Benji Schwimmer. The amazing showcase division competitor, So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 winner, Feather Award Recipient, youngest World Dance Champion in history, professional dancer, choreographer and coach Benji Schwimmer presents a three hour premium content session: “Being the Artist. Being the Technician.” A mini intensive exploring the delicate balance of technique and artistry while still having fun!
Benji will present drills and new concepts on bettering your technique and connection and making it become more automatic and simplified in a world of uber misinformation.
This intensive will also work on creating new ways to explore your inner creative swing dancer in ways you, your partner and your audience ( including the occasional judge ) can appreciate and read.
Benji Schwimmer is a 9-Time US OPEN Swing Dance Champion World Swing Champion. He was the Season 2 Winner of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD).
Choreography and Artistic Directing credits include American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, SYTYCD, America’s Got Talent, MTV, CMT, Much Music, Comcast, HBO’s True Blood, The TV Land Awards, VH1 Diva’s Live, Fox Teen Choice Awards, Fox Reality Awards, The CMA Awards.
Acting/Film credits include Lifetime’s Holiday Spin, Leading Ladies, Love N’ Dancing and Full House. When not creating art, Benji is involved in several causes including Human Rights, AIDS Awareness and the better treatment of animals. Benji also writes music and is currently working on an album.
Ani is one of New Zealand’s most cherished and renowned West Coast Swing teachers and dancers. As New Zealand’s first, and highest ranked All-Star, she regularly travels, teaches and performs throughout New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Brazil, the UK, the USA, and is now excited to join us in Europe! Ani started dancing Ballet from a very young age, before moving on to multiple partner dances and in turn finding a love for West Coast Swing. Ani is known for her breathtaking style that is elegant, smooth and often playful. Ani has a passion for creating genuine connection with her partner and holding a true conversation on the dance floor. Her down to earth approach and focus on partnership has made her one of Australasia’s most sought after instructors. She is both a pleasure to watch and dance with! Ani has coached students to achieve great success through placing in Pro-Am routines in both at the US Open and throughout Australia. Ani was the founder of Street Swing, a WCS Dance Studio in Auckland, New Zealand, and she also runs New Year’s Summer Swing Camp in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions, Taupo.
Philippe grew up in the dance world. At a young age he devoted himself to Boogie-Woogie where he was a Junior Champion. In 2016 he discovered West Coast Swing and he is now excited to share his passion for this dance with others. He currently competes in the All-Star Division and travels around the world to learn and teach. You will love his energy, pedagogy and passion!