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 23-25 March 2018 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.
This website currently contains information relating to the 2017 event - but we'll be back with more of the same in 2018!
We've lined up some of our favourite teachers from around the world to kick this event off in style. We hope you'll agree that a treat is in store!
Jo and Kevin live and breathe Lindy Hop with their passion for celebrating life through dance. They travel globally teaching and performing dances from the Jazz Era of the 1920’s to 1940’s. Since their partnership began in 2007 they have taught in 28 Countries across 5 continents including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Together they hold titles at the International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, American Lindy Hop Championship, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Camp Hollywood and Camp Jitterbug. With clear and humorous instruction, these two creative and versatile dancers will entertain, inspire and help you become the best dancer you can be. They are striving to change the world…one rock step at a time.
Sharon Davis is internationally known for her distinctive and feminine style in Lindy Hop, 1920's Charleston, Blues and Burlesque. Sharon has performed around the world and holds numerous 1st place competition titles, including at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, National Jitterbug Championships, Canadian Swing Championships and the Burlesque Hall of Fame. She is known for her dedication to the history of vernacular jazz dances and the music they evolved to. A sought after instructor, her classes focus on pairing dynamic connection and flow, with body awareness and quality of movement, as a pathway to individual style, creativity and musicality. With her bright and bubbly personality, Sharon’s teaching style is energetic, inspiring and fun.
Adam Brozowski With 21 years in the swing dance community, Adam is known in the swing community for his unique style and connection to the dances history. Adam has had the honor of learning from and working with the originators of the dance assisting Norma Miller, Chazz Young, Jean Veloz and Dawn Hampton in their classes. Adam has held titles from a young age in Lindy Hop including titles from the ILHC, ESDC, Camp Jitterbug, The National Jitterbug Championships and is a 2015 inductee into the Camp Hollywood/National Jitterbug Championships Hall of Fame. Adam’s classes are always focused on historical information, technical connection, musicality and most importantly, self expression. Adam strives to push students to grow as dancers while always maintaining their individuality and joy for their music and partner.
Training in theatrical acting gave Felipe body awareness and control as well as an ability to improvise - both in his energetic and now infamous class warm-ups and in the competitions where he always shines. Felipe's experience playing drums, as well as his youth in Brazil - where the music and dance culture are rich - gave him an innate sense of rhythm. And finally Felipe's days as a dance party-animator for a live music club in Brazil gave him plenty of training for getting people excited about dancing in his Lindy Hop classes today. But more important than any of this is that Felipe has embodied the Lindy Hop spirit since before he knew it existed. It is hard to find someone who doesn't like Felipe. His warm personality charms every dancer he meets and his ability to connect with people in conversation carries over onto the dance floor. He leaves every follower with a smile and anyone who has danced or talked with him will confirm: he always makes you feel special.
Diana started her dancing career in her home town Vienna, where she co-founded a Swing dance project and teaches regular classes and workshops. She is a social dancer at heart and travels frequently to international swing events. The dynamic of Lindy Hop and Shag as well as the idea of energetic social dancing with strong partner connection form the fundament of her dancing.
Developing a sensibility for your own body, as well as your dance partner, and a playful approach to musicality are the top ingredients of her individual style, as well as her classes. As a teacher, she hopes to inspire others by suggesting a framework of shapes and rhythms.
(Felipe & Diana's spotlight starts at 5.36)
Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra
Entertaining you on Saturday night will be Benoit Viellefon and Orchestra - the hottest live outfit for all those who revel in the nostalgia and elegance of a bygone era, with a repertoire consisting of the most beautiful and uplifting songs from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s and originals in the same classic style.
The Orchestra features a talented troupe of musicians - drummer, double bassist, pianist, tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, all providing backing vocals, fronted by Benoit on rhythm guitar and lead vocals.
Steve Coombe's Hot Six
And for our closing party on Sunday we have Steve Coombe's Hot Six! Playing the hot jazz of the 1920s and 1930s, they already have a reputation for producing some of the best social dance music around. Led by trumpet player and leader of the internationally acclaimed Shirt Tail Stompers, the band has played at dances and festivals including European Swing Dance Championships, Harlem in Lithuania, London Swing Festival and London Lindy Exchange. Steven has also led bands at Festivals in Sweden, Canada, Norway, Hungary, Italy, Spain and throughout the UK. Expect singing, dancing and a whole lot of fun!
Extremely pleased that the fabulous Django's Tiger will be playing at Swing Sanctuary on Friday night. Presenting swinging gypsy jazz in the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stefan Grapelli they're a firm favourite with dancers.
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.
Party passes now available! Please click the button below to book.
Weekend workshop passes are now all sold out - sorry!
Please check the event information and FAQ for all booking terms, payments, etc.
These prices include entry to the evening parties - no need to register separately.
Individual Lead or Follow £130
Cambridge Lindy Hoppers members are entitled to a £5 discount to weekend passes, please have your membership number ready and enter it on the booking form
Party Passes only
No party passes available for Friday - sorry
Saturday Night with Benoit Viellefon & his Orchestra - £20
Sunday Tea Dance with Steve Coombe's Hot Six - £20
Saturday and Sunday - £35
Have a look at our fabulous Swing Sanctuary Shirts! You can order one when you register or email us (see the contact us section below...). See the FAQ section for sizes.
