Instructors

OUR INSTRUCTORS

JazzMAD aims to offer London’s highest quality swing dance lessons, in a professional dance studio with mirrors and sprung wooden floors, and world-class, internationally recognised teachers offering high level, focused learning.

TONY JACKSON

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.

Tony Jackson

SHARON DAVIS

Sharon Davis is a professional dancer, specialising in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Burlesque and other authentic dances from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. She fell in love with Lindy Hop in her hometown of Perth Australia in 2001, and dedicated herself to studying the history of vernacular jazz dances and the music they evolved to. During the next five years she studied the dance with many of the world’s greats, including Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning, and famed Swedish swing dance company The Harlem Hotshots.

Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis & Juan Villafañe

In 2006 Sharon formed a partnership with Argentine dancer Juan Villafañe. Together Sharon and Juan travelled the world from 2006 to 2014, performing and teaching their dance, and winning 1st place titles at the most prestigious swing dance championships and dance battles around the world. They are now frequently invited to judge these same competitions. In 2011 Sharon founded the European Swing Dance Championships, an annual event of which she is still the Director.

In May 2014, Sharon and Juan made their final appearance together as dance partners in New York City for the 100th Birthday celebrations of their teacher, Frankie Manning. Juan has now returned to his hometown of Buenos Aires, and Sharon now calls London her permanent home.  Sharon launched JazzMAD in July 2014 and will be teaching classes and workshops in London throughout the second half of 2014, while recruiting dancers to the company for projects in 2015.

Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis Teaching

Sharon Davis is a sought after instructor, and has taught classes at the world’s largest dance festivals in 29 countries. Sharon has a unique perspective on body movement and dance expression, linking authentic jazz age style with modern dance technique. Her classes focus on pairing dynamic connection and energy flow, with body awareness and quality of movement, as a pathway to individual style, creativity and musicality. With her bright and bubbly personality, Sharon’s teaching style is energetic, inspiring and fun.

As well as being a leading historian and world champion in Lindy Hop, Charleston and other swing dances, Sharon is also an award-winning burlesque dancer. In 2006 she founded Sugar Blue Burlesque, which remains Australia’s largest burlesque company to this day. Under the stage name Bonnie Fox, she is in demand to perform at festivals, burlesque revues and cabarets around the world. She holds 1st place titles at the World Burlesque Games in London and the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.

Visit www.sharonmdavis.com for more about her.

Sharon Davis Burlesque

Competition Titles

2014

Sharon Davis (as Bonnie Fox) “Best Debut”, Burlesque Hall of Fame 2014, Las Vegas USA
Sharon Davis (as Bonnie Fox) “Most Dazzling Dancer”, Burlesque Hall of Fame 2014, Las Vegas USA

2014 Official Judge at: Korean Lindy Hop Championships (Seoul Korea)

2013

Sharon Davis (as Bonnie Fox) 1st Place World Burlesque Games, London UK
Sharon Davis & Eran Tobi 2nd Place International Lindy Hop Championships Pro-Am, Washington DC USA
Sharon Davis 3rd Place International Lindy Hop Championships Solo Charleston, Washington DC USA

2013 Official Judge at: Collegiate Jitterbug Championships (Des Moines USA), Korean Lindy Hop Championships (Seoul Korea), International Lindy Hop Championships (Washington DC USA), European Swing Dance Championships (London UK)

2012

Sharon Davis 1st Place Lindy Focus Solo Dance-Off, Asheville USA
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 1st Place Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Battle, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 1st Place Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Lindy Hop Choreography, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 1st Place National Jitterbug Championships (Camp Hollywood), Lindy Hop Classic Choreography, Los Angeles USA
Sharon Davis (as Bonnie Fox) 2nd Place World Burlesque Games, London UK
Sharon Davis & Nick Williams Finalists Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Slow Dance, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis Finalist Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Solo Jazz, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis Finalist Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Solo Blues, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis 4th Place National Jitterbug Championships (Camp Hollywood), Advanced Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, Los Angeles USA

2012 Official Judge at: Korean Lindy Hop Championships (Seoul Korea), European Swing Dance Championships (Barcelona Spain)

