Maria discovered swing dance in Barcelona and she was amazed by the powerful energy and
the social aspect of this dance. Around 2014, she started dancing with Aurélien. Since then,
their work has been guided by a bunch of ideas: understanding movement and roots, valuing and cherishing the basics, doing more by doing less, conceiving of music as a map full of possibilities, trying to feel as free and comfortable aspossible.
Maria thinks that there are no mistakes in dance, but rather a thousand of path to explore
and,social dance is for her the perfect place to discover them. She likes to go always to the
truth of movement.
Connected to dance since she was a kid, she graduated in ballet and contemporary dance and more recently she extended her studies in Performing Arts and Social
Action. Except for a short period where she turned her back to the dance, her personal and professional life has always revolved around movement. She has also been involved in community dance projects with, women, teenagers and seniors in Spain and Germany.  Maria has her residence in Barcelona but she also has a strong link to Geneva, where Aurélien was born, and where she founded with good friends Backbeat, an association which promotes swing dancing.
Aurélien was born in a musician family. Music is his home: a place where he feels safe and alive, at peace and deeply moved. He discovered swing dancing in his late twenties, in Barcelona. It wasn’t love at first sight. Nevertheless, slowly but steadily, he started being more and more interested, and then passionate about it. He met Maria around 2012, and they started dancing together a couple of years later. Since then, they work together, actively seeking to make their dance freer, more personal, more flowy, more expressive and more swingy! For Aurélien, swing dancing is really about embodying the swing there is in the music he likes to dance to. It’s about finding a flow and, from there, using one’s body to show the love, the humor, the melancholy, the wit and all the other beautiful and interesting colors there are in a nice swinging tune.
He lives in Barcelona but also travels regularly to Geneva, the town where he was born, where he has co-funded Backbeat, an association which promotes swing dancing
(photo by Martina Houdek)