Leuven

The dance lessons of Apollo Dream are accessible to everyone, whether you are experienced or not. Our instructors will do everything to share their passion for dancing the Lindy Hop. With their pedagogical and personal approach everybody will have the opportunity to discover the joy as well as the social aspects that prevail on the Lindy Hop scene worldwide. A lot of attention goes to the right techniques that form the basis for leading and following on the dance floor, to ensure you can transfer the lead and feel how to follow your partner.

Classes starts the week of 17 September 2018. New beginners classes in Leuven will be on Thursday at 9:00PM.

Schedule

Wednesday

  • Time:

    7:15 pm - 8:15 pm : Tommy
    8:15 pm - 9:15 pm : Chick
    9:15 pm - 10:15 pm : Tommy-2

  • Date: 19/09 till 30/01/2019
  • Cost: 165€/155€

Thursday

  • Time:

    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm : Solo-jazz
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm : Billie
    9:00 pm - 10:00 pm : Discovery

  • Date: 20/09 till 31/01/2019
  • Cost: 165€/155€

How to get there?

Appeltuin School
Weldadigheidsstraat 74
3000 Leuven


About the teachers

Elise Moureau

Elise Moureau

Elise Moureau

Elise is the perfect example of how a delirious student becomes a teacher in Lindy Hop. She discovered Lindy Hop a few years before joining the Apollo Swing team in 2012. As an art historian, she has always been passionate about early 20th century art and design, as well as music, fashion, movies and theatre of that era. In order to evolve and discover new challenges, Elise has been taking classes at prestigious international workshops in different dance techniques. She is steadily evolving within a wide range of dances such as Solo Jazz, Charleston, Balboa, etc. and seeks inspiration from the mainstream professional dancers. Enthusiasm and passion are keywords in Elise’s curriculum.

Verdiana Tedeschi

Verdiana Tedeschi

Verdiana Tedeschi

It all started with a fifties Fiat 500, since then she lives a life of vintage passion: from clothing to hairstyling, furniture and music. So it wasn’t long until Verdiana discovered the Lindy drug during her work as a vintage hairdresser for Radio Modern. Once she got the bounce in her bones, her life changed completely. You can regularly see her popping up at social dances in Belgium and attending international dance camps and workshops, catching the eyes of the innocent bystanders with her Italian style lindy moves. When it comes to swing dancing, for Verdiana it’s all about having fun and moving your body to the music. Musicality is the key for two individuals to become one on the dance floor.

Helena Bosseloo

Helena Bosseloo

Helena Bosseloo

Helena started dancing at a very early age; she began with Ballet in kindergarten and acquired a real taste for dancing. She took dance courses in different styles. After winning a title in the Belgian Championship (funk/hip-hop) at age fifteen, Helena started teaching dance classes and designing choreography. For ten years she taught in different disciplines (jazz dance, street dance, oriental dance, dance theatre) and always managed to creatively incorporate influences from flamenco, tap dance, body drumming, Bollywood, African dance, capoeira, break dance, tango and contemporary dance.
After leaving dance for a couple of years, Lindy Hop ignited her fire for dancing again. Not only the cheerful way of dancing, but also the complete setting, style and atmosphere from the days of yore make her heart pound.

Didier Loiseau

Didier Loiseau

Didier Loiseau

Since early in his childhood, Didier has been passionate about fashion, cars and of course dances from the 40’s and 50’s. His passion lead him to collect old records and to dress in vintage clothes. He discovered Lindy Hop in the late 90s and has been trained by big names the like of ’The Rhythm Hot Shots’ (Sweden), Steven Mitchell (USA), Frankie Manning (USA), etc. He trained abroad in major top festivals as well as in private training sessions. He introduced Lindy Hop in Belgium together with Geneviève, resulting in the creation of Apollo Swing dance school. Didier has been spreading his cheery disposition and sharing his talent for over twenty years in Lindy Hop classes in Belgium and on the dance floor. He remains as passionate as at the start of his career, is always on the lookout for novelties in this field and is constantly inspired by ‘The Ninjammerz’ (FR & USA) who are well-known for their unique dance style.

Sander Costermans

Sander Costermans

Sander Costermans

Ever since Sander was a teenager, he was very interested in jazz and the style from the swing era. He started dancing because he just couldn’t sit still when listening to music. He’s part of the Jazz Maniacs and the Old Soulz performance crews in Brussels, which have given him the opportunity to perform at events in the country and abroad. The authentic style is what he tries to recreate, but he likes to put in his own character as well. His goal in teaching people lindy hop, is to enable them to dance comfortably with anyone they happen to meet, and enjoy themselves when they go out dancing.

