Teachers

Two people dancing charleston together

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 Joel Kohn (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 Joel

Shob Nambiar and Joel Kohn

Starting at age 4, dancing is Shob’s earliest memory and still her happy place! She has been lucky enough to teach for Swing Patrol for 13 years. For the last 10 years she has travelled to teach lindy hop and blues workshops all over Australia and NZ but she still considers herself a student first of all.  Discovering the infinite adventure of dancing with a partner has brought her more joy than she could imagine.  She loves to help students find the same joy and how to dance as their best selves.

Joel started out as a musician when he was younger, which led to a love of all things jazz and eventually, his introduction to swing dancing. Nearly 15 years later, he's still dancing the Lindy Hop and continues to share his passion in a teaching capacity. Joel has over 10 years experience as an instructor, running regular classes in Melbourne and teaching at events around Australia and internationally. As well as being a member of Echoes of Harlem, Melbourne's premiere jazz dance troupe, Joel also competes regularly and has even taken home a few awards from time to time - including the title of Hellzapoppin' champion with Loz Yee in 2015.