Meet the KTS Team!

Find out a little more about who does what at Key Town Swing.

Ron Smits

Ron was playing in a 50’s/60’s band, where he often saw people dancing Boogie Woogie. Interested in this dance, he started taking lessons. Soon after, he discovered Lindy Hop, which opened a whole world of Swing dances to him. Since 2011, Ron has been dancing, DJ’ing and teaching at events around the world. Whether it’s Lindy Hop, Boogie, Blues or Shag, it’s impossible to keep Ron off the dance floors. In classes, he finds listening to and playing with the music and being aware of your partner most important.

Ron teaches Lindy Hop, Blues and Collegiate Shag.

Emi Hazlett

Emi started dancing Lindy Hop in London and was soon hooked on attending socials all over the city, and trying out different styles of Swing dance wherever she could. She fell in love with the up-beat vibes, the music and the fashion, but her favourite thing is how much individuality everyone can have in their dancing - just experiment and have fun!
In classes, she aims to make sure everyone has a smile on their face.

Emi teaches Lindy Hop.

Lucía Pellitero

Lucía’s love for dancing began at an early age. Having taken classes in many different disciplines such as ballet, Arabic bellydance, contemporary dance and African dances, it was only after Lindy Hop that she began to understand the importance of connection and communicating through movement in a partnered dance. Expressing through musicality, merging with the rhythm and diving into the roots of jazz is what appeals to her the most. Those are also the things she focusses on most in classes, where working on technique is most important.

Lucía teaches Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz.

Yvette Diamanti

Rumor has it that the first steps Yvette ever took were dancing ones. She started off as a ballerina for more than a decade, and then she moved to other dance styles until she finally found Lindy hop and Blues, with the latter having a special place in her heart! Ever since then, she has been traveling to many international Swing and Blues festivals all around Europe. Being a kid at heart and working with kids as a Special Needs Teacher, Yvette ‘s main focus during classes is to make her students feel comfortable and discover playfulness in music and dance expression.

Yvette teaches Blues.

Astrid van Alem

After doing modern dance for many years, Astrid discovered Lindy Hop in 2018. She soon added Collegiate Shag, to which she got completely hooked. Since then, she’s been dancing anywhere she could. In Swing dance, she loves the interaction with her partner, other dancers, and the music, and you will never find her dancing without a smile on her face. 
In classes, Astrid will encourage you to explore the goofiness of the dance, while keeping in mind a solid technique and a good partner connection.

Astrid teaches Collegiate Shag.
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