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The Mooche 2016 “Rare Blend”: Vintage Vernacular American Dance in Cork, Ireland

Cork’s annual swing dance event returns June 10-13th to provide workshops in Lindy Hop, Solo / Charleston & Blues dance & other vintage vernacular American dance forms.

The Mooche is an Irish, Cork City-based annual Swing and Blues dance event. This year we are focusing on the lesser known dances that were commonly danced in the great ballrooms of the Jazz Era. These dances are becoming less rare across the great events and social dances around Europe and beyond. Learning them gives is a broader set of skills, able to think and dance beyond Lindy Hop when the music calls for something different. Don’t worry, Lindy Hop is still a foundation dance of The Mooche!

While attending The Mooche you can expect a laid-back, friendly atmosphere, with an enhanced learning environment, hand-picked & world-class teachers, centrally located venues, camp-style vibe with a distinct attitude emphasizing social interaction. We recommend choosing the self-catered accommodation option for travelling dancers who value après-dance socialising!

Teachers at The Mooche 2016

Peter Loggins

Peter Loggins is the foremost researcher on American Jazz Dance. Credited during the 1990′s for bringing back many of the dances that he learned from the original dancers of the 1920′s, 30′s and 40′s.
He brings a first hand historical approach to his classes sharing what was handed down by National Charleston champions, Harvest Moon Ball Lindy Hop winners and 1930′s Swing Champions.
Peter not only travels worldwide as an instructor, lecturer, performer and competition judge but he has also been featured in television and film such as Beverly Hills 90210, Marilyn Mansion “Mobscene” video, Royal Crown Revue’s “Zip Gun Pop” video, Mulholland Drive, and the 13th Floor to name a few.
Aside from having a down to earth street approach to learning, his expansive knowledge of social jazz dances and the music that drove them allow students to learn the history of these dances and how they’ve evolved through the years.

Moe Sakan

Moe Sakan has had professional training in many types of dance. In 1999 Moe fell in love with the Lindy Hop, since then this has been her dance of choice.
A pearl of the Orient, Moe moved to London in 2000, bringing a sparkle to the local swing dancing scene, and soon became the UK’s top female swing dancer.
An active social and competition dancer, she is proud to have won several UK and US competition titles.
Moe travels the world extensively for social dancing, performing and teaching Lindy Hop, Balboa, Shag and Boogie Woogie.
She has also enjoyed dancing for several productions, including theatre, television and film.

Manuel Micheli

MANUEL MICHELI began dancing at the age of three under the tutelage of Master Trajan Bonini. He spent his childhood in the Italian dance halls, winning several competitions at an early age, in the styles of the Classic European and Latin-American dances. From the age of twelve he began studying classical ballet at the Academy of Classical Ballet Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanesku, before joining the Opera School in Rome in 2005.
Manuel focused on the world of Jazz Dance in 2008, beginning his studies together with the best Italian teachers- world champions Vincenzo Fesi, Isabella Gregorio, and Matteo De Stefano. Soon afterwards he joined Vincenzo Fesi’s Swing Dance Performance group, “The Flying Alligators”. He has been living in Rome since 2010 where he runs the Swing Cats school. He loves constantly learning and developing his style, training with the most renowned international teachers. He has worked for the Italian TV show “Dancing with the Stars” as a Master Choreographer of Charleston and Boogie Woogie for the seasons of 2010 to 2012, and has performed and choreographed for major shows around Europe and across the Atlantic.
Manuel dances many styles, and has become renowned amongst his peers for his quality of movement, technique and expression. He is regularly invited to teach as a guest teacher at camps and international festivals around Europe and Italy.

Serena Rizzo

Serena Rizzo began her dance career under the guidance of world champions Vincenzo Fesi and Isabella Gregorio.
With them she performed in several shows, including “Jazz on Broadway” at Teatro dal Verme in Milan.
In 2010 and 2011 she toured Europe to perform in the theatre show “Swinging Hollywood”, presented in both Italian and German theaters by the Swing Dance Orchestra. With boundless enthusiasm, Serena continues her study of the swing era through many of the most prestigious events in the world. This has led her to placing in several prestigious competitions including a 1st place in Herrang fast feet Jack and Jill and 1st place in Strictly Lindy Ljubljana Sweet Swing Festival and many others.
Serena is also one of the official instructors at the renowned swing Summer Jamboree festival and she now teaches and performs both internationally and locally.