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 BEGINNERS Lindy Hop classes starts in January 2019, info will follow.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm : Beg-inter
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm : Inter-Adv
9:15 pm - 10:15 pm : Beginner
Lange Nieuwstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen
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 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.
An ever so energetic guy with a passion for sports and people. Lindy hop combines those two perfectly and he quickly found himself dancing multiple evenings a week. To him Lindy hop is all about having a good time. Share a drink, a laugh and most of all… a dance. His way of sharing the dance, is based on how he experienced his own lessons, as he started dancing not so long ago… To him, seeing you dance on the dancefloor at a social, is his greatest accomplishment and a compliment in and of itself.
Growing up in a musical family, Eva started dancing ballet when she was a young girl. Ever since, you can find her on the dance floor at parties. She took hip hop classes for 3 years and danced salsa for 4 years.
Going to a Radio Modern party in the Roma in 2009, she was really wowed by a dancing couple. Inspired by the vibe and the lovely dancers she started dancing Lindy Hop, combined with solo jazz, workshops and some dance camps.
Being an intuitive dancer, Eva likes dancers to improvise in order to find their own personal style.
After all, dancing is an expression of passion & joy !
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.
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.
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 but 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 Cab level.
But don’t worry, there is plenty to learn!
You have follow +/- 2 to 4 years of weekly classes.
This level is meant for those who are absolutely new to lindy hop and are about to learn the dance’s first basic steps. You don’t need any previous dance experience.
You will learn the charleston, triple steps, groove walks, kick steps on basic patterns like send-out, tuck-turn, change places, circle, etc…
You will learn how to lead or follow these different patterns.
The main focus of this course is to discover and dance the Lindy Hop and allow you to go to social dances and have fun!