Elice from Stockholm, Sweden has a background as an elite gymnast and modern dancer, and discovered lindy hop at the age of 24. She fell in love with the acrobatic influences and the role of self-expression, as well as the dynamic and playful nature and rich history of the swing dances. Although she enjoys creating and participating in choreographed pieces, she is especially passionate about the artistic exchange that happens between two individuals and the interplay with the music in each millisecond in social dance settings. The joy of dancing is something she always strives to communicate - whether at practice, in class, or on stage.
Sakarias "The Champ" Larsson was born and raised in Frufällan, on the west side of Sweden. He watched jitterbug contests as a kid and there were some things with the music and the aesthetics of the dance that spoke to him and he decided to learn. One thing led to another and already at sixteen he started practice with The Rhythm Hot Shots. That was over 20 years ago and he's been with the group ever since.
The amount of hours he's spent in the rehearsal studio is probably beyond sane. The recent past years he's focused on sharing what he knows with the younger generation of Harlem Hot Shots (now called The Hot Shots). He finds motivation from his friends in the group, they keep him young. Sakarias is on a never ending world tour in the name of Lindy hop with probably 1000s of shows, teaching gigs and competitions. He actually met and knew some of the original swing dancers of Harlem and he was good friends with Frankie Manning. The dancers from the Whitey's Lindy Hoppers are his true idols, but he also finds a lot of inspiration in modern day dancers.