Committee

Organising Committee

OLH has a dedicated team of people who make sure that all the events get put on.  Here are their names in glorious print:

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Matt Ellacott

Teacher? No

DJ? Yes

Often seen dashing into CCC or Swing Fix at the last possible second – usually overdressed. Matt Ellacott has been dancing Lindy Hop and Blues since 2003, after popping into London’s 100 club to “give it a go” and ending up with a beautiful wife and a decade long dance addiction.  He also enjoys many of the ‘other’ vintage and swing dances including ’20s Charleston, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep, has performed a number of ballroom routines, and enjoys having fun with a creative fusion of dance styles! Matt moved to Oxford permanently in 2013, and has been busy getting involved with generating all sorts of OLH fun including helping organise the Oxford Lindy Exchange. He is currently the OLH designer, one of our resident Swing and Blues DJs, and a generator of random jokes and innuendo.

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Ellie Morgan-Jones 

Teacher: Yes

DJ: No

Ellie has been dancing for around 4 years and is the OLH committee secretary, writes and produces the newsletter, updates the website, is social media fairy, captains/co-captains at Cowley Cotton Club, helps set up and clear down at Hop the Hall and has just started to teach Foundation level Lindy Hop. She loves the 1940s look and wishes she was better at vintage hairstyles which stay up despite fast and furious dancing!

 

Isabelle Mugai 

Teacher? Yes

DJ: No

Isabelle has been dancing in Oxford for about 3 years and has become an organiser and regular teacher of Lindy Hop and Blues. She is the main organiser of Bell Tower Blues, OLH’s blues section. She likes her dances to be fun!

 

Mark Sawko-Michalski

Teacher? Yes

DJ? Yes

Mark started dancing in Aberystwyth (of all places) and never stopped. When not on the OLH committee you’ll find Mark on the Oxford Lindy Exchange and Swing Festival committees, teaching, DJing and, of course, dancing!

 

Manda Edwards

Teacher? No

DJ? No

Manda loves organising and dancing so what better to do than join the OLH committee?! For her, dancing is about having fun and finding that special connection with a partner. She’s been dancing for a while and has tried several different styles but has decided that Lindy Hop is the one for her! 

 

Jethro Dew

Teacher? Yes

DJ? No

Jethro has been dancing since 2012, starting with Lindy Hop in Oxford and then dabbling in Blues, Balboa and Shag over the years. He has been teaching Lindy Hop in Oxford since 2015 and has previously taught in Aberystwyth where he also provided private lessons and choreography assistance for a university theatre piece. Bow-ties, bounce and spring are his favourite dancing things.
 

Jenni Vento

Teacher? Yes

DJ? Yes

Jenni caught the dancing bug in 2011 in Aberdeen in her first year of University and has been hooked on Lindy Hop ever since. She likes planning and organising, so being part of various committees is very much her cup of tea. When she’s not dancing or doing committee things, she can also be found teaching, performing or at the DJ booth. 

 Jenni moved to Oxford in 2015 and is very much in love with the City of Dreaming Spires and Plentiful Dancing.

Other teachers: (Bios and pics coming soon!) Eleanor Stride, Helen Gavin, Al Graham, Al Marshall, Helena Avery-Clarke, Joshua Owen

Other DJs: (Bios and pics coming soon!) Al Marshall, Alexa Walker, Kate Getliffe, Helena Avery-Clarke, Al Graham

As well as these core people we also rely on and thank all the volunteers who help us with each event, and those who add to our teaching line up including (amongst others) Al Marshall, Joshua Owen, Alexa Walker and Eleanor Stride.

OLH History

Oxford Lindy Hoppers was formed at the end of July 2008 by Al Graham, Becky Hitch, Helen Gavin and Nancy Langham as a not-for-profit social dance group with a remit to increase the number of social dance events available to Lindy Hoppers in Oxford and the surrounding area.

Helen and Al started the first Hop the Hall social dance in August 2008 and not a single month has passed since without this event being run.  As the group began to grow, there was a demand for classes as well as social dancing.

In September 2009 Nancy launched Cowley Cotton Club with Richard Martin, which has been brilliantly supported by local dancers. In July 2011, the first Big Blue Fun Bus outing took place, not to mention our lindy bombs on Cornmarket, group trips to camps and Oxford Lindy Exchange!

In 2012 Vivien Nivesse launched Fast Track Classes, and the weekly social dance at Swing Fix and we are now holding even more workshops and live band dances! In early 2012 Vivien and Nancy also launched OLH Blues lessons, workshops and events.

In 2013 Cassiope Sydoriak and Vivien created and launched the OLH performance group: the Oxford Blue Cats.

Of course, this wouldn’t happen without a core team of committed Lindy enthusiasts who help out on the various committees. We thank each and every one for all the extra effort that they have put in over the years to make OLH what it is. A short history of OLH between 2008 – 2015 is available via this link: History of OLH.

If you are keen to get involved, or  have an event idea, or one you’d like to run with us then just get in touch:  oxfordlindyhoppers@gmail.com

If you have an event that you’d like to run with us then feel free to ask OLH for advice and support.