Jenn Harry started dancing at the age of 5 and for the next 15 years she trained intensively in the classical dances focusing on jazz, ballet and modern/contemporary. During this time, she was the recipient of numerous awards and 1st Place honors at dozens of competitions at the National level. In 1998 she discovered Lindy Hop and it has been her passion ever since. Over the years she has attended countless classes, camps and workshops both in Europe and the USA, seizing every opportunity to learn as much as she could from as many teachers as possible. Jenn soon started dancing Balboa and Blues and over the years she has branched out to other partner dances, particularly West Coast Swing, Kizomba, Salsa, Tango and she has extensive training in Hip Hop and African dance.
After receiving her biology degree in the year 2000, Jenn moved to Luzern, Switzerland, where Lindy Hop was totally unknown. In order to bring her passion and expertise to her new home, she began organizing swing events and offering dance classes and this is where her love of teaching began! She continued to teach and build the Lindy Hop scene in Luzern until 2010. She introduced Lindy Hop to Freiburg, Germany in 2002. Eight years later, in 2010, Jenn moved to Freiburg permanently and began plans to open her own dance studio.
A very large portion of her teaching career has been spent teaching without a dance partner. This has both
forced her and enabled her to understand both the leader and the follower perspectives of everything she teaches. Jenn believes this has contributed immensely to her desire to understand every
detail of what she is teaching and to structure her knowledge into clear concepts easily communicated to her students.
From the beginning of her teaching career, Jenn has been very interested in dance education and has spent a lot of time thinking about, analyzing and experimenting with different teaching techniques. She has invested many hours exchanging teaching techniques with other teaching professionals and has educated herself in pedagogy. At her dance school in Germany, Jenn has trained several dancers to be teachers. Jenn would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Felipe Braga, whose enthusiasm for his teaching education with her and his encouragement for Jenn to share her knowledge with others, motivated her to start the Centre for Lindy Hop Education.
Conception / “Body & Movement Specialist”
Katja Traber is a certified Vinyasa-Yoga instructor, Pilates instructor, Personal trainer and fitness trainer. Katja´s wide spectrum of expertise combined with 17 years of teaching experience has resulted in an exceptionally deep understanding of how our body works and a strong ability to concisely convey this knowledge to her students.
It didn´t take long for Jenn and Katja to realize that helping students to activate certain muscles or correct their posture was not just useful in pilates or yoga! They have since combined their knowledge to develop techniques to teach Lindy Hop students how to engage the right muscles to build up connection or execute certain moves, resulting in much faster and more effective learning for the student.
Katja has also been very active as an instructor trainer. For 7 years she trained Sport and Fitness administrators. She also founded and managed a program to train instructors for a leading German fitness chain. Together with Jenn Harry, Katja has co-instructed since 2015 the Lindy Hop Teacher Trainings in Freiburg.
Dunja Gavranovic began dancing Ballet at the age of 4 and soon after started with Jazz, Modern and Tap. She has trained intensively with many renowned teachers such as Susanne Fucker, Anja Rieser (registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance®), Emma-Louise Jordan, Unita Galiluyo, and Professor Ingo Meichsner (Professor for classical dance at the Folkwang University of Art). She was also accepted to the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY purchase in New York.
Dunja has been teaching regularly since 2010, specializing in Ballet for children. The extreme clarity, calmness and strong presence needed to successfully teach children has had a great influence on her general understanding of dance education.
Dunja has been dancing Lindy Hop for 10 years and although ballet has remained her main passion in life, she is excited to contribute her extensive dance and teaching experience to the Centre for Lindy Hop Education.