10th - 12th May 2019
Picture yourself in a boat on a river - the Mersey of course, and join us for Lindy in the Sky with Diamonds swing festival. With international teachers, four levels, and three parties in two boss venues, you'll be wishing this one-off weekender lasted eight days a week (unfortunately it's only 3!).
Help! I need somebody! When we started thinking about teachers for this event, we reflected on our experiences at all of the camps, and weekenders that we have attended over the last five years. The teachers that are at this weekender have made an impact on us in way that ensures fun, inclusiveness, and talent. For those teachers who were not available this year we will hopefully have you next year!
We've got the following teachers who can help you if they can:
The DecaVita Sisters, are world-renowned dancers specializing in authentic Swing and Jazz Age dances. Charlie and Rebecka are known for their dynamic, creative and unique dance style. 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.
Cat is our Lindy Madonna. The (very young) Grandmother of Lindy in Liverpool and we love her. All you need is love when you pair Cat, and her fabulous teaching partner, Cam! Every class with this talented and hilarious twosome will leave you living for Lindy!
Here comes the sun with this teaching couple, hailing from their adopted home of Barcelona! These two have rhythm!! Maria and Aurelien were the first international teaching couple that we hosted here at Mersey Swing (other than Cat and Cam of course) and we have been itching to dance again with them ever since!
Diana has been placed in all big competitions such as ILHC, Savoy Cup, The Chase etc. and you will surely see her in a final soon again! Her true passion lies in social dancing and teaching Shag and Lindy at both her home scene in Vienna and on workshops around the world. Her energy and freedom of movement is infectious and you can be sure to take some of it home from her classes!
David is an addicted social dancer. You’ll rarely see him not dancing while there is groovy swing music playing. He’s also a geek, that cannot avoid himself of deconstructing the nuclear bio-mechanics and rhythmic structure of the dance and music. And he loves to share this knowledge/vision almost as much as he loves hugs.
Martyn starting playing music from a very young age. Once he discovered Lindy hop he couldn’t wait to learn how to play swing music. Hearing the vintage swing music and being able to dance to it ignited Martyn’s passion for everything that breathes the authentic ‘swing era’.
Martyn searched out the best Jazz musicians he could find and formed the Rhythm Remedies.
You have danced with this band at our Winter Ball. They are back, by popular demand - The Jim Wynn Swingtet!!!
We'll be based in two city centre venues for classes and socials
|Dance Studio||Stanley Theatre||Black-E Main Space||Black-E Studio|
|19:00 to 0:00||Social|
|10:00 to 11:00||Taster : Jess
|Taster : Cat and Cam
Norma Miller Inspiration
|11:30 to 13:15||Ringo||John||Paul||George|
|13:15 to 14:30||Lunch|
|14:30 to 16:15||Ringo||John||Paul||George|
|16:45 to 17:45||Taster : the Decavitas
|Taster : Maria and Aurelien
|19:00 to 0:00||Social|
|10:00 to 11:45||Ringo||John||Paul||George|
|11:45 to 13:00||Lunch|
|13:00 to 14:45||Ringo||John||Paul||George|
|15:15 to 16:15||Taster : Dr Jazz
Jazz History Talk
|Taster : David and Diana
Expression and Storyline
|16:30 to 19:30||Social|
You've recently fallen in love with Lindy Hop and have regularly been taking classes in your local scene. You've got the hang of the basic shapes and are eager to get them feeling great.
You're already comfortable dancing Lindy Hop at a range of tempos and you social dance on a regular basis. You can can already swing out to various tempos and with different variations. You want to expand on your repertoire and build confidence.
You're confident on the dance floor and are happy dancing with anyone to most swing tracks. You're already adding rhythmic variations to your basic moves and concentrating on your musicality when dancing. You can dance comfortably at speeds higher than 180 bpm.
You have the experience, versatility and skills to dance with anyone. You're one of the best dancers in your scene and might already be teaching locally. You regularly travel to large dance events nationally or internationally.
Thank you to everybody that is registered. We've still got room for a few leads to sign up, so if you're a last minute lead, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see if we can help you out.
The first 35 couples tickets will receive the discounted price against the full weekend couples ticket. So, you better think right, you better do right by yourself and get your ticket to ride early! The early bird discount won't be automatically applied.
If one or the other dance role sells out quickly then there will be a wait list. Once more of the opposite dance role tickets are sold, waitlist places will be released to those who have registered interest. You will be emailed if a place becomes available.
Unfortunately, we do not provide refunds for cancellations for any reason. However, we will accept transfer of the tickets to a different dancer. The ticket will need to be transferred to someone who is dancing the same role and track. It is easier for us if you transfer your ticket directly to the person who is buying your ticket from you.
Please provide us with any name changes.
Ages: 18s and over are welcome.
Friday and Saturday night at the Stanley Theatre a cash bar will be available. A water station will also be available. Reasonably priced drinks!
The Tea Dance on Sunday will serve tea and cake.
We endeavour to provide a safer place to dance. We reserve the right to reject and eject obnoxious, rude, or offensive behaviour. Thankfully we have never had to do this as dancing is fun!