For over 800 years Cambridge has been a centre of excellence in learning and now we’re proud to announce that includes Swing Dance!
Over the weekend of 29-31 March 2019 the best teachers, bands, DJs and dancers will be descending on Cambridge; shut out the rest of the world and immerse yourself in Swing Dance.
Now in our third year, Swing Sanctuary has emerged as a friendly, fun weekend of dance but still provides a very high standard of teaching and music that's accessible to all.
Registrations open 27th August 2018, 7pm!
We've lined up some of our favourite teachers and bands from around the world, we hope you'll agree that a treat is in store
Todd and Jenna
We're exited to have Todd Yannacone and Jenna Applegarth at Swing Sanctuary 2019!
Todd is one of the most recognisable names on the swing dancing circuit today. He has been a fixture on the international teaching scene since he was a teenager, and holds countless titles from countless prominent competitions. His demand as an instructor, performer, and judge has taken him to 31 countries across five continents. He specialises in connection and musicality, which is apparent every time he steps on the dance floor. He has worked with dance and music legends alike, and is a member of the acclaimed dance troupe, the Silver Shadows.
Jenna first started dancing when she was still in diapers. She began swing dancing some many years later, luckily no longer in diapers. Jenna continues to expand her dancing repertoire and share her love and knowledge of these dances with others. Although she enjoys pretty much any type of dancing and music you can move to, her first love is Lindy Hop. Her energy and passion create the perfect environment for learning, creating challenging yet applicable lessons. Above all else she believes that learning to dance should be fun. With over 10 years of teaching/coaching experience, she loves finding new ways to connect with other dancers on the floor and in the classroom.
Peter and Elze
Elze & Peter are maybe just the right amount of crazy. She comes from Lithuania, while he comes from Los Angeles and together, they have this Euro-American style all about fun and connectedness. Their musicality, playfulness, and creativity are not just parts of their light-hearted personalities as dancers, but also as instructors.
Their energy is contagious and their class material is stimulating. Be prepared for loud laughs, crazy fun, and exciting new moves!
As instructors, Charlie and Rebecka strive to teach great technique in a way that is positive, coherent and productive. They particularly value the art of leading and following, believing that leaders and followers require equal amount of information in the classroom to create the best possible connection on the dance floor. Also founders of the performance troop Mess Around and Savage Rhythm Stockholm. Over the years they have placed in several international Lindy Hop competitions and performed in music videos, TV-shows and theatre productions. Today they teach workshops across Sweden and the world.Together they are known for their dynamic and unique dance style.
Palace Avenue Swing
Palace Avenue Swing is a large ensemble of experienced professional musicians and friends who specialise in performing and recreating the music and style of the golden era of jazz, blues and swing in its many forms 1920-50s. The musicians who form the many classic and bespoke line ups are highly regarded as some of the best in the UK, and have entertained to great acclaim at the most prestigious international festivals, vintage events, swing dances, private and corporate functions for many years.
Please be honest with us and yourself when selecting your level. If you’re not sure whether you’re at this level, please get in touch and ask! There is likely to be auditions so there is a possibility you might be moved up or down a level, but please don’t panic about this! We truly trust and respect our teacher’s opinions as well as their knowledge in this case and we kindly ask our participants to do the same.
Level 1: Intermediate – You are comfortable leading / following both six and eight count and are regularly going social dancing. You know and can connecting fundamental moves like swing outs, circles, side-by-side/hand-to-hand/tandem Charleston, with the odd variation. You’ve got the Lindy Hop bug and are keen to improve your technique and repertoire. In this level you will build up your lead and follow techniques, musicality, learn classic moves as well as new material and improve your styling.
Level 2: Intermediate/Advanced – You can confidently dance all the basic patterns mentioned for the Intermediate level and also variations. Moves are performed without hesitation, when people watch you dance they can see you’re dancing to the music. You will already have been attending international workshops at this level. There will be a lot of new material and different tempos to expand and improve your dictionary of moves and technique.
Level 3: Advanced. You are at home dancing with any partner to any style or speed of swing music. You have been dancing more years than you can remember and have a wide repertoire of moves to which you’re happy to add a number of different variations. You can lead/follow variations in the rhythm, play with musicality and are comfortable changing the tempo of your dancing. You regularly introduce improvisations into your dancing and are developing your own personal Lindy Hop style. You will already be attending national and international workshops at this level. Here the teaching pace will be quicker, you are keen to be challenged and pushed out of your comfort zone, which is great as that’s what we expect to happen at this level.
Registrations will open 27th August 2018 , 7PM!
You are encouraged to find a booking partner to register with - this will ensure you don't end up on a waiting list!
Note Party only passes aren't available yet - keep an eye open for an announcement
Swing Sanctuary – booking terms and conditions, advice, FAQs and other useful information
Swing Sanctuary is organised by Cambridge Swing Dance (CSD) and run by volunteers who give their time freely to make fantastic workshops and dances for the swing dance community. They are run on very tight budgets to keep the costs down for all.
By registering for Swing Sanctuary you are agreeing to our policies.
Places to stay
We aren’t organising hosting for this event although you may ask local dancers if they will host you (the Facebook event page is a good place to do this).
There are lots of other hotels in Cambridge, or
Check out airbnb maybe?
You can order one of our fabulous Swing Sanctuary shirts when you register or email us (see the contact us section below...). Priced at £15 each. T-Shirts will be printed and available for you to collect at the event.
The Swing Sanctuary shirts are sized as follows. No refunds can be given for shirts once ordered
Jack and Jill Lindy Hop Competition
What is it: A social dance competition open to everyone at all levels. Leaders and followers will be randomly drawn to dance together to songs of varying styles and tempos and will be judged as individuals in the first round. Dancers who are selected for the final round will be randomly assigned a new partner and then judged as a couple in a spotlight format for the final round.
How: Please register for the J&J when you register for the event.
When is it: During the evening dance at Swing Sanctuary 2019 on the Saturday night.
Entry price: FREE but you must have a confirmed place at Swing Sanctuary 2019.
We will do our best to accommodate everyone who registers. Competitors will be emailed in the run up to the event with final details.
There are some fabulous prizes to be won - the couple who place first will win a pass to the amazing Tallinn Swing Weekend!
Timetable will appear here nearer the event...
Where is this all happening?
The event is based around the Storey's Field Centre, Eddington, just to the north east of Cambridge city centre. All of the parties and registration will be in the Centre. During the day, two classes will be held in the Centre, one class will be held in the hall of the school that is just a couple of minutes walk from the Centre.
Storey’s Field Centre,
Eddington Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0DJ
University of Cambridge Primary School,
Eddington Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0QZ Please note: The Centre is a brand new facility and may not yet be on all maps!
Locations are summarised on this map:
Transport and Parking
Eddington is accessible from the city centre by a short cycle ride. There is no parking onsite but you can park at the nearby Madingly Road Park and Ride site where it is only a short walk away (at the time of writing parking is free for up to 18 hours).
Also follow this link to find more about parking in the city and park and ride services.
For any queries about your booking please email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.