The second edition of the Göttingen Swing Exchange is going to be playful. Rumors are spreading, that swing history expert Lennart Westerlund will reveal brand-new discoveries about a brutal crime that might or might not have happened and shattered the dance community of the swing era. The Liesel Hop Crime Commission is working restlessly to gather evidence. But they cannot identify the suspects without the help of all the Liesel Hoppers who like to play!
Göttingen is known for its centuries-old university, its richly ornamented, half-timbered houses and its rich student scene. Located right in the center of Germany, south of Hannover and at the edge of the Harz uplands, Göttingen is never far away. Although small with 134.000 inhabitants, the city has a vivid cultural life.
The Gänseliesel is the most kissed girl of Göttingen - and the landmark, that the Liesel Hop is named after. She is a fountain figure of a young maid taking care of geese. It is a tradition that doctoral students, after their graduation, climb up the fountain, bring the Gänseliesel flowers and earn the once-in-a-lifetime-honor to kiss her.
Lennart is one of the pacesetter of the Swing Revival in the 1980’s. In 1983 he came across the Lindy Hop through books and old film clips, and in May the following year he travelled to New York on the look-out for the roots of the dance form. He soon met, studied and started to spend time with old-timers including Al Minns, Frankie Manning and Norma Miller. He co-founded the highly recognized Swedish dance company The Rhythm Hot Shots (now Harlem Hot Shots) in the mid 1980’s. A few years later, the company was in the forefront of the first steps of the revival of the Lindy Hop, and in 1989 they took over the complete administration of the Herräng Dance Camp, and invited legendary swing dancer Frankie Manning to visit his first major international swing dance camp.
Lennart is today still a most active dancer, instructor, lecturer, judge and administrator. He divides his time between the Herräng Dance Camp, the Chicago swing dance studio, and traveling around teaching and giving lectures. After some 35 revival and renaissance years of the Lindy Hop, Lennart is one of very few of the pioneers that are still active in the scene. His background and dedicated interest in the Harlem roots of vernacular jazz dancing has positioned him as an important link between the past and the present.
AppenDixie is a band that driven by the Prague swing dance scene combines the elements of the early swing and traditional jazz with a slight touch of craziness. The band plays at big dance events and is a regular part of the Prague Swing festivals. Along with that, AppenDixie has played for the lindy hop scene of Brno, Dresden, Pilsen and Vienna. The swing musicians regularly organize dance parties themselves and raid the existing ones with their powerful live music. This time the AppenDixie will be playing in a slightly more powerful assembly.
Clara is an Austrian-South African singer, dancer and actress. Since completing her Musical Theatre degree at the Performing Academy in Vienna she has performed on a great many wonderful stages across Europe and South Africa (such as Porgy & Bess, Jazzland, ORF Radiokulturhaus, Oude Libertas Stellenbosch, Brucknerhaus Linz and the Musikverein, to name a few). She sings regularly with various big bands and combos, has starred in several Film and TV productions and also works as a tap dance, authentic jazz dance and singing teacher. Clara is a passionate lindy hop dancer and particularly loves singing for dancers!