Swing Weekend

Coming, January 2020!

Swing weekend, 24-26 January

Registrations are closed! You can still get party tickets at the door.

This is it! One weekend full of Lindy Hop with four fabulous teachers! The great Joseph & Charlotte are dropping by from the UK to visit our charming town in January and teach Lindy and we’ll have the wonderful Marieke & Paul over from Alkmaar! This will be a weekend of workshops & parties!

What you’ll get

  • Workshops on Saturday & Sunday by Joseph & Charlotte (UK) and by Marieke & Paul (NL)
  • Party on Friday with big band Jazzventure and DJ Praveen
  • Party on Saturday with The Ninth Bar and DJ Danny Groenewegen
  • Tea dance on Sunday

5 hours of classes: Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz and Blues. 2 parties, a tea dance, and a history class to boot!


  • Full pass: Sugarspin members: €80,- Non-Sugarspin members: €85,-
  • Party pass: €12,-
  • Friday party: €5; Saturday party: €10; 

For the Facebook event, look here

For questions, please send an e-mail to events@sugarspin.nl


* Disclaimer: The levels are assigned after registration. It is possible you’re allocated to a different level than your fellow students; e.g. if there are a lot of applicants we want to make sure everyone gets to participate. If you register with a partner, you’re both assigned to the level of the least experienced dancer. By registering for the workshops you agree to these terms.

Jelly Beans

You’ve learned the basics of Lindy Hop and after a couple of months to a year of dancing you’re ready to expand your horizons. This might be your first or second workshop and you’re eager to learn more outside of your regular classes! 

This level corresponds with the Sugarbeats and Lollipops.


Gummi Bears

By now you’ve got a grasp on all the basic moves like the Lindy circle, the swing-out and are easily able to switch between fast Lindy and Charleston. You’ve been dancing for a year (or 2-3) and by now you might have attended a few (international) workshops. You have a good understanding of how to use your connection and are implementing different footwork into your dancing.

This level corresponds with the Cotton Candies and Marshmallows.



You have a passion for Lindy Hop and are really pushing yourself to improve your dancing skills. You know where you need to improve and quickly implement feedback into your dancing. You go to every social you can and have attended many (international) workshops. You’ve been dancing Lindy Hop for a few years and the basics are pure muscle memory by now.

This level corresponds with the Butterscotch level and teachers.


Solo Jazz

Level 1

You’re relatively new to solo jazz. You might know the Shim Sham and/or other short routines.


Level 2

You’ve been dancing solo jazz for a while now and are ready to expand your curriculum. You know the Tranky Doo and/or (part of) the Big Apple. Apply for this level if you follow the solo classes at Sugarspin. 

Schedules & locations



Workshop locations

– Saturday: Het Heerenhuis (Spilsluizen 9, 9712 NR Groningen)
– Sunday: De Travertijn (Travertijnstraat 6, 9743 SZ Groningen)


Friday: 20:00-00:00h (Taster class at 19:00h, open to anyone)

@Muziekorganisatie Noord (Bieslookstraat 23, 9731 HH Groningen)

Saturday: 20:00-00:00h

@Der Aa-theater (Akerkstraat 11, 9712 BD Groningen)
Sunday: 15:00-20:00h

@De Travertijn (Travertijnstraat 6, 9743 SZ Groningen)

The teachers

We’ll have two teaching couples. Joseph & Charlotte from the UK, Marieke & Paul from Alkmaar, Netherlands. Here’s more about them

Joseph & Charlotte

“Joseph & Charlotte are currently two of the UK’s busiest swing dance teachers of authentic dances such as the 1940s Lindy Hop, 1920’s Charleston, Black Bottom, Blues and Authentic solo Jazz touring Europe and inspiring people with their fun, high energy classes, wherever they go.

jandc - pssf prague-pose1

Having learnt from the 1930’s old timers, such as Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, his late uncle, who was a blues dancer and the early teachers who revived the Lindy Hop, they specialise in retaining the authenticity of a by gone era, but with original moves, a modern technical, informative and entertaining twist. You leave their classes feeling excited, like you’ve just seen an action movie. They’ve taught and perform all over the UK, including numerous theatres, the world famous Royal Albert Hall ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZutETo9SEo ), FIFA World Cup Launch at the Grand Palais, Paris and European countries such as Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Greece, Norway, Turkey, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Amsterdam, Israel, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Ireland, Austria, etc.

They run a dance school JiveSwing.Com , which has choreographed and appeared on a number of National TV, Radio and Music Video projects, such as TV Adverts, Channel 4’s Royal Come Dine with Me, Dancing on Ice, Britain’s Got Talent, and TV Documentaries, including one presented by BBC’s Strictly Judge, Len Goodman, ‘Yolanda Be Cool’ (The guys that did Americano) music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg9-GMUl89Y , the popular BBC’s Wartime Farm http://youtu.be/NoNuAFcuQxA and BBC2’s Further Back in Time for Dinner – https://youtu.be/oCPvkd6_Xhs Most importantly, Joseph’s mum thinks they’re amazing. :-)
marieke and paul

Marieke and Paul

Marieke and Paul were caught by the lindy hop virus in 2008 and started performing soon after. After visiting many international workshops they started a new scene in Alkmaar and have been teaching since. In the meantime Paul also taught a few courses in Amsterdam.

Their class material will revolve around Charleston and Jig walks!





The bands

The Ninth Bar

‘Surprisingly familiar swing jazz’

The Ninth Bar is an Amsterdam based Swing Jazz band. They currently play throughout the Netherlands at swing dancing parties and festivals such as the Amsterdam Lindy Exchange and Swingdom. The band started a journey when two swing dancers met at a Lindy Hop event. In time they founded a family of like-minded musicians. Due to their experience on the dancefloor, they are aware of what a dancing audience needs, yet they play with a twist.
This means: even if you do not dance the Lindy Hop, Charleston or Blues, they will definitely make you tap your feet and snap your fingers.

The Ninth Bar Photo

The family
Vocals: Wendy Bontje
Piano: Kalle Lundfall
Guitar: Alexander Rulkens
Double Bass: Roland Wastiaux
Drums: Collin van den Broek


Coming soon!

DJ Praveen

Coming soon!

DJ Danny Groenewegen



Registrations are closed! You can still get party tickets at the door.

We aim to balance the lead/follow ratio, so we may not be able to accept everyone straight away. If you want to be sure that you have a spot, please register as a couple. Once accepted you will receive an e-mail and you will have 5 days to pay for the workshop to complete your registration. If you need to cancel, please let us know, so we can accept someone else.

Full pass: Sugarspin members: €80,- Non-Sugarspin members: €85,-

Party pass: €12,-

Friday party: €5; Saturday party: €10;