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Friday, 18 August 2017 07:00 PM

Lindy 500 and the Baltimore Lindy Hop Championships

It’s time again for Baltimore’s favorite annual Lindy Hop event: Lindy 500. Two nights of live music by the Craig Gildner Big Band. Performances. Two full days of workshops taught by the incredible Zack Richard and Aimee Mannella from Montreal. The 1st Annual Baltimore Lindy Hop Championships. The best weekend of your life.
Lindy 500 is part workshop, part celebration, part competition, and 100% chill, fun, and welcoming. THIS EVENT SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR. Register quickly.

CLASSES AND INSTRUCTORS


We don’t provide class descriptions because we want to give our instructors free reign to get creative and break the standard workshop weekend mold. Instead, we schedule 4 hours of classes each day (Saturday and Sunday), with time build in for breaks, and we let the instructors let loose however they like. That said, equal or more attention is always paid to the follower role.

Aimee Mannella


Hooked on dancing since her early teens, it was only in 2008 that Aimee discovered the wonderful world of swing dancing. Since then she has excelled in various swing dances, such as Lindy Hop, Balboa, Solo Jazz and Shag. She is best known on the dance floor for her energy, her creativity, her love for dancing and her funny faces. When not teaching at her Montreal-based school, Swing Connexion, she can be found Emceeing and co-organizing Montreal Swing Riot.

Zack Richard


Founder and director of Swing ConneXion in Montreal, QC, Zack Richard is one of the most versatile dancers on the floor: not only does he excel in swing dances (Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Shag) but he’s always absorbing dance forms old and new (ballroom, tango, salsa). A swing instructor for the past fifteen years, he’s been all around the globe, spreading the joy of dancing to everyone who will listen and amassing an impressive list of prizes and accolades on the way. His sincere love of Chaplin and silent movies has lead him to conceptualize the show “It Don’t Mean A Thing”, mixing live music, swing dance and silent comedy for the joy of all, also starring his then-9-year-old daughter Camelia. When he feels like using big boy words, this jack-of-all-trades is also the author of the Jazz Monkey blog.

THE MUSIC

The Craig Gildner Big Band



The Craig Gildner Big Band is back again with an incredible twelve piece band that you can't see anywhere else. They've got new arrangements, plus a rhythm section that you can't sit down to! These days, there’s a lot of buzz about swing bands being authentic. You can’t get much more authentic than with this band! Take for example, the tools. A drum set from the late 30’s, the likes of which Gene Krupa would have approved. An iconic electric guitar from 1939. Songs from the likes of Basie, Goodman, Kirby, Jacquet, and Shaw. Clarinet features with Halley Shoenberg. Boogie and stride piano from Ammons to Waller. It’s a solid deal, babies. Craig and the band are excited to make their return to the fabulous Motown Ballroom in the city where they got their start. Get ready for a night of music custom tailored for lindy hop!

BALTIMORE LINDY HOP CHAMPIONSHIPS: THE QUEST FOR ASCENDANCE


Featuring three amazing contests, the Baltimore Lindy Hop Championships is the world’s newest and grandest Lindy Hop competition.

Strictly Lindy Hop


Anyone and everyone can enter this competition with a partner and pursue glory to its highest form. Judges will be encouraged to look for skill, style, creativity, energy, engagement with the crowd, and general non-douchery (no choreography!). Prelims are on Friday night, and the finals are Saturday. The winners take all the money, though the true reward is receiving accolades from the world’s most infamous local Lindy Hop scene. 

$20/couple to enter, must have a dance pass to Lindy 500. Register below.

Solo Jazz


Enter this by yourself and dance your little heart out. This competition will happen Saturday night, and it will be a “tap in” format. Everyone will dance for a few songs, the judges will tap in the finalists, and we will immediately go into finals.

$10 to enter, and the winner takes the money. You must have a dance pass to Lindy 500. Register below.

Endurance


In true Baltimore form, this competition will be bad ass and cut throat. Enter as a couple and dance until you can’t anymore. The speed will start medium, and get faster and faster. Last couple standing wins. You must be doing full out Lindy Hop. Moderators will tap you out if you stop or get lazy. It will be awesome, and everyone should enter.

The endurance comp will happen late on Saturday night, is free, and doesn't require registration. The winners each get a $50 tab at our bar (good for drinks, classes, and our weekly dances). Start training now.

