We’ve heard some rumors that you love a lot of space for your fancy moves, wooden floor and a unique place in terms of its history and atmosphere. That’s fortunate because that’s exactly what we can offer you during our festival! In August we’ll meet again in the heart of the Gdańsk Shipyard – […]Read more
It’s time to announce the band everybody! It’s the first time you’ll see them in Poland, the hot jazz straight outta Ghent – Lester’s Blues! Check out the clips if you fancy yourself some Basie style – you know these guys are one of the finest out there, and they swing hard – keeping the […]Read more
Please sign up to the group that you think is appropriate for your level of dancing. However, it is not binding and the actual group that you will end up will be verified during audition.
This year we will have 5 levels of Lindy Hop:
You’ve been to some classes, done some practice on your own, you know basic six-count and eight-count moves. In general: you have at least a few months of experience.
This one’s for the casual lindyhopper. You know basic rhythms and general patterns (eight counts, six counts, charlestons, jig walks etc.), as well as fundamental ideas of leading and following. Here, you will not only hone your basics, but also work on transforming your dance from a bunch of moves glued together into a rhythmical reflection of the music.
This one is for the experienced hoppers, not ones that started last month. Here, both your connection to the rhythm and the overall flow of your dancing should be reasonably convincing. Expect some faster tempos, and possibly also rhythm variations and personal interpretations. Generally, the level is going to be about exploration of rhythmical musicality.
You’ve got at least 4 years of active (i.e. regularly attending workshops) experience under your belt. You find improvisation easy and don’t do it at the expense of your partner.
Advanced+ means highly advanced dancing and a highly advanced approach from both sides of the class environment. You should have high ambitions and your experience should be quite broad. This means dancing for more than 5 years and attending international workshops on a regular basis, while also possibly taking part in competitions. You easily improvise to the music and are not at all afraid of fast tempos: all the while the connection with your partner remains strong. You have your own style and you are an inspiration to your home scene.
We’ve been hunting them, trying to get them to come to Gdansk for a long, long time already.
AND WE’VE FINALLY MADE IT
Ladies and Gents, for the first time in Poland, the one and only, the hottest of the hot… Anna & Jakob.
Anna and Jakob started dancing separately when they were 9 and 10 years old, they
started off with the Swedish dance Bugg before they began with Lindy Hop about 3
years later. But dancing Lindy Hop became the main focus when they started dancing
and competing together in 2010.
Nowadays they are based in Uppsala Sweden were they work full time with dance.
The style of the Savoy ballroom dancers is their big inspiration witch reflects both in
their way of dancing and teaching.
They have several merits both Nationally in Sweden and Internationally. The latest
ones is 1st place at the Swedish Championships two years in a row, 1 st place in
Invitational Strictly Lindy at Savoy Cup and 1 st place in Pro Showcase at ILHC
three years in a row.
We’re going back to the roots with Sandra & Markus! These are the pros you’re looking for if you want to do it the oldschool way – both when it comes to dancing and partying. Get ready for some real RAW and CRAZY energy!
Sandra enjoys to travel. Although she is a bit afraid of flying, that has not stopped her from
performing and teaching around the world. She is a restless soul and doesn’t think it is
enough only to teach and perform: she also organises swing dance camps and writes,
choreographs and produces a yearly swing dance musical together with Mattias
Lundmark. Those musicals, as she sees it, is the best! I mean, who doesn’t love singing,
dancing and self-made glittery costumes?! www.lindychristmas.com
Sandra loves old swing clips. She is a bit obsessed with them and has a big collection. Her
goal is to study and learn them herself, and then finally teach them. She has a clear
authentic vision and in her work, she aims to keep and hone the style, craziness, energy
and feeling of the golden age.
Markus Rosendal is a professional dance teacher, performer and DJ.
A well regarded specialist in dances from the 1920 ́s – 1950 ́s, Markus now teaches Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie and Authentic Jazz.
Markus started his dance career in 1999 when he was a competition dancer for the Swedish National Team, he continued to compete for the team until 2010. From 2006 alongside competing Markus has been travelling around the globe teaching at various events, from Herräng Dance Camp which is located in the home country of Sweden to Osaka, Japan and everywhere in between.
As well as teaching adults, Markus has enjoyed working with the community, touring Sweden teaching children around the country about dance and dance culture.
Want to know more about this fella? -www.markusrosendal.com
You may have noticed that it’s a little tradition that we have a Polish teacher at every Amber Swing. This year our Polish teacher is coming all the way from the US!
