About the Teachers

Fancy Dougherty (USA) & Gontran Galinier (FRA)

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!

Juggler, magician, and music-lover, Gontran has always had a pronounced artistic side besides his admittedly stubborn cartesian spirit, but it was when he discovered the world of swing and it’s fabulous energy in 2003 in Toulouse, France, that he found his true passion. Gontran is an accomplished individual and partner dancer, and has a string of competition credits in Lindy Hop, Balboa and Blues obtained all across the globe which reach back to 2004. He continues his training and reflections with world-renowned dancers and teachers and his enduring desire and appreciation for continual evolution are evidenced by his enthusiasm for the dance. Musical expression being one of his leitmotifs, he tries to adapt his dance and his lead to interpret the music for which he feels an extreme devotion. To this end, be it as a dancer, competitor, or a teacher, he emphasizes the connection, the lead and follow, and the exchange between partners, the ultimate goal being that these serve musicality and creativity. Spreading the virus of swing has become vital for him through the years!

Gontran & Fancy dancing together from 3:37 minutes:

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. 

You can find out more about Jo Hoffberg on her website, buy her DVDs, download her clips, watch her be ridiculous on Swing Nation, or follow her passion for fabulous hairstyles.

For more information about her dance journey, please click here.

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.