Alba Mengual

Alba started swing dancing because the swing people were exactly the crowd she was looking for in a new city. With time, dancing on the dance floor became an ecstatic moment and she got hooked to jazz music. There was no way back then! She loves all the different dance styles of the swing era: Lindy Hop, Blues, Balboa and Authentic Jazz, all of which she trained in and teaches regularly.
She started teaching locally in Leeds since 2008 and in London for swing patrol in 2010. The dancing grew on her and she dreamt of having enough time to train and develop her dancing at the level she wished, in order to become a full-time teacher and an organizer in her hometown Madrid. In November 2012 she fulfilled her dream, quit her job and moved back to Madrid, where she opened a swing school (Big Mama Swing), alongside with an international top lead, Gastón Fernández. This further step in her life lead to teaching internationally with increasing frequency at different international events: Uppsala (Sweden), Stockholm, Barcelona, Paris, Toulouse, La Guiole, Valencia, Lisbon, Porto, New York (USA, Nocturne Blues), Melbourne and Perth (Australia) and she had the pleasure of teaching at Herrang Dance Camp (2014, 2015 for lindy hop, 2016 slow dance). She is eager to share her passion that has completely taken over her life.

Gastón Fernández

Gastón “Gas” Fernández is a professional dancer and dance instructor, based in Madrid, Spain. He specializes in vintage dance styles including Lindy Hop, Charleston, authentic jazz, Balboa, Blues and Tango. As a former gymnast he is known in the swing dance community for his powerful acrobatics and aerials, while his background in Tango gives his blues drama and strength, grounded in a sensitive connection with his partner. Gastón’s passion for swing has taken him around the world, teaching from New York to Melbourne. He has taught in some of the best swing and blues camps in the world, like Herran, Snowball, MSF, Lindy shock, Smokey feet, Berlin Blues Explotion, (Explosion?) Noctourne (Nocturne?) Blues, and many more
Gastón is devoted to promoting and fostering swing dance and culture in Argentina, Latin America and Spain. He has directed two stage productions featuring live jazz and vintage dance in Buenos Aires: Swing Argentino with the Cuerdas del Sur band, and La Batalla: Swing en el Konex with the Antigua Jazz Band. He also runs South America’s first and largest annual swing dance festival, LHAIF (Lindy Hop Argentina International Festival) each year in Buenos Aires as well as the first Blues event in South America, “Careless weekend”
He has also been a major proponent of Blues dance in Buenos Aires and is now teaching Blues internationally. With intense partner connection, Gas fuses Blues with Tango technique, though always striving to stay grounded in the essence of the Blues.
Gastón is also an avid jazz music collector and a popular DJ. He has DJ’d for swing and blues dancers around the world.