Elze & Martynas

Elze Visnevskyte comes from a vibrant dance scene in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since she was a kid Elze has been exploring a variety of dances - from old Renaissance to traditional folk dances. She has also spent a lot of time acting in the theatre so she takes a part of it to her dancing and improvisation. Dance for her is much more than leading and following, it is essentially a conversation with a partner and with the music. She values creativity and playfulness and spreads it to her students. You can recognize Elze from her contagious energy and loud laugh.

Elze has been traveling and teaching Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz in various festivals and workshops abroad as well as growing her local dance community where she is one of the owners of What a Jazz dance studio.

Martynas Stonys is an international Lindy Hop and Balboa instructor, founder and 1/4th of What a Jazz dance studio, 1/4th of Swing Paradise and organizer of multiple local swing dance events in Lithuania. He has been a leader of Lithuanian Swing dance scene for more than a decade, helping the community and many of Lithuanian Swing dance talents grow. 

Recently Martynas has been working with a few partners teaching both Balboa and Lindy Hop. He can lead, follow, perform, create, but most importantly find the next idea that would help students improve. 

Martynas’ goal is to help his students grow as dancers and as people. He's raising, answering fundamental questions and is keen on interacting with students during classes. 

While often Martynas looks like a serious person, go to him and strike a conversation about dancing, teaching or community. You'll definitely leave that conversation with more questions (and jokes) than before.