About us

We are a bunch of enthusiastic Lindy Hoppers who started Sugarspin to bring the joy of Lindy Hop to Groningen. Let’s get together on the floor and have some fun!

What’s in our name? It’s sweetness with a twist. ‘Sugarspin’ takes inspiration from both the sugar fabricating history of Groningen and a famous swing move. There used to be a sugar factory in Groningen, and there still is one in the neighbouring town of Hoogkerk. Lindy Hop knows a sugar move, the so-called Sugar Push. But we are not into pushing people around — we’d rather give them a gentle spin, a yummy “suikerspin.”


So who are we?

Our teachers

The foundation of Sugarspin. Without our teachers, few of us would know how to dance the Lindy Hop. We have an amazing bunch of them. Several have been there from the beginning, and some of our own have become so good that they’ve become teachers! Sometimes we’re even lucky to have wonderfully skilled guests from outside Groningen, who join our ranks while they’re here :).

12045542_192466791084366_4639976691060639779_o profielSander Merel

Vera caught the Lindy bug in Copenhagen in the summer of 2014. She has taken part in workshops and Lindy Exchanges in Spain, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Italy, England and Iceland. She accepted a job at RUG and moved to Groningen in August 2015. When she discovered that Groningen was still a blank spot on the Lindy map of the world, she started a Facebook group “Lindy Hop in Groningen” in December 2015, from which Sugarspin has since evolved. Thanks to Sugarspin, Mondays are her favourite night of the week, even if it means that she now has to be a teacher even in her free time. May the bounce be with you!

Sander started dancing when the scene started in Nijmegen in the spring of 2014. He fell in love with the dance straight away and often takes the opportunity to dance at festivals in other countries all over Europe. He was happy to run into Vera and Sanne, who wanted to start a dance scene in Groningen, after he had found a new job there. He loves the music, teaching and really connecting with a partner.

Did you know: When he’s not dancing, he often plays with very expensive instruments?

Merel first saw Lindy Hop at the Breda Jazz Festival. Every year she would go and look at the dancers, wishing she could dance like that and participate. In Groningen, she saw the same joy and happy faces with that infectious swing music. She knew this was the chance to learn the dance!

Merel dived into Lindy Hop like a maniac and bugged all her fellow hoppers on teaching her everything as quickly as possible. She loves following classes as a lead/switch and loves the surprises when dancing as a follow. The feeling of connecting on the dance floor is; taking the perfect bath, while hugging your best friends and popping off on the most awesome party ever! Maybe weird? Ah well… Thankfully, that is encouraged within Lindy Hop too!

Did you know: She was a licenced tuk-tuk driver in Myanmar.

Lineke. Her hair is longer now, but the glasses are still the same! Odin John

Our own Sugarspin-raised teacher! Lineke starting Lindy Hopping in January 2017, right here at Sugarspin. She has a history of ballroom dancing, but from the very first few minutes of her very first open lesson Lindy Hop turned its spell on her. Putting Lindy Hop into words is impossible, but if she can try, she’d use “freedom”, “joy” and “utter happiness”. She grabs every opportunity to attend Lindy Hop festivals and you’re likely to find her at some edition of Swingdom or Smokey Feet. Lineke dances and teaches both as lead and as follow, so be sure to ask her to dance when you see her!

Did you know: She’s an on-and-off proper Dungeon Master!

Odin’s first introduction into swing dancing was a taster during a scouting camp from our friends at Let’s Swing. He danced Boogie Woogie for a year before joining Sugarspin, because dancing only once a week wasn’t enough for him. There, he fell in love with the music, the joy and the philosophy of Lindy Hop. Odin likes to attend a lot of lindy-events such as Swingdom, What’s Hop and Chase Festival as either lead or follower, in order to one day make his dance skills as godlike as his name.

