Teaching is our main business and passion! We teach Lindy Hop and Authentic Solo Jazz at both national and international level. We are usually very flexible to make our classes affordable for any size of event: workshops, private classes, weddings, etc.
Our story can be an inspirational one, as it goes against the very common idea in the dance world that “first you need to promote your dance in competitions, performances, etc, only then you’ll start to be invited to teach at international events”.
But, all that has happened so far (see map bellow) has been a result of mouth-to-mouth promotion of our work as teachers and social dancers. Indeed, because of our “non-spotlight” nature, it has also been a surprise for us. But it means that we where wrong… the dance community highly values social dancing and specially highly pedagogical classes, even if you’re not an Youtube sensation.
Teaching is an art-form in itself
We spend a lot of time dancing with different people, specially beginners, and are constantly tweaking and developing our teaching and dance approach.
Locally we initiate and stay with students for long periods of time (>3 years). This gives us a super powerful tool to measure the pedagogical effectiveness of our teaching. Like some crazy scientists, we constantly experiment with new approaches with our local students, and are able to accompany the impact of our teaching in their “dance development”.
This long-term feedback tool allows us to optimize the real Long-term value of our classes. Sure we like to provide a “good time” in class (short-term results), but our ultimate goal is the measurable impact our classes have in the future.
We’re looking to develop dancers, not to create students
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.
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 Why, What 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.
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 learn 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.
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 teaching strength, as I had to consciously understand and learn the inner works of swing dances, starting from it’s most basic elements like balance and rhythm.
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.
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.
Master’s in Biomedical Engineering IST/FML.
PhD in Biomedical Engineering IST/FML.
Information for Organizers
Our work is valuable, but the money we ask for it highly depends on several variables. We’ve given classes for groups of different sizes as well as private classes. We’ve also performed in very different settings.
We always try to find out what works best for the event while being fair for us. Feel free to contact us ([email protected]) with your proposal or inquiry. To speed things up, try to mention these topics in your email.
As organizers ourselves, we deeply respect the usually tight budget management of events. So we will help out in finding the cheapest traveling options.
In general we prefer to travel on Friday and return on Monday, unless the event span is longer than that or we take some vacations time out.
Our standard deal is that transportation required for the event are covered by it.
We’ll gladly hold auditions, judge competitions, and do social dance demos. Just let us know before the event that you’re interested in any of these, or others.
If you’re interested in a choreographed performance, or in other specific services, please contact us in advance.
Besides teaching dance, David is also an enthusiastic Swing & Blues DJ with international experience – website – and is also a music geek, having a drive to create (and play in) swing bands.
Contact us if you’re interest in DJ’ing or musicality tasters to be part of your package.
We like to be hosted by local dancers. We love to mingle with friendly people, and appreciate that they are able to show us the local culture and social life. Of course we won’t say “no” to the luxury of private hosting or hotel.
Double bed, or two single mattresses (avoiding air ones) put together, is preferred as we are a couple.
Please note that Cátia does not ride bikes. So if the venues are more than 20 min walking distance, alternative transportation will be needed.
Cátia is a little allergic to do fur. Having said that, she can stay with dog owners, as long as the bed is not full fur.
Food is not what drives us, hence we have no food preferences or dietary needs, but we do like to “eat healthy”. As long as we have appropriate nutrients and calories for the day, and avoid spicy hot or overly salty food, we are fine. Having said that, we mostly prefer to eat simple food, specially with the locals, than going to a fancy restaurant.
To avoid: Spicy hot food (Chili, black pepper, etc. Garlic and Ginger are fine)
Our standard deal regarding food is that three meals plus snacks are included the days we teach.
Neither of us really enjoys alcoholic drinks. Of course we will do the honor of a special toast, but otherwise we mostly prefer to drink water and fruit juice.
Our standard deal regarding drinks is that we get enough drinkable water (can be tap water if good) on the days we teach. If you are unaware of how much David sweats, please notice the emphasis on “enough”.
We speak Portuguese (not expecting that uh!?) and English fluently. We also can understand a little of Spanish, French and Italian, but not enough to be useful in class.
