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CROSSOVER ISTANBUL

LINDY HOP FESTIVAL

 8-10 MAY

2020

We are really excited to announce the 5th years anniversary of Crossover Istanbul!! 

We have great news for you! :) The most famous swing dance group Harlem Hotshots will be with us in Crossover Istanbul 2020!

In 2020, in this great city; marvelous teachers, one of the best and largest dance venue, amazing live bands, competitions, shows and much more is waiting for you! Imagine such an unforgettable experience, with the hospitality of local dancers around you, in such a city of amazing culture and history.

We would like to welcome swing dancers from all over the world to this great festival; Crossover Istanbul 2020! To the honor of the 5th year, let’s celebrate this weekend with dance, music and moments full of joy!

 

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More will be announced soon!..

 

sakarıas larsson

Sakarias Larsson is a well-recognized swing dance performer world wide, known for his fast but soft style true to the authentic ideals. Sakarias is a diverse dancer; his main fields are the Lindy Hop, Tap, Charleston and Authentic Jazz. Sakarias is a well-experienced swing dance teacher with international teaching experiences since the early age of 19. He joined the Rhythm hot Shots (that later became Harlem Hot Shots) 2001 and has since then been one of the driving forces behind the dance company. Sakarias is one of the founders of Chicago swing dance studio, which is the most recognized place for swing dancing in Stockholm today. Together with Harlem Hot Shots he has been touring big stages in Sweden and around the world. Sakarias is also a jazz muscian and DJ with love to the original tracks of swing from the 30’s and 40’s.

 

frıda haggström

Frida discovered Lindy hop in 2009 and hasn’t missed a week of dancing since. As a dancer, she grew up on the social dance floor and that’s still where she feels the most at home. She takes her inspiration from the old clips as well as from her fellow dancers down at Chicago Swing Dance Studio in Stockholm, where she spends most of her days — practicing, teaching or DJ:ing. Her passion for jazz music has always been her main motivation, and when it comes to her own dancing as well as teaching she greatly values personal expression, rhythm and simplicity. In 2015 she joined forces with the swing dance company Harlem Hot Shots and became a solid member in 2018. 

fredrık dahlberg 

Fredrik Dahlberg was born and raised in the upper class neighbourhoods of Eastern Stockholm. Never had he a thought of becoming a dancer. Instead he spent his days with listening to Hip-Hop and playing basketball. As a true rebel of his safe upbringing he moved to the south side and started to show interest in vintage jazz music. One of his friends took him to a lindy hop class and at first he didn't show much of talent, struggling with what was left and right and up and down. Soon after he joined the famous swing dance company Harlem Hot Shots. How is this even possible? With a mind set on nothing else (that is not entirely true) and some luck some might say. With a big portion of individual style and new ideas he brings something refreshing to the scene. He tried tap (and is still trying), but on the other hand he masters dances like the lindy hop, the charleston and of course the eccentric authentic jazz which has entitled him several big awards in only a short period of time. With the Harlem Hot Shots he travels the world regularly and together with the Carling Big Band he tours Sweden one month a year. Fredrik wants his floors slippery and the music swingin' like Basie. 

 
 

 mimmi gunnarsson

Mimmi Gunnarsson has been dancing Lindy Hop since 2006. She soon found a passion for related swing dances such as authentic jazz and charleston as well. She started off as a social dancer and a couple of years later she started to perform – since 2012 as a member of the Harlem Hot Shots!

Besides teaching regularly at Chicago Swing Dance Studio in Sweden, Mimmi has travelled to teach and perform in Australia, US, Singapore, Mozambique and around Europe. Mimmi finds her inspiration in the old movies – She loves the playful and raw style of the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and the amazing dancing in The Spirit Moves.

patrık pettersson 

Patrik and Lizette started dancing together when they both moved to Stockholm, Sweden. Besides teaching they are also members of the famous swing dance company The Harlem Hot Shots. The genuine spirit of the swing era, and in perticular the dancing that came from the Savoy Ballroom and the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, have always been their main focus and inspiration. This style is what they bring to their perfomances, classes as well as their social dancing

 

 lızette rönnqvıst

Lizette and Patrik started dancing together when they both moved to Stockholm, Sweden. Besides teaching they are also members of the famous swing dance company The Harlem Hot Shots. The genuine spirit of the swing era, and in perticular the dancing that came from the Savoy Ballroom and the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, have always been their main focus and inspiration. This style is what they bring to their perfomances, classes as well as their social dancing

 

Vitalii Kalinchyk

All the way from Ukraine, Oksana Pavlova and Vitalii Kalinchyk will be with us as taster class teachers for Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019!

Oksana and Vitallii, well known for their upbeat energy, dips&tricks and aerials. They will be sharing their knowledge and passion with us! Prepare yourself to get crazy with them!

 

Oksana Pavlova

All the way from Ukraine, Oksana Pavlova and Vitalii Kalinchyk will be with us as taster class teachers for Crossover Istanbul Festival 2019!

Oksana and Vitallii, well known for their upbeat energy, dips&tricks and aerials. They will be sharing their knowledge and passion with us! Prepare yourself to get crazy with them!

 

THE  BANDS 

More will be announced soon!..

Band Battle!!!

 
 

HORNSGATAN RAMBLERS

(The worlds most dangerous Band)  from Stockholm, Sweden..

Hornsgatan Ramblers is a jazz band from Stockholm Sweden. Their main focus is set on rhythm and swing, from the more or less legal ballrooms of New York in the thirties and forties. With the bands' own adaptations and arrangements of the music of jazz giants such as Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Cab Calloway and Charlie Christian, the Ramblers have developed a sound of their own. By now that unique sound has brought the band to countries such as Greece, Italy, Germany, Finland, Turkey, Lithuania, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, etc. And of course all over Sweden. The band was started in the autumn of 2009, when a few swing dancers in Stockholm decided to form a band and to start playing the music that they loved to dance to, to explore it further and reach a deeper understanding of it. The band name comes from a street in the neighbourhood in Stockholm where most members work and live, and where the world famous Chicago Swing Dance Studio is located – and in which the very first rehearsals took place. Several of the band members also dance in the renowned swing dance company Harlem Hot Shots and teach swing dancing, and have won and judged numerous dance contests all over the world.

DJ'S & MC

Will be announced soon!..

 

VENUES

Hüseyinağa Mahallesi Atıf Yılmaz Cd. No:17, 34435

Beyoğlu / Istanbul

class venue

Levazım, Koru Sokağı No:2, 34340

Beşiktaş/İstanbul

class venue

May 8-9-10th  all  parties

PARTY VENUE

 

For more information stay tuned!

8-10 MAY 2020

Swinging melodies for your feet, 

in Istanbul!

We'll keep you posted! :)

 
WHY CROSSOVER?
As known, Istanbul is a city that holds both Asia and Europe inside. We walk around different worlds on daily basis, we cross bridges, take something from every culture we touch and make a new, tempting potion. Let's cross over new ideas and dance them out!

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