23 March – 25 March 2018

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.

 The Talent

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!

Tatiana and Daniel

The amazing Tatiana Udry and Daniel Larsson will be rounding off our teaching couples for Swing Sanctuary 2018!

Tatiana, star of the world of swing dance, has numerous titles in Solo Charleston, Jazz Roots and Blues as well as in Lindy Hop. Tatiana is known for her endless energy, her flexibility and her captivating stage presence. Sure you can not stop looking at her!

Daniel is one of the dancers that still working in the style and rhythm heritage that once was created by the legends during the era of swing. "Never stop learning” is Daniels guiding principle and motto - you'll surely enjoy classes with him!

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Pontus and Isabella

The brilliant, the incomparable , the fantastic Isabella Gregorio & Pontus Persson will be at Swing Sanctuary 2018!

Isabella is often mentioned as one of the top followers in the world, she is well known for her crazy style and her great expression. Pontus has been dancing continuously since he was 5 years old, actively competing and started teaching professionally since he was 16.

Dancing together they have won the hearts of audiences around the world with collecting more titles than we can list and teach all around the globe bringing their joyous style to students. Their classes are precise and full of content at the same time.

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Gas and Alba

Next up for we have the amazing Alba Mengual Gastón “Gas” Fernández

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Natty Congeroo and the Flames of Rhythm

Entertaining you on Saturday night will be Natty Congeroo and the Flames of Rhythm -Natty Congeroo and the Flames of Rhythm have worked hard to become one of the leading Swing bands in Europe and regularly performs for major international festivals, prestigious vintage events and swing dances. The band is led by the legendary showman Natty Congeroo; a popular, stylish and flamboyant Singer/ Dancer/DJ and all round Hep Cat who has been performing at the top of his game for many years. The players: The Sizzle, The Killer Diller, Lá Bass, Dr Kitch and La Mamba provide unrivalled levels of excitement and astonishing musical skill that is an explosive mix once the show gets started. If the band look as if they’re having a great time on stage (and diving into the audience!) that’s because they are! flamesofrhythm.com divider line

Tessa and The AppleJacks

The AppleJacks are a Jazz and Swing band, specialising in music from 1920s - 1940s (and occasionally later)! www.tessasmith.com/applejacks/ divider line

 Workshop Levels

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.

 Registration details

Registrations will open soon!

Event pricing

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.

Couples £TBA

Individual Lead or Follow £TBA

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

   

Shirts

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.

Bookings

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.

Switch bookings

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.

Booking shares

You cannot share a pass with another person. Currently it’s not possible to book for a single day.

Evening passes

Evening dance passes will be made available separately nearer the event depending on space at venues, all dance levels are welcome.

Levels

Please register honestly, be considerate of the other participants and do not over state your level.

Waiting Lists

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.

Competitions

Further details on competitions will be made in due course.

Payments

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.

Venues

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.

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). Other options: Travelodge Newmarket Road (approx. 15-20min walk) Premier Inn Cambridge City East (approx. 15-20min walk) There are lots of other hotels in Cambridge, or Check out airbnb maybe?

Shirts

The Swing Sanctuary shirts are sized as follows.  No refunds can be given for shirts once ordered Premium t-shirt sizings

Cambridge Lindy Hoppers

Swing Sanctuary is run by the Cambridge Lindy Hoppers www.cambridgelindy.com.

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.

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:

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Timetable

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 1JP Saturday 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:

Parking

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.

 Contact us

For any queries about your booking please email the team on bookings@cambridgelindy.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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