindy Hop and her intention in creating a swing community in Donostia have led her over the years to organize dances, parties and workshops, to promote social dancing and never stop learning.
Gustav is a Stockholm and Uppsala based dancer, he teaches regularly at Chicago Swing Dance Studio and Swedish Swing Society in Stockholm. He has been teaching and performing Lindy hop, around Sweden and Europe, for last ten years.
He is a member of the show group MessAround from Uppsala. Together they have performed in Sweden’s biggest TV production, Melodifestivalen, and at events such as Herräng, Snowball. Besides MessAround he has been part of theater productions in Uppsala and Stockholm. His dancing and teaching origins from his love of swing music and the aesthetics of the 30s and 40s. You can hear him play trombone with the swing band Hornsgatan Ramblers.
"Ella "Ghost Note" Lejonstål is the flying fashion icon of Harlem Hot Shots. She's the youngest in the game and started dancing at Chicago swing dance studio not too long ago. But already as a kid she got interested in the aesthetics of swing from watching the musical film Bugsy Malone.
Her favourite dance clip is the one of Florence Hill and Bessie Dudley dancing to the music of Duke Ellington - she's attracted to the joy in their jazz dancing. She also loves the dancing of Ann Johnson and can watch the lindy hop routine from Killer Diller countlessly to find inspiration and details that she likes.
Like Ann, one of Ella's strengths as a dancer is for sure the acrobatics. She's fearless in the air and somehow always lands on her feet. The most important thing with dancing is to have fun she says. As a performer she wants to show the dance to others to make them interested too. She wants to inspire.
Nils was born and raised in Mora, Dalarna. He's a country boy that moved to the big city to study the drums. True to the arts and always looking for ways to broaden his cultural horizon. That's how he came in contact with the lindy hop, wanting to try something new. He took his first class in 2009 at the Swedish Swing Society.
His interest in music shows in his dancing. Playing the drums growing up probably explains why he's a solid tap and rhythm dancer - strict with time and technique and always looking for perfection.
Mostly he studies and take inspiration from the footage of the vintage dancers. Frankie Manning and George Christopherson are two of the Lindy hoppers that inspire him the most.
Since 2016 he has been a member of the dance company Harlem Hot Shots.
Lizette started dancing very young and has tried a lot of different styles through out the years. In the end she always came back to swing dancing.
She is teaching locally in Stockholm at Chicago Swing Dance Studio during the weeks. She also travel abroad with her partner Patrik Pettersson and the dance troupe Harlem Hotshots, where she's been a member since 2017. Her main inspirations comes from the amazing dancers in the Whitey's Lindy Hoppers and of course other great dancers starring in the Spirit Moves.
The roots and the authenticity are of great value to Lizette when it comes to her dancing and teaching.
Patrik is happiest on stage, which is obvious when you see his famous smile and surprising agility. It is impossible not to notice his love for all music that swings, as soon as he sets foot on the dancefloor.
He gets inspiration from the big dancers of the 30’s like Al Minns and Leon James, although he makes his moves his own. If you want to make him happy, just ask him for a dance!
ABOUT THE HARLEM HOTSHOTS
Harlem Hot Shots is a group of Swedish dancers whose specialty is entertainment authentic to the Swing Era. With the deepest appreciation and passion for dance styles that originally derived from Harlem, their mission is to keep spreading knowledge and the tradition of swing dancing. Dances such as the lindy hop, charleston, jazz and tap make up the company’s repertoire which also includes acrobatics, singing and comedy.
Harlem Hot Shots is artistic, professional and re-creative. All of the company’s activities are inspired by the ideals of the Swing Era, focusing on both faithful reconstructions just as original choreography with a framework that is true to the period. High energy, improvisation and tight rhythms.
No modernizing. No compromising. Instead, the music, dances and overall presentation all emanate directly from genuine sources, such as authentic material from old film clips as well as many meetings and collaborations with dancers and musicians who were active during the 1930s and 40s. No intermediaries or distortions. No superficial adaptations or transparent clichés. Simply pure swing.