Dancing since 1974 and a protégé of Fayard Nicholas (of the Nicholas Brothers), Chester has been dancing his way around the world. These days he is a dancer, teacher, performer, choreographer, director, stunt man, and entertainer. His choreography can be seen in music videos for Boys II Men, Sugar Ray, and Teena Marie, and he has worked with artists such as Savion Glover, MC Hammer, Prince, and many more. Also a highly renowned drummer and band leader, he has worked with some of the best in the entertainment industry. He has performed with his dance company Black Ballet Jazz, with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra and the great Miles Davies. Chester transpires boundless positive energy and passion for dance and is a born entertainer. His contributions have been far too many to name them all. He can only be seen to be believed.
Angela Andrew is a dance artist born and raised in the East End of London. A veteran on the International Lindy Hop scene, she was mentored by the originators of the dance and is keen to retain the spirit of Lindy Hop as communicated to her. Out of respect and gratitude for this legacy, she embarked on a mission to encourage mindfulness in the transmission of Lindy Hop and its derivatives. Since 2012 Angela has, through a self-funded Mentorship scheme, supported the development of new teachers/young people entering the international Lindy Hop scene - especially those of African descent. Angela created The Swing Debates round table discussions, facilitating open dialogue on topical issues within the Lindy Hop community. She also created hashtags, such as #sankofaswing to raise awareness against repeating historical negative cycles. Sankofa is an Akan word (from Ghana) translating to 'go back and get which is good'. Her background in youth and community work was key in carrying forward these projects in a sustainable manner. Having achieved success in these areas, Angela is now focussing on her own artistic work outside the Lindy Hop sphere. She continues to fulfill her role as ‘Madrinha’ to Hodi Maputo Afro Swing Dance Company from Mozambique.
Many ask how Felipe learned Lindy Hop so quickly. The explanation is simple: his pre-Lindy life prepared him for what was to come. Training in theatrical acting gave Felipe body awareness and control as well as an ability to improvise--both in his energetic and now infamous class warm-ups, and in the competitions where he always shines. Felipe’s experience playing drums, as well as his youth in Brazil --where the music and dance culture are rich-- gave him an innate sense of rhythm. But more important than any of this is that Felipe has embodied the Lindy Hop spirit since before he knew it existed. It is hard to find someone who doesn’t like Felipe. His warm personality charms every dancer he meets, and his ability to connect with people in conversation carries over onto the dance floor. Anyone who has danced or talked with him will confirm: he always makes you feel special.