Els Houttequiet was first influenced by modern dance before she discovered the world of authentic jazz. Ever since, she has been digging deeper into blues, swing and african dance, gaining profound knowledge and abilities in those styles. Els likes to dive into different dances that carry the same african roots, which makes her style energetic, raw and playfull. She is actively teaching for Crazy Legs Dance School (Ghent) and has been performing as her alter ego Sweet Elle, and with the Steam Heat Cats.