April 28, 2018 – Workshop with Natalia Rueda

We are excited to welcome Natalia Rueda to Maastricht for a one-day workshop! Together with Danae Lyginos, she will be using her extensive experience to teach classes that will show you how to build on what you know and take your dancing to the next level.

Register here!

Levels

Group A: 6 months +
Group B: All levels (suitable for beginner dancers, but you should already know the basic 6 and 8 count footwork)

Classes

11:00-13:15 Group A
14:30-16:45 Group B

Dance

20:00 – 24:00
Music TBD

Location

Classes and the evening dance will be held at:
Fanfarezaal Sint Servatius, St. Theresiaplein 18

Prices

Regular:
30 € per person for one level
50 € per person for two levels
 
Early Bird (before April 15th):
25 € per person for one level

45 € per person for two levels

Class Descriptions

Level A
11:00-12:00
Class 1: 360° connection
There’s more than compression and stretch to Lindy Hop connection. Learn and explore the full range that makes for the best and most fun dances.

12:15-13:15
Class 2: Partnership & Active Following
Now that you have further developed your connection, discover a new world of partnership where followers contribute to the dance and leaders react in turn to make a truly conversational dance.

Level B
14:30-15:30
Class 1: Mixing Rhythms
This is the class on the breakdown of Lindy Hop rhythms that will help you transition seamlessly from 6-count patterns to 8-count patterns and more.

15:45-16:45
Class 2: Flow
Putting it all together. This class will work on transition between patterns to help you smooth out your dancing and make it extra fun for you and your partner.

About Natalia

Natalia began her career in the arts industry in Colombia, where she was born and raised. She holds 1st place titles in singing competitions, Cheerleading and Karate, a strong foundation on which she developed her athletic and vivacious dance and performance style.

After moving to Canada, she discovered Swing dancing in 2005 and co-founded Swing Dynamite, the city’s first dedicated Swing school and performance troupe, in 2006. Natalia started dancing Lindy Hop at age 17 and at age 19, she had already led a Swing dance team to take a silver medal at the Canadian Swing Championships, one of the many places where she now teaches and judges competitions.

As a performer, she has danced on many stages across Canada and the US. Highlights include dancing with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, on TV with Rogers, ATV, CTV and Canada TV. She has also danced and acted in TV commercials.

Natalia is a Lindy Hop, Jazz, Balboa, Blues and West Coast Swing champion. She is also a trilingual international Swing instructor who has been sharing her knowledge and passion for over a decade.

Check out her website for a full list of awards and more videos.

 

About danae

Greece born, Danae starting dancing Lindy Hop in 2011, with the Athens Swing Cats. It was love at first step and today she continues to find inspiration in the roots of the dance, the music, the history and the iconic figures of Lindy Hop. A few months after discovering Lindy Hop, Danae moved to London, UK, where she continued to take as many dance classes and attend as many social dances as she could. A few years after that, love took her to Nijmegen in The Netherlands where she immediately became a board member of the then newly formed dance school: Lindy What? Nijmegen. During her years in Nijmegen she was both a local organizer and teacher and she assisted Natalia in all her Lindy Hop classes during her 3 month teaching residency in the city last summer. Today, Danae lives and dances in Amsterdam where’s she has joined the organizing committee of Amstelhop Dance School. Her energetic dance style and happy smiling face makes her stand out in any crowded dance floor.

Lindy Hop Workshop with Alex & Jill

In collaboration with the PhD Academy, we are excited to announce that coming from Brussels we have two wonderful teachers, Alex & Jill, who will be teaching two levels of workshops for absolute beginners and intermediate dancers! Following the classes we’ll have an evening party with live music from the Jack Million Swing Cats!

Register here!

Program

13:00 – 15:15 Level 1
16:00 – 18:15 Level 2
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20:30 – 1:00 Evening Swing Party with the Jack Million Swing Cats (band begins at 21:30)

Level 1: This level is meant for absolute beginners. Whether you have no dance experience at all or some experience in another dance, this level is perfect for you!

Level 2: This level requires some prior experience with 6 and 8-count footwork. Students who have previously taken our  “Intro to Swing Part 1” course or an equivalent are all set.

Location

Workshop and Party Location: Dans- en partycentrum Bernaards (Brusselsestraat 97)

Prices

Regular : 20€ regular / 16€ (early bird*)
Maastricht University PhD Affiliates : 12€ / 8€ (early bird*)

*Early bird prices end on November 15th!