SCHEDULE


Friday, August 18


7pm: Doors open at the Mobtown Ballroom for you to come in and have a drink, meditate on mortality, and get hyped to dance as an assault on the transience of all things. We recommend you come early, bond, and get settled before the chaos ensues.
8pm: Drop in beginner lesson. Bring your non-dance friends, have some drinks, or take the class and meet the people of Baltimore.
9pm: The Craig Gildner Big Band! (Strictly Lindy Competition Prelims/performances/general mayhem during breaks).
11pm: Baltimore Lindy Hop Championship Prelims
2am: Go home.

Saturday, August 19


11:30am: Doors open at Mobtown. Get checked in and get your wristband.
12:00pm-2pm: Class Block 1
2pm-3pm: LUNCH
3pm-5pm: Class Block 2
8pm: Doors open for dance (bar will be open)
9pm: Craig Gildner Big Band (Strictly finals and Solo Jazz Competition during band breaks)
1am: ENDURANCE COMPETITION
2am: Go home

Sunday, August 20


11:30am: Doors open at Mobtown. Get checked in and get your wristband.
12:00pm-2pm: Class Block 1
2pm-3pm: LUNCH
3pm-5pm: Class Block 2
5pm: Get your dinner, bring it to the Ballroom, have some drinks, and dance around. This will be a chill, early party to wind down and bask in the glory and success of the weekend.

PRICING AND REGISTRATION



Registration opens online and at the Mobtown Ballroom bar on June 9th at 9pm. The pricing structure is as follows:

Whole Weekend (workshops and dances)

1st 20 people to register: $109
Next 25 people to register: $119
Everyone else: $129

Dance Pass (includes Friday and Saturday dances)


$39 for both dances in advance, or $25 each night at the door.

Baltimore Lindy Hop Championships


$20 per strictly couple, $10 per solo jazz, endurance is free.

HOUSING



Baltimore is one of the greatest cities on earth, and we are excited to host as many visitors as possible. We highly encourage our dancers to consider housing guests, and guests to stay with dancers. Please note that we can't guarantee housing, but we will do our best. Housing will close two weeks prior to the event.

Baltimore residents who are able to host guests, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/EQGXfkPTrizV0lfr1

Visitors looking for housing, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/c2zta05sa2YffakB3

Register

Dance Pass

This pass is for those of you who want to attend just the Friday and Saturday night dances.

Price: $39.00

In the next step we will ask for your email, but we'll only contact you in the event of an emergency cancellation. To join the mailing list as well, opt in here.

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We do not handle your credit card information directly: it goes straight to credit-card security professionals over a secure connection.

Follow Pass - Whole Weekend

This ticket is for anyone taking the workshops as a follow, and it gets you entrance into the entire event. Please note that if you want to register for competitions you can do so separately below.

Price: $119.00

In the next step we will ask for your email, but we'll only contact you in the event of an emergency cancellation. To join the mailing list as well, opt in here.

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We do not handle your credit card information directly: it goes straight to credit-card security professionals over a secure connection.

Lead Pass - Whole Weekend

This ticket is for anyone taking the workshops as a lead, and it gets you entrance into the entire event. Please note that if you want to register for competitions you can do so separately below.

Price: $119.00

In the next step we will ask for your email, but we'll only contact you in the event of an emergency cancellation. To join the mailing list as well, opt in here.

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We do not handle your credit card information directly: it goes straight to credit-card security professionals over a secure connection.

COMPETITION - Solo Jazz

This contest happens Saturday night (prelims go straight to finals). Please note that you need to have a dance pass in advance (as the dances often sells out, and it would be a shame if you couldn't get into a competition you registered for).

Price: $10.00

In the next step we will ask for your email, but we'll only contact you in the event of an emergency cancellation. To join the mailing list as well, opt in here.

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We do not handle your credit card information directly: it goes straight to credit-card security professionals over a secure connection.

COMPETITION - Strictly Lindy

This ticket registers you and a partner ($20 total; each couple only needs to register once) for the Strictly Lindy Competition. Prelims for the competition will be on Friday night, and finals will be on Saturday night. Please note that you need to have a dance pass in advance (as the dances often sells out, and it would be a shame if you couldn't get into a competition you registered for).

Price: $20.00

In the next step we will ask for your email, but we'll only contact you in the event of an emergency cancellation. To join the mailing list as well, opt in here.

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We do not handle your credit card information directly: it goes straight to credit-card security professionals over a secure connection.