Caroline & Cédric
Cédric will be back! This time with his partner Caroline. Maybe we can convince him to bring his guitar again and play for us by the fireplace?
Since they met in 2012, Cédric and Caroline have decided to combine their competencies in order to develop both their qualities of dancers and teachers. They are very active leading the local blues and swing scene in Strasbourg (LindySpot), as well as they go beyond borders increasingly further to dance, teach and perform. Together, they fell in love with blues since the beginning of their partnership. They have practised and danced a lot to understand how a movement can be easily initiated, from both sides of the couple, and how to adapt it to the music You will be able to appreciate their dynamic classes, a delicate blend of Cédric’s humor, and Caroline’s poetry. Both of them are keen to impart their ideas through very progressive pedagogy. One that approaches technique in a very precise and detailed manner, and also teaches movements combining basics, surprises, musicality and grace. Whereas Cédric reminds you of the big principles of musicality, Caroline invites you to explore sensations, emotions and personal expression.
Sarah Schippritt & Erik Nieland
We’re really happy to announce that Erik will be back – this time teaming up with Sarah!
Erik and Sarah saw their shared values reflected in Blues dancing and fell deeply in love with these dances.
They love how blues dancing can help us to learn more about ourselves and others, leading to a happier and kinder state of being.
They love how the history of Blues music and dancing can teach us compassion, respect and connection.
They love how blues dancing allows people to connect at different levels with themselves and others.
So join Erik and Sarah for a fun and wonderful experience into the world of Blues.
Jenna Applegarth & Dáire Mac An Bháird
Jenna found swing dancing in 2004 in her small local scene of Wenatchee WA. Since then she has spent countless hours expanding her dancing repertoire and sharing her love and knowledge of these dances with others. Her energy and passion create the perfect environment for learning.
Jenna has attended, coordinated, and taught various workshops and exchanges all across the globe. Some of her favorite highlights are performing at Benaroya Hall in The Jump Session Show and teaching for Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. Above all else she believes that learning to dance should be fun, and rooted in the music and history. With over 15 years of teaching/coaching/training experience, she loves finding new ways to connect with other dancers on the floor and in the classroom and to create challenging yet applicable lessons in the classroom.
Dara‘s got the key to the highway – and he shakes like jelly on a plate!
Dara´s love of dancing started with moving to the latin rhythms growing up in the Caribbean, but he fell in love with Lindy Hop in the frozen north of Scotland, in 2009, and fell in love again with Blues at a workshop just 6 months later.
Dara comes from a dancing family; doing yoga at age 3 with his mum (in case you’re wondering how such a tall man can be so bendy); three of the brothers dance, teach and organise dance events around the world. Co-founder of “Crash! The Blues Festival”, Delft, and Safer Spaces point person at many events, Dáire loves to contribute in the dance community – you’ll usually find him doing something behind the scenes at every event he attends.
Dara has been teaching Lindy Hop and Blues since 2011 and lived out of a suitcase as a travelling man for 5 years; moving between scenes, teaching and DJing workshops around Europe. In 2017, he relocated to Valencia – finally back in the warm climate he enjoys – to join forces with Leigh and cook up some special sauce for some of the biggest blues events in Europe.
Dara teaches Blues Dance, Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz, blues DJing and blues history both in his home scene in Valencia, Spain; and at international blues events.
The Sky is Crying
The Sky is Crying from Göteborg, Sweden will play live for us on Friday and Saturday night.
DJ Spicy Ginger
DJ Spicy Ginger’s got the Blues. In her blood, her moves, her pocket. Her music will take you back to the Juke Joints, to Chicago and to the Savoy Ballroom. She’ll serve you a hot mix of different styles of Blues music, well seasoned with a pinch of modern artists – because the Blues is alive!
Izzie is a Swing and Blues Dancer from Germany who discovered dancing as her passion during her 1-year stay in Cambridge in 2012. Having had to return to Bavaria to finish her teaching degree she didn’t want to stop dancing and therefore decided to build her own little Swing dancing scene in Würzburg, a small student city in Bavaria. She’s been teaching and DJing there and when the passion for Blues took her over (which obviously happened in the blink of an eye) she then also started teaching and DJing Blues, first locally and then also internationally and lives in Berlin now.
She loves the freedom and creativity Blues enhances and is all about connection. Not only to your partner but also to the music. Most of all she loves playing slow and low energy music towards the end of parties and see how differently dancers interpret the music on the dancefloor.
DJ Discount Basie
Discount Basie is the DJ alter ego of Michael from our organizers’ team. He’s been the music-selecting guy at parties since he was 14. Back then with prepared mixtapes, in the 2000s and 2010s spinning vinyls and CDs in clubs and bars, playing punk, northern soul, indie-rock, funk, hip-hop and a lot in between.
Being a swing dancer and an event organizer naturally led him to play music for dancers as well.
Some of you might have heard his sets at the “Stay-at-home Blues Dance Parties” that became a virtual social place to be for blues dancers all around the world during the pandemic.
His love for blues music started in the early 90s with artists like John Lee Hooker and B.B. King and now for a few years, he keeps digging deeper into the topic and into the history of blues as an original form of African-American art. You can expect a mix of old and new recordings, mellow and groovy songs with a few rough stompers thrown in.
Depending on the Covid situation in autumn, we might offer a massage service (Classic, Thai, other).
You’ll be able to book an appointment after arriving in Hüll.
Our team is made up of Blues enthusiasts from the North of Germany: Henrike, Henning and Michael.
Hülly Blues is a non-profit event that is made possible by the hearts and hands of its organizers, team and … participants! … So when you register, consider signing up as a helper and volunteer and/or get a discount.