Evening Party : 5€ (includes 1 drink coupon); free entry for workshop goers

About Alex and Jill

Jill De Muelenaere

Jill started dancing when she was a child. She is now trained in classical ballet, modern jazz and jazz dance, contemporary dance, yoga and pilates. She has been occasionally teaching these different disciplines for the past years, sharing her time between her passion for dancing, her work as a contemporary dance producer, a massage therapist and a yoga instructor. She discovered Lindy hop while at University and since then has been teaching and attending numerous workshops around Europe. Jill has placed in a number of international Lindy hop competitions and is now teaching in Brussels and Belgium regularly. In Lindy hop her goal is to create a joyful yet challenging and encouraging experience for everyone allowing each dancer to develop his/her own individuality on the social dance floor.

Alex McCormack

Alex has been dancing from a very early age. He started with breakdancing and other hip-hop dances. He has been teaching for the past ten years and took part in many competitions. Henceforth, his passion and his will to share continue with authentic jazz dances and Lindy Hop.

Check out Alex and Jill in action below!

 About the Jack million Swing Cats

Also hailing from Belgium, the Jack Million Swing Cats, a smaller version of the Jack Million Band, is an international band under direction of Jack Coenen. The band is specialized in the music of the Swing Era and is renowned as a world-class authentic interpretation of the repertoire of Glenn Miller. Its’ wide musical range includes the music of Frank Sinatra, the great Big Bands as well as up to date dancing and ballroom music.

Swinging December

Swinging December

On December 9, 2017 Swing Out Maastricht and the PhD Academy Maastricht will be organizing a Lindy Hop party with live music from the Jack Million Swing Cats!

The party will start at 20:30 at Dans- en Partycentrum Bernaards. There will be a quick taster lesson for absolute beginners at 20:45 and the Jack Million Swing Cats will begin playing at 21:30. There will be a door fee of 5€ (which includes one free drink). If you attend  the workshop with Alex & Jill during the afternoon, entry to the party is free!

Keep up to date with the party on our Facebook event.

We hope to see you there!

October 21, 2017 – Workshop with Katrin and Jesús

Traveling here from Köln, Swing Out Maastricht has the pleasure to announce our next teacher workshop on October 21st with Katrin & Jesus! The workshop will include some technique exercises, lead and follow concepts, an introduction to Lindy/Charleston figures and improvisation and finally some fancy Lindy moves that you can use at the social dance party.

Following the workshop, we’ll have an evening social for anyone to join so you can try out your new moves!

Register here!

Program

11:00-12:00 Technique
12:15-13:15 Lindy moves
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13:15-15:00 Lunch break
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15:00-16:00 Basic Charleston
16:15-17:15 Fancy Lindy moves
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17:15-20:00 Break
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20:00-24:00 Social dancing with DJed music

Level: Although the workshop classes will be for mixed levels, some prior experience with 6 and 8-count footwork is required for classes. Students who have previously taken or are currently in our  “Intro to Swing Part 1” course are all set.

Completely new to swing dancing? Save a spot on your calendar for another workshop on December 9th – more info coming soon!

Location

Class and Party Location: Diva Divine Studios (note they have moved since our last workshop!)

Prices

1 one-hour class = 15€
2 one-hour classes = 25€
3 one-hour classes = 35€
4 one-hour classes = 45€

DJed social dance at Deva Devine: Free

About Katrin and Jesús

Katrin and Jesús discovered Lindy Hop a few years ago at a “Roaring Twenties” party. They were immediately amazed by the energy and joy of the dancers, and they decided they needed to learn some steps so they would be able to “survive” one or two songs at the next party … still unaware that swing dancing would become an important part of their lives. Since then they’ve dancing and teaching Lindy Hop in Cologne and visiting workshops all over the world.

Check out their ILHC routine with The Hop Spotters here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPgPBhdyT4c

April 8, 2017 – Workshop with Becky and Jeroen

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Swing Out Maastricht has the pleasure to announce our next teacher workshop on April 8th, 2017 with Becky & Jeroen!

Heading down from Rotterdam we have Becky & Jeroen to teach us some useful techniques and to help you add more pizazz to your dance!

Register here! 

 

Program

12:00-14:00 Techniques and Tips – all levels (see below for details)
14:00-14:30 Break (snacks provided)
14.30-16.30 Playtime and Rhythm – all levels
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16:30-20:00 Break
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20:00-20:30 Taster class for complete beginners
20:30-23:30 Social dancing with live music from the Mosam Dixie Dukes!

Level: Although the workshop classes will be for mixed levels, some prior experience with 6 and 8-count footwork is required for classes during the day. Students who regularly attended our  “Intro to Swing Part 1” course are all set.

