She combines wild motion with sober elegance. He has an eccentric style that is manifested in his moves, sound and manner of speech. Mimmi Gunnarsson Bringlöv and Fredrik Dahlberg remain true to the origins of swing dancing–yet they encourage students to explore uncharted territory. Here is why! by:Annika Munter edited by:Odella Schattin In history, the exact moment something began is often hard to pin down. This is the case with swing dancing (it took a few years to decide on a name for how people moved to swing music). The same thing goes for Mimmi and Fredrik’s partnership. First...Read More
Ready for breathtaking spins? In an open-hearted interview Alice Mei celebrates her inspirational heroes, expose her insecurities and reveals what she would give her students if she had a magic wand–letting you into the mind of one of the best follows in modern times. edited by: Odella Schattin It´s the final days of 2016. Stockholm is dark and cold but that does not seem to worry Alice Mei. We meet in the lobby of the Clarion Hotel Sign. She rubs her eyes with the back of her hand, stifling a yawn and tells me a story from last night’s party. It was good! She has...Read More
What must I not miss at HDC 2017? – The meetings! They will always be a part of the backbone of HDC. Important to understand is Herräng creates the framework in which anything can happen, but it takes people to make things happen! You make the camp what it is, take part, donate your time or ideas and magic will happen. No two years are the same in Herrang, it evolves like everything else making expected unexpected! You play the trombone and washboard. Were and when? – Well, the past 5 years after the meeting we had a group...Read More
He’s famous for his footwork, improvisation and individual approach. He has that Dean Collins style and can be seen not only on dance floors around the world but in fashion magazines, TV shows and music videos. He’s also known for his research on American jazz dance and the histories of American social dance. “History is like a road map to success—but only if you choose the right routes!” says Peter Winqvist Loggins and reveals where he would go if he could travel back in time. Peter Winqvist Loggins began swing dancing in the early 1990s, in Los Angeles. He...Read More
How to get the most out of Herräng? – Enjoy your experience, let go of everyday life and dare to engage! The more you indulge and actively join in on activities the more you will get out of it. It’s nice and so much fun when people just go for it! If I only go out one evening, what must I not miss? – Make sure to be at Midnight Ramble on Carnival night! We will bring a bit of Latin-America to Herräng. What should I wear that night? – Imagine this being a carnival in Rio and dress...Read More
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