Meet your instructors

Every day, you will have the opportunity to learn about couple dance, solo dance, body awareness and African aesthetic.

Annette Kühnle

Annette hails from Heidelberg, Germany and is one of Europe's most prominent proselytisers of blues dance as a teacher, social dancer, DJ and organiser. Her love of teaching and dancing are infectious and if you've travelled for blues, you probably already knew that!

Annette likes her blues to cut straight to the bone with rhythms so compelling that you can't help but dance!

Annette has spun for almost every major European blues event and is excited to see the dancers rush to the dance floor and work it! You'll recognize her at the DJ stand; she's the one who can’t help but dance in her seat while queuing the next song.

Catherine Palmier

Catherine Palmier assists individuals to unleash one's own authentic movement offering guided explorations to refine one's dance using grounded organic movement, effortless power and fluid grace.

With over 10 years of professional dance experience, academic dance training in Paris, and knowledge of multiple styles of dance, Catherine skillfully and with a keen movement sensibility helps dancers discover the origin and understanding of their own personal movement. She draws from performance concepts, emotions, visualizations, memories, body mechanics, sensations and alignment to support a constantly flourishing understanding of dance for her students.

Catherine hopes her students receive insight, playfulness and enthusiasm from her work enabling them to develop their own signature style within their dance.

Because of Catherine's ability to interpret various dance styles coupled with her proficiency in revealing the unlimited nature of African dance an body mechanics, this makes her appealing to dancers of any genre or experience level.

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Jenny Sowden

Jenny Sowden is an award winning, full-time, international dance instructor based in New York City where she is the managing director of Brooklyn Swings and

Jenny has been training in dance for over twenty-five years and teaching for over twenty, with a BA in Dance and Theater from San Diego State University. She has studied 34 different styles of movement including Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, West African, Capoeira, Aikido, Tango, Salsa, Lindy hop, Balboa, and Blues.

Her background influences her teaching and general style through musicality, variety, expression and an understanding of body mechanics. Jenny believes the dance floor is a ‘World of Yes,’ where by constantly accepting and being inspired by what happens, creates an amazing place to be. We then take classes in a ‘World of Intention’ to expand our ‘World of Yes.’

Pablo Parra

Pablo Parra is a percussionist, born in the Dominican Republic and since 1991 raised in Santurce Puerto Rico. Since 2004 he interacts with the popular music of Puerto Rico, Bomba and Plena. Pablo’s first music immersion was through capoeira since he has dedicated himself to Afro-Brazilian music. Pablo has been a part of various groups of Batucadas and Blocos and has studied percussion in Puerto Rico, San Francisco, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, and Salvador de Bahia.

To honor all of his past work, Pablo’s recent project, Oferenda, is diving into rhythms from the African Diaspora, introspective music, organically blended with genres such as Samba Reggae, Afoxe, rhythms for divinities, and electronic music.