Completely new to swing dancing? Then come give it a try at the taster class at the beginning of the evening dance! No pre-registration is required for the taster class, so bring your friends!

Want to make a weekend out of it? Then check out these other great events happening the same weekend:

Friday: Explore the artistic side of our lovely city through Museumnacht Maastricht
Saturday: Party with us to the Mosam Dixie Dukes at Ipanema!
Sunday: Make a side trip to Eindhoven for their afternoon dance
Monday: Get your big-band fix at the (free!) open practice of the Jack Million Band at Brasserie Tapijn.

 

Classes

Technique & Tips: In this class we will work on making your dance flow like the Maas and improving your connection with your partner and the music. We’ll also add some extra grooves to your dance!

Playtime & Rhythm: Bored of doing the same moves in every dance? Let’s get creative! We’ll provide a framework to spice up your social dancing: how to express yourself in each dance and be inspired by your partner.

 

Locations

Class Location: Diva Divine Studios (no heels during class please)
Party Location: Cafe Ipanema (with wood floors and a view of the river!)

 

Prices

1 two hour classes = 25€
2 two hour classes = 45€

Social dance (including taster) at Cafe Ipanema = 5€ (if not taking the workshop during the day)

 

About Becky & Jeroen

Becky

Hailing from Plymouth, UK, where she started dancing in 2005, Becky is a fast-footed swing addict! She has a love of rhythm which stems from her many years as a musician, playing drums in various bands for a decade, and this understanding of rhythm gives her a great bounce and understanding for the pulse of jazz music. Becky has been spreading her knowledge of dancing as one of the few full time Lindy teachers in the Netherlands over the past four years. Besides having strong class content, her classes are always an energizing experience and always leave her students ready to get on the social dance floor.

Jeroen

Since he began dancing 4 years ago, Jeroen is rarely seen off the dance floor at parties and dances. He has been an obsessive Lindy Hopper and has immersed himself in the technical aspects of the dance, using his scientific background to understand the mechanics of Lindy Hop. The joy he finds in partner dance is evident from the enthusiasm and energy he emits on the dance floor, with his humorous and experimental style. He started teaching 3 years ago, and does so in both Rotterdam and Delft. His classes are simultaneously detailed and technical, but more importantly: filled with energy, joy and a lot of fun. He really enjoys seeing his students flourish and become as addicted to Lindy Hop as he is!

Photo courtesy of Jim Gregory ( http://jimgregory.nl/ )

December 10 – Light and Easy Workshop with Pasha and Yana

Photo credit: Eric Bobrie

Photo credit: Eric Bobrie

We are excited to welcome Pasha and Yana back to Maastricht for another workshop! This time around they will give three partnered classes designed to show you how to make your dancing light and easy.

From Pasha and Yana:

“We really believe, that dancing is quite similar to regular communication. Imagine, that the intense of your connection is a volume of your voice. Usually, on a dance floor we use much more energy, that we need, and the connection is going stronger: and we are «shouting at our partner». Instead of shouting all the time, we can speak with a different tone and have light and pleasant connection. In our class we will learn how not “to shout” at your partner, use less, but stay heard.”

Class 1: 10:30 – 11:30 (beginner)
Class 2: 11:45 – 12:45 (beginner + intermediate)
Class 3: 13:00 – 14:00 (beginner + intermediate)

Beginner level: Suitable for students who know a few basic steps (e.g., you joined our Intro to Swing Part 1 class).
Beginner + Intermediate level: Mixed class for beginner and intermediate dancers.

All classes will include different moves and routines that will help you create a relaxed and comfortable connection with your partner.

After class is done, come explore Maastricht with us! We’ll first stop off at one of the many delicious places to eat in the city center, and then the lovely Minouk will lead us on a tour of the city. If you’re interested in joining the tour, meet us at the clock in the Vrijthof at 16:00!

In the evening, we are excited to join the inaugural party of Nothing but the Swing in Liege! If you have a car or are interested in a ride please note this in your registration and we’ll try and match people up. Entrance to the party will be free for all workshop participants!

Pricing

1 class: 15€
2 classes: 25€
3 classes: 35€

Register here!

About Pasha & Yana

Pasha:
“I started my dancing life with a boogie-woogie about 7-8 years ago, but after a while I fell in love with lindy hop I still can’t imagine my life without it. I like to be close to the jazz roots and spreading the way old timers danced but at the same time trying to be myself with my own style.”

