Sept 29, Oct 27, Dec 1, 2019 – Tea Dances at Cafe Ipanema

Logo design: Karen Campbell

Come and dance with us in one of Maastricht’s most beautiful locations: Ipanema, right next to the Maas river!

The café Ipanema (at the Bonnefanten museum) is opening their tower room for our dancing souls.

We will kick off our cozy afternoon dance with a BALBOA taster class by Dag and Claire at 14:30.

Never seen Balboa before? Check out these Slovenian Balboa dancers in this cute video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPrwZx2uxQA

Thereafter Danaé will serve us her favorite tunes until 17:30 🙂

Swing out with us!

Suggested donation: 3€

July 27, 2019 – Summer Swing Dance Party with Hodi Maputo Afro Swing

Saturday, July 27th, 20:00

Let’s dance together to Swing and Afro Swing tunes with our special guests and teachers from Hodi Maputo Afro Swing, Mozambique!

Everybody is welcome 🥁🤝🥁🇲🇿 🇳🇱

Are you new to Swing dancing? We’ve got you covered! We’ll start the night with a taster class from 20:00 to 20:30.
Your friends would like to try Lindy Hop? Bring them along!

There will be a live music and dance performance by Eugenio, Augusto and Elias Putxana! Plus Cengiz will entertain us with a dance related cabaret performance.

Entrance is 7 Eur at the door. FREE for workshop participants.

This is also our end of season party before the summer break!

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About the performers

Eugênio Macuvel
Eugenio is the chief choreographer and artistic director of Hodi Maputo Afro Swing as well as one of its founding members. Since the organisation was founded in 2014 he has trained dancers and created choreographies with up to 50 dancers on stage. His choreographies have been performed by Hodi’s dancers in different parts of the world, e.g. South Africa, Sweden, Germany, China and Brazil.  

Elias and Augusto Manhiça (Gemêos Manhiça / The Manhiça Twins)
The two brothers are among the founding members of Hodi Maputo Afro Swing. They have been singing, playing instruments, composing and dancing since they were children. Augusto is the musical director of the organisation and Elias is the president. They are also the founders of Banda Hodi, a band with rising popularity in Mozambique playing a fusion of modern and traditional music.  

Hodi Maputo Afro Swing 
Founded 2014, Hodi Maputo Afro Swing is a non-profit cultural association of about 30 professional dancers and musicians who work for the preservation, research and dissemination of Mozambican traditional dance, music and traditional instruments as well as African American Swing Dances. Hodi artists have participated in major international dance
festivals in China, Macau, Sweden, Belgium, South Africa, Brazil and the USA. They have also participated, performed and taught at international Lindy Hop festivals and events, such as Herrang Dance Camp (Sweden), Mother City Hop (South Africa) and Frankie 100 (US).

Every year they host the event Mozambique Afro Swing Exchange where dancers from all over the world come to Mozambique to learn traditional and contemporary Mozambican dances as well as Afro Swing. Their youth programme ‘Hodi Afro Swing Kids’ supports the next generation of professional dancers by teaching them traditional Mozambican dances and Swing.

The venue
StayOK is located right at the banks of the river Maas featuring a fantastic view from the terrace. Our guests will get a discount at the bar.

Maasboulevard 101, 6211 JW Maastricht: Map

See you on the dance floor!

July 27, 2019 – Afro Swing workshop with Hodi Maputo Afro Swing

Saturday, July 27th

Experience a day of traditional Mozambican dance and Afro Swing! Our teachers Elias, Augusto and Eugenio are members of Hodi Maputo Afro Swing, a collective of professional dancers and musicians based in Maputo, Mozambique.  

Lindy Hop and other Swing dances are deeply rooted in African traditional dances. During this day you will learn both Mozambican traditional dance, Afro Swing and about the connection of the two.

As in previous years their Europe summer tour includes teaching in Herraeng Dance Camp, giving workshops and performing in Sweden, Germany, Belgium and France. On Saturday July 27th they are giving their only workshop in the Netherlands in Maastricht! 

The workshop will consist of two parts:

Part 1:

11:00-13:00 Traditional Mozambican dances, accompanied by live drums and mbila (xylophone)

[13:00-14:30 Lunch break]

Part 2:

14:30-16:30 Afro Swing

Venue:  Fanfarezaal Sint ServatiusSt. Theresiaplein 18, 6213 CA Maastricht. 

We are also planning a party at night including a live dance and music performance by Elias, Augusto and Eugenio. Details to be announced!

Fees

Day PassPart 1:
Traditional
Part 2:
AfroSwing
Early Bird until July 13th553030
Normal price from July 14th653535


Register here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15YkdsTrfFtLsi_HaBfcVZTBQfHCERuh42O-DdMK7R80/

About the teachers:

Eugênio Macuvel

Eugenio is the chief choreographer and artistic director of Hodi Maputo Afro Swing as well as one of its founding members. Since the organisation was founded in 2014 he has trained dancers and created choreographies with up to 50 dancers on stage. His choreographies have been performed by Hodi’s dancers in different parts of the world, e.g. South Africa, Sweden, Germany, China and Brazil.  

Elias and Augusto Manhiça (Gemêos Manhiça / The Manhiça Twins)

The two brothers are among the founding members of Hodi Maputo Afro Swing. They have been singing, playing instruments, composing and dancing since they were children. Augusto is the musical director of the organisation and Elias is the president. They are also the founders of Banda Hodi, a band with rising popularity in Mozambique playing a fusion of modern and traditional music.  

