International Teachers, Performers and Choreographers
Rob and Diane van Haaren
Now Local Central Texas residents.
Rob and Diane are part of the first generation of Lindy Hoppers and Jazz dancers like Ryan Francois, Steven Mitchel, Chester Whitmore and the Rhythm Hot Shots who choreographed, promoted, produced, presented and taught world wide starting in the early 1990's.
Starting to Lindy Hop with Jonathan and Sylvia in Santa Barbara, Rob learned the original Al Minns and Frankie Manning style Lindy with Steven Mitchell in 1986 which led to meeting the legendary Frankie Manning that same year. Besides studying with the original Lindy, Shag and Balboa dancers in LA and working with Norma Miller in Las Vegas and Chester Whitmore in LA, in 1991 it was time to connect with other Lindy Hoppers in Europe.
Soon after that Diane and Rob started teaching extensively on the European and world circuit and taught at the amazing Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden for over 18 years. Diane performed with the Rhythm Hot Shots from Sweden on their American Tour. They build a special bond with Frankie Manning, Norma Miller and Chazz Young and other teachers working side by side at many events around the world.
Rob and Diane are known for being easy going, approachable and fun teachers who get dancers to do amazing stuff quickly. They have earned a reputation internationally with many of the dancers that are teachers today. Rob & Diane were instrumental in building the San Francisco Bay Area Swing dance scene in the late 90's and build an amazing following with their weekly club nights, in different parts of town from San Francisco to San Jose, with attendance of over 300 people a night, being able to hire bands and inspiring other teachers to follow their example.
After living in California they are now in Texas where they teach between Austin and San Antonio. Meet them at the next workshop or class and see how their passion is so contagious, and are there to inspire you!
They Teach, Perform and Dj at Weddings - and can add a great atmosphere at your Private and Corporate Event and Parties. Let us know how we can help you. Phone/Text 512-393-1622
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"I wish you all the very best of everything in 2012, and thank you Rob & Diane for all you do for the local and worldwide swing scene!! You are such great role models for the folks just starting out in swing, and for the rest of us too!!" Teresa Johnson
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"Rob and Diane are exceptional dancers and instructors, they will truly bring your dancing to the next level. Experience their easy going, fun, fresh, thorough and inspiring approach" ......... Swing-Out Chicago
"Rob and Diane are true trendsetters ............... San Francisco Chronicle
"Diane is one of the top two Lindy Hoppers in the world" "Rob and Diane are two of the top instructors" .......... Frankie Manning
Rob & Diane with former President Clinton
Rob & Diane with the Legendary Dancer, Innovator and Ambassador (President) of the lindy Hop: Frankie Manning
Jan Atkinson : You are so lucky to have these guys to teach you very professional and lots of fun .
Andy Clark: "Rob and Diane are fantastic fun to work with as students and fellow teachers. Always professional, friendly and approachable with a swing dance knowledge second to none. We would never hestitate to recommend Rob & Diane". - Cal'donias Swing Dance Soc.
Katie 'Jacobsen' Micke: Rob and Diane are amazing dancers and I would love to be able to take lessons from them!
Chris Carter: Rob and Diane are great Lindy Hop teachers, I always look forward to their classes at Herrang
Stephen Kewley: "I have been taught by rob and Diane before and they are truly amazing. They are both friendly and professional. U will not be disappointed."