International competitions:
Harlem, Vilnius, 2013 (strictly – final)
Swingin Paris (2014 JnJ – 2nd place, strictly – final, 2015 strictly – final)
Atlantic swing festival, Lisbon, 2015 (JnJ – final)
BRUX 2015, Brussels, (JnJ 1st place)
Lindy Shock, Budapest, 2015 (advance JnJ – final)
Dragon Swing, Krakow, 2015 (advance JnJ – 2nd place, strictly – 3rd place, solo – final)

Yana:
“I started dancing a little bit more than 2 years ago and after my first dance lesson I understood that I want to devote it all my free time: dancing every second, every day. I went to each party and each lesson. When I had a free hour, I spent it in the ballroom. After a year I won my first competitions, found Pasha and we started practicing together. As a teacher, I would like to stay close to the roots, pay attention to technique part, but not losing sincerity and lightness in dance.

As for me, it is very important to know the history of swing era. I believe, that dancing is just like human’s relations: keep smiling and support each other.”

International competitions:
Dragon Swing, Krakow, (2014 solo finals, 2015 – advance JnJ – final, strictly – 3rd place, solo – 3rd place)
Swingin Paris (2015 strictly – final)
Herrang 2015 – solo – 1st place, lindy hop strictly 1st place.
MXDC 2016 JnJl 1st place

Taster Classes in September

It’s a great time of year to try something new!

We’ll be giving taster classes over the next two weeks so that you can have a chance to try the dance that we’re crazy about – swing! Come join us with or without a partner on whichever day works best for you.

Dance with Gumbo Jazzband
Club Vibes
September 3rd at 20:15
8 Euros for the entire evening

Wednesday Evening Social Dancing
Club Vibes
September 7th at 19:00 (i.e., the same time and day of the week as regular classes)
Free

Het Parcours
Boschstraat ter hoogte van de St. MatthiasKerk
September 11th at 14:30
Free

Bevrijding Maastricht 
Jekerkwartier
September 10th and 11th (exact times to be determined)
Free

 

 

September 3, 2016 – Workshop with Katie and Fred

Flying over from London we have upcoming international teachers Katie Cobalt & Fred Lindbom. Playful and creative in style, these two will teach you how to improve your dance moves whilst having a blast!

katie-fredProgram:

****Note new times!****

14:00- 14:45 Solo Jazz (Beg/Int – Katie)
15:00-153:45 Beginner Swing (Beg)
16:00-16:45 Swing Out Clinic (Beg/Int)
17:00-17:45 Follow the Leader (Int) – Cool variations for leads and follows
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17:45-19:30 Break
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19:30-20:00 Lecture: The Ladies of Lindy Hop (Katie)
20:15-20:45 Taster Class with Karen and Claire
(suitable for Complete Beginners!)
20:45-00:00 Social with the Gumbo Jazzband starting at 21:00!

Location:

Club Vibes

Prices:

1 classes + Ladies of Lindy Lecture and Social = 20€
2 classes + Ladies of Lindy Lecture and Social = 30€
3 classes + Ladies of Lindy Lecture and Social = 35€
Social dance only = 8€

REGISTER HERE!

About Katie & Fred:

Fred
Growing up in Sweden with a Bugg teacher for a mum, Fred was hooked on partner dancing at a young age! After almost 10 years of bugg dancing he hung up his dance shoes thinking he was done. After moving to London five years ago, he found Lindy Hop and started dancing all over again. He currently teaches Lindy Hop in London, competes in international competitions and also dances in the Skyliners troupe.

Competitions & Awards:
2nd place DJam 2015 Strictly Blues with Rebecca Norris
3rd place DJam 2016 Jack and Jill
1st place LJC 2016 Jack and Jill
2nd place Green Dragon Choreography Competition 2015
2nd place DJam 2016 Strictly Lindy
1st place LJC 2016 Jack and Jill

Katie
After attempting various dance styles from Bollywood to street dance, Katie fell in love with the silly fun energy of Lindy Hop four years ago. Now currently living in London, she dances in two troupes, the Dixie Dinah’s and the Skyliners and has competed and won multiple awards internationally.

Competitions & Awards:
1st place HKSF 2016 Jack and Jill
1st place DJam 2016 Solo Jazz Roots
1st place LJC 2016 Jack and Jill
2nd place Green Dragon Choreography Competition 2015
2nd place DJam 2016 Strictly Lindy
1st place LJC 2016 Jack and Jill

Videos:

Green Dragon Choreography Competition 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=606l8PeQCME

DJam 2016 Strictly Lindy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiOql1DVhHw