Teachers

Our Teachers


Meet the Teachers:

Full Swing Vintage Dance Studio is a full time studio facility with a teaching staff of 22 teachers!

Each of our classes have a team of teachers specialising in that style so we can cater to a wide variety of learn styles.

All of them are have a passion for what they do and help you learn and develop.


Saran

Owner/Head Teacher

At the age of 8, Saran gave up a promising career in artistic roller skating to start tap and jazz classes. Many years (and many ballet productions spent dressed as a flower or woodland creature) later, she discovered Lindy Hop and has never been the same since.

Michael

Owner/Head Teacher

Michael came to dancing from a martial arts background when he decided to give ballroom dancing a go to try to impress his girlfriend at the time. After trying out a variety of other dance styles, he found swing and has been hooked ever since.

Becky

Teacher

After 5 ½ years dancing Ballroom, Latin, and New Vogue, Becky was bitten by the Swing bug in May 2004 and hasn’t looked back.

She loves the playfulness of Lindy, the delicious smoothness of Balboa, the energy of Charleston and the lovely liquid feeling you get when dancing blues until the wee small hours.

Andrew

Teacher

Andrew was inadvertently introduced to dance while acting as a wingman for a colleague. Having sharpened his shoes on the mean streets of Auckland, he moved to Wellington to continue his education in the ways of Swing.

Lauren

Teacher

Lauren started learning Lindy Hop in 2001, but didn’t consider herself addicted until a few years later when she came back from traveling and started over again. She fell in love with Balboa during a weekend workshop in the UK, and that was it; Balboa’s smooth fast footwork and dreamy lead/follow connection never fail to bring a smile to her face.

Emma

Teacher

Emma has loved music and dancing all her life. After attempting to avoid any sort of school team sports at primary school she eventually found an activity that was right up her alley….a Ballroom and Latin American dance class. It was the beginning of her love affair with dance and saw her compete throughout New Zealand during her teenage years. Eventually it was time to step away from the rhinestones and fake tan and try out another style of dance…..Full Swing provided the perfect solution.

Jen

Teacher

Jen has joined us from Dunedin where she has headed Dunedin’s swing scene, Swing Riot, for the last three years. Jen began dancing in 2008 as a way to meet new friends while studying at the University of Otago and hasn’t looked back since.

Alistair

Teacher

A tall, lanky, monkey-like male from a sub-species of Homo sapiens, Alistair began dancing Lindy Hop in late 2011 before quickly taking up Balboa, Charleston, Blues, and, more recently, a light touch of tap.

Rachel

Teacher

Rachel started dancing Swing in 2012 at the suggestion of a friend, and since Balboa and Lindy Hop got her hooked she’s expanded her swing dance interests to include Charleston and Blues.

Vanessa

Teacher

Ness was introduced to Salsa dancing by a flatmate in Oxford way back in 2002 and when she returned to Wellington a year later found it a great way to make new friends and keep fit.

Peter

Teacher

Peter stumbled across lindy hop by accident halfway through a nine year stint in London, and ended up in the London Swing Dance Society’s performance troupe.

He’s made the pilgrimage to swing Mecca, Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden, twice, and closer to home travels around New Zealand to events too – the Napier Art Deco festival being a particular favourite.

Nick

Teacher

Originally hailing from Christchurch by way of Dunedin, Nick moved to Wellington after finishing his studies at the University of Otago.

He began dancing in 2011 when he was introduced to it while on exchange in England and has been in love with it ever since. He started his teaching career with the Dunedin swing scene, Swing Riot, and is now super excited to be a teacher for Full Swing. Nick is interested in most styles of swing, but especially Lindy Hop and Blues.

Murray

Teacher

Murray enjoys the conversation of partner dancing and recently described Swing as ‘a creative melting pot blending cool music, laughter and movement in one big social gumbo’. Full Swing epitomises this and he believes Wellington is seriously lucky to have a group of like-minded people to continue to grow the scene.

Ams

Teacher

With a passion for all that is swing dancing, you’ll probably find Ams busting out a dance move or two at any opportunity she can find.

Ams joins the Full Swing team of passionate swing dancers as a reserve teacher with focus on Lindy Hop and Charleston.

Shieva

Teacher

Shieva found swing dancing through an already long and passionate existing love affair with American roots music – in particular Blues and Country Blues.

Her friends and family rue the day she discovered the dance style that accompanies this music, as it’s become a time-hogger to say the least. Nor has her devotion to Blues dancing managed to cure her addictions to Lindy Hop, Charleston and Balboa.

Erin

Tap Teacher

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Sen

Breaking Teacher

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Sarah

Trainee Teacher

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Grace

Trainee Teacher

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Angus

Trainee Teacher

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Sonya

Trainee Teacher

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Brent

Trainee Teacher

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