Zack & Annie

Zack Richard hails from Montreal, Canada, where he founded the Swing ConneXion Studios in 2005. A fun-filled and energetic teacher, he always thrives to get every single student to have a good time, all the while learning valuable lessons about dancing and life (actual life results may vary). His love of dancing has lead him to teach as a staple instructor in many places including Australia, Germany, France, England and, of course, the US and Canada. His approach of dance, and Lindy Hop in particular, is fun and free-form despite his technical prowess, and leaves a great place for improvisation, communication between partners and follower input. Most of all though, he loves to watch in a student's eyes the cloud of confusion make place for the glitter of hope, and finally the joy of understanding.

Annie's passion for dance was first well demonstrated when she chose her career as a dance teacher and performer over her engineering physics degree's possibilities. She also trained as a competing artistic gymnast when she was a teenager. She is a co-founder and co-owner of Studio 88-SWING in Montreal (Canada) where she has taught swing since 2001. As the artistic director, she also manages and dances in the Montreal Swinging Air Force dance performance troupe, which has been International Lindy Hop Champions in 2010 and 2011. She is passionate and enthusiastic as a swing dancer, teacher and competitor. Her style joins dynamism and power with a subtleness that is very feminine. She is also a proud member of the Ninjammerz team of Lindy Hoppers. She has numerous titles in competition including first places at the last 5 ILHC in Washington in Showcase. She also won the Frankie95 Hellzapoppin Contest, she was part of the recreation of Hellzapoppin at Frankie95 and at Camp Jitterbug2011, worked with Cirque du Soleil as a choreographer with their show ''Viva Elvis!'' and danced at the Montreal Jazz Fest with the electro-swing band Caravan Palace.