2017 American Lindy Hop Championships

Thursday  26 October  2017  12:00 PM    Sunday  29 October  2017 11:00 PM
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This year's American Lindy Hop Championships will be held in Harlem, New York. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are offering a festival of places and events centered around Lindy Hop's birthplace. We have planned classes; Lindy, tap & Jazz and youth workshops; talks; films; discussions; tours; dances; and, dance contests.

Teachers this year include Catrine Ljunggren, Nathan Bugh and Gaby Cook, Chester Whitmore,  Minn and Stefanie Klausmann Vo, Paulette Brockington, Rafal Pustelny and Valerie Salstrom, Samuel Coleman and Benjamin Ricard.

Our special guests include Sugar Sullivan, Norma MIller, Barbara Billups, Crystal Johnson, Sonny Allen and others to be announced.

Full weekend passes include your choice of all classes, all dances plus performance and contest viewing and participation in the contests of your choice. Weekend passes do not include meals, tours or outside activities. Please be aware that spaces are limited. Passes, if available, will be priced higher at the door. When choosing your weekend pass please select either the Lindy lead or Follower, Tap & Jazz or Junior Lead / Follow Workshop.

Lindy Workshop
The Lindy Hop is a rhythmical, partnered jazz dance created by dancers inspired by musicians who were inspired by dancers who inspired other dancers in the ballrooms of Harlem from 1927 starting with the breakaway through to the invention of rock and roll in the 1950s and early 1960s. The dance has a traditional lead and follow structure, but has an endless number of amalgamations and individual stylings. The Lindy Hop can be danced to all kind of tempi, offers both closed and open patterns, solo steps, and an occasional air step. Musicality plays a key element of the dance which allows it to adapt between musical styles. This workshop will offer all levels of classes.

Tap & Jazz Workshop
Jazz is a general term that can refer to any vernacular dance from the Cake Walk dances to post WWII material linked with be-bop to rhythm & blues to Hip Hop. It often refers to dancing without a partner rather than dancing with a partner. It can be improvised or done in routines like the Shim Sham, Big Apple, Tranky Doo & others. These classes have been combined with Tap. Tap is a percussive dance based on rhythm, timing and balance. This workshop with offer all levels of classes.

Junior Workshop
The Junior Workshop will offer classes in both Lindy and Jazz. Classes are design with those aged 10-18 in mind.

Registration is open. Please be aware that spaces are limited. A weekend pass will be $219 at the door - if any are available. Please be aware that, as with the majority of swing dance events across the country, passes are not refundable. They are however transferable. Click here to go to our Contest Info page. Click here to enter a contest.

An All Dances Pass is $125 in advance, $150 at the door. Individual dances are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Click here to buy the All Dances Pass or an individual dance.

Groups please contact us for discount information.

We are planning a Sunday, October 29 brunch, lunch or dinner dance. Once that price point has been determined it will be announced. Please free to check back here for information on Harlem history/dance tours. Contest entry is open. In advance be prepared for Classic, Showcase, a revamped American Showcase, Strictly Lindy, Jack and Jill (now called The Match Game), Cabaret, Junior Swing Championship, Masters (now called Adult Adult). More info to come. Check back soon. Please Note: All contestants require a weekend pass. Weekend pass are not refundable but may be transferred to another person after notifying the event.



Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

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There is no age limit to attend the event. If you have a question about a contest you should check the contest info page at http://artspectrum.org/alhc.htm 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

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Hotel parking lot

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

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 Write askartspectrum@yahoo.com with any questions.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

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 Your weekend pass is not refundable. It is transferrable by contacting the ALHC prior to the event with the name(s) of the person who will take your pass.

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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


What is the refund policy?

Passes are not refundable.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

The registration name needs to match the attendee. If you have transferred your pass you need to contact the event at least 48 hours prior to the event.


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