AND HE COOL BOY! You’ve rooted for him at the ILHC and you know ain’t nobody got anything on his style! That’s right kids, get on the hype train right now; we got him this year – RAFAL PUSTELNY is coming to town, and he’s bringing ERIN MORRIS along!
Erin Morris is a champion solo jazz dancer, celebrated lindy hop artist, and a working jazz musician. She is a formidable improviser and spirited partner, able to draw upon a wealth of musical knowledge and vernacular dance movement. Her strongest influences are Katherine Dunham and Leon James and, of course, the music itself. In the classroom she is renowned for her depth and clarity, and she strives to develop artists and individuals. She is very proud that none of her students ever look like her. She has taught, performed, and competed around the world.
Erin began teaching dance in 1999 for the University of Michigan swing club. She invested more than a decade in her home lindy hop scene and spent four years teaching primarily as a lead to meet the unique challenges of that scene. In 2011 she founded Michigan’s first chorus girl troupe, Erin Morris & Her Ragdolls, to explore her voice as a choreographer and to become an ambassador for women in jazz. She choreographed more than 40 original routines for the Ragdolls and worked closely with local band leaders, including the acclaimed James Dapogny, to present revues and performances that featured live music.
Erin moved to St. Louis in 2016 to continue her journey as a working musician and dancer.
Rafal Pustelny is a vibrant young dancer and instructor who is passionate about traditional dances from all around the world! Rafal moved to NYC in 2010 and there studied American Jazz dance forms, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa. He quickly established himself as one of the top dancers in NYC, and has since earned acclaim in the international swing dance community.
His wide knowledge and skill in various styles has helped him win top placements in international competitions and has created opportunities for him to teach around the world. Rafal’s expertise and passion for dance shine in the classroom; he uses his technical prowess, upbeat sense of humor, and innate ability to connect with people to distill high-level content into accessible pieces that elevate multiple aspects of his students’ dancing.
Rafal continues his own dance education by studying Tap, Clogging, Hungarian folk dances, and Polish folk dances. As a performer, he works with several regional groups, including “Polish American Folk Dance Company,” “The Vanaver Caravan,” “Project Connect” and “Wild Rhythm”, as well as community events and corporate parties. A Frankie Manning Foundation Ambassador, he teaches and performs locally with “You Should Be Dancing” studios and The Harlem Swing Dance Society. You can also find him at international events where he works with dance communities across the globe.
Hey, do you know these two? Well you better do, cause that’s Tomer Bernard and Rivital Englender from Swing It Dance School and they’re coming all the way from Israel to give us a fancy taster!
Rivital fell in love with Lindy Hop in a party in New York and began teaching Tel Aviv in 2013. She believes that nothing is more exhilarating than social dancing and finds it endlessly inspiring.
Fascinated by the rich history of vernacular jazz, Rivital puts a strong emphasis on connection to the roots of the dance. She breaks down complex dance techniques into simple, easily mastered steps so
that everyone, regardless of dance background, can have fun and let loose on the dance floor.
Shortly after discovering Swing dancing, Tomer began teaching in Tel Aviv’s local scene in 2014. Tomer’s extensive background in martial arts and rock climbing has given him a keen understanding of fitness and various methods to study movement. As a Jazz music enthusiast, Tomer offers his students helpful insights to connect to the music both intellectually and physically. He finds that intricate and
delicate movements are what make swing dance magical and enjoys sharing this passion with his students.
Tomer and Rivital are passionate Lindy Hop dancers. Their love for movement, dance and most of all Jazz music is what drew them to this dance. In their classes they put a large emphasis on dancing through connection to the music. They teach regularly at Swing It Dance School in Israel. They are both certified fitness instructors and use this knowledge in their own training and in classes they teach. As they are strong believers in practice and training, they wish to inspire their students and show them that hard work pays off.
Kler is a musician who also started dancing. As of her early childhood she loved to dance but never found the right style to fit her passion. Until she found Lindy Hop. Coming from Brno, Czech Republic where she started dancing, she moved to Slovakia’s capital Bratislava to teach Swing Dance and also to study […]
Kler is a musician who also started dancing. As of her early childhood she loved to dance but never found the right style to fit her passion. Until she found Lindy Hop. Coming from Brno, Czech Republic where she started dancing, she moved to Slovakia’s capital Bratislava to teach Swing Dance and also to study as a professional flute player. In her dancing, she combines her sense for rhythm, musicality and mood of the song she is dancing to. Kler tries to break the rules and shape of the common style, and have as much fun as it gets. Whenever dancing or teaching, she strives for precise rhythmics, connection with the partner, music, and, of course, keeping the joy of the dance.
