Lindy Hop

About Us

We’ve known each other ever since Cátia was born, but started to spread our love for Swing rhythm and the joyfulness of Lindy Hop in 2011, when we started teaching together.

Both locally (Portugal) and internationally, we deliver step-by-step classes built on top of some fun but challenging material that ensures you learn with solid technique and rhythm.

Our hope is always that you take home what you’ve learned as a tool to create something new and awesome.

In class…

We have complementary approaches: David, energetic and with a strong analytical mind, deconstructs the nuclear biomechanical elements of the movements and rhythmic structure of the dance and music, teaching them in detail, while Cátia prefers to use analogies in a more intuitive and organic approach, always trying to bring out to the best in each student.

Our classes are usually built bottom-up, starting with a key idea/concept (rhythm, posture, balance, connection technique, etc) and the vocabulary, a.k.a. steps or moves, are used as tools to explore the applications of the main goal(s). We always try to challenge everyone… Because we are a two-headed balanced team, there’s no particular extra focus on leaders or followers.

We are also very specific on WhyWhat and How we are doing things in class. Althought there are plenty of practice times during class, nobody is ever left with a “just do it” instruction.

Map of where we taught

In performances/competitions…

We are social dancers at heart, that will gladly dance the whole night through, but it’s not easy to find us in front of a camera. Anyways, here is a finals video of one of the few competitions we participated in, and where Cátia took first place.

David Afonso

Cátia Fonseca

I’ve been in love with dancing ever since I can recall, and dancing has always fulfilled me more than anything else.
Modern and contemporary dances were my choice since adolescence, until one day, while visiting Slovenia, I discovered Lindy Hop!
From that day I knew that was what I wanted. The energy, the music, the smiles and the social aspect of it motivated me to learn it and pass it on to the students.

I’ve had modern and contemporary dance classes for 6 years, with several teachers.
I’ve learnt that technique is important as well as knowing our body and its movement. Adapting the dance to our identity is even more important, as is putting our soul into any movement.

David Afonso

David Afonso

I’ve always loved music and sports, but had never danced until 2010. Dancing was not for me, a bad two-left-footed dancer!
But the energy and joyfulness of Swing dance and music got me hooked. Fast forwarding to the present time, my obvious starting limitation is now my greatest strength, as I deeply understand the inner works of swing dances starting from it’s most basic elements, like balance and rhythm.

Musical background

I started to “carefully listen” to music around 8 years old, studying in depth vinyls of staple names such as Pink Floyd, Electric Light Orchestra and Chris de Burgh.

I quickly picked up a crappy classical guitar and learned some pop-rock songs by myself.

Just before getting into the Lindy Hop I picked up the alto saxophone, but practice time quickly faded due to dance classes. It’s a dream that I intend to grab in the future.

Physical background

I had never danced before starting Lindy in 2010. Not at home, not at the disco, nowhere. But the swimming and karate years shaped the biomechanics perception of my own body. The study of biomedical engineering, with its components of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology, etc., gave me a good functional notion of the human body.

Additionally, I did specific training and got certification (Certificate Sports Coach) in the area of fitness.

Academic background

Master’s in Biomedical Engineering IST/FML.

Some videos


The passion and energy David and Cátia are bringing to the dance floor and their classes is incredible. Knowing and working with them over many years, they truly know what Lindy hop is all about and fully embrace the spirit of the dance.

We hired them for SwingSummit 2015 and 2016 because their work as teachers not only amazed the students with their engagement, commitment, clarity and creativity, but the entire teaching team felt inspired by their never-ending power.

Much love and respect

Ali Taghavi & Katja Uckerman, SwingStep
We came across David & Cátia at Swing Summit and were very impressed by their enthusiasm, expertise, pace of lesson as well as their teaching partnership.

Their genuine love for Lindy Hop, their boundless energy & positivity shone through every class for us.

Joo-Lee Stock & Andy Lewis, Djam
David and Cátia are a pleasure to work with and a joy to learn from.

They joined us in Prague to teach a week of workshops and it was pleasure to have them involved with the event. They communicated well with organizers and are flexible too, which is essential to help make a special experience for everyone.

They have a boundless energy which inspires students and their classes are well-planned and organised – and when it comes to parties, they are a blast. They love to make fun, they play great music when they DJ, they party hard and above all they love to share their passion to dance with everyone they meet.

They really know what they’re doing.

Áňa Potápka, SwingBusters

Information for Organizers

When booking us for an event, feel free to ask any question you want as well as look around this website for specific information you might require. Below is some that might be useful in planning your event.