Dancing across borders
Since the end of the 80s swing dancing has experienced an amazing renaissance all over the world, for some years now also in our region. The swing dance scenes of the four quattropole cities of Trier, Luxembourg, Metz and Saarbrücken in 2016 for the first time launched a joint swing dance event, the Quattropole Swing Exchange. For the fourth time now, they celebrate their common passion for dance and the feeling of belonging together across borders. On the 3rd of May more than 200 participants from all over the world celebrated this year’s Kick-Off-Party at the Tuchfabrik in Trier.
With “Joe White and the Hot Seven Dwarfs“, the Lindy Hop Circle Trier e.V. was able to engage a band that also is well known in the Swing Dance Scene of Cologne. A common choreography has been rehearsed, which is danced all year round in public, but also to individual swing events in all four cities.
With swing brunch and daytime activities, friendships across borders could be made. Interactive games and a swing march provided an opportunity to explore the city. At the end of the kick-off event in Trier, the “Benno Raabe Trio” performed in the Kasino am Kornmarkt and from there people went to the next Quattropole Swing Sance Event in Luxembourg.
With their unique program, this year’s swing dance scenes have succeeded in attracting not only dancers from the QuattroPole cities and the region, but also from other cities and countries. This concept of dancing to live music by eight bands on two weekends in three countries and four cities is also unique in the international swing dance scene.
Photos: Vladimir Bessonov
Over the last few years, local swing dance scenes have been established in the four cities of Luxembourg, Trier, Metz and Saarbrücken. From the very beginning, dancers from the different scenes have benefited from what these scenes have to offer and have attended parties as well as workshops in the other cities. To this day, what they all have in common is a strong enthusiasm for swing dance (Lindy Hop, Charleston, Authentic Jazz and Blues). This style of dance also champions the philosophy of bring
ing together people of all origins. Communication through dance overcomes any obstacle, and is easy for everyone to learn and implement.
In May 2016, the first Quattropole Swing Exchange took place and was well attended by more than 200 participants
. On 2 weekends, local as well as international swing dancers got to know the four cities and danced together. Thus, in QuattroPole-Swing, an institution has been created which will contribute to cross-border communication in the swing dance sphere and will jointly plan, carry out and continue to develop a lot of exciting projects.
Here are useful links to explore Quattropole and the four dancing scenes:
Quattropole Swing: www.quattropole-swing.com
Lindy Hop in Metz: www.metzswing.com
Lindy Hop in Luxembourg: www.swingdance.lu
Lindy Hop in Saarbrücken: www.nikandjovanna.com
Lindy Hop in Trier: www.lindyhopcircletrier.com