Me and the Music
Music and dance have been and always will be a big part of my family. At home we had Ray Charles and the Blue Note Records playing and our dancing parents laid the foundations for our passion for dancing and music. In the first years of my life I experienced in Sardinia how much singing belongs to me and my life. Until this day my parents tell me over and over how it started out with my singing and dancing. Later in Bavaria I was able to – or rather had to – take dancing lessons with my sisters. Rock’n’roll was the passion of one of my sisters, who was pretty successful in the end and sometimes used me as her piece of “dancing-sports equipment”. I personally was more enthusiastic about standard dancing.
During my apprenticeship as radio and television technologist, MTV, the ORF and different kinds of funk and dancefloor jazz were the common “background noise”. My best friend at that time together with an fabulous DJ, introduced me to the fascinating aspects of jazz music. Later on dj-ing on balls financed many a new CD for me and during my studies in Munich it was always very important to me to travel to Hamburg and enjoy life in the Mojo Club.
Four years ago I started to dance the Lindy Hop in a brilliant group with a good friend of mine. That winter semester we took a beginners class with Some Like It Hot in Vienna. I immediately realised – that’s my dance and that’s definitely my music! After only three or four lessons it was already a given for us to regularly attend socials to dance, practice and make progress in our dancing. Café Leopold on Sundays was a must as well as later on the socials at Schwarzberg. I took every opportunity to attend international workshops and also took privates with Nora and Dom to get better as quickly as possible. In January I was already helping to organise socials on the Badeschiff, in summer I attended Herräng’s six week program for the first time. Herräng has been and always will be very special to me.
Why Swing College?
I was only nineteen when we started to organise a regular open air festival in my hometown with a group of friends. We started off with about 150 people and soon reached 3000 to 5000 people. Not even four months after starting to dance the Lindy Hop I already couldn’t “just” consume but had to contribute – give something back. It is more blessed to give than to receive – especially if like me, you really enjoy giving. Many people in the scene work or study, some have a hard life and are happy to spend a carefree evening. The smiles on their faces are my motivation. Due to my profession, I travel and fly around Europe a lot. Also I love our swing scene. The Swing College is meant as a way to combine those two elements. Not everyone is able to attend classes every week, some people want to see other cities, meet other dancers, laugh together and learn continuously. These aspects resulted in the idea to include different cities and organise 18 workshops in every one of those cities, that take place in the course of three years. Every participant is free to attend these workshops in only one city or travel to one of the other participating cities. The contents are taught, practiced and deepened consecutively. The College is not a way to get rich but a way to pass on the knowledge as long as we still have people among us, that helped to shape the origins or the revival of swingdance. We want to share the knowledge about the dance, the music and their origins as well as show the impacts on our time, so we can inspire many many more people and put a smile on their faces as well.
Jede Überprüfung gegründet