Swing Sanctuary – booking terms and conditions, advice, FAQs and other useful information
Remember Swing Sanctuary and all CLH events are organised 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.
Swing Sanctuary and Cambridge Lindy Hoppers will not tolerate any signs of harassment, psychological, physical or sexual against any participant, organiser or staff member at any part of our events. Should you experience or witness any unpleasant situation or harassment of any kind, please bring your concerns to the organisers (CLH Committee) and they will support in any way they can. Should you be responsible for any such behaviour you will be asked to leave and no refund will be given for your ticket.
Fill in the booking form as specified for the event
Please answer all questions on the form, ensure your email is correct or you may miss your booking information.
Once we have processed your booking we will send you an acceptance email or advise you if you’re on the waiting list (hopefully this won’t happen!).
Booking with a partner
Booking with a partner really helps us balance levels, it’s an unfortunate reality of booking dance events that more leads or follows will book than the other which if put directly into a class would cause imbalances and a poorer experience for students.
When you register you will have two options for booking: As a couple or individual.Couple – A lead and follow who are both registering at the same workshop level. You only need to fill in the form once per couple.
Individual – after submitting the booking form we will accept your registration when we can pair you with another dancer of the opposite role at your level, this helps us balance the classes.
There maybe some imbalance of students in classes but we aim to keep this to a minimum.
If you’re usually a follow who wants to lead, or a lead who wants to follow – that’s fine with us! However please ensure you book the level for the role you will be doing in classes.
Purchasing a full weekend pass will give you access to all parties.
Unfortunately we are not offering ‘switch’ passes where you can change role either during or between classes.
You cannot share a pass with another person.
Currently it’s not possible to book for a single day.
Evening dance passes will be made available separately nearer the event depending on space at venues, all dance levels are welcome.
Please register honestly, be considerate of the other participants and do not over state your level.
Where there are more bookings than places we may have to operate a waiting list. When places are unpaid or cancelled we may contact those on the waiting list and offer them a place.
Due to the nature of incoming bookings we may not be able to advertise that there is a waiting list in operation when you register. Please wait for acceptance of booking before making payment, booking travel or accommodation.
Further details on competitions will be made in due course.
Please pay by bank transfer – this helps us reduce costs for you by not adding on transaction fees – details will be provided in your booking acceptance email, please ensure you use the reference we provide with the transfer so we can track your payment. It’s possible to pay from a non-UK account but please ensure the correct amount in GBP is paid. Once paid your booking is confirmed.
You can also pay in person at a branch of Barclays bank but please ensure they use the correct booking reference.
Do not attempt to pay in cash at one of our regular events, the door person will not be able to take your payment (payments get lost and mislaid unfortunately).
Cheques are not accepted in the post or handed over in person.
You will be required to make payment within two weeks of receiving acceptance of your registration. If payment has not been received your place may be transferred or cancelled.
CLH society members may get a discount to the event, your membership number will be needed when you register. Members and non-members may book together as couples. It is not possible to buy a membership when booking.
Couples bookings will be expected to make one payment for the couple.
Refunds, cancellations and transfers
No refunds are available for this event.
If you have paid but can no longer attend you may transfer your place to another person, this includes partners who’ve booked as couples, providing the following conditions are met:
The other person is attending in the same role and same level(i.e. Level 1 lead to a Level 1 lead, Level 1 follow to a Level 1 follow)
It is not within 48 hours of the start of the event
You do not charge the other person more than the price you paid for the ticket
If a CLH member transfers to a non-member the difference will need to be paid to confirm the place. No price adjustments will be made if the transfer is the other way round.
All necessary information of the person transferred to is provided as requested by CLH (e.g. Name, contact details, etc.) at least 48 hours before the event start so we may update our records.
In all cases CLH organisers may refuse to transfer the place at their discretion
Limitation of Liability
CLH shall not be liable for any additional expenses or inconveniences you may have occurred due to event changes or cancellations. We have no involvement with any third party supplier, hotels, travel, etc.
Workshops and dances will be based around the Cambridge Guildhall (Market Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ) and Parkside Community College (Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1EH). See schedules published before the event for where you need to be.
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.
When is it: During the evening dance at Swing Sanctuary on Saturday April 1st (Cambridge Guildhall)
Entry price: FREE but you must have a confirmed place at Swing Sanctuary 2017 or a Saturday night party pass.
The first 20 submissions for each role (lead or follow) will be accepted, further space may become available if any dancers drop out. Competitors will be emailed in the run up to the event with final details.
Click the button below and fill in the form to register for the Jack and Jill competition, competitors will be emailed in the run up to the event with full information:
Here is the Swing Sanctuary timetable. You can download a copy here.
Where is this all happening?
Friday night:The Centre at Saint Paul's, Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1JPSaturday and Sunday:
Cambridge Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge CB2 3QJ. Use the entrance on Guildhall Street.Parkside Community College, Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1EH. The gym is on the right as you enter the car park from Parkside.
This venue is for daytime workshops only, it is less than 10 minute walk between Parkside and the Guildhall, the route is on the map below.
Locations are summarised on this map:
If you need to drive into Cambridge see the above map for the nearest multi story car parks. On street parking is available payable by meters or is free in the evenings, although you are urged to check the signs nearest to the parking space as times can change even one side of the road to the other. There are also Park and Ride service suitable for the daytime workshops and will be cheaper than parking in the city during the day.
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.
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