Levels

Tommy 1 – Spice up your vocabulary (Beginner-intermediate)

You’ve mastered the basic charleston, triple steps, groove walks, kick steps on basic patterns like send-out, tuck-turn, change places, circle, and know the difference between dancing in a 6 and an 8 count.

During this course we will expand your vocabulary with new moves, teach several variations on moves you already know, help you improve the basics, such as the bounce, and work on your technique and connection.

This level will focus on making you a social dancer capable of dancing with anyone at a party.

WEDNESDAY

  • Session September 2018
    • Price: 165€ pp (155€ pp for students under 26 years old)
    • Dates: 17 classes from 19/09 till 30/01/2019 (no class on 31/10, 26/12, 2/01/2019)

Chick – Digging the dance (Advanced)

You have understood the fundamentals and are well able to execute them.
You don’t need to be an expert at these fundamentals, but you should be familiar with them.

This course will challenge you with more complex patterns: by mixing the 6 and 8 counts and transforming them into 10, 12, … count variations of a familiar move.
We will dive deeper on technical aspects behind the dance and answer questions like frame, stretch, finding your center, controlling the connection between you and your partner, and the technique behind the moves….

This level will unlock the tools to start improvising with your partner and the rhythm of the music.

WEDNESDAY

  • Session September 2018
    • Price: 165€ pp (155€ pp for students under 26 years old)
    • Dates: 17 classes from 19/09 till 30/01/2019 (no class on 31/10, 26/12, 2/01/2019)

Tommy 2 – Growing vocabulary (Intermediate+)

You’ve mastered the basic charleston, triple steps, groove walks, kick steps on basic patterns like send-out, tuck-turn, change places, circle, and know the difference between dancing in a 6 and an 8 count.

During this course we will expand your vocabulary with new moves, teach several variations on moves you already know, help you improve the basics, such as the bounce, and work on your technique and connection.

WEDNESDAY

  • Session September 2018
    • Price: 165€ pp (155€ pp for students under 26 years old)
    • Dates: 17 classes from 19/09 till 30/01/2019 (no class on 31/10, 26/12, 2/01/2019)

Solo Jazz

You want to spice up your couple dance and be able to make fancy variations? You know the Shim Sham and you want to learn more? For lindy hop dancers having beginner or intermediate level. Level also suitable for beginners and for people who have some basics but do not know a lot about solo jazz moves.

Authentic Jazz is rooted in African and Afro-American dances as well as tapdancing. All you need for it is energy, individuality and the knack for improvisation. Your feet will follow the music in perfect rhythm, an essential aspect of Authentic Jazz Dance. Oldies music as well as Charleston and swing jazz will enable you to give free reign to your movements which could feature in Lindy Hop and will be a bonus for partying.

THURSDAY

  • Session September 2018
    • Price: 72€ pp (48€ if you are an Apollo Dream student)
    • Dates: 6 classes on 20/09, 4/10, 18/10, 15/11, 29/11, 13/12

Teacher: Helena Bosseloo

 

Billie – Creative variations and combinations (Intermediate-advanced)

You dance on a regular basis at swing parties, you feel comfortable on the dancefloor. You’ve mastered the fundamentals of the dance and you are able to execute them with ease. You can comfortably perform a swing-out, mix 6 and 8 count moves, and you have a broad vocabulary of variations and sometimes create your own.

During this course we will expand on technique and the concepts of the fundamentals like the stretch, the counter-balance, frame,…

We will work on a relaxed and crystal clear connection, but also look at more difficult moves with creative footwork, fun variations and cool combinations. This level will challenge you on rhythm and technique.

You can join this level for several sessions until you are recommended by your teacher to proceed to the Chick level.
But don’t worry, there is plenty to learn.

THURSDAY

  • Session September 2018
    • Price: 165€ pp (155€ pp for students less than 26 years old)
    • Dates: 17 classes from 20/09 till 31/01/2019 (no class on 1/11, 27/12, 3/01/2019)

Discovery – Explore the basics (NEW Beginners)

This level is meant for those who are absolutely new to Lindy Hop and are about to learn their first steps. No previous dance experience is required.

You learn the basic Charleston, triple steps, groove walk, kick steps with basic patterns like the send out, tuck turn, change place, bring back, circle and you will learn how to lead or follow the different patterns.

The main focus of this level is to become able to dance Lindy Hop at social dances and have fun!

THURSDAY

  • Session September 2018
    • Price: 165€ pp (155€ pp for students less than 26 years old)
    • Dates: 17 classes from 20/09 till 31/01/2019 (no class on 1/11, 27/12, 3/01/2019)