Boogie Back Dance Co. is lead by Jeannie Elliott, from Austin, Texas. She moved to Cape Town in 2006 as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to attend the University of Cape Town for her graduate work. In Austin, she taught swing and lindy hop with Four on the Floor, and performed and choreographed hip hop for Uprise Productions. She began teaching lindy hop and charleston in Cape Town five years ago, after meeting a handful of enthusiastic, swing-obsessed locals, and has been making Cape Town boogie ever since.
When she’s not dancing, she designs Laloo Jewelry, and works as a forensic economic researcher. You can contact her at email@example.com
Muriel discovered lindy hop in 2013 via a friend, who dragged her and Brendan to a class with Jeannie – they were hooked and for the next year, took as many classes as they could pack into the week. A few months later, they had a choreography for their wedding dance (which they promptly forgot when the big moment came!).
Her interest in lindy hop scene building (and later, teaching) was was ignited after attending an international lindy hop event for the first time: the Orient Lindy Express in Istanbul.
Brendan started lindy hop at Boogie Back in 2013, with Muriel – so that they could open the dance floor at their wedding. The bug bit hard and grew into an obsession, and they started taking classes and dancing wherever possible.
In June 2015, Brendan and Muriel were both awarded the Frankie Manning Foundation Ambassador Scholarship to attend Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden – the biggest and longest-running dance event in the world. Here, they spent 5 weeks taking classes with some of the best international teachers, learning about the history of swing music and lindy hop, and dancing every night. They also took a week of teacher training in preparation for joining the Boogie Back crew in Cape Town.
Brendan has a PhD in climatology from UCT, and works in renewable energy consulting. He chairs Cape Town Swing, coaches kids waterpolo and swimming in his spare time, and if the wind is right he’s probably surfing.
Sarah Boyd began lindy hopping in 2008 with the Swing Club at her alma mater Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York. She’s been swinging out ever since, first as a teacher and performer at RPI, now as the resident instructor for Boogie Back’s Stellenbosch classes. After moving to South Africa in 2013, Sarah began teaching swing as Jump Session in Stellenbosch and with Jeannie at Boogie Back in Cape Town shortly thereafter. With proof positive that all good things in life come from swing—best friends, life partners, killer dance moves, all the good music, and unforgettable memories—Sarah’s mission is to share the joy of lindy hop with anyone who has ever seen a swingout and said to themselves, “I wanna do THAT!”