The organization of the next edition of Amber Swing Festival is in progress! The Festival will take place between
22nd and 25th August 2019 .
You can’t miss the opportunity to dance on our seaside dance floors!
Feel the gentle sea breeze as you are swinging out with us in Tricity, Poland.
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
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.
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!
Lester’s Blues: more
On October 9th, 1936, exactly eighty years before Lester’s Blues begin their existence in Hot Club Gent, a small band recording session was arranged with Count Basie and leading members of his orchestra under the name of Jones-Smith Inc. Not only was it Lester Young’s first recording date (at the age of 26) but it went on to become one of the most influencial recordings in jazz history, still sounding fresh and vibrant in present times. In some way or another these musicians each revolutionized the use of their instruments as well as the approach to jazz music. Walter Page invented the walking bass line, Eddie Durham pioneered the use of the electric guitar in jazz, Freddie Green became the matchless rhythm guitarist creating his unique and sophisticated style, Jo Jones influenced all the modern jazz drummers, Count Basie was a rhythmical master with his economical use of the piano and Lester Young created his own unique soft blowing and lyrical saxophone style which was to become a major influence on all jazz musicians thereafter (Charlie Parker and Stan Getz to name two) , regardless of instrument.
The band was formed by Tom Callens out of enthusiasm for this wonderful music and the deeply felt need to spread and bring back alive the heritage of these men.
Above all, Lester’s Blues wants to capture the raw energetic rhythmic playing conveyed in these recording sessions with the Basie-ites, and not to become a copy-cat band. Automatically, something new will be created while playing the original music as the personalities of each one of the all-star musicians will come to influence the final sound, thus creating something ‘new’, as is always the case in music. And it will surely guarantee a moment of pure exhilaration, joy and sizzling energy for the listener as well as the musician as the rhythms and riffs pound their way deep into the night…