Mickey and Anna-Maria
Mickey began swing dancing in Los Angeles in '99. A year later he was teaching local swing classes at NYU. Mickey has been teaching and competing internationally since 2005. During this time, his innovation and showmanship, coupled with his love of dance history and theory, has led him to become internationally recognised as a teacher and a competitor in Balboa, Lindy Hop as well as Slow Bal. His winnings include repeat victories at the most prestigious events, and he has taught extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, Korea, and Australia.
Anna-Maria has danced since her childhood ballet, and tried many other dance styles before becoming infected with the fun of swing dancing. Since 2012 she has taught Balboa, Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz, and more recently Slow Bal. In 2014 she started her own dance business "SwingDance Leipzig" teaching with her husband and dance partner Ralf. She participates (very successfully!) in international competitions.
In her classes, she attaches great importance to the basics, technicality and provides inspiration for followers. It is no surprise then that she is now much in demand for teaching at international Balboa weekends.