Juan & Mariel
Mariel started dancing Lindy Hop in 2004, when she was 14. Since that time she dedicated herself to dance Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz and Tap and at the same time she learned different styles like jazz dance, classical, contemporary, african dance and tango.
She also studied music at the Municipal Conservatory of Buenos Aires, and later on she focused her training in swing music. She plays clarinet, piano and sings.
Along side Juan Villafañe and Manuel Bicain, she is the producer of Swingin’ Party, the biggest Lindy Hop party in South America, CA.PO.S, (the Buenos Aires Swing Dance Championships) and Swing City, the first Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz and Tap school in Argentina.
Being one of the most influential swing dancers in South America, Mariel teaches regular classes at Swing City and often travels to teach workshops internationally.
Juan hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina and has been a leading proponent in the revival of vintage jazz dances in South America. Juan is the organizer behind Swing Brother Swing, Buenos Aires’ original Lindy Hop event, as well as the Buenos Aires Lindy Hop Festival (BALHF). His background in gymnastics, acrobatics and martial arts, as well as his degree in Physical Education strongly influence his dancing and teaching, giving him a unique perspective on body movement and awareness, and a distinct – and often spectacular – personal style. Known for his high-flying acrobatics and eye-catching slides, Juan is a consummate performer, a creative dancer and an insightful teacher.
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