Because our classes are a lot about concepts and more abstract ideas, their true value will only be attained if the message is clear.
If your event has a relevant number of participants that are not at ease with English, it would be valuable for everyone (us, the students and the event) if we can find someone to translate. We’ll need to have a 15/30min meeting with them beforehand, to make sure class flow is as smooth as possible for everyone.
We want to serve your event and your participants with the best possible learning experience. And the more we know about them, and the event focus, the better. So, we recommend a social dance before classes, so we can met in person and dance with the participants and organizers.
Cátia and David are truly a gifted pair.
So much joy and infectious enthusiasm shines through them, that makes you look at dancing with “new eyes”. But it doesn’t stop there: they atomise movement with concepts so clear, that make it so much easier to make personal progress, in their classes theory and playfullness go hand in hand – and the flow I’ve experienced in class has left an imprint on my dancing soul.
I’m looking forward to swing out with you again somewhere on this earth!
Having David and Cátia as teachers was a great experience. While organizing the workshop they helped us and gave us some good advice, making things easier and better.
Teaching wise, they transmit a philosophy and a way of understanding the dance beyond doing steps. Their technique is wonderful, and so it is their ability to explain it and make people understand it in a simple but effective way. You can see there is a strong didactic experience and a great knowledge of the dancing and the music. They are able to adapt to the necessities and the level of the students.
People loved their classes and explanations and they have had the feeling of learning and having fun. What else could we ask for?
Cátia & David have always impressed us with their charisma. They have an incredible passion not only for dancing, but also for teaching.
We had them teach at our event. The students loved them and their classes are just unforgettable. What else do you want … As teachers ourselves we are inspired by their teaching techniques and ideas.
Thank you, Cátia & David!
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.
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
If I were given the opportunity to freely choose a couple to attend classes with on a weekly basis, and if Skye and Frida were not available, my choice would be David and Cátia.
Taking classes with them was one of those dance changing moments pushing my awareness, my ambitions and potentially some of my skills to another level when it comes to techniques, rhythm, musicality – and fun.
And they are such great people.
Recently I joined a workshop in The Netherlands from David and Cátia.
They are friendly, fun and joyful. And give you the necessary good workout on the basics!
Their professionalism is shown in explaining basic principles in a positive and clear way, that gave everybody the motivation to work on improving. Breaking down complicated stuff to little pieces made it much easier to understand a movement and caused a lot of happy faces.
Ending the class with some nice variations in which you can apply what you have learned. Power from Portugal this couple!
You know how it normally works with expectations: the higher you set them, the less they are met.
BUT, Marta and I have found a huge exception to this rule in meeting David & Cátia. We were since long looking forward to attending their lessons, and our expectations were big about them. We had heard about their naturalness, the sympathy and their communicating skills, and we experienced all that to be true, and much more.
Cátia is a huge dancer. Charming, devoted to the lesson in every single moment, focused in their students, and very very attentive to the particularities of each one of them. David is exquisitely technical and analytic, yet extraordinarily rhythmic and elegant, a real master of syncopation.
Both create a very joyful atmosphere in class, and make focusing and concentrating in their teachings a simple task. The importance they give to body awareness and small technical details change the way we see Lindy Hop from the basement.
We can definitely say that, after our workshop with them, I finally learned how to rock step. And that was only the beginning…
Be aware, after David&Cátia’s class you are not going to be the same dancer anymore!
Exhaustless creators, music geeks, and simply a friendly couple, they teach in a new and organic way. While others straggle inventing Lindy moves, David&Cátia open you up a new undreamed language which inspires to invent new moves yourself. Their class is a fascinating puzzle, it starts simple with the basics, and then builds up into a complex picture of a new technique or even approach to the dance itself. Besides, going home with pockets full of bonuses is ‘a must’.
We met at Swing Summit, Lindy Shock, Swing Sixteenth, Smokey feet in Amsterdam – and looking forward to prolong this list!!!
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.
In addition to the warmth and joy David and Cátia bring in their dancing, their teaching is fun and methodical.
They break down Lindy hop to essential components which challenges your assumptions and opens a world of opportunities in your dancing!