Ali Taghavi
Heidelberg, Germany

Ali says “I learned to dance better so that I can teach better”. His true passion is to find new ways of creating magic in the classroom. For him, nothing is as satisfying than to help dancers learn techniques and concepts that inspires them to create their own magic moments on the dance floor.

Throughout more than 12 years of dancing and teaching, he has both refined his own style as well as adopted and integrated many new trends and ideas. This experience has made him very versatile as a lindy hopper, with a strong focus on being able to connect to many different partners.

Today, his greatest joy in a social dance is to draw inspiration from his partner’s movements. Being quick to respond, adapt and reply to what was just presented to him by his partner and the music, he creates a fun, witty and playful interaction that is great to watch and even greater to feel and share!

In class, he’ll teach you how to use all your senses to create such moments in the dance for yourself!

Clàudia & Ali:
What brought Clàudia and Ali together is the magic that happens when they social dance. What makes the dancing between these two so amazing is that the traditional concept of lead and follow seems to completely disappear. What you get instead is two swing dance enthusiasts creating an amazing moment together, with two refined dancers listening to and complementing each other far beyond the traditional roles of “leader” and “follower”.

Teaching how you can create your own “magic on the dancefloor” is definitely one of the most abstract and hard to break down concepts. However, Ali and Clàudia’s combined skills as dancers with great passion for geeky details, together with Clàudia’s background in physiotherapy and Ali’s scientific approach from his work in chemistry, they know how to break down complex concepts into learnable elements, even for the most “hard-to define-but-most-important-to-have” qualities of the dance!