Diego & Jessica
Diego and Jessica live in Fortaleza, Brazil. Diego has a degree in Physical Education and a Graduate Degree in Dance Teaching Methodology. Jessica has a degree in Accounting. Passion for dance has inspired the strong partnership between Diego and Jessica, and has been spreading West Coast Swing in Brazil and around the world since 2009, when they began to put all its charm to its first steps in the WCS.
As a couple they have won multiple titles in Strictly Swing, Jack & Jill and, Showcase and they currently hold 2nd place for the second time at the 2016 US Open Swing and 1st place at the 2016 MadJam, 2016 Chicago Classic, 2016 Grand National Dance Championship over 2016 Tampa Bay Classic over the Showcase category.
Diego and Jessica have also been putting a lot of effort into developing and spreading Zouk, one of the most widespread dances in Brazil which has been growing. Today they travel through Europe, America, Asia, and Brazil to teach, perform, judge, and compete annually in many events around the world.
Since 2014, the couple have been promoting The Brazilian Open Championships, the main West Coast Swing event in Brazil (joined in the World Swing Dance Council), and are the creators of the West Coast Swing Day free event with the goal to spread WCS in Brazil and worldwide.
Diego's accomplishments include: In 2011, he was nominated for the award for best foreign WCS Dancer (USA) and joined the team of choreographers and teachers on "Dance with Stars – Brazilian version", in the Domingão Faustão program. In 2014, Diego also competed alongside Kellese Key, winning 5th place in the Classic category at the 2014 US Open Swing.
Jakub & Emeline
Natively from Czech Republic & Reunion Island, Jakub and Em took their first steps into the dance world at the age of 16 and 12, both starting with Ballroom Dancing (Latin, Standard & line-dancing).
After her arrival in France at the age of 18, as Em sought to start a new dance form, she bumped into a video of Jordan & Tatiana and fell in love with WCS right away. Being trained by Maxence Martin, gave her access to solid knowledge which she later used to develop her own dancing and teaching style. Today she acts in the WCS Community not only as a teacher but also as a DJ and photographer.
Jakub's dance world consists of social dances such as Zouk, WCS and Salsa but there is also a part of solo or group Modern and Contemporary dances. He started to dance and compete in WCS in 2014, guided mainly by Maxence Martin and Mario Robau, while using a lot of his background knowledge in his approach. His philosophy in dance is focused on communication. Nowadays he lives in Brno, teaching, dancing, choreographing and competing.
They were both hooked since they discovered WCS and were especially drawn to the creativity, musicality and freedom within the dance. They first started teaching together in a styling workshop in June 2016, thanks to Adam and Rita. At the end of the weekend the students suggested that they should partner up, so they did :D
Ludovic & Natalia
Nataliya is an All-Stars level dancer from Ukraine, where she teaches and dances regularly. She is an upcoming WCS star in Europe who recently joined a new dance partnership with successful WCS professional from France, Ludovic Pelegrin. Aside from WCS, she has dance experience in Zouk, Tango and Salsa. In 2014, she won the European spin contest with a total of 61 spins. She is a talented spinner but also a risk taker on the social dance floor creating art through her dance movements every time.
Nowadays she continues to share her knowledge, passion and interesting dance philosophy in Ukraine and Europe. She is well-known for her lady's styling and spins/turns workshops.
Ludovic has taken his first dancing steps at 10 years old, when he first learned rock’n’roll. His dancing background is as much innovative as diversified, as he had taken a quick interest into Lindy-Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Acrobatic rock’n’roll, Salsa, Boogie Woogie and Tap dancing.
He has been a Rock and Roll, Lindy Hop and Charleston instructor since 2009. His attraction into Swing dancing enabled him to discover West Coast Swing in 2010.
Quickly becoming very passionate, he attended many workshops overseas where he learned from the best instructors. He regularly places in the Top 3 at the competitions he attends. He started to teach WCS since 2011, driven by the desire to share its passion and helping others to discover and learn it.
After contributing to spreading West Coast Swing within his area (in France), he's now giving a few workshops across France and Europe. He is known for his amazing musical knowledge owing to experience and skill in a variety of dances, his structured and concise teaching and his great generosity.
Adam & Rita
Adam and Rita first started teaching Boogie-Woogie together in 2002.
They also competed that year and became Hungarian Champions. Many of their students became Hungarian Champions themselves and were successful even internationally. Some of them are still teaching and developing the Boogie community in Hungary.
Adam and Rita fell in love with West Coast Swing during a demo class in Munich, 2007. After that they sought every opportunity to learn more and more. One year later, mostly to the gentle push of around 60 of their students, they started teaching it. Very soon Adam and Rita had to give up Boogie teaching completely to have the time and focus to build the Hungarian West Coast Swing Community.
Together, they now teach 7 different weekly classes, from beginner to competitor levels. The couple is invited all over Europe, from France to Russia multiple times yearly to share their knowledge and experience.
Adam and Rita organize the biggest West Coast Swing events in Hungary: BudaFest and Hungarian Open. These are recognized by the World Swing Dance Council and bring together top teachers from all over the world. They are very proud of having built a Hungarian West Coast Swing Community that is among the 4 largest ones in Europe.