23-25 November 2018
Dance your woolly socks off!
Join us for a weekend full of music and fun, with six top-notch international teachers and three awesome bands.
Bookings will open Sunday 1st of July.
We will have 3 levels of Lindy Hop as well as a mini Solo Jazz track and some fun tasters.
We’ve also got 3 socials, all with live music from some of our favourite local bands!
Lindy pass – 6 hours of Lindy, 3 hours of tasters, 3 socials
Jazz pass – 3 hours Solo Jazz mini track, 3 socials
Lindy + Jazz pass – 6 hours of Lindy, 3 hours of Solo Jazz, 3 socials
Social pass – all 3 socials
Tickets for individual socials will be available on the door as capacity allows.
Price info is now on Dancecloud. Concession priced tickets are at the bottom of the registration page!
Friday Welcome Dance – Bedlam Swing
Saturday Back to the Future Party – Iain Ewing and the Chevaliers
Sunday Tea Dance – Rianna and the Hops
Jenny Thomas (UK) and Pontus Persson (Sweden)
Jenny Thomas began Lindy Hopping 25 years ago in Anthony Van Laast’s show “Souls in Motion” where she joined Zoots and Spangles dance company.
During those years Jenny has travelled the world teaching Master Classes, sharing her extensive knowledge of dance technique and exposing countless people to her love and passion for the dance and continues to do so. To many in the swing dance community she is thought of as one of the “Teachers Teachers”.
Pontus Persson has been dancing continuously since he was 5 years old, and started teaching professionally at 16. He moved to Stockholm in 2008 to evolve his dancing, being offered membership of the dance company, Harlem Hot Shots.
Pontus’ teaching is focused on practicing of quality body movement as well as realizing the magic of enjoyment. With true spirit the individual dancer can become truly great. Knowledge and Performance are keywords to his dancing and teaching.
Helena Verheyen (Belgium) and Smiltys Andrikonis (Lithuania)
Helena Verheyen is a vernacular jazz dancer and costume designer based in Ghent, Belgium. Over the last 18 years she has explored many dance forms, from Ballet to African dance, Tango, Capoeira, contemporary dance, theatre, Samba & modern jazz dance.
She bumped into Lindy hop in 2009, and it was love at first sight. Helena has created her own unique style which integrates the variety of the dance styles she studied previously. She is a bomb of energy on the dancefloor, surprising her partner with dazzling footwork.
Smiltys Andrikonis has been familiar with jazz music since the day he was born! At the age of just 4 years old, he started acting in theatre, several years later playing saxophone and dancing contemporary dance became his hobbies as well.
After graduating, Smiltys found out about Swing dance and there was no turning back! Many classes, various competitions and international festivals later, he discovered that dynamics between the thrill of the competitions and the chill of the social dancing, is what motivates him to dance.
Moe Sakan (UK/Japan) and Vincenzo Fesi (Italy)
Moe Sakan has had professional training in many types of dance, including jazz, ballet, tap and contemporary dance. In 1999 Moe fell in love with the Lindy Hop, since then this has been her dance of choice.
Moe moved to London in 2000, bringing a sparkle to the local swing dancing scene, and soon became the UK’s top female swing dancer. Moe travels the world extensively both for social dancing and teaching Lindy Hop. Well known as a vintage enthusiast, Moe is passionate about the music and fashion of the Swing era.
Vincenzo Fesi is a worldwide recognised dancer, teacher and choreographer. As a real globetrotter, he teaches and performs at the most prestigious swing dance events around the world.
He was born in Lake Como, but Roma adopted him. Inspired by the incomparable Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Frankie Manning, Vincenzo Fesi dances the Lindy Hop, Balboa, tap and many other jazz styles. When he teaches and performs, Vincenzo gives off a contagious energy that drives his audience crazy.
We get lots of questions about levels, so here’s a bit of guidance! Please pick the level that matches your experience best. Remember that levels are about making sure you’re in a group of people who have similar skills. This is so everyone gets the most they can out of the weekend.
Teachers have the right to move you to a different level if they feel you’ve not placed yourself in the right one. If you’re in doubt about where you should be, ask us!
You have been attending classes on regular basis for at least 4 months. You can dance the fundamentals and you rock out on the social dance floor after lessons to practice. You want to gain the confidence needed to become the dancing queen you know you are at heart. You want to expand your basic move repertoire, learn some flashy stuff to show-off, but also really cement those fundamentals.
You can dance and you know it. You’re regularly out on the social dance floor wearing your shoes out bare. You have been hooked, addicted for at least a year and a bit, and you get your shot of fun at least once a week with classes and socials. You have sacrificed your precious weekends for dancing before. You’d like to be able to add to your repertoire and increase your dance vocabulary. This level will help you improve your dance skills, providing more challenging material for you and developing core concepts such as rhythm, lead/follow technique, etc.
Not for the faint-hearted! You are an extremely confident dancer who has been dancing for 3+ years. You social dance with ease and regularly attend workshops and dance camps with top-level teachers. Your dancing has strong fundamentals onto which you add your own styling and individuality. You improvise, you jazz, you switch and steal. You should be capable of learning complex partner and solo routines. You may be part of a performance troupe or be a teacher in your own scene. Classes at this level will help you incorporate more complex rhythms into your dancing, add different footwork patterns and improve the connection between you and your partner.
Solo Jazz Mini Track
This track will be aimed at dancers who have at least some experience with Solo Jazz. If you’re comfortable with the Shim Sham and throwing some fun solo stuff into your partner dancing, you’ll be ok here. If you’re a complete beginner, we will have at least one Solo Jazz for beginners taster class, so you can give it a go if you get a Lindy pass!