Leonardo & IraItaly
Leonardo Ostaggio and Ira Ishchuk will join the teachers team!
From Rome, Italy, Leonardo started his journey as a dancer at the age of 13 diving into Hip Hop and its related styles, where he performed, trained and competed nationally. After discovering Lindy Hop at a music and cultural festival in Rome, he hasn’t turned back since and his passion and love for the dance has only continued to grow. Apart from his strong focus and studies in Lindy Hop, he also teaches Blues, Authentic Jazz and St Louis Shag and has recently discovered his love for Tap Dance. As he loves to take inspiration and ideas from as many places as possible, he has also touched on Balboa, Contemporany, Modern Dance and Ballet.
Leonardo has been travelling, performing, competing & attending dance classes from the best international Swing Dancers around the world developing his own dynamic style and personality.
Ira Ishchuk started dancing Lindy Hop in 2006 and found that this is the best way to express yourself, have fun, meet people and discover the world. She first found her way into couple dancing as a Follower (with a capital F), but since then has found thrill in her own interpretation and improvisation. She prefers to dance for, and with, her partner rather than the audience and doesn’t go for flashy dancing. She tries to follow as much as it is possible and find ways to have the most comfortable, joyful and unified dance: “Listen to the music, your partner and your body. Follow these guidelines and you’ll have the best dances ever!” During the last year she has been teaching Lindy Hop and Blues and Solo Jazz in Taiwan, Sweden, Denmark, at Dragon Swing, Herrang and Lindy Shock.