TEACHERS

  • DAX ORION HOCK (USA)
  • SARAH BRECK (USA)
  • JENNA APPLEGART (USA)
  • NEJC ZUPAN (SLO) 
  • VINCENZO FESI (ITA)
  • KATJA ZAVRŠNIK (SLO) 
  • MARIA PHILIPPOVA (RUS)
  • DANIIL NIKULIN (RUS)
  • DROR SPEISER (ISR)
  • TANJA FERČEJ (SLO)
  • SRDJAN BUDIĆ (SRB)
  • MAJDA STANOJEVIĆ (SRB)

 

JENNA APPLEGARTH (USA)

 

One of the reasons why you should definately come to LISA 2024 are our excellent teachers! Let us present them one by one!
Jenna will be teaching, judging the competitions and she is also offical MC of LISA 2024.
Jenna has attended, coordinated, and taught various workshops and exchanges all across the globe.
Above all else she believes that learning to dance should be fun, and rooted in the music and history.
With over 20 years of teaching/coaching/training experience, she loves finding new ways to connect
with other dancers on the floor and in the classroom and to create challenging yet applicable lessons in the classroom.
Jenna Applegarth at LISA 2024
 
 

 

 

NEJC ZUPAN (SLO)

started dancing swing back in 2003 as a result of his contemporary dance experience and a strong love for jazz music.
Because of this he became the main culprit for the popularization of Lindy Hop and Balboa
in Slovenia in the early 2000s. Since 2010, he has been teaching various swing dances — Lindy hop, Balboa, Charleston, Blues .
He travels extensively to teach at international workshops, sharing his love of swing,
and also competes in many international competitions, winning quite a few. His swing dance experience is a collection of endless research into different dance forms,
many international workshops, show troupesand his humble willingness to keep learning from anybody who is willing to teach him.
He pays special attention to jazz body movement, control and musicality, all quintessential to any swing dancing.
 
 
 

Nejc Zupan Vintage Swing

 

DANIIL NIKULIN (RUS – FRA)

Dance enthusiast, teacher & performer.
Within thirteen years of his dance journey, Daniil has exploreddifferent sides of Jazz Dances, has been a winner of many
competitions in Europe & the USA and has travelled to morethan 23 countries to share his passion for dance through teaching and performing.
While having a reputation as a world-class dance artist,personally Daniil always stays an introverted coffee lover thatsimply can’t resist a good swinging beat of Duke Ellington’smusic.

 
 
 
MARIA PHILIPPOVA (RUS-FRA)
 
Maria started dancing boogie-woogie in Yaroslavl, Russia in 2009, at the age of 15. Since then
dance became the most fundamental part of her life starting as her little hobby, growing into her
primer passion, profession and who knows, maybe even mission for life.
In 2012 she moved to Moscow, met Daniil Nikulin who has became her dance partner in crime for
at least 10 years. In Moscow she discovered lindy hop and found herself being completely in love
with jazz music and jazz dance for their depth, freedom and joy that it gives her.
Since 2016 Maria has been invited to teach, perform and compete to many swing dance events in
more than 20 countries all around the world, she got various placements in high level
competitions in Europe and USA.
Maria believes that Jazz Dances are the art form where one can express oneself and that is
something that the world on a big scale is missing — the place where everyone is united and
connected, accepted in their own uniqueness.


 

DAX ORION HOCK (USA)

 
 
Dax Hock, a seasoned movement mechanic, is fueled by a deep-seated passion for teaching Swing and Jazz dance. With an unwavering commitment spanning over 23 years,
Dax’s journey boasts an impressive repertoire.From clinching numerous prestigious international dance competitions to instructing at major festivals worldwide,
his influence extends to starring in television shows and commercials.Dax is not just a dancer; he’s a connoisseur of rhythm, partnered communication, and body movement.
This mastery allows him to craft highly advanced improvisations and deliver crystal-clear dance instruction.
His dance portfolio encompasses various styles, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Shag, Solo Jazz, Tap Dancing, and a overall embrace of all dance done to Swing and Jazz music.
Post Dax and Sarah After a hiatus of over 5 years from the International Swing Festival scene, Dax and Sarah are making a triumphant return!
Despite their absence from the festival circuit, their passion for dance has only intensified. The past half-decade has witnessed significant growth in both their personal dance journeys and instructional approaches.
Now, they’re eager to share their wealth of newly developed techniques and concepts. Their focus remains on demystifying advanced dancing, making it approachable, enjoyable, and, above all, fun.
Get ready to experience the culmination of five years of dedication and evolution with Dax and Sarah!
 
 
SARAH BREACK (USA)
 
Sarah Breck has been Swing dancing since she was 10 years old ever since she say Frankie Manning teaching the shim sham on her TV.
She has gone on to teach and compete in Lindy Hop all around the world for over a decade. She has also been able to represent Lindy Hop on shows like Dancing w/ the Stars and League of their own. She starred in a Indie Film on Amazon Prime – Ctrl Alt Dance.
She also has Champion Points and is in the Hall of Fame for West Coast Swing and most recently placed in the All Star Line Dancing and Country Swing divisions.
 
 
VINCENZO FESI (ITA)
 
 
KATJA ZAVRŠNIK (SI)