Rocktober Intensive Lindy Hop Weekend

Todd Yannacone & Natalia Eristavi

Todd Yannacone & Natalia Eristavi

On August 2, 2019, Posted by , In Instructors, With No Comments

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Todd Yannacone has been a fixture on the international swing dance scene since he was a teenager. He is a California Swing Dance Hall of Fame inductee and Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame inductee. He holds countless titles from such prominent competitions as – The International Lindy Hop Championships, The European Swing Dance Championships, The American Lindy Hop Championships, The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, The U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships, The National Jitterbug Championships, Lone Star Championships – to name a few. He has been interviewed for Swing Dancer Magazine, “The Track” podcast, and various other publications both nationally and abroad. He has taught vernacular jazz, Balboa, Shag, Lindy Hop, Charleston, and other jazz era dances since he was 16 years old. His demand as an instructor, performer, and judge has taken him to 32 countries across five continents. He specializes in connection and musicality, which is apparent every time he steps on the dance floor. He has worked with dance and music legends alike – from Frankie Manning to Aretha Franklin – and is a member of the acclaimed dance troupe, the Silver Shadows.

Natalia Eristavi began swing dancing in 2010 at Atomic Ballroom in Irvine, CA, and quickly became one of LA’s up and coming Lindy Hop and Balboa dancers. Since then, she has won numerous competitions around the world, including at Lindy on the Rocks, Smokey Feet, and London Swing Festival. Drawing much of her inspiration from the original swing dancers from Southern California, she always seeks to maintain a level of attention to detail that is both authentic and creative. Her philosophies on dance stem from a desire for solid technique underneath a playful, musical approach to social dancing. Natalia loves to choreograph and perform but she is at the height of her self-expression when out on the dance floor dancing with different partners. There is something magical about creating an improvised dialogue of creativity with another person and she can’t get enough of it!

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