About the Teachers
Fancy Dougherty (USA) & Nejc Zupan (SLO)
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.
Jo Hoffberg (USA)
Jo Hoffberg is one fancy-pants lady in the Lindy Hop community. She holds first place titles from the American Lindy Hop Championships, Canadian Swing Championships, International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships. Since 2007, Jo has traveled the world spreading jazz culture through vintage partner dancing and has taught and performed in 26 countries across 5 continents. She teaches vernacular jazz, lindy hop, Follower Focused workshops, runs 6 intensive courses in 5 countries, runs an online training school, and does online training with students around the world. Since 2013, she has been on the cover of Swing Magasinet om Swingdans, guest starred at Yehoodi broadcast of ILHC, was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, co-created Swing Break Mexico and the Balkan Lindy Hop Championship, and has competed with 11 Amateurs in the Pro/Am division at ILHC.
For more information about her dance journey, please click here.
Joe Pace (USA)
Joe hails from New York and Berlin. A classically trained pianist, and a civil rights lawyer by day, he discovered swing dancing after being dragged to a speakeasy in New York City. He’s been addicted ever since. He holds numerous first and second place titles in Lindy Hop and Balboa from events including All Balboa Weekend, ILHC, Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, and Music City Shuffle.
Eran Tobi (ISR/GER)
After discovering Swing in 2007, Eran spent almost all of his time to travel, dance and spread the spirit of Lindy Hop, Balboa & Co. in Israel. He is one of the co-founders of Holy Lindy Land (now Swing It!) - one of the most successful swing dance schools of our time. His passion for the dance and teaching it lead him to Berlin in 2013, from where he could expend his love for the dance onto the world. Eran has won multiple competitions in Lindy Hop, Balboa and Blues at different events, e.g. at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy On The Rocks, Berlin Blues Explosion, Camp Hollywood and the European Swing Dance Championships.