Dance
Swing dancing couple keep audience guessing with silky smooth moves
They really got my attention with that flip toward the end. Their chemistry is palpable.
Ashleigh Schalkwyk
01.17.22

Dancing is a part of our history and evolution as humans – and dance styles are always developing and changing.

In the 1940s, music was forever changed when rock ‘n roll music appeared on the scene, and so the way people danced changed, too.

With roots firmly in the jive styles of Swing dances like Lindy Hop, another dance style called Boogie Woogie was born. Have you ever seen a Boogie Woogie dance before?

Prepare to have your socks knocked off.

YouTube - Kristian Tanum
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YouTube - Kristian Tanum

In music, Boogie Woogie actually refers to an improvisational way of playing an instrument, specifically the piano.

But don’t confuse Boogie Woogie dancing with the Boogie Woogie blues music of the 1920s!

The style is actually more influenced by rock ‘n roll, but that name was already taken by another highly acrobatic dance form.

Boogie Woogie dancing can contain some acrobatic elements, but it is a social dance that is not highly choreographed.

One couple has the Boogie Woogie moves!

Facebook - Sondre Olsen-Bye and Tanya Georgiievska
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Facebook - Sondre Olsen-Bye and Tanya Georgiievska

Sondre Olsen-Bye and Tanya Georgiievska are incredible dancing partners on the stage, and they are also partners in life.

Although they also branch out into other dance styles like Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz, they have a special love for Boogie Woogie.

They’re a force to be reckoned with.

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YouTube - Sondre & Tanya

Sondre and Tanya have twirled and jived.

And they’ve done it all the way into people’s hearts while doing what they love: teaching dance classes, traveling, and competing all over the world.

Sondre was born in Norway and Tany was born in Ukraine. Now, they stay mainly in Poland when they’re not on the road.

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YouTube - Sondre & Tanya

This adorable couple really has a way of bringing their audience back into the 40s with their epic routines (and making it look so effortless!), but they have been training for almost their entire lives.

Tanya began training in classical dance at the age of four and then switched to acrobatic Rock ‘n Roll dancing at the age of nine.

While Sondre also began training at age five, he switched to Swing dance when he was just eight.

Born with a natural talent

YouTube - Sondre & Tanya
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YouTube - Sondre & Tanya

Even though this couple looks like they’ve been dancing together for their whole lives, it hasn’t always been this way.

Although Sondre and Tanya have competed in many different dance competitions from a young age, they only came together in 2015.

They knew in an instant

They met at the 2015 SwingOut festival and immediately knew that they had something special.

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Facebook - Sondre Olsen-Bye and Tanya Georgiievska

One particularly memorable moment in Sondre and Tanya’s lives was their very first Boogie Woogie routine at the Norwegian Boogy Woogy Championships.

Their chemistry is on full display.

YouTube - Kristian Tanum
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YouTube - Kristian Tanum

As they perform an adorable Boogy Woogy routine, you can see their genuine connection shine through in the performance.

And the spins, twirls, and kicks are simply incredible to watch. One particularly jaw-dropping scene is when Sondre flips right over Tanya and lands perfectly on his feet.

But, as soon as his toes touch the floor, he’s moving again!

They move like lightning.

YouTube - Kristian Tanum
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YouTube - Kristian Tanum

The most astounding thing is that this video of one of their first dances together is just a fraction of what’s still to come from this gorgeous pair.

See Sondre and Tanya’s dance that kept the crowd guessing in the video below!

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By Ashleigh Schalkwyk
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Ashleigh Schalkwyk is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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