★ Learn a authentic swing dances from the 1930s & ’40s: the LINDY HOP – SHAG – SOLO JAZZ
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 weekly classes in :
Besides the weekly classes we organize the Crazy Swing Camp, (International) dance workshops, Intensive weekends workshops, classes for private events or private lessons.
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.
A lover of Satchmo (Louis Armstrong) and Nat King Cole since childhood, it was the swingin’ tunes that drew Earanee to her first Lindy Hop class in her hometown of Adelaide, Australia. Bitten by the jitterbug, Earanee soon began following her love of swing dance around the globe, and has since taught and competed across Australia, Europe and the US.
In a way Nick started dancing as an escape from daily life, where he was working as a youth counselor and graduating creative therapy classes. For years Nick wanted to dance LindyHop – and finally gave his life that spin.
Hyperactively he started taking courses, combining schools and going to social dances like a (hyperactive) maniac. Passing through- projects popped up. Opportunities to train hard, teach, perform and compete came his way.
Learning Lindy Hop should be fun and has not a lot to do with multitude of complicated steps. Do what you feel, be dynamic and keep that flow. Unorthodox and theatrical… what did you expect?
Nick is part of the Brussels performance group Jazz Maniacs.
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.
Louise started dancing as a child and was trained in classical ballet and modern jazz. Digging into brazilian and jazz tunes has always been essential to her. She discovered swing dances in 2016 during a workshop with Angela Andrew. Since then, she has continuously been training and attending workshops and festivals. She is passionate about the Lindy Hop as an urban, community street dance and wishes to convey this joy and energy when teaching. She is part of the Brussels performance group Jazz Maniacs and she seeks inspiration from old timers such as the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and Mabel Lee
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.
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.
Lies Vogeler (Shag)
With a love for social dancing and a passion for self-development to become a better dancer Lies hopes to inspire people to learn and enjoy everyday dancing as much as she does. No matter if it is Lindy, Balboa, or Collegiate Shag you will always find her with a big smile on a social floor moving in old and new rhythms of swing music. This energy is what made her want to teach and share the excitement in the first place. The social aspect in Lindy Hop is very important to her as she feels privileged to have met so many great and talented people at various events at home and abroad.
After a few years dancing Rock n’ Roll, Camille fell completely in love with Lindy hop when she discovered a video of the famous clip from Hellzapoppin’.
The music, the rhythm, and the energy radiating from the dance immediately seduced her.
Since then she sought to learn everything she could, travelling to festivals and workshops abroad, in 2019 she starts teaching at Apollo Swing and is part of Brussels troupe, the “Jazz Maniacs”.
Maxime began dancing Rock’n Roll at the age of 16 and never stopped since then. It was digging into old clips to find flashy moves that led him to discover jazz dances. The subtlety of Jazz music and the high energy of swing seduced him.
He is now part of Jazz Maniacs, a performance troupe in Brussels, which pushes him to dig further in authentic jazz dances. He is inspired by old-timers like Al & Leon, the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, etc.
Leen De Kort (Shag)
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.
It took a while for Jasper to discover his dancing feet but since then he has never passed up an opportunity to dance. After being totally mesmerised seeing a couple dance Lindy Hop he knew this dance was for him and started taking lessons. Several years later he loves going to social dances, enriching his Lindy hop and discovering new dances like Collegiate Shag. Jasper wants to share the delight of dancing, no matter what style, as long it makes people smile.
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.
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Person in charge : Geneviève Vermylen
TEL : 0032 (0)496 26 48 78
ON 0542 438 549