Artists

Boogie Feet's Festival

Musicians

Silvan Zingg Trio

Silvan Zingg (piano), Nuno Alexandre (double bass) and Valerio Felice (drums) from Switzerland have become a family to the BFF. They are top level musicians performing Boogie Woogie all over the world, working not only as a great team, but also individually.

Silvan is "The Boogie Woogie Ambassador from Switzerland" who started playing the piano at the age of 10 being inspired by vintage recordings.

After accomplishing education Silvan started performing worldwide and got to play on one stage with B.B King and Chuck Berry.

There are many articles written about this great musician. Check out Wikipedia and Silvan Zingg's Biography.

 

Nuno Alexandre is a "slapbass" specialist whose technique of playing the bass is mastered by only few musicians nowadays.

Valerio Felice is a drummer whose style is subtle adapting perfectly to Silvan's piano play. What is more he can amazingly accompany any kind of music with his drum technique.

Please read more about the Trio here and see them in action.

Balázs Dániel Trio

Balázs Dániel (piano), Barnabás Koch (percussions), Ferenc Zink (double bass) are the only ensemble in Hungary which plays Boogie Boogie in a traditional line-up. The trio appeared in 2009 and since then had a great success in Hungary and internationally.

 

They have got the best feedbacks from all BFF participants of 2018! Everyone looked forwards to see them back.

 

Balázs, also known as "Mr. Firehand," is called "The Boogie Woogie Ambassador of Hungary." Appart from Boogie Woogie his styles embrace Blues, Stride and New Orleans Jazz. Born in 1990, Győr, Hungary, he started playing piano for his own pleasure when he was 14 years old. He first heard live Boogie Woogie piano in Switzerland in 2006 and decided to become a Boogie Woogie pianist.

 

"Mr. Firehand," was only 18, when his first CD was released with the title “Burning Fingers” (2008). He played together with Silvan Zingg on the concert with Carlos Santana and Chuck Berry, with Milke Sanchez on the concert with Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton, shared stage with B.B. King and Ray Charles.

Read more about Balázs Daniel, his event called Boogiefeszt and see the Trio in action!

Écska Pleszkán

Écska Pleszkán (vocal) is the daughter of Frigyes Pleszkán, who was one of the most outstanding jazz pianists of Hungary.

 

Her special singing voice matched with lovely appearance overwhelms the audience. Memorable performance is guaranteed for everone!

 

Écska is often performing together with Balázs Dániel Trio and experiencing them toegther is something special. This singer’s commanding and sexy voice is an excellent companion to the dashing and lively performance of the Trio.

 

Last year's BFF participants fell in love with Eszka's singing and asked her back. So here we go!

 

In 2017 Écska together with the Trio have created a song specially for the World Rock-n-Roll Confederation, which is used for the international Boogie Woogie competitions nowadays.

 

Listen to Écska's singing here!

Dancers

Thorbjørn & Flora

Thorbjorn Solvoll Urskog (NOR) & Flora Bouchereau (FRA) both had been part of the Boogie Woogie competition scene for quite some time with previous partners when they started dancing together in 2014.

In 2014 and 2015 they won both World Championships after which retired from the competitions.

Today Thorbjørn and Flora teach Boogie Woogie and Lindy hop at a full time basis.

Thorbjørn finished 2 higher educations at the technological university of Norway. In addition to dancing he's a civil engineer in computer aided design, and has a trainer education from the Norwegian Olympic federation.

Already from an early age Flora tried various paths before finding her call as a swing dancer. She was a typical skater-girl with cap and baggy jeans who did sailing, skating, in-lines and she even was a national champion in giant slalom in her age group.

Enjoy their great dancing here!

William & Maeva

William Mauvais & Maéva Mauvais-Truntzer (FRA) are both from South of France and currently live in Montpellier.

 

They met on the dance floors where they were competing Boogie Woogie at the age of 14 years old.

 

William and Maéva are four times Boogie Woogie World Champions (2005, 2008, 2009, and 2010) as well as winners of many Lindy hop competitions.

 

Not only performances make them so popular around the world. William and Maéva are great teachers who have been sharing their passion around the world full time for the last 7 years, being real professionals, fearsome competitors and showmen. Get to know them better here.

 

These dancers of small stature will surely know how to carry you away into their world full of talent, humour, genius and generosity, which they can’t wait to share with as many people as possible.

Enjoy seeing William and Maéva in action!

Sondre & Tanya

Sondre Olsen-Bye (NOR) & Tanya Georgiievska (UKR) started partnership at Swing Aout Festival 2015 (Laroquebrou, France) and right after got invited to teach in Canada.

 

Since then it rolled like a snowball with more and more invitations to teach and perform Boogie Woogie and Lindy-hop in different events around Europe. Appart from that they got involved into the international Boogie Woogie competition scene representing Norway.

 

During 2016-2018 Sondre and Tanya have entered all finals in each competition, won 7 World Cups, 2 Nordic Championships, World Championship 2017 (Marseille, France) and European Championship 2018 (Schaffhausen, Switzerland).

 

Currently they continue competing, performing, teaching and sharig the dances they love in any possible way! You can always get to know more about Sondre and Tanya.

 

Watch them dancing!

Markus & Jessica

Markus Kakuska & Jessica Kaiser (AUT) have more than 18 years of dance partnership together.

Each of them started dancing at a very early age, and in the year 2000 the world saw a new Boogie Woogie couple performing and competing on national and international level. Their biggest successes in that field are:

Vice European Champion in Juniors Class;

More than 50 wins in Juniors and Main Class in Austria;

4 times National Champions of Austria.

Since 2011 Markus and Jessy have been teaching Boogie Woogie in many countries such as Germany, England, Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland etc and always invited back.

Their main topics are Leading and Following connected with Musicality. The fun, harmony and special 'Viennese sense of humor' - is what makes them distinctive and memorable couple.

Please get to know Markus and Jessy better and watch them dancing!

Alexey & Svetlana

Alexey Gavrilov & Svetlana Gavrilova (RUS) are living and teaching in Moscow.

 

Alexey started dancing Boogie Woogie and Lindy-hop in 2006. Sveta joined him in 2013. They have been teaching and competing in Russia before making a decission to compete internationaly in 2017. Together they:

- got 4th place in the Boogie Woogie World Cup (Frauenfeld, Switzerland);

- entered final in the Boogie Woogie World Cahmpionship 2017 and European Championship 2018, and won World and European Championships in Boogie Woogie Formation as both, participants and choreographers (Marseille, France and Schaffhausen, Switzerland).

 

More than 1000 students were taught by Alexey and Sveta all over Russia and abroad, and many of them are still dancing. Their speciality is to bring harmony and find an individual approach to each student in positive light.

 

In addition to dancing, Alexey finished military college and has a diploma in group psychology, and Sveta is educated as economist and business coach.

Enjoy watching Alexey and Svetlana in action!

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