Hector and Sonia at DJam 2018

October 14, 2017 by Andy Lewis

Have you ever wondered how event organisers choose teachers? This is why we chose Hector and Sonia for DJam.

Hector Artal and Sonia Ortega are two of the loveliest, most talented teachers I’ve met in all the years I’ve been dancing Lindy Hop.

I met them first some years ago at Tenhola – a small Finnish Lindy camp. I’d been invited there as a DJ, and was quickly won over by the camp’s slick organisation, and warmth and friendliness of the team and attendees.

That year, there was only one Lindy Hop level – which can mean that workshops are very mixed in level – so we had two Spaniards, teaching advanced material in English to a predominantly Finnish group – this would have been a real challenge for many Lindy teachers. Not so for Hector and Sonia – their teaching style was perfect for the task, and by the end of my first workshop, everyone had learned the material, regardless of their level, and everyone had made huge strides in their general technique. Personally, even though I’ve never been taught the material from that workshop by anyone else, years later I am still using it in my social dancing.

I can never tire of watching them dance, and I seek out every chance I can to learn from this wonderful couple – so when the chance to book them for DJam came up last year, we jumped at the chance – and we’re incredibly excited to welcome them back for 2018 – so if you’re looking to learn from these inspiring and sought after teachers, check out DJam at https://www.dance-at-djam.co.uk!

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