ALINA SOKULSKA & FEDOR NEDOTKO
CLÀUDIA FONTE & MARIA MALLAN
Alina Sokulska (UCR)
Alina started her path as a solo dance artist since the very early age gaining experience and knowledge in many dance styles and cultures. Jazz dance has become her major passion and for the moment she is one of those dancers in the swing dance community elaborating on her own dance language with intertexts of swing, blues, bebop, UK jazz, afro and latin. Same as Fedor, Alina comprehends jazz as an African rooted artform. Through her theoretical researches of jazz dance history she broadens the limits of what is called “swing dance” to African-American dance, both in practice, art and teaching approach.
In her art she tries to follow the quotation by Hope Boykin, Ailey dancer:
Everything should be done with purpose, passion and style. Everything.
Fedor NEDOTKO (RUS)
Fedor Nedotko has been one of the first professional dancers in East European region to promote jazz dance, swing dance, African dance and salsa in the early 2000s. Based in St. Petersburg, Fedor remains one of the most influential instructors in Russia and its neighbor countries. He is a founder of Casa Latina dance club, where he has educated several generations of swing and salsa dancers, applying his fundamental approach of the African rooted nature of these major American social dance styles.
“For me, jazz is not an abstract music, it is, first of all, a dancing mood, a state of emotional excitement. I don’t follow any particular swingdance styles as all of them create unique swingdance world. I consider musicality, comfort, freedom and partnering to be the most important in dancing.”
Alina & Fedor
Fedor and Alina have been working together for about 8 years, teaching African-American dances both locally and internationally, as well as researching its history and anthropology. As a result of their passion to cultures and dancing, they created a festival of African-American dance, Evolution Solo Weekend, that they are running for 6 years already at the home studio, Casa Latina in St. Petersburg
Clàudia Fonte (BCN)
Swing dancer (Lindy Hop & Authentic Jazz), Clàudia Fonte explores and embraces all kinds of playful ways in her dancing. Her main source is Swing music. Taking the classic rhythms and moves as the foundation, she challenges herself to keep them alive through her own perspective and interpretation.
Even though swing dance has a great historical tradition, she believes in its evolution and expansion; respecting but also transforming the roots she tries different ways and communication styles, like in the partner dance. Authentic Jazz enables her to achieve and explore challenges proposed by Swing music. Essential to her approach is promoting solo dancing in the context of social dancing, as well. Dancefloor is where everything starts and where the magic happens.
Maria Mallan (MALLORCA)
She is one of the leaders in the Sa Cotxeria, school in Mallorca. Her dancing style is unique and when you see her dance right away, you want to learn this creamy groove that characterizes it. She has studied Dramatic Arts, a musical performance, where he has received training in almost all artistic disciplines: singing, dancing, mime, acrobatics and interpretation. She has studied contemporary dance at the Councilor of Dance of Murcia and Carmen Senra School, Madrid and has worked with several contemporary dance companies (Isabel Lavella, Marga Llobera).