Below are the teachers that will enchant you this year at Swing Dracula Romanian Open
Both a Champion Lindy Hopper and a Champion West Coast Swing Dancer; Ben Morris began swing dancing at the age of 12 and is now a 2 time World Swing Dance Champion, 3 time U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion, Spirit of Lindy Hop award winner, a California Swing Dance Hall of Fame award winner and a featured dancer in the movie Love N' Dancing and the Leann Rimes Music Video "Swingin".
A graduate of UCLA, he currently lives in Orange County, California, running his weekly dance Swingin the Blues and regularly guest teaching at several local colleges.
On the weekends Ben travels all over the world to teach, compete, judge and perform and is known for his fun dance style, infectious personality, and enjoyable workshops.
Thibault is living in Toulon, south of France. He started dancing at 6 years old with Boogie Woogie, where he succeeded in competing in Junior and Main class division. He placed many times in the French National team and he has won a France champion title.
In the meantime, he has also danced other partner dances like salsa, Bachata Kizomba…. Then shortly after, he started teaching in his parents’ dance studio and in October 2013 he participated in his 1st WCS competition in the novice division. He became passionate by this dance, got training and gave up every other dances to fully pursue his passion for WCS. He has trained with the best professionals of this dance.
In less than 4 years, he became one of the best All-star dancers and placed in a lot of European and American Events.
His own and unique style comes from his Boogie Experience with his excellent musicality.
He is currently a very good teacher. He likes to combine good technique in a relaxed environment with fun and discipline. His teaching, his vision of WCS and his analysis and expertise of the dance make him a very appreciated and valued teacher in all the different dance conventions in the world where he teaches, judges and competes.
When only 21 years old, Thibault Ramirez is considered as a very talented “rising star” of West Coast Swing.
Ardena comes from the United States, where she danced as a professional ballroom dancer and received an education in psychology, leadership development and personal fitness training. She later moved to Norway where she completed a master degree education in International Development in parallel to running her business Argo Dance & Fitness. She has helped to fuel the growth of the WCS community in Norway by regularly teaching and consistently bringing International WCS professionals to Scandinavia for intensive dance training workshops. One of her most popular events is the Winter White West Coast Swing WWWCS, a yearly World Swing Dance Council Registry event that takes place in the Oslo region. Ardena believes that dancing allows all individuals to grow mentally, physically and spiritually. She strives to show the world that we can all “enhance through dance”.
Ardena first began ballroom dancing at the tender age of 6 in her native country, Kosovo. Her family immigrated to the United States when they were forced to leave Kosovo during the ethnic cleansing in 1999. After arriving in the USA, she wanted to expand her range of dances. She joined dance teams in her adopted community of Lexington, Kentucky, which emphasized jazz, pompom, and hip-hop dance styles. During her high school years, her highly competitive dance team had won the state championship for two consecutive years, and regularly performed at national level sporting events.
In her early 20s, Ardena was hired as an instructor after only six lessons at Lexington’s Arthur Murray Dance Studio, one of the most sought after dance studios in the world. While there, she taught over 18 partner-style dances, both competitive and non-competitive. These dances included waltz, foxtrot, tango, salsa, bachata and west coast swing.
She continually educates herself by attending international seminars, workshops and competitions. She also regularly takes privates from international champions. Among some of the past and present professionals; Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine & Liana Churilova (The World Mambo/Rhythm Champions), Nick Kosovich (United States American Smooth Champion), Jason Miklic ( WCS Champion), Stephen White (Wcs Champion), Robert Royston (Wcs Champion) and Tatiana Mollmann (Wcs Champion).
Adam and Rita first started teaching Boogie-Woogie together in 2002.
They also competed that year and became Hungarian Champions. Many of their students became Hungarian Champions themselves and were successful even internationally. Some of them are still teaching and developing the Boogie community in Hungary.
Adam and Rita fell in love with West Coast Swing during a demo class in Munich, 2007. After that they sought every opportunity to learn more and more. One year later, mostly to the gentle push of around 60 of their students, they started teaching it. Very soon Adam and Rita had to give up Boogie teaching completely to have the time and focus to build the Hungarian West Coast Swing Community.
Together, they now teach 7 different weekly classes, from beginner to competitor levels. The couple is invited all over Europe, from France to Russia multiple times yearly to share their knowledge and experience.
Adam and Rita organize the biggest West Coast Swing events in Hungary: BudaFest and Hungarian Open. These are recognized by the World Swing Dance Council and bring together top teachers from all over the world. They are very proud of having built a Hungarian West Coast Swing Community that is among the 4 largest ones in Europe.