Gontran Galinier & Sarah Wastiaux
Sarah started dancing in 2005 and immediately fell in love with Lindy Hop. Teaching swing dance since 2011, she now teaches at her Amsterdam based swing dance club Lindy Spirit. Where she enjoys sharing her passion for Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz. As a celebrated social dancer you will regularly see her dancing at some of the major European events like Snowball as well as Lindy Shock, where for the past two years she has placed 2nd in the strictly Lindy Hop competition with her partner Gontran.
“Juggler, magician, and music-lover, Gontran has always had a pronounced artistic side besides his admittedly stubborn Cartesian spirit, but it was when he discovered the world of swing and it’s fabulous energy in 2003 in Toulouse, France, that he found his true passion. Gontran is an accomplished individual and partner dancer, and has string of competition credits in Lindy Hop, Balboa and Blues obtained all across Europe and some elsewhere which reach back to 2004. He continues his training and reflections with world-renowned dancers and teachers and his enduring desire and appreciation for continual evolution are evidenced in his oft-uttered phrase, “It’s enormous!”
Musical expression being one of his leitmotifs, he tries to adapt his dance and his lead to interpret the music for which he feels an extreme devotion. To this end, be it as a dancer, competitor, or teacher, he emphasizes the connection, the lead and follow, and the exchange between partners, the ultimate goal being that these serve musicality and creativity.