Swingtime Lausanne

Rue de Sebeillon 1

CH - 1004 Lausanne


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© 2019 Swingtime Lausanne


L'association Swingtime Lausanne

L'association Swingtime Lausanne est née en 2015 et promeut toutes les activités liées aux danses swing à Lausanne. Nous invitons toute personne intéressée à soutenir nos activités à devenir membre.


Nos buts sont:

  • l’organisation de cours de danse

  • l’organisation de manifestations

  • la coopération avec des musiciens locaux et internationaux

  • la coopération avec d’autres organisations de danse et de musique

Les danses swing à Lausanne!


Le Lindy Hop, le Charleston, le Balboa, le Blues et le Shag sont des danses rythmées, créatives et énergiques, comme la musique swing.


On peut apprendre à danser le swing en couple ou en solo, et à tous les âges! Le swing se danse aujourd'hui aux quatre coins de la planète.


Swingtime Lausanne

The association Swingtime Lausanne was created in 2015 and promotes all things swing dancing in the region of Lausanne. We invite any interested in supporting our projects to become a member.


Our goals are :

  • organising swing classes

  • organising dance events

  • cooperate with local and international musicians

  • cooperate with other dance and music related organisations


Swing dancing is alive and well in Lausanne!

Characterised by its energetic movement and bounce to the rhythm, swing dancing - including lindy hop, charleston, balboa, blues, and shag - is a fun social activity for all ages. It can now also be found in nearly all corners of the world!




Ann (balboa, lindy hop, solo jazz, collegiate shag)(CA/PL) began swing dancing in 2008 in Waterloo, Ontario (not far from Toronto). Finding music to practice to after class peaked her interest to find out more about swing jazz. Since then she moved to Switzerland for her PhD in robotic bridges and co-founded Studio Swingtime. She's had the chance to play at All Bal, Cal Bal, Herräng, all over Europe, North America, and even South Korea.

Gianluca (lindy hop, solo jazz) (CH) was interested in jazz music early on, but he needed a lot of persuasion before learning to swing dance in 2006 in Lucerne. After moving to Zurich  he started teaching at the “Tanzquotient" at ETH and the University of Zurich in 2010. After living in Beijing for a year and dancing on the great wall of china, he started teaching for Swingproductions in Zurich and in 2014 he moved to Lausanne where he co-founded Studio Swingtime. He teaches the classic moves with a calm and easy manner while making them look effortless.

Mathieu (lindy hop, solo jazz) (FR) also arrived in Lausanne autumn 2014 from Vancouver, Canada and learned lindy hop in Grenoble, France. If Florence is the queen of solo jazz, he is the king of rhythm. Watching him dance leaves you confused awe of how he did that thing. A bit of a joker, he brings the right amount of silly into the classes he teaches.

Suzanne (lindy hop) (CH) has been dancing several years in Switzerland and has been involved with many events in Lausanne. She teaches in a light-hearted and energetic manner which inspires her students to work together and  discover lindy hop.

Flavia & Keyne (lindy hop, solo jazz) (CH) discovered the true spirit of Swing dancing in 2015, they never stopped learning and traveling for workshops. Fascinated by musicality and rhythm they are huge fans of social dancing.

Camille & Maxime (lindy hop, solo jazz) (CH) began dancing in Berlin. They came back to Lausanne with a severe addiction and no intention to recover from it. 

Pembe Elif (lindy hop, solo jazz,blues ) (TR) started dancing Lindy Hop in 2010 and since her first class the dance floor become where she spends most of her time. She is one of the prominent figures in Turkish Lindy Hop and Blues dance scene. She has been teaching and performing regularly in Istanbul and now in Lausanne.

Fabienne (lindy hop, solo jazz) (CH) started dancing in 2015 in Geneva and since when, she's moving around in triples. Playing around on the social dancefloor with a little bit of crazyness is what she loves about Lindy Hop.

David (lindy hop) (ES) started dancing Lindy Hop in 2012 in Valencia (Spain). Quickly became deeply heart-attached with the rhythm, music and history of this dance. Bounce, connection and musicality are their main fundamental basis in his classes. He is, actually, afraid of non dancing boring moments... help him overcome!



Les danses swing sont fortement inspirées des danses populaires des années 1910 et 1920 comme le Two Step, le Breakaway, le Charleston et le Black Bottom. Lorsque la musique swing conquit les Etats-Unis dans les années 1930-1940, les danses swing gagnent elles aussi rapidement en popularité. Dans les salles de bal de Harlem à New York comme le Savoy, le Cotton Club ou le Roseland, les danseurs inventent des mouvements ou se les empruntent les uns aux autres.


Parmi les célèbres danseurs de cette époque on trouve Frankie Manning (connu comme le grand-père du Lindy Hop), Shorty George, Al Minns, Norma Miller, etc. C'est Shorty George qui baptisa le Lindy Hop alors qu'un journaliste l'interrogeait sur le nom de la danse qu'il pratiquait. A court d'idée, il regarda autour de lui et vit un journal sur lequel était écrit "Lindy Hop" en référence à la récente traversée de l'Atlantique par l'aviateur Charles Lindbergh. Il répondit alors au journaliste que la danse s'appelait le Lindy Hop.


Swing dancing originated from the ballrooms in Harlem, New York, USA. Its origins include the two step, breakaway, Charleston, and black bottom dances that were popular in the 1910's and 1920's. Swing jazz swept the country by storm in the 1930's and 1940's and swing dancing quickly followed. At ballrooms like the Savoy, Cotton Club, and Roseland, dancers would invent and borrow moves from each other.


Famous dancers of the time include Frankie Manning (known as the grandfather of lindy hop), Shorty George, Al Minns, Norma Miller, etc. The story of the name Lindy Hop is that Shorty George got asked what the dance was called, saw a newspaper about Charles Lindbergh "hopping" the atlantic, and he told the reporter it's the "Lindy Hop".