Alexey Kazennov is an incredibly talented and inspiring swing dancer hailing from Russia. He started dancing in 2013 with extraordinary enthusiasm, came to every single party and in the same year made finals in a Newcomer J&J. In 2015 he jumped into the Lindy life with both feet and began teaching, practicing and traveling all over the world, and has won a great number of competition titles (Savoy Cup, Harlem, Rock That Swing, ILHC and a long etcetera!). Lindy hop, Authentic Jazz, Blues, and St. Louis Shag, there is nothing he can’t dance!
Alexey is famous for his personal style as a dancer, his big smiles, and most of all for his high energy on the dance floor! Do you believe that someone can dance for 24 hours non-stop? Yes, this is Alexey!
Helena accidentally discovered Lindy Hop in 2014, while she was studying her Musical Theater degree in Barcelona. She immediately fell in love with it, and attended as many classes as she could (Lindy Hop, Jazz Steps, Tap, Boogie Woogie, Shag, etc). One year later, she started teaching locally and travelling to events, and she hasn’t stopped ever since! She has been to a lot of swing events all over Europe, learning from top teachers as well as social dancing (her favourite part!).
She’s known for her crazy energy and style on the dancefloor and on competitions, where she has accomplished success in multiple occasions (like The Snowball, Savoy Cup and Balkan Lindy Hop Championships, just to name a few). All this travelling has changed and enriched her perception of Swing Dance and Jazz Music, and that’s what she wants to transmit when she teaches. Her classes focus on connecting with the roots of the dance and having fun with your partner.
Alexey and Helena met while traveling to festivals. It was in Herräng when they discovered that they share the same values and ideas about Lindy Hop. Since then, they have been meeting frequently to social dance, train, and compete. Together they qualified for Savoy Cup Champions Cup, won some Strictly Competitions (Herräng, Orient Lindy Express, Balkan Lindy Hop Championships), as well as placing and being finalists in many other events (like The Chase or Swim Out Costa Brava). Nowadays, they are resident teachers at Swing Istanbul.