Meet the Teachers

The Boogie Back Dance Co. teaching team has grown since the school was started in 2012 by Jeannie Elliott, kicking off the swing scene in Cape Town. Now we're six-strong and growing, eager to share this dance around the city.


Muriel Gravenor

Muriel discovered lindy hop in 2013 via a friend, who dragged her along with Brendan to a class with Jeannie – she was hooked and for the next year, took as many classes as she could pack into the week...

Sarah Boyd

Sarah 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...

Jes Ferguson

Jes attended her first lindy hop class to try something fun and different. She did modern dancing growing up but was keen to pursue a shared experience in partnered dancing and get out of her comfort zone...

Sam Sserwanga

Sam discovered lindy hop at Mother City Hop in 2016 and as a musician, he had an instant connection with jazz music and dance. Soon after starting, he joined all the classes he could at Boogie Back, social dancing and geeking out on the history and music...

Brendan Argent

Brendan started lindy hop at Boogie Back in 2013 – the bug bit hard and grew into an obsession, and he started taking classes and dancing wherever possible...

Jeannie Elliott

Boogie Back Dance Co. was founded by Jeannie Elliott, who hails from Austin, Texas. In Austin, she taught swing and lindy hop with Four on the Floor, and performed and choreographed hip hop for Uprise Productions...