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« on: May 09, 2011, 03:32:40 PM »

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! THE SCHEDULE IS NOW UP AND RUNNING! Visit:

http://www.AthensSwingExchange.com

   
Hello Lindy Hoppers!

'Athens Swing Cats'' are very proud to invite all of you to their magical city for the very first Swing Exchange in Greece. Three days full of music and dance, and a chance to visit one of the most interesting Capitals in Europe.

Discover Greece’s culture, explore historic ruins, visit ancient wonders, stroll along golden beaches, meet fellow Athenian Lindy Hoppers, and dance ‘til you drop!

Athens is a most interesting city that has a rather wild nightlife! Parties here don’t start till 22.30 so get ready to literally dance till the early hours of the morning! Get to know Athens…the Athenian way!

For more info please visit: http://www.AthensSwingExchange.com

Many thanks!


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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2011, 01:33:35 PM »

Info on the Lindy Exchange for Newbies!

Short History & purpose of any Exchange:

The first lindy exchange, 'The Weekend', occurred on December 4–6, 1998, in San Francisco, California, between the cities of Chicago, Illinois, and San Francisco, CA. The purpose of this exchange was for 19 dancers visiting from Chicago to experience the dance styles of San Francisco by attending many of its established venues and dancing with the lindy hoppers there. As the popularity of the lindy exchange increased in the United States, the events became an open-invitational gathering of lindy hoppers from around the globe to one central city for a particular weekend.

What is a Lindy Exchange?

    * hospitality
    * cultural & social exchange
    * international Lindy Hop Community

A lindy exchange is a gathering of lindy hop dancers in one city for several days to experience the dance venues and styles of that local community and to dance with visitors and locals alike. Traveling for exchanges has contributed to the development of an international lindy hop community. Visitors at lindy exchanges are often hosted by local dancers, staying in their homes for the duration of the event. Exchanges can vary in size. Some of the older exchanges, such as the Chicago Lindy Exchange and the D.C. Lindy Exchange, can easily attract 400 or more dancers. Exchanges in cities with smaller dance communities may have fewer than 50 people. Due to the social nature of the event, the themes of exchanges internationally are 'hospitality' and cultural and social 'exchange', on the dance floor and in the host dance community. A Lindy Exchange has absolutely no classes or contests, it is a social event with a large amount of social dancing.

What's going on to a Lindy Exchange?

The schedule of a lindy exchange varies with each exchange, but there are certain features that are common to many of them. Usually, there is an opening Friday evening dance followed by a late night party, which goes on into the early morning. On Saturday and Sunday, there are usually afternoon dances, evening dances, and late night dances. Some exchanges also have an evening dance on the Thursday before the event or a Monday evening dance, and the daylight hours are often filled with other, non-dancing social activities such as communal meals, shopping trips or games. Many cities also include various sight-seeing activities during the days of the exchange for the visiting dancers to get to know the host city. The venues chosen for each dance are often picked to feature the highlights of the dancing or culture of the host city. Live swing bands based in the host city are often chosen for some venues, particularly the evening dances.

Conclusions...

Okie Dokie Newbie Swing fellas, so now you've read all the above. Are you ready to Swing Out till you drop? Yeap? Good! Stay tuned by checking the Exchange's website and please do send us an email with all your questions. Email you can use is: info AT AthensSwingCats DOT com (NO SPACES!)

*  The name ''Athens Swing Exchange'' was chosen as our Exchange will not only be focused on Lindy Hop but will include various vintage dances, such as Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Charleston etc.

(All info presented here is found on Wikipedia and is slightly paraphrased)
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2012, 07:11:07 PM »

Hey guys,

we're getting really excited...only 2 months are now left for the very 1st Swing Exchange in our country! Hooray!

We've been very busy, making sure that you'll have a blast Smiley

Here are a few snapshots from the filming of the Promo Video!







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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2012, 12:39:35 PM »

Με μεγάλη χαρά και υπερηφάνεια οι Athens Swing Cats ανακοινώνουμε το πρώτο Swing Exchange που θα πραγματοποιηθεί στην Αθήνα στις 18-20 Μαΐου 2012!