Jan started dancing when he was 9. After almost 10 years of dancing Slovak Folklore, he decided to pursue what he loved and began to study Pedagogy of the dance at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. During his studies, he had opportunity to familiarize himself with various techniques, such as ballet, jazz, modern or contemporary dance. However finding about Lindy Hop in 2014 got him carried away, and the excitement never ceased to grow. Swing fascinates him in his improvisation and communication of the partners during the dance. For these reasons, you can always find strong influence of the techniques, dynamics, rhythm and wildness of Slovak Folklore. As he wants to spread his joy of the dance to as many people as possible, he started leading the swing community of Bratislava. In teaching he pays attention to detail and to understanding the moves and motions.
In their classes or social dancing, Kler and Jan bring together the dynamics of the motion, musicality, communication of the partners and joy of the dance, and they try to keep Lindy Hop crazy, yet classy.
Miglė and Vilmantas are Lindy Hop teachers from the heart of Lithuania – Kaunas.
They discovered this dance together more than 8 years ago and they are still enjoying their journey and passion through this wonderful world of swing dance.
They are passionate dancers, active participants of various events and competitions, as well as one of the main teachers and organizers in their town, sharing acquired experience with other Lindy hop lovers.
In classes, even while focusing on technique or footwork, they encourage students to express themselves, relax and enjoy the dance. Full of energy and enthusiasm, Miglė and Vilmantas always await chance to share their ideas, inspiration and joy for this dance with you!
Known for their love for fast swingouts, they radiate positive vibes each time they enter the dancefloor. Prepare for insane amounts of good energy!
The joy of dancing, improvising with the music, inspiring and sharing with others. That’s what Lindy Hop is all about to them, and that’s how they fell in love with it.
They radiate positive energy, and take pride in their individual approach to each student in class.
To respect both swing dance and music they continously study the origins of jazz. They believe that dance should always have its roots in the music. In the meantime they get their rhythmic chops at tap dancing classes.
And they’re crazy about fast swingouts. 🙂
We will start our festival with the Thursday Party.
On Friday, around 10:00 we’ll have an audition for all levels. After that we’ll start classes.
Each level will have in total 8 hours of classes with our teachers.
At Friday and Saturday Parties we’ll get crazy to the live music of Lester’s Blues.
Sunday Party will end up our festival.
More detailed schedule coming soon!
|Full Pass||Party Pass|
|620 PLN / 155 €||270 PLN / 70 €|
1.07 - 31.07
|660 PLN / 165 €|
|720 PLN / 180 €||300 PLN / 75 €|
8 hours of Lindy Hop classes (5 levels)
4 hours of taster classes
4 parties (2 of them with live music by Lester’s Blues)
4 hours of taster classes
4 parties (2 of them with live music by Lester’s Blues)
We’re gonna get crazy during 4 parties, 2 of them (Friday & Saturday) will be with the live music.
We’ve heard some rumors that you love a lot of space for your fancy moves, wooden floor and a unique place in terms of its history and atmosphere. That’s fortunate because that’s exactly what we can offer you during our festival!
In August we’ll meet again in the heart of the Gdańsk Shipyard – in the BHP Hall! This is the place where the history of Poland changed its course. It was where “Gdańsk Agreement” of 31 August 1980 was signed, which led to the establishment of Independent Self-Governing Trade Union “Solidarność” and later resulted in the end of the Communist rule in Poland. A party in such a unique place is of a particular importance to us.
Get ready for the amazing parties which will take you for a ride to the past and let you taste a little bit of the industrial atmosphere!
Lester’s Blues lend their name from one of the most bittersweet songs by saxophonist Lester Young, arguably the greatest stylist that has been in jazz. Inspired by 1930’s small band recordings of Count Basie and his alumni, Lester’s Blues want to approach their music, style, vibe and effortless swing that changed the face of jazz with a fresh and vigorous touch. The septet is modelled after some of the bands the Count had: a four-piece rhythm section with piano and rhythm guitar, and three horns, composed of leading Belgian and Dutch seasoned jazz and swing players, each having earned their stripes through many years of gigging and practice. They will surely cater for a stomping party!