Rising Stars track

If you have been dancing Lindy Hop for 6 to 18 months, you are a rising star! This intensive track will launch you fully into the magical universe of Swing. Confidence boost included. So you can fully shine in constellation with other dancers during the evening parties!

In the Rising Stars track you will have 9 hours of Lindy Hop classes over 3 days in a small group with great international inspirers. From basic technique to musicality and improvisation, you will cover plenty of material to practice on the dance floor.

UDF rising stars track schedule

Aurélien Faravelon (they/them – he/him)

Alexia Legoueix (she/her)

Trisha Sewell (she/her)

Ron Slide (he/him)

Meet your inspirers

Aurélien is currently based in Lyon, France, where he runs his own school “Shall We Swing?” They are also a founding member of Gon’a Swing, Lyon’s Swing Society. Professionally trained in ballet and contemporary, Aurélien discovered swing dancing some years ago and it was love at first swing out! A social dancer at heart, you can usually find Aurélien on the floor with a big smile on his face.

More than just my job, teaching is Alexia’s passion. She’s been dancing Lindy Hop since 2005, and has founded her own school in the beautiful city of Paris. She’s always exploring how to teach her concepts and values, working hard to respect the original black African American culture, in which she considers herself a lucky guest. Individual responsibility in the partnership, self-expression, inspiration drawn from music are some go-to topics that she will teach in many different ways. She will help the students find their own way to move – by themselves and with a partner – in the (let’s hope) spirit of jazz. She’ll shake you in a pleasant and caring way.

Trisha hails from Hertfordshire, UK, and has been teaching since 1997 and on the international scene since 2003. For 10 years she contributed to establishing the first European swing dance brand and the biggest of its time. It’s been said that her teaching style is innovative, dynamic and inspiring. Always engaging and fun, Trisha loves to make people laugh and feel relaxed in her classes. She strives to make the dance look as authentic as it can. Trisha’s ability to communicate complex concepts and patterns clearly means students find themselves easily understanding how movements and steps should look and feel.

Ron, aka Ronnie Slide, is a dancer and performer from the UK.
Around the early 80s, he discovered Swing dancing through a documentary on Mama Lu Parks, and was later on introduced to and taught by Ryan Francois.
Ron has never stopped dancing since then, and is keen to share his story and insights with you at Upside Down Festival. He will also treat us to some fine DJ sets (praised by Frankie Manning himself!).
In Ron’s own words: “I value meeting new people and helping them with their lindy hop, seeing their smile on their face. Having them think “maybe there’s another way of doing it”. It’s good to pick up things from multiple sources of inspiration and adding it into your own flavor.”

Dok Noord, specific location and room yet TBA

This track is part of the Upside Down Festival. If you want to register for this track, you can add it for €117 on top of a pass. Choose between:

✨ “I go Upside Down” Festival Pass (€225)

This pass will allow you to join the jazz cafe with live music and the Upside Down Shakes after your classes on December 28th, 29th and 30th, as well 5 evening parties (December 27th till 31st) + a pre-party & after-party, and cozy @ home on December 31st.

✨ “I go Upside Down” Afternoon Pass (€40)

This pass will allow you to join the jazz cafe with live music and the Upside Down Shakes after your classes on December 28th, 29th and 30th.

Check out the full program to see what is included!

This track is sold out.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us: registration@upsidedownfestival.be