SwingLUXday

Registration:  Registrations are open

When:  November 11th, 2017

Where:  Art & Sport

What:

Come and join us for a new Swing experience! We are launching our Saturdays specials and this is what we offer you for the November edition.

This Saturday we have two specials: African Dance and Solo Blues.

  • Back to Basics – learn to charleston workshop with Quattropole teachers Jovanna and Roumany:
    No matter if you have danced before or not, you cannot practise Charleston enough. Use the chance to brush up your kicks!

  • Super Special – African Dance, get ready to learn more about the roots of swing dance: Tebby prepared a new adventure in african dance.

  • Swing Special – Solo Blues: In this session with Martina, we will learn an easy Solo Blues* routine that will include some of the basic Blues movements. However, the routine will simply be a suggestion for dancers; they will be strongly encouraged to use the routine as a basis for them to express their own feelings and interpretation of the music.

Schedule and Pricing

Day Time Workshop Teachers Price
Saturday, November 11th, 2017 13:00 – 15:00
(10 minute break)
Back to Basics – Learn to Charleston Jovanna and Roumany 25€
15:10 – 17:10
(10 minute break)
Super Special – African Dance Tebby 25€
17:20 – 18:50
(no break)
Swing Special – Solo Blues* Martina 15€
19:00 – 21:00 !!! Important Change !!!
19:00 – 19:45 Lindy Hop Taster
19:45 – 21:00 Social Dance @
 Art & Sport
Boris and Zsuzsanna Free
5€ reduction if you sign-up for two tracks

A little more info on Blues…

*Blues dancing:

Like Swing dance, Blues dance originated and evolved from African rhythms and movements. However, Blues dancing was never widely practiced as a “social” or performance dance in the United States outside of the Black communities; so it developed and thrived in smoky juke joints and at Blues house parties and rent parties, giving it a more intimate feel. Blues dance is strongly tied to Blues music, and many aspects of Blues dancing (for example, call and response, emotional intensity, and tension and release) are directly related to the music to which it is danced. Blues is also an emotion that you bring to your dancing. Blues dance, like most Black vernacular dances, enables intense individuality in expressing the music, emphasizing that the music, not the dancer, leads the dance; the dancer is simply the interpreter. Blues dance demonstrates the passion of the entire range of human emotions – from sadness to joy – not just sensuality.

Teachers

 

Tebby

A South African choreographer, dancer/performer, dance teacher/educator & researcher and cultural activist, arrived in Europe in 1995 after working with different theatre and dance companies in South Africa and abroad. He was trained in different forms of dance. He travelled extensively during a period of research and collaborations and worked with internationally acclaimed choreographers and teachers. He was nominated and won a number of prestigious choreography and dance awards.

In 1999 he founded TeBogO Dance Ensemble (TBO), renamed TeBogO Dance – TBO, which since its inauguration has been invited to perform and teach in countries such as Japan, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, South Africa, The Netherlands, Spain, Luxembourg and Poland. A holder of a Master of Choreography degree from the Dance Unlimited Programme at ArtEZ in Arnhem (The Netherlands), he was the first recipient of the international choreography bursary from the Michel Tesson Performing Arts Trust and subsequently from the Creative Arts Foundation.

In 2002 he became a member of World Dance Alliance -Europe (WDA) and currently he is a member of UNESCO’s International Dance Council (CID). Amongst his achievements, he was invited to co-author and contribute to a chapter on ‘Collaboration’ with an article ‘Reverie’, for the book ‘Inventing Futures’, published by ArtEZ Press in 2013. He continues his in-depth research based on his concept of Afro-Butoh, in which he focuses on a fusion of the principles of the spiritual forms of Butoh and African ritual dance elements. Currently, he is working on an interactive multidisciplinary crossover collaborative project as well as teaching and performing internationally.

Jovanna Taffner

My great love for Lindy Hop started around 10 years ago. I am organizer and founder of LindyHopSaarbrücken. I live and love this dance, because it gives me so many opportunities to express myself. I am fascinated by how multifaceted and creative Swing is! Lindy Hop is not just a dance for me; it’s a life style and I try to communicate it to my students with all the passion that I have.

I’ve travelled a lot to attend international workshops and get inspired so that I can share and spread everything I learn.

Roumany

In the 7th grade I encountered blues and jazz for the first time. Since then, the music has accompanied me every day. I only by chance stumbled upon the still young Lindy hop scene in Saarbrücken. Freedom waved to me and with full enthusiasm I went to every social dance, looked at many ILHC videos and I took all of the few classes that were offered back then. I wanted to get as much Lindy Hop as possible.

For me, Lindy Hop is a place where I can unfold through the music, without limitations. A mysterious place, even, because you simply do not know why there is so much joy. I think it is the perfect mix of music, rhythm and folly! ^^

“If all people were swinging, there would be no war.” (N. Miller)

Lindy hop taught me a lot, including get to know myself and others; it made me develop myself as a person in a way that I thought I could never achieve.

In my opinion, the best message spread by Lindy hop is that everyone can be themselves, without compulsion and judgments. Something that I haven’t seen in any other dance I know, is that in Lindy Hop the sillier you get, the better you swing!!

Martina

Hi! I am Martina. I discovered lindy hop in the late summer 2014, when a little group of dancers were swingin behind the Philarmonie. Needless to say, it changed my life!

This dance and music inspire me every day and I will be forever thankful to those who started it, bringing people together just to swing out.

I have been honoured to learn from many legendary dancers, taking classes in many cities around world with Norma Miller, Chester Whitmore, Harlem Hot Shots, Sharon Davis, Daniel and Åsa and many many more. All of them contributed to that puzzle that is now my swing dance.

My mission is to preserve and nurture swing dance and music by constantly seeking for their truths and roots.

My main source of inspiration will always be the one and only Dawn Hampton, who embodied the values of swing how I like it, the queen of performance, entertainment and love: “Don’t count, feel! The only count I know, is Count Basie” (Dawn Hampton, see the photo).