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 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.

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.

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.

Testimonials

from Organizers

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

2015

Ali Taghavi & Katja Uckerman, SwingStep
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.

2015

Áňa Potápka, SwingBusters
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!

2015

Mia Gao & Poldi Haberstumpf, That Swing
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?

2016

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!

from Students

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!

2016

Zoë Robbë, facebook
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.

2015

Joo-Lee Stock & Andy Lewis, Djam
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!!!

2016

Julia Hilevych & Ivan Kryven, facebook
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…

2016

Jorge Cuadri & Marta Lafarga, ZaraSwing
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!

2016

Janna Marcella, facebook