Vincenzo Fesi & Ksenia Parkhatskaya

 

VINCENZO FESI is a Swing dancer worldwide recognised. As a real globetrotter, he teaches and performs all over Europe, Australia and Asia. Since 2006 he teaches at the famous Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden . He is also the director of one of the most popular festival in the world: Swing Crash Festival (alongside Isabella Gregorio) which takes place every June in Como (Italy). Vincenzo is well known for his historical knowledge in the dance and culture of the Swing Era. As an MC he did quite few things as well: he worked on his own radio show in Como Italy and he has been the Master of Ceremony for two shows at the Carnival in Piazza San Marco in Venice, one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Vincenzo has a great passion for cinematography. He is the leading role in the short movie Lago di Seta, directed by Renee George for the Los Angeles based 02films.

Lately he has been focusing his attention in choreographing. He has been working for the theater show Swing Expo at Teatro dal Verme in Milan, a show produced to raise money to build the Divine Providence hospital in Senegal (Africa),  and for the closing night of the 38th edition of the Roma Jazz Festival at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

Last summer he wrote the preface for the italian translation of the book “Frankie Manning: ambasciatore dello swing”.

As a real charmer, Vincenzo’s classes are fun and full of content at the same time. Vincenzo focus on technique, which is demonstrated throughout steps and moves. Let’s be tempted by this Italian full of fun and generosity!

 

KSENIA PARKHATSKAYA is one of the most interesting and versatile contemporary artists in the field of jazz and swing dance. Best known for her sensational Charleston dance style she has garnered over 150 million views online. Ksenia has toured the world since 2010, teaching and performing her original work in over 35 countries around the globe.

Trained in competitive ballroom dance since the age of 6, and modern jazz and theatre since 2006, currently her specialization is solo jazz dance styles from west african dances to ragtime, charleston, swing and bebop as well as exploring new ways of dancing to contemporary jazz music.

Ksenia regularly performs with live ensembles and orchestras, to name a few, Christian McBride Trio (US), Postmodern Jukebox (US), Barcelona Jazz Orchestra (Sp), Paul Dunlea Big Band (Irl), etc. Being a versatile soloist Ksenia is also much in demand at classical dance and music festivals. She has performed original choreographies to jazz arrangements of classical pieces and vica versa with the Paris Opera Orchestra at “Un Violon Sur Le Sable” and “Symphonie sur l’Herbe (Fr), danced in the full length opera piece at O/Modernt (Swe) and performed for Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company (US).

Currently, Ksenia is living in Barcelona where she runs two dance companies CIA Khalo (co – created with Ainoa Pons) and BCN Jazz Dancers as well as her educational dance project “K Jazz Formation”. Finally she runs her online dance school "Secrets of Solo" and tours with her new production - theatre dance piece “Radio Hermitage”, one woman show with live jazz quintet.