Τι είναι το Swing Exchange με δυο λόγια:

 -         Πολιτισμική ανταλλαγή
-         Καλλιτεχνική δικτύωση
-         Φιλοξενία
-         Ενεργή συμμετοχή στη διεθνή Swing κοινότητα

Στα Ελληνικά το Lindy (ή αλλιώς Swing) Exchange ονομάζεται Χορευτικός Τουρισμός. Είναι ένα διεθνές, ανοιχτό κάλεσμα που οδηγεί στη συνάθροιση χορευτών και καλλιτεχνών από όλο τον κόσμο σε μια μεγάλη πόλη για λίγες μέρες προκειμένου, μέσω του χορού και της μουσικής Swing, να γνωρίσουν  τόσο την εγχώρια Swing σκηνή όσο και την καλλιτεχνική ζωή της πόλης, να ξεναγηθούν στα ιστορικά σημεία και να χορέψουν στα καλύτερα μέρη που έχει να επιδείξει η πόλη υποδοχής. Βασικό μότο ενός Lindy Exchange είναι η φιλοξενία και η κοινωνική και πολιτισμική ανταλλαγή.
Ο θεσμός αυτός είναι Παγκόσμιος (από το 1998) κι έχει συμβάλει τα μέγιστα στην ανάπτυξη μιας ενιαίας διεθνούς Swing κοινότητας. Οι επισκέπτες συχνά φιλοξενούνται σε σπίτια της τοπικής κοινότητας καθ’ όλη τη διάρκεια της ανταλλαγής. Το μέγεθος ενός Lindy Exchange μπορεί να κυμαίνεται από 50 άτομα για τις μικρές κοινότητες μέχρι και 600 και πλέον άτομα για τις μεγάλες. 

Δραστηριότητες του 1ου Athens Swing Exchange:
Το πρόγραμμα ενός Lindy Exchange ποικίλει ανάλογα με τη διοργανώτρια χώρα, παρόλα αυτά υπάρχουν ορισμένα κοινά χαρακτηριστικά. Εμείς, ακολουθώντας τις γενικές γραμμές έχουμε σχεδιάσει ένα 3μερο γεμάτο μουσικο-χορευτικά δρώμενα, επισκέψεις σε ιστορικά σημεία της Αθήνας και Μουσεία, περιηγήσεις στην πόλη μας και φυσικά συναυλίες υπαίθριες αλλά και σε στεγαζόμενους χώρους.
 
 
Τι να περιμένετε από ένα Lindy Exchange:
Την Παρασκευή, πρώτη μέρα ενός Lindy Exchange, πραγματοποιείται η τελετή έναρξης όπου ακολουθεί ένα μεγάλο πάρτυ που ως επί το πλείστον διαρκεί έως τις πρώτες πρωινές ώρες. Για το υπόλοιπο σαββατοκύριακο οι χοροί ξεκινάνε από το απόγευμα μέχρι πολύ αργά το βράδυ ενώ ορισμένες κοινότητες πραγματοποιούν πάρτυ μια μέρα πριν και μια μετά το Lindy Exchange. Κατά τη διάρκεια της ημέρας υπάρχουν διάφορες δραστηριότητες που περιλαμβάνουν ξεναγήσεις, ομαδικά γεύματα κι εξορμήσεις στην πόλη με σκοπό οι επισκέπτες να γνωρίσουν την πόλη υποδοχής.

Για πληροφορίες δείτε τη σελίδα του Exchange: http://www.AthensSwingExchange.com
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 03:09:54 PM »

Hey guys, the schedule for the very 1st Lindy Exchange in Greece is up and running!

http://www.athensswingexchange.com/index.html
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2012, 11:42:43 AM »

NEWS FLASH about the ATHENS SWING EXCHANGE! Tickets for all local Lindy Hoppers available on Monday!
Friday:
Flash Mob @ Monastiraki Sq
Evening: Lindy Under the Stars party at POLIS
Live Band: JazzMattazz
... Dj sets: Athens Swing Cats

Saturday:
Pic nic & Swing @ Filopapou
Evening: Savoy Ballroom (place tba!)
Live Band: Nastazia & the Jazzuars
Dj sets: Athens Swing Cats

Sunday:
Swing by the beach
Evening: It’s all Swing to me (place tba!)
Live Band: Swing Cats Meow
Dj sets: Athens Swing Cats, Lionel Furieux (Fr)
Taster classes & more!
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2012, 01:21:36 PM »

The 1st Athens Swing Exchange is now over.

It was our very first one, and we were -as you know- quite worried. We wanted everything to be just perfect.

And it was awesome thanks to all of you people! It is our honor that we had so many fantastic dancers from all over the world.

Your most positive feedback for the Exchange as well as the level of our dancers was so rewarding and gave us strength to continue.

A massive thanks to the Swing Cats community for helping out, the great hosts, the volunteers that worked so hard, the musicians that made us hop all night long, Ioanna for the breath-taking Belly dance show, and of course everyone that came along, had fun and supported the effort.

Next year it ill be even better! THANK YOU GUYS (missing you already!) and see you soon!

Dates for the next Athens Swing Exchange: 24-25-26 May 2013! We will also offer a discount package for whoever wants to participate in both the ''Swing Athens Festival!'' in 08-10 March 2013 & the Exchange!

The international teachers for the Festival will be announced shortly! Will keep you all posted!
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