Alina started her path as a solo dance artist since the very early age gaining experience and knowledge in many dance styles and cultures. Jazz dance has become her major passion and for the moment she is one of those dancers in the swing dance community elaborating on her own dance language with intertexts of swing, blues, bebop, UK jazz, afro and latin. Same as Fedor, Alina comprehends jazz as an African rooted artform. Through her theoretical researches of jazz dance history she broadens the limits of what is called “jazz dance” both in practice, art and teaching approach, by putting jazz dance traditions into a radical perspective of contemporaneity.
Fedor Nedotko has been one of the first professional dancers in East European region to promote jazz dance, swing dance, African dance and salsa in the early 2000s. Based in St. Petersburg, Fedor remains one of the most influential instructors in Russia and its neighbor countries, colaborating with higher educational institutions in dance and theatre in Saint Petersburg. He is a founder of Casa Latina dance club, where he has raised several generations of swing and salsa dancers, applying his fundamental approach of the African rooted nature of these major American social dance styles.
“For me, jazz is not an abstract music, it is, first of all, a dancing mood, a state of emotional excitement. I don’t follow any particular swingdance styles as all of them create unique swingdance world. I consider musicality, comfort, freedom and partnering to be the most important in dancing.”
Fedor and Alina have been working together for about 7 years, teaching African-American dances both locally and internationally, as well as researching its history and anthropology. As a result of their passion to cultures and dancing, they created a festival of African-American dance, Evolution Solo Weekend, that they are running for 6 years already at the home studio, Casa Latina in St. Petersburg.