We are a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the Spirit of Swing.
We love jazz and all its authentic dances.
Our mission is to expand and enrich the community for swing & jazz music and their authentic dances, through education & performance.
We work to preserve & promote the Spirit of Swing which champions individual expression and celebrates diversity, while also fostering community and connection.
We believe in the power of Swing to help us face adversity, be part of a community, love ourselves and find happiness.
With our academy we aim to offer world class education in dance and music. We cultivate in our students a foundation of four pillars: historical appreciation, compassionate connection, courageous movement and musical intelligence. We believe this is the pathway to creativity, self-expression, joy and finding yourself in music & dance.
With our dance company we aim to support the professional development of swing, tap & jazz roots dancers and choreographers, and advocate for these dance styles in the national dance industry. We aim to build networks and foster collaboration between musicians and dancers.
DIRECTOR & FOUNDER
Sharon Davis has been a professional swing dancer since 2007, specialising in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Jazz Roots and other styles of vernacular jazz dance from the early to mid 20th century.
She is known for her dedication to the history of jazz/swing dances and the music they evolved to. She studied these dances with some of their original creators, including Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning, “Queen of Swing” Norma Miller, “Queen of the Soundies” Mabel Lee, Jean Veloz, Sugar Sullivan, Dawn Hampton, Ray Phelps and others. She considers it her mission in life to pass on the knowledge and beautiful spirit that she learned from her teachers.
In 2008 she was resident with famed Swedish swing dance company The Harlem Hotshots in Stockholm. With her dance partner Juan Villafañe she competed on the international championship circuit from 2006 to 2014, and has been a champion in three distinct styles – Lindy Hop, Charleston and Burlesque. She holds 1st place titles at the most prestigious swing dance championships around the world and is now often invited to judge these competitions. She has been invited to perform, lecture and teach at swing dance and jazz festivals in over 40 countries.
Sharon Davis holds 1st place titles at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, National Jitterbug Championships, Canadian Swing Championships, Burlesque Hall of Fame, World Burlesque Games and has claimed numerous other awards internationally.
Sharon aims to cultivate in her students a foundation of historical appreciation, compassionate connection, courageous movement and musical intelligence. Sharon believes these four pillars are the pathway to creativity, self-expression, joy and finding yourself in the dance. With her bright and bubbly personality, Sharon’s teaching style is energetic, inspiring and fun.
Since relocating to London 10 years ago, she has worked as a dancer for London cabaret, film and television, and has taught dance freelance and given lectures for a number of organisations including CityLit, CBS Dance, Swing Patrol, Swing Dance UK, University of Bedfordshire, London Swing Society, and many others.
Sharon is also the founder of the European Swing Dance Championships, a 4-day dance conference attracting 800-1000 dancers, which has been held twice in the city of Barcelona and twice in London. It is Europe’s largest and most prestigious swing dance championships, and attracts the top dancers from all around the world.
Lindy Hop has captured Nancy Hitzig‘s imagination for more than 12 years. Originally from Toronto Canada, Nancy has won numerous international titles in Lindy Hop and is a sought after teacher and performer in North America, the UK and Europe.
Nancy has a great passion for the community, spirit and magic of swing dance. Since moving to London in 2013, she has taught more than 15,000 people to dance in the UK! Nancy has a remarkable ability to create space where her students can be daring in their movement, take risks safely and dance with abandon!
As a choreographer and dancer, Nancy’s collaborations with popular dance teams The Jelly Beans and The Juxtaposers have made waves at renowned international events such as the London Swing Festival, the European Swing Dance Championships and the International Lindy Hop Championships. Most recently her partnered Lindy Hop team choreographic debut, ‘London’s Greatest Hitz’, Nancy brought together eight of the UK’s top dancers at the International Lindy Hop Championships.
Genuinely, nothing brings her greater joy then bringing people together to celebrate swing dance, Lindy Hop, solo vernacular jazz and Charleston. In 2015, she also curated a series of lectures around the topics of health, wellness and community building for the European Swing Dance Championships and has been invited to speak at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Nancy is proud to be a part of the JazzMAD company and swing dance school and looks forward to welcoming beginners and improvers at our Camden studio.
Tony Jackson is one of the finest Lindy Hop and jazz dancers to have come out of the British scene. He holds 1st place titles at the European Swing Dance Championships and other international competitions, and has danced Lindy Hop on television’s Strictly Come Dancing. Tony is in demand to teach nationally and internationally, and has inspired people with his dancing all around the world. His teaching style is laid-back and fun, with a focus on rhythm and dynamics for playful, creative dancing that empowers his students to express their individual style.