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Jonas Nermyr

Jonas first started dancing at the age of 8 years old and it quickly became his biggest interest. He was early captured by the lindy hop and it focused his interest on African American culture. He was a member of the dance company Basie’s Bunch and went on tour with them all around the world to places like New York City, Washington DC and London. Jonas also competed in lindy hop and was member of the Swedish National Team. 5th place in the 1995 World Championship, 2nd place in the World Championship 1999, numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in the Swedish Championships.

In his early twenties, Jonas moved to Stockholm to study dance and since graduating in 2006 he has been working as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer.”Tap more and more became my favorite form of expression and in 2009 I founded House of Hoofing, an organization working with tap dance in all shapes and forms. I wanted to get people more interested and educated about tap dance by arranging workshops and jams, teaching and performing. In 2010, I co-founded Stockholm Tap Festival, the major tap dance event in Europe.”

 

1. What is the main focus on your classes?

My main focus is musicality. In tap you just don’t dance to music, you are the music. We will work on our musical sense and how to get a rhythmic idea in our head and to our body to create sound and movement.

 2. Which qualities do you think are important for a dancer?

Musicality, playfulness, creativity. But maybe more important are things like a strong work ethic, practicing hard and never stop striving for getting better.

3. What makes your style unique?

Don’t know.

4. What inspires you?

Odd meters. Good music like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQBC5URoF0s Great tap dancing like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsfPQ8SwQvE