2011

Sharon Davis 1st Place Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Solo Blues, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 2nd Place Camp Jitterbug Lindy Hop Couples, Seattle USA
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane Finalists Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Battle, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis 3rd Place International Lindy Hop Championships Solo Charleston, Washington DC USA
Sharon Davis 3rd Place International Lindy Hop Championships Cabaret Division, Washington DC USA
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 6th Place International Lindy Hop Championships Lindy Hop Classic, Washington DC USA
Sharon Davis & Carl Nelson 6th Place International Lindy Hop Championships All-Star Jack & Jill, Washington DC USA
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 8th Place International Lindy Hop Championships Strictly Lindy Champions Division, Washington DC USA

2011 Official Judge at: Crazy Rhythm Challenge (Toulouse France), Korean Lindy Hop Championships (Seoul Korea), Canadian Swing Dance Championships (Montreal Canada), European Swing Dance Championships (Barcelona Spain)

2010

Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 1st Place Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Battle, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 1st Place Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Lindy Hop Couples Showcase, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis & Kevin St Laurent 1st Place Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Slow Dance, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis 1st Place Stockholm Jazz Jam Solo Authentic Jazz, Stockholm Sweden
Sharon Davis 2nd Place Lone Star Championships Solo Charleston, Austin USA
Sharon Davis & Max Pitruzzella 2nd Place Lindy Focus Invitational Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, Asheville USA
Sharon Davis Finalist Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Solo Jazz, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis Finalist Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Solo Blues, New Orleans USA
Sharon Davis & Davis Thurber Finalists Stockholm Jazz Jam Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, Stockholm Sweden
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane Finalists Stockholm Jazz Jam Lindy Hop Couples Division, Stockholm Sweden
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane Finalists Camp Jitterbug Lindy Hop Couples, Seattle USA

2009

The Killer Dillers, 1st Place International Lindy Hop Championships, Team Division, Washington DC USA
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane Finalists Frankie95 (Frankie Manning’s 95th Birthday Festival) Lindy Hop Hellzapoppin Contest, New York USA
Sharon Davis & Mike Roberts Finalists Frankie95 (Frankie Manning’s 95th Birthday Festival) Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, New York USA
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 2nd Place Grenoble Lindy Tournament, Lindy Hop Impro Division, Grenoble France
Sharon Davis & Olivier C. 2nd Place Grenoble Lindy Tournament, Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, Grenoble France
Sharon Davis & Andy Spitz 2nd Place Grenoble Lindy Tournament Balboa Division, Grenoble France
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 3rd Place Camp Jitterbug Lindy Hop Couples Division, Seattle USA
Sharon Davis Finalist Camp Jitterbug Solo Charleston, Seattle USA
Sharon Davis Finalist Grenoble Lindy Tournament Solo Charleston, Grenoble France
Sharon Davis 5th Place International Lindy Hop Championships Solo Charleston, Washington DC USA
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 8th Place International Lindy Hop Championships Strictly Lindy Champions Division, Washington DC USA

2008

Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 1st Place International Lindy Hop Championships Open Strictly Lindy Division, Washington USA
Sharon Davis 1st Place National Jitterbug Championships (Camp Hollywood) Lindy Hop Advanced Jack & Jill, Los Angeles USA
Sharon Davis 1st Place Canadian Swing Championships Charleston Battle, Montreal Canada
Sharon Davis 1st Place Canadian Swing Championships Advanced Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, Montreal Canada
Sharon Davis 1st Place Canadian Swing Championships Cabaret Showcase Division, Montreal Canada
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 1st Place Grenoble Lindy Tournament Lindy Hop Showcase, Grenoble France
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 1st Place Grenoble Lindy Tournament Fast Feet Lindy Division, Grenoble France
Sharon Davis 1st Place Grenoble Lindy Tournament Solo Charleston, Grenoble France
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 2nd Place Grenoble Lindy Tournament Lindy Hop Impro Division, Grenoble France
Sharon Davis 3rd Place International Lindy Hop Championships Cabaret Division, Washington USA
Sharon Davis & Olivier Harouard 3rd Place Grenoble Lindy Tournament Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, Grenoble France
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 4th Place Boston Tea Party Strictly Lindy Hop Division, Boston USA
Sharon Davis & Francois Bechu Finalists, Goodnight Sweetheart GNSH Lindy Hop Jack & Jill
Sharon Davis Finalist Stockholm Jazz Jam Solo Authentic Jazz, Stockholm Sweden
Sharon Davis & Juan Villafane 5th Place National Jitterbug Championships (Camp Hollywood) Lindy Hop Pro Division, Los Angeles USA

