SwingLuxDay February 10th, 2018
Registration: Registrations are closed. There are still spaces available, so join us directly at Altrimenti to participate in the workshop.
Classes and Party at Altrimenti, 5 Avenue Marie-Therese, L-2132 Luxembourg
Here we are again with our monthly dose of inspiration! Here is what we offer you for this February Edition:
Back to roots – Swivels with Martina
Followers don’t just follow; they are constantly proactive in their rhythm, posture, flow, choices and in their PRESENCE. One great tool followers have to show their personality in the dance are the Twists – what we call Swivels today. They are a follower’s signature in their dancing. We remember many amazing followers by their swivels; one name for all: Jewel McGowan.
Swivels are not styling: they are a powerful movement that Frankie taught followers right from the very first class. Today we tend to procrastinate, but it’s time to shine now! Join this class with Martina and let’s discover your own beautiful swivels. To attend this class, you must know already the 8-count basic pattern of Lindy Hop.
Super Special – Slow African Dance with Tebby
The focus of the workshop will be on the idea of the Awakening … Invitation … Journey, which comes from Tebby’s research, ‘Journey Of The Spiritual Dancing Body’. The spiritual journey of the dancing body is a process that leads us to search deep in ourselves, and explore our latent qualities in the development of our personality – physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually.
Swing Special – Authentic Jazz with Roumany
Come and learn the super funny ‘Pebble in my shoe’ routine with Roumany! This class is open to everybody.
*After classes we’ll swing the evening out in Altrimenti, starting from 19h30! The evening party is free for workshop participants. 5€ entrance for those who do not take the workshop.
Schedule and Pricing
|Saturday||12.30 – 14.30||Back to Roots – Swivels||Martina||25 €|
|February 10th||14.45 – 16.15||Super Special – Slow African dance||Tebby||20 €|
|Altrimenti||16.30 – 18.30||Swing Special – ‘Pebble in my shoe’ routine||Roumany||25 €|
|5€ reduction if you sign-up for more than 1 workshop track|
|Evening party*||5 €|
|19:30 – 20:30||Lindy Hop Taster for absolute beginners||Davy & Freya|
|20.30 – 21.30||Social dance|
|21.30 – 22.00||The Chick’s Shortcase Challenge|
|22.00 – 23.00||Social dance|
Hi! I am Martina. I discovered lindy hop in the late summer 2013, when a little group of dancers were swingin’ behind the Philarmonie in Luxembourg. 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).
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 collaborative project as well as teaching and performing internationally.
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!!