March 29, 2011

Official Bio

Here’s my bio for use to promote camps and workshops, if you’d like it. However, feel free to make one up yourself, it’s way more fun that way!


Benjamin Cook

Benjamin originally hails from Melbourne, Australia, where he found swing dancing in 2006. He now lives in London; teaching, performing and travelling the world chasing Lindy Hop. Benjamin is a full time Lindy Hopper and currently runs two weekly swing venues in London, two performance troupes, and has taught all around Europe for the last 8¬†years. Proud to have come from a background without professional dance training, he has placed in over 30 different competitions around the world, is a 2-time UK Lindy Hop Champion and also won the Advanced Strictly Lindy at ILHC in 2013. Benjamin’s ability to break down moves and ideas into surprisingly manageable pieces, and attention to personal detail of his students has earned him a reputation as one of the UK’s most prominent instructors. Ben loves to teach people all the things that he loves about swing, and his number one goal is always to show dancers the ways to exceed their own expectations without straying from having fun!

When he’s not on the dance floor he is a hi-fi geek from way back, a fan of all things unicorn related, and has an unhealthy obsession with hot cross buns.


Competition Results

2016 – 2nd Place – Showcase – Lindy Shock
2016 – 2nd Place – Advanced Jack & Jill – Savoy Cup
2016 – 1st Place – Team Routine – Savoy Cup
2015 – Finals – Jazz Roots Showcase – European Swing Dance Championships
2015 – 1st Place – Team Showcase – London Swing Festival
2015 – 2nd Place – Solo Jazz – London Swing Festival
2015 – 3rd Place – Strictly Lindy – London Swing Festival
2014 – 2nd Place – Jack & Jill – Lindy Shock
2014 – 3rd Place – Strictly Lindy – Chase Festival
2013 – 1st Place – Advanced Strictly Lindy – ILHC
2012 – 1st Place – Fast and Furious – London Swing Festival
2012 – 1st Place – Open Jack & Jill – London Swing Festival
2011 – 2nd Place – Invitational Jack & Jill – London Swing Festival
2011 – 2nd Place – Showcase – London Jitterbug Championships
2010 – 3rd Place – Strictly Swing Open – Italian Jitterbug Championships
2010 – 1st Place – Strictly Lindy – London Swing Festival
2010 – 1st Place – Slow Swing – London Swing Festival
2010 – 1st Place – Jack & Jill – London Swing Festival
2010 – 2nd Place – Fast & Furious – London Swing Festival
2010 – 1st Place – Jack & Jill – Swing Brother Swing (Italy)
2010 – 3rd Place – Couples Showcase – Swing Brother Swing (Italy)
2010 – 1st Place – Open Lindy Hop – Swing Storm (Scotland)
2010 – 2nd Place – Solo Charleston – Swing Storm (Scotland)
2010 – 3rd Place – Jack & Jill – Swing Storm (Scotland)
2009 – 1st Place – Jack & Jill – Swing Brother Swing (Italy)
2009 – 3rd Place – Showcase – Swing Brother Swing (Italy)
2009 – 2nd Place – Swing for the Crown (London)
2009 – 2nd Place – The World Dance Battle Championship – Swing Crash (Italy)
2008 – 2nd Place – Open Jack & Jill – Australian Jitterbug Championships
2008 – 3rd Place – Fast Foot – Australian Jitterbug Championships
2007 – 3rd Place – Showcase – Sydney Jitterbug Championships
2007 – 1st Place – Swing Rookie – Melbourne Lindy Battle
2006 – 1st Place – Up & Comers – Sydney Jitterbug Championships
2006 – 1st Place – Like a Virgin – Sydney Jitterbug Championships