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”I don’t dance to get people’s approval!”

He is a familiar face at camps around the world–among vernacular nerds as well as party buffs. To students he has become known as a nice guy–because of the way he introduces himself in class, but also for his effortless manner in witch he manage to embrace a wide range of genres, from hip hop to vernacular jazz, always presented with an intimate personal style. Not many people would think of him as an introvert. Well, think again! In this interview the truth is revealed, but, keep in mind: Remy Kouakou Kouame is like the Swedish summer weather, incessantly changing and full...

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“Chorus girls knew their shit”

Most regular Herräng visitors recognize Marie N’diaye as the artistic director of the Daily Meeting Chorus Line. She and her group of talented jazz dancers entertain the audience with sophisticated rhythms in sparkly costumes. Fewer people know that Marie is also a researcher with a Ph.D. in neuroimmunology. She applies this nerdy side to swing dancing too and loves to dig deep into the history of the dance. By: Sara Arvidsson Editor: Odella Schattin Cover photo: Lindsey Appolis Eight women enter the stage dressed in sequin shorts with feathers around their wrists. High kicks, fast feet and flowing arms.  They...

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Katja Završnik: ”He is my favorit lead”

5 favorite qualities in Katja Završnik favorite leader: staying on time is definitely one quality that makes a great leader. Also, getting to know the follower and adapt. I remember dancing with a leader once and after he lead a spin and I think I did two and he said, “Oh yeah, you are a spinner!” and he just started to play around with spins and turns. And this is great, to first acknowledge what you can and can’t dobefore starting to just execute moves. I love to play around with the action reaction idea. That’s why I appreciate leaders...

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5 advice–how to be a better follow

Katja Završnik is one of the most sought after followers on the dance scene. This is her advice on how to become a great follow:  Meet with Katja in this interview from 2018 Get to know your body, know how it works and be in charge of your movement. Be a dancer first, then you can be a good follower. Be the active half of the couple and not just the follower. This is the only way the dance can feel good. Be patient in classes. Leaders are usually learning amillion things at the same time; footwork, shapes, leading. Instead of...

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”I get frustrated when students don’t try hard enough”

She is one of the most sought after followers on the dance scene and the quality of her work is reflected in her physical appearance and style—always crowned by a perfect hairdo. But make no mistake—she will not lose color at nightfall. Katja’s tale begins with an earthy penchant for animals, and contains hidden struggles and a lot of work. Along the way, she reveals the key to happiness—and to her coiffure. By: Annika Munter Editor: Odella Schattin Coverphoto: Nejc Balantic Many are the followers that have tried to dissect the myth around Katja Završnik–her subtlety and finesse, her footwork...

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