Helena & Joris
Helena and Joris are based in Ghent, Belgium where they teach at 'Crazy Legs'.
Helena is a vernacular jazz dancer and costume designer. Over the last 18 years she has explored many dance forms, from ballet to african dance, tango, capoeira, contemporary dance, theatre, samba & modern jazz dance.
She bumped into lindy hop in 2009, and it was love at first sight. Ever since then, she has been attending numerous workshops in Europe and attended dance residencies in Montreal and New York.
Focusing on lindy hop and solo authentic jazz, she has created her own unique style which integrates the variety of the dance styles she studied previously. She is a bomb of energy on the dancefloor, surprising her partner with dazzling footwork.
She started her performing career with the Belgian authentic jazz and Lindy Hop troupe, the Dipsy Doodles and Swingzapoppin, who she danced with until 2012. She has been teaching in Belgium since May 2010 with talented dancers like Joris Focquaert, Brecht Devloo, Erik Lenaers, Sander Versluys, Kris Bauwens, Mertcan Mert, Stoff Van Belle and Andy Spitz. She is currently teaching solo jazz & lindy hop in her hometown & lindy hop internationally with Andrew Hsi, Simon Bressanelli & Joris Foquaert.
Joris discovered the Lindy Hop in Copenhagen when he was studying at the Commedia School for mime & physical theatre. A background in the art of clowning, he takes this to his Jazz dances & dance performances, forming his attitude towards the dance. In class, Joris tries to share his best of ideas. He is one of the starting figures of swing dance school 'Crazy Legs' (Ghent) & vernacular Jazz dance troupe 'the Dipsy Doodles'. Today he is a busy working dancer in Belgium & abroad, next to studying the Jazz trombone.