STEPHEN & KARINE
Karine Hermes is a Brazilian dancer, with a background in Ballet, Jazz and Belly dance before Rockabilly and Swing dances, such as Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Blues and others.
She gathered experience from learning many different styles and approaches from around the world, and after teaching Swing in Brazil since 2014, she started teaching in L.A. and internationally with world-renowned swing champions Stephen Sayer and Chandrae Roettig in 2016. Together, they are the center of the shag scene in LA, hosting the acclaimed LA Shag Festival, and as swing community leaders, they provide group and private classes, coach award-winning competition teams, organize festivals, perform in events/film, and more.
She leads the L.A. JV Shag team with Stephen, winning 1st place in 2017 and 4th place in 2018 at the National Jitterbug Championships., and also The Shag Shakers with Hunter.
Elegantly, she brings the malleability and gracefulness from Brazilian dances like forró and samba to her style. With a passion for Pilates and Fitness, she is especially keen on promoting good posture, a healthy strong yet mobile spine support, body awareness and isolations, which all together helps achieve good shape and create better lines in dancing. She believes that growing self-appreciation impacts all aspects of life. With this in mind, Karine also teaches ladies-only classes, focusing on feminine figure and movement.
She is fun and inspirational and will have you moving parts you did’t know existed!