Teaching Staff

Joao Parada

Joao started dancing at age 8 in a German folk dance group in southern Brazil. In 2006, he started various other styles such as Zouk, Salsa, Forro, Samba de Gafiera, and Argentine Tango.

Dance has become an integral part of his life, to which he dedicated several hours a week while following professional training.

In 2011, he started teaching dance and encountered West Coast Swing a year later in 2012. Joao quickly fell in love with this dance. Subsequently, he traveled to many events in Brazil and abroad to train with the greatest teachers.

In 2014, he started teaching WCS in Brazil and has been passionately teaching it worldwide ever since.

Savana Barreau

Savana started Jazz dancing at 4 years old and never stopped since then. Being passionate about dance in general, she has practiced many other solo dance styles, including Contemporary, Classical, and Hip-Hop.

She participated in numerous competitions, obtained regional and national prizes, and entered the conservatory during her high school years.

She discovered partner dancing at age 7 with Rock, then quickly Salsa, and a little later West Coast Swing. Savana was given the opportunity to teach at a very young age, and she quickly acquired a taste for human relations and sharing with students.

Leaving high school, she decided to specialize in West Coast Swing and since then, she's been traveling and teaching it all over the world.

Ludovic Pelegrin Pardou

Ludovic's attraction to Swing dancing led him to discover West Coast Swing in 2010.

Quickly becoming very passionate, he traveled from workshop to workshop overseas, where he learned from the best instructors. He also participated in many competitions and regularly placed in the top 3.

Driven by the desire to share his passion and help others discover and learn it, he started to teach WCS in 2011. After contributing to spreading West Coast Swing in his area in France, he now teaches workshops across France and Europe.


Thanks to his knowledge and skills in various dances, Ludo is known for his amazing musical knowledge, structured and concise teaching, and great generosity.

Maria Elizarova

Maria has been dancing since 2007. In 2008, she fell in love with social partner dances. She started learning Hustle/Discofox and Salsa. She had been dancing Hustle and Discofox for 4 years, working on her solo choreography as well, when West Coast Swing came into her dance life.

After that, she couldn’t stop dancing WCS. She enjoys the versatility of the dance, bringing new emotions, options for musicality, and styling to every dance.

Maria was the first Russian to ever get to the US Open Classic finals in 2016, 2017, and 2019. She also achieved second place at The Open Classic finals in 2018.

She loves the possibilities for communication and dialogue between partners during every dance and seeks to help her students discover this incredibly fun aspect of WCS. 

Florian Hamm

Florian enthusiastically attends many international events, where he competes in the All-Star division.

He regularly takes private lessons to deepen his knowledge of West Coast Swing and attends regular yoga classes to improve his movement and body awareness apart from WCS. He recently completed 200+ hours of yoga teacher training at a local yoga school in Berlin.

Florian's teaching style can be described as analytical and structured. He always tries to find the common thread between the current and the past WCS trends and share it with students. 

Vanessa Bachmann

Vanessa started swing dancing in 2017, learning not only West Coast Swing but also Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag, and Balboa.  She actively travels the world to study, teach, judge, and compete in West Coast Swing, including the United States, Latin America, and Asia.


Her great passion, besides teaching groups, is working as a coach on individual goals and implementation.

Through her experience in both dancing and business, she has an excellent sense and expertise to analyze on a detailed level. Vanessa loves to share her knowledge with her students and mentees all over the (dance) world. 

Intensive Trainer

Stella-Maria Schletterer

Stella first got to know West Coast Swing in 2015, while she was preparing for her final concert degree as a classical guitarist at the music university of Vienna. She immediately fell in love with this fascinating dance and its musical movement expression.

Since 2016, after visiting some dance events abroad, she has been teaching weekly classes together with Christopher Piffel. Stella is the very first Austrian dancer who has reached WSDC Allstar level and continues competing successfully in this division.

She won first prizes at competitions in Zurich, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Freiburg, Budapest, Vienna, Düsseldorf and many more. In 2021, right during the pandemic, Stella and her dance partner Christopher Piffel enthusiastically opened their own West Coast Swing dance studio called „DER TANZBOGEN“ in the centre of Vienna, where they teach together with their team around 300 West Coast Swing students every week. 

Christopher Piffel 

In 2015, while Christopher was working as a trained ballroom teacher, he first got to know West Coast Swing attending a dance teachers’ congress. He immediately was fascinated by the freedom and creative tools of this dance and soon started to deep dive into the technique of it. Since 2016, after visiting some dance events abroad, he has been teaching weekly classes together with Stella Maria Schletterer.

Chris dances among Austrias best West Coast Swing dancers, competing in the Advanced division. He won first prizes at competitions in Zurich, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Budapest and many more. In 2021, right during the pandemic, Chris and his dance partner Stella Maria Schletterer enthusiastically opened their own West Coast Swing dance studio called „DER TANZBOGEN“ in the centre of Vienna, where they teach together with their team around 300 West Coast Swing students every week.