Antwerp – De Meir

The dance lessons of Apollo Hop are accessible for everyone, whether you are experienced or not.

Our teachers 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 and social aspects that prevail on the Lindy Hop scene across nations.

Our new beginner LINDY HOP starts on Wednesday 30th of January, 8:45 – 10pm in Deurne.

Our new beginner Collegiate SHAG class starts on 19th of March.

Schedule

Monday Lindy Hop

  • Time:

    6:45 pm - 8:00 pm : Intermediate
    7:45 pm - 9:00 pm : Advanced
    9:00 pm - 10:00 pm : Beg-inter

  • Date: till 24/06
  • Cost: 145 € / 202 € (see below)

Tuesday Shag

  • Time:

    8:15 pm - 9:30 pm : Shag-beg

  • Date: 19/03 till 04/06
  • Cost: 105€ / 120 € (see below)

How to get there?

Antwerp Dollhouse
Lange Nieuwstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen


About the teachers

Sven Van houcke

Sven Van houcke

Sven Van houcke

Sven made his first dance moves as a teenager with Slow waltz, quickstep, jive, disco swing.As a young adult, he stopped dancing because judo, paragliding, canyoning and taking care of his family took up all of his free time. But blood is thicker than water: a few years ago, he again felt dancing butterflies in his stomach. Together with his partner Elke he discovered the pleasures of Lindy Hop and attended several schools to improve his skills. Nowadays not a single day passes without him being busy with Lindy Hop. The social dance floor is his habitat. Sven likes nothing better than passing his passion for Lindy Hop to others.

Geneviève Vermylen

Geneviève Vermylen

Geneviève Vermylen

Geneviève Vermylen is one of the founders of Apollo Swing who started in 1996 and is the owner of Apollo Hop.
It is the passion of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s which naturally put Lindy Hop on her path. She discovered the Lindy Hop at Herrang Dance Camp and has been trained and inspired abroad by top international teachers. Her goal was to see a full dancefloor of swing dancers from all ages having fun on Swing Bands in Belgium; this goal has been reached in more ways than one as the virus of Lindy is amongst us! Geneviève is head of the organization of the International workshop « Crazy Swing Camp» since 2001 where they host the best TOP dancers in the world.

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.

Leen De Kort

Leen De Kort

Leen De Kort

Leen has been dancing on and off since childhood, but when she discovered Lindy hop, she knew it was there to stay. On her numerous travels she explored many swing communities and meet excellent dancers. All this greatly enriched her dancing style. When living in Vienna she discovered Balboa and found a passion in Collegiate Shag. Her mission is to bring this fun, lighthearted high-tempo dance to Belgium’s swing scene.

Anton Potocnik (Shag)

Anton Potocnik (Shag)

Anton Potocnik (Shag)

Since early days Anton (originally from Slovenija) was interested in the art of body  movement. He especially enjoyed dancing where a combination of movement, music and interaction with a partner  offered him the ultimate challenge. After many years of dancing salsa, Anton moved to Zurich where he met swing dancers and immediately fell in love with Lindy hop. Never before he realized how much fun dancing can be. His latest obsession is Collegiate Shag where no song is fast enough for him. Fast kicks, mindless thinking and energetic music is what keeps him on a  dance floor until the very last song. Anton draws his inspiration from Steven and Chanzie and a number of other incredible international teachers.

Levels

Intermediate – Growing vocabulary

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.
You have follow +/- 1 year of weekly classes with Apollo Hop.

  • Teachers : Geneviève & Sven​
  • Session September - January
    • till 28/01, no class on 29/10, 24/12, 31/12, 21/01
  • Session February - June
    • Date : 17 classes from 04/02 till 24/06
       no class 04/03, 8/04, 15/04, 10/06
    • Price : 202 € pp (180 € for students less than 26 years old) 

Advanced – level with audition

This level is for experienced dancers. You will be invited by your teacher to join this level. For first-timers at Apollo Hop, please check with our teachers if you can participate at this level.

This level is for people with a several years experience. You participate in national and/or international workshops and are a regular at the social dances and parties.

In this course we will focus on giving your dance more flavour by focussing on techniques that will make you more in control of your movements, give it more dynamic, adapted to the music, improvising with your partner. Of course we need to go back to the basics to be able to do that!

We believe that students who join this level are confident, technically knowledgeable and fairly fluent in the rhythmical language around the dance form. The material in circulation on this level will be challenging from all aspects: rhythmically, technically and tempo.

This group includes dancers that are very comfortable on the social dance floor.

  • Teachers : Geneviève & Sven​
  • Session September - January
    • till 28/01, no class on 29/10, 24/12, 31/12, 21/01
  • Session February - June
    • Date : 17 classes from 04/02 till 24/06
      no class 04/03, 8/04, 15/04, 10/06
    • Price : 202 € pp (180 € for students less than 26 years old) 

Beginner/Intermediate – Spice your vocabulary

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.
You have follow +/- 5 months of weekly classes with Apollo Hop.

  • Teachers : Verdiana & Sven
  • Session September - January
    • till 28/01, no class on 29/10, 24/12, 31/12, 21/01
  • Session February - June
    • Date : 17 classes from 04/02 till 24/06
       no class 04/03, 8/04, 15/04, 10/06 
    • Price : 162 € pp (145 € for students less than 26 years old) 
       

Shag beginner

We hope to inspire you all this spring to get on your toes,  tap the beat and enjoy the social dancing even more with  quick steps of Collegiate Shag. Funky and energetic swing-like  moves of Collegiate Shag coming all the way from student parties  in the 1920/30 offer an exciting dancing to faster swing songs. In  our class you will learn characteristic shag figures with relaxed upper  body and crazy moving legs. If you haven’t seen shag dancing before, have  a look at the famous old cartoon “All the cats join in”. With Collegiate Shag  you will be able to follow and enjoy very fast swing rhythms with minimal effort. Don’t hesitate to jump in, we will give it all so you can learn Collegiate Shag in a  fun and happy atmosphere!

  • Teachers : Leen & Anton
  • Session March - June
    • Date : 10 classes from 19/03 till 04/06
       no class 9/04, 16/04 
    • Price : 120 € pp (105€ for students less than 26 years old)