We are so privileged to be using one of the UK’s finest boarding schools for GNSH 2014! Haileybury, The Home of Harry Potter, is set in the traditional English countryside, with beautiful grounds, yet just 30 minutes from Central London.
We’ve searched some of the best venues in the UK and it seems there’s no better place than Haileybury to hold GNSH, with everything onsite, yummy food cooked by top chefs, good transport links, sports facilities and beautiful grounds it’s the whole package!
Saturday night is Valentine’s night at GNSH! Time to get dressed up in your vintage finery, chat to friends and loved ones over a lovely 3 course meal, to be followed by the Valentine’s Ball in the main ballroom.
For the very first time at GNSH, we welcome all the way from Italy, The Billy Bros Swing Orchestra.
After they swung the joint, at a jam packed hall full of swing dancers, at London’s Canary Wharf in 2013, we knew they had to bring them to GNSH.
Formed in 1990, The Billy Bros. Swing Orchestra is a 10 piece Swing band, that has been playing in some of the best European Venues, Clubs, Concerts and Festivals throughout Italy and Europe, including the UK, ever since.
Back again as a teacher at GNSH is Charlotte Middlemiss, from JiveSwing.Com in Hertfordshire, UK.
Charlotte is currently one of the youngest and busiest international swing dance teachers in the UK. During the week, she teaches weekly Lindy Hop and Jazz classes for adults during the evening in Hertfordshire / London and is a specialist dance teacher for children at various schools throughout the UK, during the day..
Known for his exciting, historical and inspirational classes, Joseph is currently one of the UK’s leading swing dance teachers, choreographers, performers and avid social dancers of authentic swing dances, with a big passion for Lindy Hop.
Having taken classes from Frankie Manning, the first wave of international instructors and teaching since 1996, his main focus has been the Lindy Hop, Blues, 1920′s Charleston, Cake Walk, Snake Hips, Mambo and Authentic Jazz touring all over the UK and Europe, offering musicality and styling for leaders and followers.
From Canada, teaching for the very first time at GNSH, thus another GNSH virgin is Davis Thurber.
Davis is a world traveler. He enjoys spreading the joy of Jazz culture, dancing, choreographing, performing, competing, and playing music.
For the very first time at GNSH, we welcome our GNSH virgin Fabien, who comes from Grenoble, France.
Fabien and has been teaching since 2004. He discovered Blues dancing through Steven Mitchell and Joe Demers and has been hooked ever since. His passion for blues has led to him to travel around Europe and the US, being inspired by the diversity of the blues scenes he encounters.
From London and teaching at GNSH for the very first time, we’re proud to welcome Lisa Clarke.
Lisa is a professional dancer. Classically trained from the age of 6 she discovered her love for all styles of dance whilst studying for her degree.
After leaving college she worked in the commercial dance world, specialising in hip-hop. She then discovered and fell in love with Blues dancing.
Hailing from Canada is Claudia Joyal Laplante, another GNSH virgin, destined for GNSH for the very first time.
Specialising in Musical theater and passionate about dance, Claudia fell in love with Swing dancing in January 2006. Her strong diverse background in many dance style such as Classical Ballet, Ballet Jazz and Tap, allowed her to quickly become an active member of Montreal’s Swinging Air Force team in October 2006.
Back as a teacher at GNSH is Alison who storms, from the Hertfordshire scene in the UK. As a civil engineer, by day for a major water works company, Alison has no hesitation in piping up! Alongside her passion for Lindy Hop, Alison has a background in drama, Ballroom and a keen focus on Authentic Jazz movement, which adds to the fun and dynamics in her classes and on the social dance floor.