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Stephen Atemie, Guest Teacher

Stephen is a phenomenal London dancer and we share common teachers who are the best around - Ronnie 'Slide' and Angela Andrew. He has always been a good friend and supportive of SwingStateLondon, lending me his image to put on this website!

Now in his own words...

Tell us about your years of dancing. When did you start and what did you do?

I started dancing about 8years ago with Swing Patrol when I got dragged to a beginner class with a friend. I instantly fell in love with the music. I got more involved with performing with troupes where I learnt a lot of aerials and choreography. Dance Camps Experience Brat Pack – European Swing Dance Champions 2016, Team Showcase 3rd place Savoy Cup – Strictly Lindy Finalist 2017, Team Showcase winners JATS (Bristol) – Strictly Lindy winner Blues Performances with Down and Outs – Blues Baby Blues (London), Double Shot Blues (Valencia)

Teaching Experience Rock That Swing Festival (Munich, Germany) – 2020 Charleston Hop (Hamburg, Germany) Weekly beginner classes for 2.5 years at Swing Patrol Crouch End covering Lindy Hop, Charleston, Solo Jazz etc. South Africa – charity work for month teaching solo jazz in different schools with Sing Inchanga

Aerials workshops - London Taught several workshops with several partners over the last 2 years and always keen to try and learn more.

Why do you dance?

My love of movement wasn’t new as I’d always been very active in sports like football and basketball, and other disciplines like Wing Chun Kung Fu and Parkour.

My focus now is to learn and improve as a dancer, bring some old school to the new school, as well as share my experience with those starting out their journeys. All this, while balancing my career as a Mechanical Design Engineer in Building Services!

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Teaching at a street party in Wimbledon 2019; partying in 2022 with Tom and Dawn and Teaching with Dawn in Wimbledon in 2022!

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