2007

Sharon Davis & Kevin St Laurent 1st Place International Lindy Hop Championships Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, Washington USA
Sharon Davis Finalist Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Solo Blues, Minneapolis USA
Sharon Davis 2nd Place Melbourne Lindy Battle Charleston Challenge, Melbourne Australia

2006

Sharon Davis 1st Place Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Solo Charleston, Minneapolis USA
Sharon Davis Finalist Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Solo Blues, Minneapolis USA
Sharon Davis & Chance Bushman Finalists Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Lindy Hop Jack & Jill, Minneapolis USA

Appearances

Here are some of the festivals and events around the world, at which Sharon has been a featured performer or instructor:

Euro Dance Festival, Rust Germany
Herrang Dance Camp, Sweden
Frankie 100 Festival, New York USA
International Lindy Hop Championships, Washington DC USA
Camp Jitterbug, Seattle USA
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, New Orleans USA
Canadian Swing Championships, Montreal Canada
Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend, Las Vegas USA
Ooh La La Cherie Revue, Plaza Klub, Zurich Switzerland
Camp Swing It, Seoul South Korea
Swingin’ Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina
Paris Jazz Roots Festival, Paris France
Lindy Focus, Asheville USA
Camp Hollywood, Los Angeles USA
Rock That Swing Festival, Munich Germany
World Burlesque Games, London UK
Brasil Swing Out Extravaganza, Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Swing Out New Hampshire, USA
Harlem Festival, Vilnius Lithuania
Smokey Feet, Amsterdam Netherlands
Royal Burlesque (Voodoo DeLuxe), Milan Italy
Sweets & Beats, Nuremberg Germany
Camp Savoy, London UK
Lindy Shock, Budapest Hungary
Inspiration Weekend, Orange USA
Swing Crash, Como Italy
Sydney Swing Festival, Sydney Australia
Summer Jamboree Festival, Senigallia Italy
Stompology, Rochester USA
Vintage Swing Festival, Ljubljana Slovenia
Lune Noire, Bern Switzerland
SwingIN, Indianapolis USA
Swing & Swim, Thessaloniki Greece
Nancy-Laxou Swing Festival, Nancy France
Sugar Swing, Edmonton Canada
Swing Brother Swing, Bologna Italy
Swingin’ Paris, Paris France
ALF, Trondheim Norway
Barswingona, Barcelona Spain
Hullabaloo, Perth Australia
Feelin’ Blues, Tel Aviv Israel
NZX, Auckland New Zealand
Crazy Rhythm Challenge, Toulouse France
Goodnight Sweetheart, Hertfordshire UK
Cotton Club Weekend, Foix France
Swing-A-Dance, Quebec City Canada
Moscow Xmas Camp, Moscow Russia
Shout Sister Shout, Rome Italy
Camp Catalina, Catalina USA
Halloween Swing Camp, Stockholm Sweden
Be-Lindy Zena Camp, Genova Italy
Provence Swing Festival, France
Southern Belle Swing Bash, Atlanta USA
Swing Art Festival, Bordeaux France
Cirque Rouge, Vienna Austria
Swingin’ Spring Festival, Goteborg Sweden
Rockin’ in Rhythm, Dublin Ireland
Havelhop, Potsdam Germany
Swingin’ in the Rain, Liege Belgium
Killer Diller Weekend, Pittsburgh USA
Southbound Festival, Perth Australia
Grenoble Lindy Exchange, Grenoble France
Prague Spring Swing Festival, Prague Czech Republic
La Santa Swing, Canary Islands
LHAIF (Lindy Hop Argentina Internacional Festival), Buenos Aires Argentina
Vienna Hot Swing Jam, Vienna Austria
Gin House Burlesque, London UK
Chase Festival, Heidelberg Germany
Fallin’ in Blues Festival, Grenoble France
Roaring Twenties Street Jam, Pasadena USA
Sophisticated Lady Festival, Genova Italy
Sving du Nord, Minneapolis USA
London Girl Jam, London UK
Hullzapoppin, Hull UK
Salon Rouge, Cambridge UK
Heartland Swing Festival, Des Moines USA
Enter the Blues, Atlanta USA
Swingin’ Graz, Graz Austria
Swing Break Camp, Buenos Aires Argentina