Bernard & Anne-Hélène are professional dancers, instructors, choreographers & performers, specialized in swing & blues dancing, couple or solo dances
Anne-Helene & Bernard fell in love with Swing Dancing by the end of 1997… since there, they dance Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, Charleston & Jazz Roots almost every day. Because of their special background (Anne-Helene is a dancer since she was 7 years old in ballet, modern jazz & contemporary when Bernard started to be a musician and a sportsman) they became quickly known nationally, and then internationally
They started to teach and spread their passion in 2001. From there, they have been asked to teach in international workshop all over the world: USA, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, and all over Europe : Sweden, England, Scotland, Netherland, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Spain, Italia, Russia, Ukraine … and everywhere in France !
They run their dance school in Toulouse, Studio Hop since 2001, have their own dance studio since 2003, where they teach every evening lindy hop, balboa, charleston, jazz roots blues, in a relax and fun atmosphere.
They also choreography for there troup (the Tagada Swing Swing) who has won several times the main European troup competitions.
Anne-Helene & Bernard are also organizers of big workshop and festivals: from 2001 to 2004 the pink city swing or balboa festival, since 2003, the Studio hop summer camp, and the frenchie balboa festival, then the Crazy Rhythm Challenge, Hot Blues….
They are mainly social dancers, but hey sometimes participate in competitions. They have been 3rd at the International Balboa Championship at the Balboa Rendez-Vous in 2005 & 2006 in San Diego California. In June 2007, they win the American Classic Balboa Championship in Cleveland, the biggest Balboa competition in the world, and are still the only non-american couple that has won this title. And this year after the long break in competitions they returned and won Balboa Open Strictly division on ILHC 2018
They are especially known for their huge passion for the swing and the blues scenes, their musicality, and unique style, the good balance in the couple. About their teaching, they have their own pedagogy, super precise, always in evolution, offering new ways of explanations, exercises and moves to make the dance easier and more comfortable. Creating a super comfortable atmosphere in class with a lot of humor and cheerfulness, they are very accessible and are happy to speak about the dancing and happy to dance with everybody during parties.