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!

Sugarspin
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?

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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 nights of the week, even if it means that she will 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 has participated in many of the Dutch festivals and workshops last year and is expanding his horizon further into Europe this year, with the awesome Rock that Swing festival in Munich already checked off, and exchanges to London and Iceland yet to come. He grew up and studied in Groningen, under the smoke (and smell) of the Sugar factories, but moved to Nijmegen to obtain his Ph. D. in Astronomy. He currently works at the Radio Observatory in Dwingeloo, Drenthe, but could not move to a place without his favorite dance, so he now spends half his time in Nijmegen and the other half in Groningen. He is looking forward to spreading the dance up north and get his old home town swinging. Sanne discovered Lindy Hop in February 2015, at Swing Out Loud in Enschede. In November she moved to Groningen, to work in the Martini hospital as a nurse. To feed her desire to Lindy Hop, Sanne had to travel a lot for events, but now there is Sugarspin Groningen!
Lineke. Her hair is longer now, but the glasses are still the same! Marlies

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!

Marlies first experienced the joy of Lindy Hop in the spring of 2014 in Vienna. Taking as many classes as she could, she learned to lead and follow in Vienna for about two years. She participated in many international festivals and workshops within Europe after moving to Wageningen for her Masters in Biotechnology. To continue growing as a dancer in a small city she started teaching Lindy Hop in Wageningen as lead and follow and was organiser of the Wageningse Lindy scene “The Grasshoppers” there for two years. She loves to see people discover themselves through their connection with others in the universal language of dance.

Did you know: She danced ballet in the Vienna States Opera

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

Stefan Veenhof, Chair
Florianne van der Scheer, Secretary
Arsalan Torke Ghashghaee, Treasurer
Lineke Faber, PR lead

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