LindyCON is the celebration of Lindy Hop Dancers, in all our quirkyness.

Founded in 2013, LindyCON Alpha was a new style of dance event featuring inspirational talks, gaming, lindy hop, and blues dancing. We had a lot of fun hosting this event, bringing the dance community together for socialization, introspection, and unique learning opportunities. With a little more polish and fine tuning than Alpha, we are proud to present LindyCON Beta. We hope that you will join us.

Shawn, Chelsea, Katie, Aidan

Here's the basics...

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.

Keynote speakers and talk schedule are coming soon.



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

We want you!

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!

Submission Details

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 with any questions.

Submit a Frankie Talk!

Selection Process

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.

2014 Videos


The Ole Panel

Human Cognition and Leading

Where does your event dollar go?

Cultural Appropriation in Lindy Hop

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Submit a Frankie Talk

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.


Double Feature 5 hours of live music!

Twin Cities Hot Club

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 & Maud Hixson Quartet

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.

DJ Michael Brafford

Michael is a seasoned veteran DJ, spinning regularly at Rhythm Junction. He'll open up the double feature with 30 minutes of fantastic music.

Events / Schedule

Welcome Party

Friday, 8pm to 2am
Not available a la carte

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.

Frankie Talks & Gaming

Saturday, 10am to 5pm
$20 A la carte

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.

Double Feature

Saturday, 7pm to Midnight
$25 a la carte

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.

Late Night House Party

Sunday, Midnight to 4am
$5 a la carte, by Collectively Blue

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.

Sunday Activity?

Sunday, TBD @ TBD
Not available a la carte

Sunday Activities are part of our stretch goals. If we reach the stretch goal, the schedule will be updated accordingly. See the registration section to learn about our stretch goals!


TBA House 1

Friday Welcome Party and LindyCON Frankie Talks

TBA's Pad

TBA House 2

Saturday Late Nite Blues House Party


Patrick's Cabaret

Saturday Double Feature

3010 Minnehaha Ave S Minneapolis, MN

Patrick's Cabaret has been home to many events over the years, from 4PLEX to MWLF's Show. With a lounging space and room for concessions, a great time is ensured.

Registration Details

LindyCON Tickets
CON Lunch
Get in on an order from Pizza Luce, includes soda and other snacks.
Additional Donations
Please consider donating some additional money to LindyCON and Midwest Lindyfest!
85% of all profits will be donated to Midwest Lindyfest.

Contact Links

General Questions


LindyCON Beta Staff

Shawn Lavelle

Chelsea Lavelle

Aidan Dunne

Katie Heilman

LindyCON Founders

Amy Engelhard

Chelsea Lavelle

Sarah Berg

Serge Berg

David Engelhard

Shawn Lavelle