Our judges

Meet the judges

joshua mclean

Joshua Mclean is a professional dancer, choreographer, and performer. He values the expression of music and teamwork with a partner as crucial elements to being your best dancing self. Although he does not believe competition is everything in social dancing, Joshua holds several competition placements from the International Lindy Hop Championships and other Swing Dance dance festivals around the US. As a judge, he balances the values specific to Vernacular Jazz Dance alongside a sensitivity for bias and the contemporary environment in which we do this dance.


MÁTÉ CSIKE

An exuberant force of nature on the dance floor, Máté has snatched the trophies and become an almost immediate icon for his following which is equally inspired by Los Angeles Lindy legend Jewel McGowan, as well as the fierce Harlem ladies like Norma Miller. Máté’s presence brings the party to the classroom, dance floor, of whatever the hell he’s doing! Also a Vogue dancer, Máté brings this influence into his style and movement on the floor in a way like no one else. Always passionate about sharing what he knows and inspiring people to be themselves on the dance floor.


Michaela delmonte

Michaela started swing dancing in 2011 and has been teaching since 2013. She has performed as part of various Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz Dance groups including the Skyliners, the Dinahs and the Hotfoot Strutters. She has competed around the world and been lucky enough to place a few of those times – she is particularly proud of her choreography that scored first places across the board for the Team Routine at Savoy Cup 2017. Having judged swing dance competitions at events in the UK and in Europe, she strives to uphold the values of the dances to the best of her ability. As a founder of London Throwdown she is participating in the event as a judge for the first time. She is excited to see what the competitors will bring in this new format!


tine gatchalian

Christine “Tine Machine” Gatchalian started her first dance class 37 years ago in California and has been dancing ever since. After many years of Tap, Hip Hop, Cheerleading, Modern and Street Jazz, she moved to New York City to immerse herself in its underground dance scene.  During her 9 years there, she trained in the many African Diasporic forms the city had to offer including House, Voguing, Waacking, Latin Hustle, Afrobeats, Breakin, Funk Styles, and Capoeira.  When she moved to Harlem, Tine intended to learn Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz to connect to her new neighborhood and to learn the roots of all the dances she was participating in.

Since moving to London, Tine has won or placed in the finals for over 30 solo jazz and Lindy Hop contests across Europe and the US, including 1st place Jazz Battle at Harlem.LT (Lithuania), 1st place solo jazz at Atlantic Swing Festival (Portugal) 2 years in a row, 1st place Vintage routine with Brat Pack 2 years in a row at Savoy Cup (France), 2nd place Pro-Am ILHC (USA) with Remy Kouakou-Kouame, the Spirit of Jazz Roots award at Paris Jazz Roots, and 1st place Big Apple Contest at London Jump (with one arm in a sling!). 

When it comes to judging, she values rhythm, soul, freedom, honesty, and most of all the Africanistic sensibility in jazz dance. Because jazz is an African American art form, she believes that every time you step on the dance floor you should strive to honour the elders that created the dance.


PIPPA TOOHER

Pippa Tooher has been dancing since 2002 and has a wealth of experience and knowledge. Alongside her love of all things Lindy Hop she is also a competent Balboa and Blues Dancer and teacher.
Pippa has produced many of the dance festivals produced by Swing Patrol over the years and has a lot of experience of competing, organising dance competitions and judging. She is very excited to be part of the Judging team for London Throwdown, an event she has managed with Michaela Delmonte in the past


TRISHA SEWELL

​Trisha hails from Hertfordshire, UK, and has been teaching since 1997 and on the international scene since 2003. For 10 years she contributed to establishing the first European swing dance brand and the biggest of its time. She is now thrilled to manage her own company  SavoyHop.com creatively directed by her personal vision. Trisha has built up a reputation for being one of the most influential teachers within the European Swing Scene. 

She has spearheaded the revival of Authentic Jazz within the UK, working and training  with some of the freshest dancers and teachers around.

An accomplished musician & experienced in Tap she helps others to understand rhythms and how to improvise within the dance. She has had formal training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and musical theatre since the age 5. 

Not only has she choreographed countless routines, she has also performed in the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London.