Jenny Thomas & Felix Berghäll
Jenny Thomas has been performing and competing pretty much her whole life. Winning her first competition at the age of 4, she went on to win the All England Championships Tap, Ballet & Modern divisions, winning the Tap division 3 years in a row. After discovering the Lindy Hop it wasn’t long before she was adding The US Open, American Swing Dance & UK Open Lindy Hop Championships to her many titles. She began Lindy Hopping over 20 years ago in Ryan Francois’ dance company Zoots and Spangles. As “Ryan and Jenny” she has travelled the planet sharing their extensive knowledge of dance technique and exposing countless people to their love and passion for the dance. To many, they are thought of as the “Teachers Teachers”.
Performing on some of the most prestigious stages in the world – The London Palladium, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, The West End & Broadway, She has even performed at Her Majesty The Queen’s residence Buckingham Palace with the show TAP DOGS. She has also choreographed and performed on the TV shows Strictly Come Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars and most recentlyJazz/Tap coach on ITV’s Dancing On Ice. One of her favourite jobs was being guest performer at Sir Elton John’s 60th birthday party where she also danced with Sir Paul McCartney. An evening to remember!
Jenny is co owner and event director of the very popular International Lindy Hop event CAMP SAVOY held at Surrey University.
Recently she was invited as a special guest to teach at the biggest event on the Swing Dance calendar FRANKIE 100 in New York City.
Aside from choreographing, teaching and spreading the love of Tap and Lindy to Swing Camps around the world, Jenny’s latest project has been touring the UK and teaching at London’s Pineapple Studios with her new company The Tap Team. With everything going on Jenny still choreographs and directs her Jazz dance company “The Sophisticated Ladies” and runs weekly classes at Swingout 123 at G Live in Guildford and Swingin’ At Studio 45 in Kentish Town, London.
Felix Berghäll is a swing dance instructor, performer, choreographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Like any other swedish dancer he started in the swedish competition scene. He started at the age of nine and with bugg as his main style. One year later he took his first basic six count step in Boogie Woogie and has since then never stopped.
At the age of 16 he made his first visit to Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden and fell in love with the African American social dances of the swing era such as Lindy hop, Vernacular Jazz, Charleston and Tap. He has since then tried to inspire and learn everything that he can and develop his skill of dancing, music and teaching. He wants to pass on this knowledge to people all over the world. He is a strong believer of the freedom and the authentic style of the dance and the connection you create with your partner and the music.
He sees swing dancing as a way to bring people together and bring happiness in to their life. Because when he dances that’s is all he can think about and express. Pure happiness!