Liesel Hop ARTist
The third edition of the Göttingen Lindy Exchange has again a very special topic. We will look at swing dance as a form of art. The beauty of improvised dance lasts barely longer than the beat of a drum. In the ARTist edition of the Liesel Hop, you can learn how to preserve such moments by dance photography, learn how to improvise in improvisational theatre, get a new perspective on swing music and discover many more swing dance related art forms. 150 dancers await you in one of the oldest student towns, right in the centre of Germany.
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. During the Liesel Hop, you will experience one of the highlights: the Night of Culture with numerous concerts all through the old town.
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.
Shirt Tail Stompers
The Shirt Tail Stompers have been recognised as one of Europe’s best social dance bands. Formed in 2010 for the London Lindy Exchange and led by Trumpeter Steve Coombe, they have played numerous dance camps and shows in over 25 countries all over the world. They have a passion for swing music and movement, with their extensive knowledge and experience of social dancing, they are definitely the band to dance to in 2020.
Truly appreciating the art of swing and knowing its place in history, they are heavily influenced by Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie and many other greats from the swing and trad jazz era of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. They are also influenced by the likes of the early Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet and the old musical roots of New Orleans.
Last year alone saw them playing for dancers in Sweden, Thailand, France, South Korea, Hungary, The Netherlands, Greece, Norway, Italy and throughout the UK to rave reviews.
Hanna Carlson is a Göttingen Based Jazz Singer. She works together with several local jazz bands. One of her most popular recording is “100 Years Ella Fitzgerald”.
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.
Moonika is originally from Estonia and has been active in the international swing dance scene for more than 20 years. It all began at the tender age of 11. Mere two years later, she was already taking part in the “World Cup Lindy Hop” in Sweden. She has been participating in tons of international dance camps and competitions ever since, winning numerous prizes. Since 2007, she has been teaching regularly and with her skill and sense of humour she can get anyone to swing, regardless of whether they are 5 or 70 years old. Moonika has been living in Göttingen since 2014 and helping build the local swing dance scene.
Philip is originally from Bulgaria but has spent the last 12 years in Göttingen. He has been active in the European swing dance scene for the past 5 years. His first encounter with swing was more than 10 years ago, but in the meantime he spent a while focusing on modern street dances, such as House and Locking, which can be considered as natural successors of authentic solo jazz. He rediscovered his love for swing music and swing dancing while attending jazz concerts and festivals. Ever since, it was back to the original street dances – Lindy Hop, Charleston, Solo Jazz. He has been attending international dance workshops and events on a regular basis, developing his dancing, teaching, and organisational skills even further.