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John: I started Lindy Hop in September 2017 after a colleague of mine convinced me to try it out. I was hesitant at first because I did not know what to expect and I had zero dancing experience. The moment I set foot on the dance floor, heard those jazzy tunes, and made those first triple steps, I fell in love with Lindy Hop. Ever since, I enjoyed every moment of this amazing dance. It is fun, silly and liberating. The dancing atmosphere is great too! Everyone dances with everyone and no one seems to care whether you are a beginner of not. It is all about having fun together! These days, I also enjoy dancing as a follow!

Did you know: He works as a Chemist and also dances Salsa, Bachata and Merengue.

Aline Sven

Vincent started his dance career dancing ballroom. After about eight years (including a small break) he had to stop due to a knee injury.
But, not dancing turned out to be impossible in the long run. And when in 2016 he met some old friends dancing Boogie Woogie in the streets of Groningen, he couldn’t help it and caught the Swing bug.
Soon after starting with Boogie at Let’s Swing he also picked up this thing called the Lindy Hop and discovered Sugarspin.

He loves “Just dancing”, feeling the music and being in the moment together with his dance partner.

Aline started hopping in 2016 during a semester abroad in York. Having soon caught the Lindy bug, she joined Sugarspin in 2017 when she returned to Groningen and has taken lessons there ever since, as well as joining festivals such as Swingdom and Harbour Hop. Now she can’t stop swinging, listening to big band music all day, and expanding her wardrobe with those nice vintage finds for the perfect dance outfit!

Did you know: Aline is doing a PhD in medieval poetry!

Sven started dancing in 2011 when he got hooked bij Boogie Woogie dancing. A couple of years later he added Lindy hop to his repertoire. He has been teaching these dances since 2013 and it never seizes to amaze him how much joy dancing brings. In his teaching he really values the fundamentals; as these continually lift the ease, clarity and dynamics of dancing.
Anneke Arsalan

Anneke joined the September Sugarbeats in 2017 and has ever since been part of an active core of Sugarspinners. She’s there at many parties, socials, and other events, and even organising events herself! She loves to add that vintage touch to her clothing style! After spending a year in Amsterdam, she’s back in Groningen, back in the Sugarspin family.

Did you know: Anneke is into anime and can speak basic Japanese.

Arsalan is kind of crazy. The good kind. It took almost two years since starting Lindy Hop at Sugarspin in January 2017 for him to go to his first big festival, Lindy Shock in Budapest. But whenever he was on holiday, he’d look up the local Lindy scene such as in Stockholm, Granada, Hamburg, and his favourite in Zagreb. Arsalan loves to be playful!

Did you know: He’s found a recent love for fresh figs. That’s right.

Our board

The board of Sugarspin currently consists of this poppin’ bunch.

Tom Zwart, Chair
Wytse de Boer, Secretary
Wouter van der Vinne, Treasurer
Marieke Speckmann, Captain Awesomepower

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Our confidential advisers

Did you know, Sugarspin has confidential advisers. Suppose you don’t feel comfortable with some part of the lessons, or that something doesn’t feel right with a certain person within the community. Then our confidential advisers are the people you can contact.

Everything will be dealt with privately and confidentially. These people will provide a listening ear and if necessary and desired will look for possible solutions together with you. Don’t hesitate to talk to them, or send them an e-mail.

Sanne Wytse Arsalan

Hi! I’m Sanne, one of the founders of Sugarspin and also one of the teachers. I also function as a confidential adviser: this means that you can always e-mail me of talk to me in person if there’s anything you want to share: this can be something that happened during a Sugarspin event or any problem you have within the association.

Email: sanne@sugarspin.nl

Hey there! I’m Wytse and I’ve been hoppin’ with Sugarspin since january 2018 and have completely and utterly fallen in love with this dance, the energy and the people. I’m a board member and a confidential adviser. If there’s anything relating to Sugarspin you want to talk about, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Email: wytse@sugarspin.nl

Heya! I’m Arsalan. I joined Sugarspin in early 2017 and have come to really appreciate what this place can give to people. That’s why it’s very important to me that everyone feels comfortable and welcome. So, as one of the confidential advisers, you can talk to me (or email me) about anything privately, and confidentially.

Email: arsalan@sugarspin.nl