Hodi Maputo Afro Swing

Founded 2014, Hodi Maputo Afro Swing is a non-profit cultural association of about 30 professional dancers and musicians who work for the preservation, research and dissemination of Mozambican traditional dance, music and traditional instruments as well as African American Swing Dances. Hodi artists have participated in major international dance
festivals in China, Macau, Sweden, Belgium, South Africa, Brazil and the USA. They have also participated, performed and taught at international Lindy Hop festivals and events, such as Herrang Dance Camp (Sweden), Mother City Hop (South Africa) and Frankie 100 (US).

Every year they host the event Mozambique Afro Swing Exchange where dancers from all over the world come to Mozambique to learn traditional and contemporary Mozambican dances as well as Afro Swing. Their youth programme ‘Hodi Afro Swing Kids’ supports the next generation of professional dancers by teaching them traditional Mozambican dances and Swing.

Get a taste of their work here:


A Swingin’ Saturday!

Join us for a Swingin’ Saturday on June 8th in Fanfare Sint Servatius! We have 4 hours of dance workshops planned!:

Julia and Cengiz have three workshops planned that can be taken separately, or if you’re up for it go for them all!

12.30-14.30 Tandem Charleston – In this two hour workshop we will introduce entrance and exit into ‘Tandem’ as well as several variations!

15.00-16.00 Stealing workshop – In this lesson we will explore the ‘art of stealing’. Nothing to report to the police, but we will give both lead and follow multiple tips and tricks to get yourself involved in a jam!

16.30-17.30 Shim Sham (Introduction and plus) – During the hour we will split into two groups! In Group 1 we will learn the Shim Sham, concurrently Group A will learn a whole bunch of variations to the Shim Sham!

Prices 
Tandem Charleston – 20 euro (14 euro for student)
Stealing or Shim Sham – 10 euro (7 euro for student)
All three workshops – 30 euro (21 for student)

Register here!

Partnered Charleston Workshop

Want to learn how to dance partnered Charleston? Whether you’ve never danced before or are an experienced Lindy Hopper looking to expand your partnered Charleston steps, we have something for you!

Join us for our 3 hour workshop. During the 3 hours Cengiz and Julia will introduce the basic step and a whole bunch of jazzy moves to add to your Charleston!

No need to sign up with a partner as we will match you with someone to ensure an even number of dancers as well as frequently rotating.

Prices:

Regular
– a couple (lead and follow) = EUR 50
– a single lead or follow = EUR 30

Student
– a couple (lead and follow) = EUR 40
– a single lead or follow = EUR 25

Time: 12.30 – 16.30, 23rd March 2019

Location: Fanfarezaal Sint Servatius, St. Theresiaplein 18

Register here!

Learn to Dance in a Day!

Peek into the basics of Lindy Hop in our 1-day crash course!

Want to learn the Lindy Hop? Would you like to work-out, socialise and have fun at the same time?

Join us for our Lindy Hop crash course. In 4 hours (with breaks) we will show you your left and right foot, teach you the basics of Lindy Hop and some fun moves which will get you dancing in no time. 

Prices:

Regular
– a couple (lead and follow) = EUR 60
– a single lead or follow = EUR 40

Student
– a couple (lead and follow) = EUR 50
– a single lead or follow = EUR 30

Time: 13.30 – 17.30, 17th March 2019

Location: Fanfarezaal Sint Servatius, St. Theresiaplein 18

Register here!

April 6, 2019 – Blues Workshop with Annette Kühnle

Original photo: Andrew Miller

Don’t miss it folks, the lovely Annette Kühnle is coming to Maastricht to teach us some blues dancing ♥

Registration is now open!

Annette hails from Heidelberg, Germany and is one of Europe’s most prominent proselytisers of blues dance as a teacher, social dancer, DJ and organiser. Her love of teaching and dancing are infectious and if you’ve travelled for blues, you probably already knew that!
Annette is excited to be teaching in Maastricht for the first time and she is looking forward to helping you bring out your inner awesome!

Her classes will introduce you to different styles of blues dancing and will be suitable for all levels – from complete blues beginners to dancers with experience curious to try out new styles.

Down South (partnered)

In this session, we’ll explore both the raw, highly rhythmical blues from the Mississippi Delta and the playful, fingerpicking blues from the Piedmont plateau area. Learn how to adapt your body and dancing technique to both and how to emulate the differences in the styles with ease.

Blues with a Swagger (solo)

Get your hips movin’ and your feet groovin’ with this gritty blues routine that we’ll continuously spice up until it’s just relaxed improvisation. This class will provide ample opportunity for you to work on one of the most essential aspects of blues dancing: knowing how to move your own body to the music with style.

Big Cities (partnered)

In this session, we’ll visit the big cities of the blues: With New York in mind, we’ll learn how to move across the floor in relaxed close embrace and how to become the most expressive member of the orchestra. In Chicago, we’ll explore how to re-direct momentum between partners in a way that creates opportunities for individual expression.

Schedule

Friday:
Come join us for a pre-party at Cafe Zondag for a (cozy) kick off to the weekend. 22:00-3:00

Saturday:
10:45-12:45 Down South
12:45-14:15 Lunch break
14:15-15:15 Blues with a Swagger
15:30-17:30 Big Cities

Saturday evening party: Takin’ it Slow
19:30-00:30, Fanfarezaal Sint Servatius, St. Theresiaplein 18. 
Live blues guitar music by the amazing Duketown Slim with DJ-ed slow swing music.  9€ (regular)/7€ (student), free for workshop participants.

Locations

Friday pre-party
Cafe Zondag, Wycker Brugstraat 42, 6221 ED Maastricht

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

Prices (per person)


Early Bird
(Until March 15th)
Regular
(After March 15th)
Down South (partnered, 2h)25 €30 €
Big Cities (partnered, 2h)25 €30 €
Blues with a Swagger (solo, 1h)15 €20 €
Full pass55 €65 €

Get your blues on!

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.

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
———————————
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!