Nick & Ilaria

Nick and Ilaria are a cool London based blues dance duo. They love the way that blues celebrates human nature and is able to bring people together by giving them a medium to express their true selves.

Ilaria is a caring teacher who encourages personal expression by not only explaining fundamental techniques to her students, but also providing the tools to let people connect to different partners and forms of blues music.
Nick is a science teacher by day and dance teacher by night. He loves finding out exactly how things work which means he is perfectly poised to break down techniques and moves in a simple and logical manner.

During the last 5 years, Nick and Ilaria greatly contributed to the London blues scene, teaching and performing with the Down & Outs Troupe. They are well known as regulars on the European blues circuit, bringing energy to the social floors, winning competitions and performing.

They have also taught at over 20 international festivals all over Europe, from St. Petersburg to Valencia. More recently Nick and Ilaria have begun to experience the American blues dance floors, expanding their knowledge of the blues as a musical representation of the African American culture.

“We believe everyone should experience blues dancing, giving yourself to the incredible music so you can express all aspects of your character!”
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Jean-Charles Joyss

JoYsS is a Blues, Jazz, Contemporary, Swing and Hip Hop professional dancer. He took acting classes at the school of art “la Comète” in Paris.

As a swing dancer, he won 1st place at the Solo jazz Contest at Paris Jazz Roots Festival 2015, and the 1st place in the Solo Charleston contest at ILHC 2015. Touring and teaching all over the world he is one of the most surprising and versatile solo dancer from the worldwide swing scene.

As a choreographer he creates Golden Ages, a piece with jazz ballet dancer in Kielce (POLAND), he coached artists from other scenes like the french Twice world champ of ice dancing(Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron) on their swing routine on ice, which finished second at the 2017 Ice Dance world championship.

And yet as an performer, he is just took part in the new “Fashion Freak Show” by Jean-Paul Gauthier that will take place at one of the most anthology place in Paris the Folie Bergère in Paris from September 2018 for more than 8 months.

For him, the body is like a stringed instrument. Each of these strings are feelings (sadness, happiness, melancholy…) And we have to learn to not be afraid of all of these feelings to be able to play the best melody… to be an “HEARTist”.

In his classes he emphasizes improving his students movements by teaching them how to better understand their own bodies. To work with your own body movements will help you grow as a dancer, because it fosters your coordination, balance and expression which in turn helps you improve your musicality and capacity for improvisation, to never lose the pleasure of learning – skills absolutely crucial for partner dancing.

And yet dance is not his only professional activity! He is mainly an artistic director and a music composer. He has his own artistic company (Cie ULTIME) which won awards in 2007 for best dance performance as a choreographer. And in 2012 and 2013 as a music producer.