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LINDY HOP and SOLO JAZZ

Our workshops will offer a majority of partner dancing but will also feature some SOLO JAZZ content. Not only can solo movement help with your partner dancing. But it’s also an important part of Swing Dance history and offers a great way to express yourself through dancing.

We are sure that you’ll enjoy the full workshop experience regardless of what level you are.

CLASS CONTENT

Our classes will focus on the musical aspects of the dance. Finding new ways to listen and react to the music. Going hand-in-hand with the three amazing nights of live-music we have on offer during our parties.

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TEACHERS

Laura Glaess

Laura started dancing in 2001 in San Antonio. It wasn’t a very large scene, and her teachers hadn’t been dancing very long, but she instantly fell in love with Lindy Hop, the music, the history and everything involved.

Currently, Laura is a dancer in the show Swing Out, which premiered at the Joyce theater in 2021. She also travels the world teaching, competing, judging, performing and learning, and has won championship titles in partnered and solo vernacular dance. She feels that honoring the history of the dance and its inventors is a crucial part of practicing the dance. She is madly in love with jazz music and movement and strives to convey that love to her students.

AJ Howard

AJ is a NYC based Lindy Hop instructor and performer with nearly a decade of experience. His upbeat and energetic teaching style creates a fun and supportive environment for students to learn and grow.

In addition to teaching and social dancing, AJ loves to compete and has placed at local and international competitions. As a proud member of the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, he is committed to sharing his joy of the dance with all, and helping dancers of all levels develop their skills on their own individual dance journeys.

Fabien Vrillon

Fabien comes from France and has been teaching swing dancing since 2004, specializing in Lindy Hop and Blues. His love of choreography has led to him to choreograph a number of successful showcases performed at ILHC and other events, as well as the recent ‘French Connection’ Team that placed 2nd at ILHC and ESDC.

 

Lisa Clarke

Lisa is a professional dancer from London, now living in France. Classically trained from the age of 6 she discovered her love for all styles of dance whilst studying for her degree in Theatre Dance at London Studio Centre. 

After leaving college she worked professionally in the commercial dance world. She then discovered and fell in love with Lindy Hop and Blues and has immersed herself in all things swing ever since.

Willie Lin

Based in Taiwan, Willie is a co-founder of dance crew Naughty Swing, the director and choreographer of ‘I Charleston Taipei’ which has achieved over one million views. Not only is he skilled in authentic jazz, Lindy Hop, and choreography, but he is also deeply passionate about spreading the joy of dance to the world. 
 
Lately, Willie won 1st place in ILHC Virtual Open Classic 2022 with JingYi Chiew and 3rd place in ILHC Virtual Open Classic 2023.

 

LEVELS

For those who are unsure about what class you should sign up for, here are some guidelines.

LEVEL 2 AND 3: PURPLE, RED

Level Check Required

Blue

You’ve been introduced to the Swingout, Charleston, and connection ideas. You might even have had a go with some solo jazz and learnt how to do the SHIM SHAM.

HSF might be your very first festival and you are exciting about seeing how much fun you can have at a Swing Weekend.

Purple

You can Swingout at faster tempos and that Kick-Step is feeling very natural. You may know a few Solo Jazz routines but are keen to add more vocabulary and practicing with improvising on your own.

You might have been to a few festivals by now and are excited to see what HSF can bring to your dance life.

Red

You can Swing Dance at any tempo and have great communication with your dance partner. You can improvise confidently with Solo Jazz and you know all the popular solo routines.

There aren’t enough festivals for you to go to. And HSF is just one more on a long list of events you want to try.

TASTERS

MUSICALITY CLASS

With the aid of some some friendly musicians, we’ll talk about Swing Jazz. As we try to understand the building blocks of live music and answer questions like.

  • What is AABA structure?
  • What is the rhythm section?
  • What is ‘swing rhythm’?
  • How do musicians improvise?
  • Why do we dance to swing music?
  • And many more…

Sunday Night 8-9pm

 

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Sing Yuen Lim

Sing started lindy hopping in 1988 in London’s Jitterbugs club. Since then, she has won countless of competitions including the US Open, the American Swing Dance Championships and the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in New Orleans.

In 1996 she started teaching Lindy Hop in Singapore and has grown the scene to become one of the most vibrant in the world. She teaches at workshops and competes in Sweden, USA and all over Asia. Sing is committed to sharing the African American history and culture of jazz and lindy to all dancers! 

She is happy to share a bit of joy in Hong Kong with a fun Taster to warm you up for the rest of the evening on Saturday night. (8-9pm).

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