Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Sawako was first exposed to Lindy Hop in 2008 in South Korea. In 2013, she moved to Toronto, where she started taking swing dance lessons at Bees’ Knees Dance. After meeting her current partner, Glen, Sawako extended her passion for dance to the high energy rock’n’roll dances: jive and boogie woogie.

Her technical skills – including a strong understanding of both following and leading – as well as her curiosity, dedication and passion were soon recognized by instructors Gabriel and Drea in our very own Soda Pop Hop classes.

Sawako is thrilled to join the Soda Pop Hop team as an Instructor Assistant, so that she can share her open-minded, gender-free, creative and musical approach to partner dancing, and help grow Toronto’s budding rock’n’roll dance community.