Teachers

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Teachers

Each year we have an Australian pair and an International pair of guest teachers. This year our international guest teachers are Frances 'Fancy' Dougherty (Los Angeles, USA) and Nejc Zupan (Ljubljana, Slovenia)! And our Australian guest teachers are Shob Nambiar and Andy Fodor (Melbourne)!

Fancy and Nejc dancing together

Frances 'Fancy' Dougherty and Nejc Zupan

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Fancy fell in love with Jazz, Lindy Hop and Shag in 2008. She’s been hooked ever since, devoting herself to the technical mastery of historical dances and her own unique style. She has appeared in music videos and television shows in the US, Mexico and France, and has been fortunate enough to share her passion for dancing in classrooms all over the world. She was nominated for the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2014 and is a five-time Shag champion of the National Jitterbug Championships (four with Shag partner Steve Sayer). Be sure to ask her to dance!

Nejc started swing dancing back in 2003 with contemporary dance experience and a strong love for jazz music. Because of this he became one of the main culprits for the popularization of Lindy Hop and Balboa in Slovenia in the early 2000s. His Swing dance experience is a collection of endless research into different dance forms, many international workshops and his humble willingness to keep learning from anybody who is willing to teach him. He pays special attention to jazz movement and musicality, both quintessential to any form of Swing dancing.

“Nejc and Fancy and two of the best teachers I’ve learnt from, with clarity, precision and attention to students needs. They have a great background in swing and come with a wealth of experience and skill to share. Nejc and Fancy are dynamic and fun to watch and dance with!”

- Lauren Pyke (after attending Studio Hop in France)

Shob and Andy dancing together

Shob Nambiar and Andy Fodor

Shob and Andy’s dance journey has brought them more joy, laughs and adventures than they could ever have imagined! True all-rounders, Shob and Andy are passionate dancers and teachers of lindy hop, balboa and blues. Constantly learning and challenging themselves, they love to be in classes as much as teach them! Through it all, they cherish true connection where both partners bring out the awesome in each other.

Over more than a decade, they have held dozens of Australian titles across all tempos and are proud members of Melbourne’s performance troupe Echoes of Harlem.

Shob and Andy have been honoured to be invited to teach workshops all over Australia and NZ as well as internationally in London, Spain and New Caledonia. They are known for their down to earth, practical teaching style and their ability to bring the love and joy to class.

“Shob and Andy are warm, encouraging and humble teachers who always have something value to share. Not only do their classes have great moves and concepts but they teach you to be better to yourself and more connected to others. Whether you dance lindy hop, balboa or blues or just like to jam..Shob and Andy will help your light shine brighter”

- Sarah Cawston (teacher and scene leader – Christchurch)