San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Bristol Swing Festival is a unique Lindy Hop and Circus collaboration. It takes place over the 4-day Easter weekend 14th-17th April 2017. See below for more info on levels, the instalment plan (pay half now and half later), and our cancellation policy.
What to expect
- 3 days of dance workshops with fixed teachers (9 hrs class time) so you get to know each other well over the 3 days
- 3 days of circus taster classes (4 hrs class time): you pick which ones you want to try when you register (see the website for videos of what to expect)
- Lots of extra dance/movement taster classes: includes aerials, stretching, & more...
- A jaw-dropping cabaret showcasing some of the best in circus and dance
- The Jack 'n' Jill, which may perhaps have just a little Bristol twist
- Plus live music, great venues, the friendliest crowd imagineable, and grapes delivered to the dancefloor at midnight!
For fuller details about the event see the website
Beginners: You are new to Lindy Hop and have probably taken classes for a few weeks or months only, or maybe none at all. You're still learning the basic moves, and probably don't feel very confident social dancing yet. It’s unlikely that you’ve been to an international level Lindy Hop camp before.
Level 1: Improver-Intermediate. You have probably been to weekly classes for around a year. If you don't do regular classes now, then you have been dancing for much longer. You know the basic moves, but few variations. You'd like to feel more confident social dancing, and you're looking for a step change in your dancing ability and repertoire over the weekend. You may have been to an international level Lindy Hop camp before.
Level 2: Intermediate-Advanced. You're well on the way, but you're not as free in your movement and your dancing as you'd like to be. You want new moves, and we'll also help you to fix up the basic technique so it forms a tight foundation for your dancing. If you're a lead, you've got all the basic repertoire and standard variations but you still sometimes have to think about what you're doing and how moves work. If you're a follow, you're able to use some of the follow variations without disrupting the lead, but you don't always find it easy to follow moves you haven't done before. You have been dancing and taking classes consistently for a few years and you're likely to have been to several international level Lindy Hop camps before.
Level 2 Savoy: Same level as above, but you'd like a more intense learning experience. You're prepared to work harder, including some work before and after the festival for maximum results. There's a smaller class size and you must sign up with a partner, due to the pre- and post- work. There will be partner rotation for most of the time, but also some opportunities to work with your dance partner.
Level 3: You are an advanced dancer, and the pace of these classes will be quicker. You can generally copy a variation that you haven't been taught, and playing with rhythms is as exciting as playing with new moves. If you are a lead, you can easily assess your partners dance style/level and adapt accordingly to create an enjoyable dance for you both. You allow your partner space to throw in variations, and you are able to respond and change as needed from what you'd planned. If you are a follow, you find it easy to adapt to different leads. You are also able to hear things coming up in the music, to respond with your own variations, and create a dance conversation with your partner. You are an experienced dancer and you will have been attending international level dance camps for some time (probably many years), taking part in their higher level classes. You are now at the sort of level where people feel confident to enter competitions and dance in front of a crowd.
Solo Jazz Advanced with Trisha: You are already an advanced vintage solo jazz dancer, and have been attending dedicated solo streams/events for a few years (e.g. Shine, Gents Jazz, etc.). You are likely to have danced as part of a troupe and have performed many times (or be at the equivalent level). You will be expected to know basic repetoire, and be able to improvise solo to the music (such as in a jam circle).
Solo Jazz Intermediate: NOT ON SALE YET
We have a teacher lined up but we haven't yet been able to get confirmation on the room. We'll confirm as soon as we can.
You are keen to develop your vintage solo jazz, either as a dance form in its own right, or because you understand how much working on solo dance will improve your partner dancing. We expect that people taking this class will have done some solo jazz before - as a guide familiar with Shim Sham/Tranky Doo, and/or already attended at least one dedicated solo jazz track at a dance weekend.
Instalment payments - half now, half by 31st Jan 2017
For the discounts, before selecting your tickets, please scroll down to the bottom of the ticket types and click on the enter promotional code button then enter the appropriate code and click apply. The price for the tickets above will then be adjusted.
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Full refunds will be given if requested by 31st January 2017. There will be no refunds after this date, but you may sell your ticket to someone else (dancing the same role & level) and let us know.