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Chester A. WHITMORE

Chester danse depuis 1974. Il fut l’apprenti de l’illustre Fayard Nicholas (des Nicholas Brothers), et a dansé à travers le monde. Aujourd’hui, il est danseur, enseignant, chorégraphe, réalisateur, interprète, cascadeur, et artiste de télévision. Ses chorégraphies peuvent être vues dans des clips pour Boys II Men, Sugar Ray, Teena Marie, ou encore dans des travaux réalisés avec des artistes tels que Savion Glover, MC Hammer, Prince, et de bien d’autres.
Également batteur et chef de groupe de renom, il a travaillé avec certains des meilleurs de l’Univers du Jazz. Avec sa compagnie de danse Black Ballet Jazz, il a travaillé avec le Lionel Hampton Orchestra, le Duke Ellington Orchestra, le Count Basie Orchestra et le grand Miles Davis. Cet artiste-né dégage une énergie positive et une passion sans limites pour la danse. Ses contributions sont innombrables, et il suffit de le voir pour le comprendre.

© Video: Swingin' at the Savoy

© Photo: Karen Ludwig

 

Jenny THOMAS

Jenny trained at The Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.

As a young student, having several All England Championship titles in Tap, Ballet & Modern dance under her belt, she went on to win *The US Open, the American Swing Dance Championships & the UK Open Lindy Hop Championships.

Starting her West End Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance with Wayne Sleep she continued to partner Wayne for the next 5 years in various shows, royal galas and guest appearances.

Jenny was introduced to Authentic Jazz Dances such as The Charleston, Blues & Lindy Hop back in 1992 for Anthony Van Laast’s European tour ‘Souls in Motion’, during which she was invited to join ‘Zoots and Spangles’ Authentic Jazz Dance Company.

Specialising in these niche dance forms has seen Jenny choreograph and perform all over the world including prestigious venues such as St James Theatre, BROADWAY, The London Palladium, the Royal Opera House, the Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, London’s West End.

Other credits include The Tony Awards, the Macy’s Day Parade, and the blockbuster movie The Polar Express with Tom Hanks ; Soloist and Assistant Choreographer for the Original cast of The Broadway Musical: SWING.

Recent accompishmets –  Musical Dance Consultant for the upcoming ‘Back To The Future’ The Musical.

Choreography and Assistant to Paul Robinson for upcoming music video ‘In These Shoes’ by ex -Bond-Girl: Susie Vanner.

Since 2006 she has coached, choreographed and performed on many of the top Prime Time TV shows of today:

Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Christmas Special, The Peoples Strictly for Comic Relief, Strictly Dance Fever, So You Think You Can Dance, USA’s Dancing With The Stars, Jazz/Tap coach on ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

In 2019 Jenny had the honour of choreographing the D-Day 75th anniversary celebrations for BBC in Southsea for the veterans, 14 Heads of States and Her Majesty The Queen.

As well as choreographing 13 routines during this last season of Strictly Come Dancing, she was also interviewed on BBC2’s It Takes Two for her choreographic contributions to the show for the past 13 years. Copy and paste this link to view the interview.  https://youtu.be/3t-q6Rv09FM.

She has been choreographing Charleston, Salsa and Pro Group routines on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2006. Many of the memorable routines have been created by Jenny, such as Ed Balls ‘Gangnam Style’ Salsa, Danny & Oti’s ‘Puttin On The Ritz’ Charleston & ‘The Lonely Goatherd’ for Giovanni & Faye, to literally name but a few...

 

She was also choreographer for two prestigious TV Award nominations.

-BAFTA nominated ‘Virgin Must See Moment 2016’ – Gangnam Style with Ed Balls & Katya Jones, Salsa Routine.

-NRTA Winner Best Performance in a Reality Show 2018 – Debbie McGee & Giovanni Pernice Salsa Routine.

Jenny was principal choreographer for Stephen Poliakoff’s BBC2 six-part period drama Close To The Enemy starring Alfred Molina & Angela Bassett and Stephen’s 2019’s new BBC drama Summer Of Rockets starring Keeley Hawes & Toby Stephens.

Keeping in the Strictly family, she has also guest choreographed for AJ Pritchard’s UK Tour Get On The Floor and ‘The Ballroom Boys for Ian Waite & Vincent Simone and ‘Dance To The Music’ Tour for Kristina Rianoff & Robin Windsor.

In past years she has been lead dancer for the filming of How to for Lindy Hop, Charleston, Boogie Woogie and Rock and Roll for BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever.

Jenny also made history by bringing Swing Dance to The Houses of Parliament with Strictly star Robin Windsor. Launching UK’s Dance Manifesto 2015 for the All Party Parliamentary Dance Group.

Between choreographic work, Jenny still continues to teach and inspire swing dancers across the globe at several International Swing Dance Events and also runs weekly Lindy Hop classes in Guildford.

© Texte et photo issus de: https://www.jennytapsthomas.com

© Video: The Snowball event

 

JB MINO

Jb est de Haute Savoie, où il a grandi. À l'âge de 17 ans, il découvre la danse de couple, notamment le Lindy Hop. Il commence la danse swing avec Andy Spitz à Lyon et, un an plus tard, rencontre Thomas Blacharz, fondateur des swingjammerz. Cette rencontre changea sa vie, et il décide alors de déménager à Montpellier pour y apprendre le Lindy Hop et son enseignement. Il se démarque avec un style dynamique et entrainant, ce qui lui permet de remporter de nombreuses compétitions, et de gagner une notoriété internationale.

© Video: Rock That Swing Festival

© Photo: cf. JB Mino

 

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