☆☆☆ Our teachers on board ☆☆☆
☆ Aila Floyd & Peter Ayres (UK) ☆ Ania Mojle & Rafal Rendak (POL) ☆ Karolina Chrapkova (SK) & Minn Vo (US)☆
☆ Aila & Peter (UK) ☆
Aila and Peter have been sharing their love of Shag for over a decade. Through building a Shag scene in London and teaching at events all over Europe, they’ve earned a strong reputation for their elegant style and fun, engaging classes. Peter and Aila’s teaching is grounded in classic moves and styling, and by giving immediate constructive & targeted advice, their students gain a combination of efficient movement and playful musicality.
Peter founded London’s ‘Shag Pile’, a group dedicated to growing the Shag scene through classes, workshops, and events, delivered in partnership with a team of London’s best dancers and international guests. Peter is a fan of the broad range of music that works with Shag, from the 1920s through the 1950s to today. Aila brings a wealth of professional dance training and performance experience to her teaching. As the director and choreographer of highly regarded flapper troupe “The Bee’s Knees,” she also leads “The Shag Pilots”, performing at events and festivals in the UK and Europe.
☆ Ania & Rafal (POL) ☆
Ania & Rafał like when the dancing is pleasant, cheerful, energetic and when it corresponds to the music. There is always a bit of positive craziness in their dancing. They are both experienced in collegiate shag, balboa, lindy hop and St. Louis shag. They have been teaching together since 2020 and it brings them a lot of fun. Recently they are devoted mostly to balboa and collegiate shag. They will be more than happy to share their knowledge and experience with you.
☆ Karolina (SK) & Minn Vo (US) ☆
Karolina, originally from the Slovak Republic, has been dancing since the age of three. Performing traditional folk dances as a child, her professional training began with the ballet academy. Accumulating dance experiences in Latin and Contemporary, Karolina found Swing when she moved to Copenhagen. She then focused on the Charleston, Collegiate/St. Louis Shag, Balboa, Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, and Boogie. In 2017, she began performing, teaching, and winning numerous competitions internationally. She currently teaches at the Happy Feet Studio in Copenhagen. Upon meeting Minn Vo, they discovered their shared passion for performing. Their ensuing friendship resulted in an athletic approach to the movement, acrobatic additions to her repertoire, and ultimately a spot dancing with The Hollywood Hotshots. Karolina has since performed with Minn internationally in Austria (Alpine Jitterbugs), Germany (Swing Time Hamburg), Poland (WarShaw) and even overseas in the US.
Minn is a California Swing Dance Hall of Famer with over 25 years of swing dance experience. He has studied and worked with legends such as: Frankie Manning, The “Queen of Swing” Norma Miller, Sugar Sullivan, Hal Takier, Jean Veloz, Ray Hirsch, Leonard Reed, Debbie Reynolds and The Nicholas Brothers. His dancing career began in 1997, proficient in Vernacular Jazz, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Air Steps and Collegiate Shag. Minn is the founder of “The Hollywood Hotshots,” a Los Angeles based dance company. He has professionally choreographed/danced in film/television/stage productions with Channing Tatum, Pink, Selena Gomez, Jon Favre, Sofia Vergara, Sia, Katy Perry, Brian Setzer, Caravan Palace, Post Modern Juke Box and the Kardashians. Now he is an active Hollywood stuntman, having parlayed his training in movement, acrobatics, and timing from the dance floor into action on Film and TV. Karolina and Minn are passionate about swing dancing and look forward to sharing their knowledge with you.