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Winter Swing Festival – Noni and Jarrod

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16128-394Meet our teachers for the Winter Swing Festival, Noni and Jarrod!

Noni and Jarrod are so honoured and excited to be teaching again at the Winter Swing Festival. They love the Hobart swing community and are thrilled to be able to share again in it’s journey.

16128-044Noni (Clarke) Healy is one of Melbourne’s acclaimed dance teacher who has a reputation for excellence.
She first started swing dancing as a teenager in late 1999, and fell in love with it straight away! With a warm approach to dancing combined with flair for improvisation Noni soon started teaching at home and abroad.
Noni always incorporates musicality as a key element of teaching and loves exploring self expression within partnership. She has an extensive knowledge of swing technique and dance diagnostic skills which brings out every student’s potential. Noni is known for their friendly yet practical teaching style and her playful ability to bring joy to each class.
She’s proudly the new Artistic Director of Australia’s premier swing dance troupe, Echoes of Harlem and performs with them regularly.
Noni is also a mum of two, stilt walker, tattoo artist and former double bass player.

16128-150Jarrod Bates has taught workshops both interstate and overseas and is best known for his skills and knowledge in Lindy Hop, Charleston, slow dancing, aerials and Solo Jazz. He has taught classes in Melbourne since 2012, across all levels of swing dancing.
His greatest influence is ‘jazz music’, and he appreciates and takes inspiration from the expression of that music across any level of swing dancer. Rhythm, flow, partnering and ‘groove’ are central to Jarrod’s teaching, along with acknowledging the roots of the dance, the importance of social dancing, and exploring self-expression.
Jarrod has placed in both national and international competitions, and is a current member and performer with Australia’s premier swing dancing troupe Echoes of Harlem.
And Jarrod cannot wait to dance with you : )