Juan Villafane & Sharon Davis

 

JUAN VILLAFANE hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been a leading proponent in the revival of vintage jazz dances in South America.

Juan is the organizer behind Swing Brother Swing, Buenos Aires’ original Lindy Hop event, as well as the Buenos Aires Lindy Hop Festival (BALHF). His background in gymnastics, acrobatics and martial arts, as well as his degree in Physical Education strongly influence his dancing and teaching, giving him a unique perspective on body movement and awareness, and a distinct – and often spectacular – personal style. Known for his high-flying acrobatics and eye-catching slides, Juan is a consummate performer, a creative dancer and an insightful teacher. He  has always traveled around the world as an instructor, performer and lecturer. In June he will be with us in Otranto, for the Salento Swing Festival !!!

 

SHARON DAVIS is internationally known for her distinctive and feminine style in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and Burlesque. Australian born but now based in London, Sharon has taught and performed around the world. She holds 1st place titles at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, National Jitterbug Championships, Canadian Swing Championships, Burlesque Hall of Fame, World Burlesque Games and has claimed numerous other awards internationally. She is known for her dedication to the history of vernacular jazz dances and the music they evolved to. Her classes focus on pairing dynamic connection and flow, with body awareness and quality of movement as a pathway to individual style, creativity and musicality. With her bright and bubbly personality, Sharon’s teaching style is energetic, inspiring and fun. She is also the director of the annual European Swing Dance Championships, and runs a London swing school called JazzMAD. Visit www.sharonmdavis.com to find out more about her.