LET LOOSE

WE’RE BACK

Welcome to the the second edition of Let Loose, a Lindy Hop & Solo Jazz workshop in Copenhagen!

We aim to challenge you, give you a chance to let loose and discover new things about yourself as a dancer. We also aim to give you the chance to reconnect with the roots of Lindy Hop, its improvisational character and its relationship with swing jazz.
We want a cozy event, big enough to have an international vibe, but small enough to get to dance with everyone and feel like we are at the workshop together, while enjoying our finest local musicians and best international DJs.

Let Loose is brought to you by Hepcats Copenhagen.

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LEARN FROM THE BEST

FANTASTIC TEACHERS

We have invited teachers who represent all the things that we think are important in the dance right now. Teachers who share our thoughts about Lindy Hop as a fun, rhythmical and playful dance with a long and important history. And teachers who are just great at…teaching!

HANNA & MATTIAS

Fast, high-energy Lindy Hop and explosive airsteps are Hanna and Mattias’ trademarks but they master all tempos and are also known for their tap skills and dynamic solo jazz.

In their own words their hearts will always belong to the era of the 30’s and 40’s and the best lindy troupe of all times, Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, but they are not afraid to mix their solid base of original roots with other influences.

Both individually, as a couple and as former members of The Rhythm Hot Shots and Harlem Hot Shots they have years of experience teaching and performing, including several appearances on tv.

This is not their first time teaching in Copenhagen and we’ve missed them, so we are really happy to have them back for another round of really well planned, fun and challenging classes. 

MIMMI & FREDRIK

There are really no other dancers out there who look like Mimmi and Fredrik. They get their inspiration from the old movies and love the raw style of the Savoy ballroom but both as dancers and teachers they add their personalities and make the material their own.

Mimmi & Fredrik Fredrik started their dancing careers as social dancers at Chicago Swing Dance Studio in Stockholm and have been members of Harlem Hot Shots since 2012.
Fredrik is also known for singing and playing trumpet in the Hornsgatan Ramblers and Mimmi can sometimes be heard singing with them.

FATIMA TEFFAHI

Again….again….again…voila! We’ve tried to bring Fatima to Copenhagen several times to teach authentic jazz and we are really happy that we could finally make it work for Let Loose.

Ever since she began with tap in the 1980’s, Fatima has been looking to the Afro-American dancers from the 1920’s to 40’s for their original style. What can be said for her roots as a tap dancer applies to her vernacular jazz as well: The skill of the masters of the swing era, whose testimony has survived in old movies to this day, is the source of Fatima’s knowledge and inspiration.

Fatima is one of the original members of The Rhythm Hot Shots, now Harlem Hot Shots, and a co-founder of the Chicago Swing Dance Studio in Stockholm where she lives.

LISTEN AND LET LOOSE

GREAT BANDS AND DJS

Copenhagen has a proud jazz tradition. Weʼve asked some of the most swinging musicians in town to play for us. And our three amazing DJs will keep you dancing all night.

FLYING JAZZMAN QUINTET

Jan Nielsen has a long history playing alongside Danish and American jazz legends. He’s spent years in the US and has played New Orleans on a regular basis. Jan formed his own band with the aim to play specifically for dancers in 2016.

The handpicked musicians and the repertoire of the Flying Jazzman Quintet are inspired by the great, old swingbands – Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. The aim is to always fill the dance floor and to cater for dancers of all levels who enjoy swinging jazz classics from the 1930’s and 40’s.

Jan Nielsen, piano & vocal
Ole Ulvedal, double bass
Søren Pedersen, drums
Mads Rahbek, saxophone & clarinet
Jesper Riis, trumpet

BJÖRN INGELSTAM SWINGTET

Trumpet player Björn Ingelstam is a familiar face in the Copenhagen jazz scene and has been playing for dancers many times, not only here but also in his homeland Sweden, including at Snowball,  and in New York City where he has lived and worked for several years. He has been a featured soloist at Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Hot Jazz Fest, New Orleans Jazz Fest and Gothenburg Jazzfestival and several  other big events. For Let Loose he has handpicked some of the best  musicians in Scandinavia to guarantee you an evening of dancer friendly swinging quality jazz.

TIME TO LEARN AND PARTY

SCHEDULE

This workshop is built around classes and social dancing, and we want you to have plenty of time to let loose! The schedule is subject to smaller changes.

STEP INTO HISTORY

VENUE WITH CHARACTER

Both venues are in the very centre of wonderful Copenhagen and approximately 30 minutes from the airport by public transportation.

TANGOBAR

Address – Njalsgade 23D, 2300 Copenhagen S

Our party venue: all parties will take place here.
Tangobar is a cozy place with a wonderful atmosphere.

As you may have noticed the party venue is different to our initial announcement. The original venue, Søpavillionen, has been sold and as a consequence they have cancelled all booked events. Luckily we will be able to swing out at Tangobar instead.

KULTURHUSET INDRE BY

Address – Charlotte Ammundsens Plads 3, 1359 Copenhagen

All classes will take place here.

The room has a wooden floor, and there are changing and shower facilities.

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REGISTRATION is OPEN

This workshop is built around classes and social dancing more than competitions and shows. We want you to have plenty of time to let loose!

For the classes we will have three different groups with challenges for everyone from the intermediate dancer to people, who teach in their own local scene, light up when they hear fast music and are happy to jump into the middle of a solo jazz jam circle.

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Level WILLA MAE RICKER

Level Johnson corresponds to intermediate level. To sign up for this level you need at least 6 months of Lindy Hop experience and you know the basics such as the 8-count, the 6 count, the swing out, the lindy circle and side by side Charleston. You have been taking classes regularly and you social dance. Please note: This is not a beginners level!

On this level you will have 6 hours of Lindy Hop and 2 hours of solo jazz.

All classes, Parties with live bands Friday and Saturday plus cool down party Sunday are included in the price.

1250DKK
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Sign up will happen via hepcats.dk – you need an account to register

Levels MARIE BRYANT & MABLE LEE

These levels correspond to intermediate advanced and up. To sign up for these levels you need at least a couple of years of Lindy Hop experience and knowledge of more than just the basic jazz steps. You social dance on a regular basis and have participated in several international workshops. Your main focus is not to learn new moves but to improve the quality of your own dancing and deepen your understanding of Lindy Hop and solo jazz.

These levels will go through a group split on Saturday morning. This will be lead by the teachers, who will divide the dancers into two different groups, and we aim to make it a relaxed and positive experience.

On these levels you will have 3 hours of solo jazz and 5 hours of Lindy Hop.

All classes, Parties with live bands Friday and Saturday plus cool down party Sunday are included in the price.

1250DKK
REGISTRATION

Sign up will happen via hepcats.dk – you need an account to register

PARTY PASS

We cannot guarantee that there will be any party passes for sale. If we find space for party passes, it will be a very limited amoubt, and it will be announced on Facebook.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW

CODE OF CONDUCT

We want all participants to feel safe and welcome at Let Loose regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity or religion. We expect all dancers, volunteers, musicians, teachers, DJs etc. to contribute to this by treating all other participants in a respectful way.

This also means that no forms of harassment will be tolerated, including but not limited to offensive verbal comments, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. If you are made aware that your behaviour is unacceptable and/or crossing other people’s boundaries, please stop immediately.

Event participants violating the Code of Conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers. If you feel unsafe or if something just doesn’t look or or feel right and you don’t feel comfortable dealing with it in yourself, please find one of the organizers or contact  us
at [email protected].

CONTACT DETAILS

GETTING IN TOUCH

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We are a small team, so please have some patience, if we donʼt answer immediately.

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