LindyCON is about the meta dance. It's not how to dance, it's what happens with dance when we're not moving our bodies. Click the icons to the right to learn some more about it.
Robert is a phenomenal guitarist, leader of the Twin Cities Hot Club, Hot Swing Combo, and Uptown Swing Combo, while also playing with the South Side Aces and Cafe Accordian. Robert will talk about what Hot Club Jazz is, exactly, that makes hot club jazz so darned hot.
Cindy is a leader of the Minnesota Swing Scene and has been for 25 years. Her Business, TCSwing, run with husband Terry Gardner, produces such great events as Sving Du Nord and Late Night Swing. Late Night Swing just celebrated their 15th anniversary!
Peter Strom is an internationally renowned, world class instructor and champion dancer. He started his dancing here at USwing in the early 2000s, forming the esteemed Lindy Movement before stepping out to teach Lindy Hop nationally and internationally. Returning home, Peter founded Uptown Swing in 2010 and has been teaching steadily and working within the Minnesota community ever since.
Colleges as Mini-Scenes: Challenges and Strategies
There are many challenges to developing a swing club at a college: lack of funds, less access to professional instruction, relatively low average skill, etc.. In considering how to improve or maintain a college club, it may help to think of the college as a scene by itself: the majority of members won't venture outside of the school to dance, and most students learn only from other students. By thinking of a college's swing club in this way, as well as considering how it differs from a normal scene in its goals, members, and events, we can develop strategies to foster a more positive, fun, swing scene. I expect that this talk will have a longer discussion section, where attendees who have run or are running college clubs can share their ideas and experiences with one another, as well as discuss how to best connect those clubs to the larger Twin Cities scene.
What We Can Learn From How Other Dances Are Taught
West Coast, Ballroom, Hip Hop, and Ballet each have a unique teaching method designed to achieve a specific goal. We can learn from these alternative teaching methods both as students and teachers of Lindy Hop (at any level but especially for intermediate and advanced+ levels) to improve the way we learn and the way we teach Lindy Hop.
Minnesota Lindy Hop
The Bard and the Blues
What can studying 400 year old theater do to help your blues dancing? Quite a lot, actually! Before I started to spend all my free time on the dance floor, I used to be a thespian, and specialized in Shakespeare for five years. The artistic process of Shakespearean theater, particularly the way it combines vocal techniques with a text based approach to make Elizabethan theater come alive for modern audiences, has a lot of parallels to the cross-cultural difficulty of studying blues dancing. I'd be happy to share with you a bit of the techniques from a different artistic community that you may not already be familiar with, and hopefully provide you with some insight along the way!
It's the way that you do it: Applying Psychological principles to teaching dance
If you can walk, you can dance. But how do you get from walking to dancing? And how do you process that information? This discussion will focus on the techniques and tools I have developed in the dance studio (Big City Swing in Chicago) that are rooted in Psychological theories. The focus on this talk will be on Educational and Cognitive theories.
We Don't Exist in a Bubble: Lindy travels on a budget.
Sometimes we stay within our little bubble of a scene and don't stretch the boundaries of this amazing community we're a part of. No matter what level you are, getting inspired is a key to your success as a dancer. As someone who's both lived and travelled to many other scenes, I've learned first hand what it's like to step out of your bubble and be involved in our greater community.
We all love traveling to swing events. Big or small, these events inspire us as dancers and allow us to grow our network and get exposure to music, dancers and instructors outside of Minneapolis. It is a daunting task to figure out how to afford these events and still pay rent. I will start you on the road to increasing your attendance at your dream event without breaking the bank.
Hot Club Jazz
A 10 minute stand up routine to introduce our main speaker for the session.
You Community - On and Offline
Curious how to get more folks to your dances? Wonder how to help and support your scene? Here's how to grow and support your swing dance community with and without social media
How Not to Use Social Media
Learn from the mistakes of other swing dancer and their events. I'll share with you the fouls and foibles and we can enjoy the schadenfreude. Oh and also learn how to leverage social media in your event's advantage.
A talk can be on anything, here are the guidelines:
- 10-20 minutes
- 5-10 minute Q&A
- Powerpoint A-OK
- No Slides? A-OK
- Any Topic
- Must have a weekend ticket.
- Oct 13: Accepting proposals
- Dec 15: Submission closed
- (if still accepting)
- Jan 7: Final selections
Are you enthusiastic about Lindy hop culture? Are you so enthusiastic that you’d love to have the chance to talk about it in front of your fellow enthusiastic Lindy hoppers?
We’re actively looking for this year’s speakers for Frankie Talks, TED Talk-style discussions of anything related to Lindy culture. Last year’s Frankie Talks ranged from how to do nerdy choreography, to the behind-the-scenes of the dance scene, to how to apply game design to your dancing, and we’re looking forward to seeing what kinds of topics people want to give talks on this year. Topics can be about anything that relates to Lindy culture!
In addition to the details at the left, please include the following with your submission:
- Your Name, phone, and email
- Talk Title
- 3-5 sentence abstract
- Anticipated A/V needs
Please use the special email link below to send us your proposal, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Talks are selected in a rolling fashion until all time slots are filled. Please submit early or at least let us know you are working on a submission.
The Ole Panel
Human Cognition and Leading
Where does your event dollar go?
Cultural Appropriation in Lindy Hop
Please fill out all sections: Phone and Email so we can contact you about your talk if needed, Title and Abstract so we know what you're talking about, etc.
The Twin Cities Hot Club (TCHC) represents Minnesota in the burgeoning revival of gypsy jazz originally popularized by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France. They recreate not only the famous la pompe that distinguishes this romantic brand of acoustic jazz but also gypsy bossanova, musette, bolero, and swing.
Maud Hixson is a singer of classic jazz and popular songs of the 20th century, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She became a full-time musician after being presented as “Best New Voice” at the KBEM Winter Jazz Fest in Minneapolis in 2003, and now works with a variety of musicians, including the continental sextet French 75, which she founded with clarinetist Tony Balluff.
The Friday Welcome Party is a special event just for our pre-paid registrants. This party features socialization, gaming, and partying. It's not a dance but an ice breaker and you can get in by purchasing your LindyCON ticket in advance.
The core of LindyCON are the Frankie Talks and Gaming. While the talk schedule is available above, there will be three sessions. Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes with an 60 minute break in between. The sessions will start at 10, 1230, and 3.
Gaming sessions are open ended, and the number of games available is great. Bring your own or play what's available, either way, you'll find worthy opponents abound.
The LindyCON Double Feature provides not one but TWO bands on a single night. The bands will alternate sets over the evening and, if we're good, join up at the end of the night. Michael Brafford will open the night for 30 minutes as dancers come in, but after that it's non-stop live music for the remainder of the night. No contests, no band breaks, just great dancing with great dancers.
LindyCON is proud to work with Collectively Blue again. CB provides blues dances, classes, and workshops in the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area. CB will host the house party on behalf of LindyCON and is included in the price of admission.
Following dancing at Aster, we're going sledding. To get a map to the hill, see any of the staff or registration desks during the weekend. It's going to be 33 degrees and BYOSled, so please dress accordingly. To warm up, everyone is welcome to return to Chez Lavelle for hot cider and/or cocoa. (Coffee, for those interested, from Triple-D Espresso is recommended - it's two blocks away.)