Jo Hoffberg is a bigwig and longtime fixture of the Lindy Hop scene. She holds first place titles from the American Lindy Hop Championships, Canadian Swing Championships, International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships. Since 2007, Jo has traveled the world spreading jazz culture through vintage partner dancing and has taught and performed in 26 countries across 5 continents. She teaches vernacular jazz, charleston, aerials, and lindy hop. She hosts intensives in Europe and North America, has produced an extensive online learning library (digital downloads and streaming), is a co-producer of Swing Break Mexico, the head judge at the Balkan Lindy Hop Championships, and runs a personalized Online Training Programs for competitors around the world. Induced into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2013, Jo is a passionate and avid dancer, instructor, and competitor.
Viktor Lillard discovered Lindy Hop nearly ten years ago, and has only fallen more deeply in love with it as time goes on. Over the years swing dance has taken him where he never dreamed he would go, and the varied influences have helped him develop a unique flavor to his dance. He shifts between the many roles he takes in the swing dance community: student, organizer, DJ, musician, performer, competitor, team coach, volunteer, and instructor. He loves to spread the joy of dance within a comprehensive experience of jazz music, and is continually studying jazz’s profound history and cultural roots situated in a continuum of Black American social dances.
Viktor has taught classes and workshops all around the Midwest and East Coast in the US, and has given classes abroad in Costa Rica, Sweden, France and Czechia. He uses his musical knowledge and his thoughtful creative outlook to help students both become comfortable in their basics and expand their boundaries. Above all, he absolutely loves to share his musical and flowing style of swing on the social floor, and he encourages all swing dancers to feel the music and have fun!
Stefano discovered Lindy Hop in 2010 after trying different kinds of couple dancing with her partner Giulia, he therefore found a way to combine his passion for black music and dancing.
He started to travel around european festivals and workshops to study Lindy Hop and to search his own style with international teachers.
Together with Giulia Cicerale he founded the Dusty Jazz Association of Torino in 2013, where they started to teach, perform and organize events.
During his classes he matches passion and fun , he likes to work on dancing technique, rhythm and connections.
He reached the 3rd place in Open Lindy Hop Couples at ESDC 2015 together with his partner Giulia.
Since 2014 works together with Giulia in events around Italy .
Since 2015 started their international teaching experience in some important European Festivals like for instance “The Chase Festival” of Heidelberg (GER), “The Lindy Shock University” of Budapest (HUN), “Rock that Swing (GER)”, “Swing Summit” (FRA).
Giulia discovered Lindy Hop in 2009 in Spain.
It was love at first sight because she was already passionate about retrò and vintage style.
She loves the expressiveness of Lindy Hop dance probably due to her previous job as actress in theatre.
She started to travel to european festivals and workshop to study Lindy Hop with international teachers and to social dance.
Together with Stefano Tertulliani she founded the Dusty Jazz Association of Torino in 2013, where they started to teach, perform and organizing events.
During her classes she likes to match fun and technique, her main skill is find many different way to explain notions.
She reached the 3rd place in Open Lindy Hop Couples at ESDC 2015 together with her partner Stefano.
Since 2014 works together with Stefano in events around Italy .
The year after started their international teaching experience in some important European Festivals like for instance “The Chase Festival” of Heidelberg (GER), “The Lindy Shock University” of Budapest (HUN), “Rock that Swing” (GER), “Swing Summit” (FRA).