★ Learn a authentic swing dance from the 1930s & ’40s: the LINDY HOP.
Our teachers are well known for their ability to give clear instructions and easy-to-follow breakdown of movements to all levels of dance students. Our goal is to spread our joy of dancing and get everybody on with us on the dance floor!
Apollo Hop gives LINDY HOP weekly classes in :
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Besides the weekly classes we organize the Crazy Swing Camp, (International) dance workshops, Intensive weekends workshops, classes for private events or private lessons.
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.
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.
Jill De Muelenaere
Jill started dancing when she was a child. She is now trained in classical ballet, modern jazz and jazz dance, contemporary dance, yoga and pilates. She has been occasionnally teaching these different disciplines for the past years, sharing her time between her passion for dancing, her work as a contemporary dance producer, a massage therapist and a yoga instructor. She discovered lindy hop while at University and since then has been teaching and attending numerous workshops around Europe. Jill has placed in a number of international lindy hop competitions and is now teaching in Brussels and Belgium regularly. In lindy hop her goal is to create a joyful yet challenging and encouraging experience for everyone allowing each dancer to develop his/her own individuality on the social dance floor.
Alex has been dancing from a very early age. He started with breakdancing and other hip-hop dances. He has been teaching for the past ten years and took part in many competitions. Henceforth, his passion and his will to share continue with authentic jazz dances and Lindy Hop.
Pauline van Bogaert
Pauline discovered lindy hop during her studies in Scotland and Germany. Fascinated by the rich culture of the swing era, she fell in love with this energetic dance and its warm community. Back in Belgium, she practices lindy hop on a weekly basis with a main focus on musicality and creativity. By attending international workshops she keeps inspired by the art of body movement, improvisation and connection. Having a good time and spreading the joy of the dance is her ultimate goal.
Maarten Van Dijck
Maarten started to dance lindy hop in 2012. He was captivated by the endless possibilities and freedom of the dance as well as by the beauty of swing jazz music. Above all he loved the social dancing in Antwerp and Belgium and the great atmosphere among the lindy hop dancers. He attended different weekly classes and danced at every possible opportunity. Maarten searches for more variation, musicality and fun during the classes at international dance festivals. He is also passionate about learning to dance the blues. Together with the Antwerp Lindy Hoppers he organizes lindy hop parties and swing jazz concerts for all the dancers in Antwerp.
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 !
The whole life on the dance floor! She started dancing at the age of 3, she did ballroom dancing for 7 years until she found lindy hop. At 2011 she discovered this dance that gripped her and kept her in with the great spirit and joy of it. 3 years later she started teaching at the Hoppers’ Dance Studio in Vilnius, Lithuania. With every group of students, with every festival she gets more and more inspired in teaching, performing and involving herself into this community. She loves the way jazz and swing music lets her express herself and spread her understanding about the music and the movement.
Erik started doing the lindy hop in 2010 in Ghent. Immediately addicted to swing dancing he started attending workshops abroad regularly (Lindy Shock, Harlem, Herrang, LSSF, Smokey Feet, Crazy Swing Camp…). In 2012 Erik joined Dax & Sarah’s first edition of swing90x.Erik started competing in international jack ‘n jill competitions and made third place in the competitions during Crazy Swing Camp and the Gentse Hoppers Exchange.
Bram started dancing when he was 7 and explored a bunch of different styles through the years, from hip hop and breakdance to contemporary dance. When he studied theatre in high school, he fell in love with Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and the other slapstick and Vaudeville artists from the 1920s. In 2012 he discovered lindy hop at the Gentse Feesten through Joris Focquaert, his friend and lindy mentor. He instantly fell in love with the dance, as it combines his passion for dancing, jazz music and being as crazy as a loony tunes character.
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. Soon she began to take classes in the scene in Hasselt, a scene she loves, and advanced very quickly because of her dancing experience in salsa. But 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.
Fairly new, Nick was stung by the Lindybug two year ago. He starts taking classes in 2016 at several schools simultaneously, taking workshops whenever he could and being an (hyper)active social danser in Belgium and at international events.
He believes in continuously developing your own style on the dancefloor, with an eye for improvisation, originality and fun! Nick especially likes theatrics, breaks and influences from other styles in the dance.
She starts Ballet dance school at an early age, studying also Theater and Contemporary dance which lead touring eastern Europe for many years.Authentic Jazz dances, brought more freedom and joy. Since 2011, when bitten by the “Lindy Hop bug” she accumulated a lot during social dancing, weekly classes and international workshops. Being inspired by, she loves to dig into old, authentic jazz dances movie-clips and finally share their consistent Rhythm, encouraging to the Individuality of each dancer.
A quick fix for a party? Opt for an easy Lindy hop or Charleston dance lesson! Get your party in full swing, evening or afternoon, with an easy dance lesson. Our ebullient instructors are skilled in getting people onto the dance floor! A great way to loosen up and gain confidence; a real treat for your guests.
Our rates vary according to which teachers are available, the location of your venue, how long you want this danceclass and what you are looking for. When contacting us for a quote, make sure you include contact name and phone number, the place of your party, and an idea of what you are looking for.
Private lessons are a great way to learn dancing lindy hop, whether you can’t make it to classes, or you want to complement your dance classes.
Recommended if you shy away from dancing in public, or if you would prefer a more personal approach. Those lessons are mostly given in our studio in Grimbergen.
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Person in charge : Geneviève Vermylen
ON 0542 438 549