Lindy Hop, Traditional Jazz, Swing, Charleston and Balboa in Singapore
Thanks for taking time to swing by! Jazz Inc is a Lindy Hop and Swing Dance collective led by Sinclair Ang, a jazz dance specialist who has been dancing for almost 2 decades and have taught internationally in 20 countries and over 30 cities for more than half that time. The collective promotes all forms of Traditional Jazz Dances and Music in Singapore and around the world. We conduct classes, with teachers specially trained by Sinclair, hold performances, do special workshops for groups and schools, do wedding dances, and do shows for corporate events and festivals.
Every Wednesday, we get together for socials from 9-11pm* at Wings to Wings studio (6 Shenton Way, OUE Downtown 1, #03-06. Tanjong Pagar MRT Station) with some of the best dancers groovin’ to the best swing sets in town! $10/entry ($5 for full time students, and students from the Beginner courses)
*July 3 we have a special 1920s Charleston Class 8-9pm no experience needed so that you can join us when we dance to the Dixieland Youths playing July 5 at the Esplanade Courtyard, 830-930pm. Class and socials on July 3 for beginners $30. The Dixieland Youth open air dance is free and part of Esplanade’s Jazz In July! Swing by!
JAZZ INC is a collective of dancers, led by Sinclair Ang, to promote traditional jazz dancing from vernacular Jazz, to Charleston, and Lindy Hop through classes and performances. On occasion we present street dances in performances as part of our Freedom Jazz Dance Project. We do regular adult classes, and also special workshops and presentations for schools of all levels and corporate team building sessions, covering different genres of dancing. Sinclair has also worked with various show choirs as well, including the ITE Show Choir, and is committed to the next generation of dancers, being a part of the Jazz Kids from Kids Performing for almost 11 years since its early days.
The dancers have performed both locally and overseas, and in different media and contexts, including dance documentaries and commercials, talk shows, the stage, at festivals like Esplanade’s Flipside and da:ns Festival, SMU Arts Festival, and Got to Move, as well as for the nation on National Day with the Dim Sum Dollies.
With almost 20 years of dance experience, Sinclair has also conducted numerous workshops over the past decade and a half overseas, in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, in over 20 countries, initially helping many of the fledgling scenes grow in Asia. With his experience, he personally trains his teaching team to ensure the highest level of classes both in terms of fun and making it easy to learn the dance.
Part of Jazz Inc’s commitment is also to the music, presenting demo-lectures on jazz music and dancing to schools, and was a part of Esplanade’s Bitesize series for several years, educating adults and youths alike in the history and development of Jazz music and dance over the past century.
Sinclair also sings with his Rhythmakers, to present vintage jazz tunes for dancers and listeners alike. He has sat in and jammed with several of the hottest Swing Dance bands today as well, including the Gordon Webster Band, Stockholm All-Stars, and the Hot Sugar Band.
All classes are held at Wings to Wings studio. Socials on Wednesday begin at 9:00PM up until 11:00PM*
*On public holidays, socials begin at 8PM up until 10PM
26th May is World Lindy Hop Day and it honours the birthday of Frankie Manning, the Ambassador of Lindy hop, and possibly one of the most influential person in swing dance history. After the decline in popularity in the 1950s, there was a revival in the 1980s and there are Lindy Hop communities all around the world today.
The universal language of the Lindy Hop (aka swing dancing or jitterbug) features creative and exhilarating movements that allow partners to connect in a way that uplifts the spirit, promotes human connection, and develops generosity. It allows dancers to meet in a positive environment that supports the building of bridges on personal, community, and global levels.
World Lindy Hop Day encourages people from all different backgrounds to enjoy and share the many benefits of this joyous and enduring dance. We hope to celebrate the spirit of the dance this weekend with workshops for adults and kids alike, as well as a demo-lecture on the history and development of the dance and music through the century. We would also have parties with performances and a live band to celebrate the dance and all it embodies – a sense of community and connection, generosity and joy.
Sunday events held at: The Hive Carpenter, 36 Carpenter Street, Level 6, Singapore 059915
Bunny Hop (Easter Weekend Events) 20-21 Apr 2019
Looking for something to do this Easter Weekend?
Join us Saturday 20/4 for an open level Blues Dancing workshop by guests from Australia, and on Sunday 21/4 for a picnic and a dance as jazz bands play at the Botanic Gardens, and more importantly Sinclair and His Rhythmakers coming on at 630-655pm, presenting some 1930s jazz alongside dancers performing and social dancing to the tunes!
Almost Swingin’ Valentines 13th Feb 2019
Back for the 3rd edition, Jazz Inc will once again offer everyone a chance to learn how to communicate with your partner or bestie or even a total stranger without using words, but understanding each other through movement and music on this special day (well, almost)! If you’re swingin by solo, no problem, as we will be rotating partners so everyone gets to dance with everyone during the class! Get familiar with the movement after at the social dance where you will meet the rest of the dance community!
We have also heard you and realised that some of you might still want the 14th for your own activities, so here we have, in line with our “Almost…” series of events, presenting Almost Swingin’ Valentines, on the 13th! Celebrate friendship and relationships early!
To the dancers, do spread the Lindy Love and tell all your non-dancing friends and swing by for special love songs swing set!
8-9pm Lindy Hop class (suitable for absolute beginners, and you don’t need a partner to sign up!) 9-11pm Social dancing to DJ-ed Swing Music (where you get to practice your moves and get to know everyone else from the dance community who will join us!)
Solo sign up: $15/person (includes class and socials) Couple sign up: $25/couple (includes class and socials) Student solo sign up: $10/person (student ID needed)
For dancers: $10 socials only (pay at the door)
Photo credit: Andrew Lin Design: Farizan Abubakar
Almost Christmas Weekend with Anne-Helene & Bernard (France) 14 – 16th Dec 2018 (Fri – Sun)
Although the classes are split into “Blues”, “Balboa” etc. the main focus of the weekend is about intentionality in dancing to Jazz music, having the vocabulary, the movement technique, that comfortable connection, and being able to express the music. Anne-Hélène and Bernard have all the tools and experience to impart these aspects of dancing, from being a musician (Bernard) and a dancer trained in the Franklin method (Anne-Hélène), and a long time partnership in doing Blues and Balboa – dances that really rely on connection and rhythms, feeling and the music.
7pm Registration 730-830pm Ain’t Nothing But the Blues (Open level class) 8pm Swing Dance Party (Live music + Performances)
SATURDAY (Knowledge of Balboa basics needed for day time workshops)
1130am-1pm Slow Bal 230-4pm Bal Specials
7-8pm That Blues Feeling (featuring Bernard on guitar) 8pm Swing Dance Party (Live music + Performances)
SUNDAY (Classes applicable to most partner jazz dances, knowledge of Lindy Hop basics needed)
1-2pm Movement and Technique 2-3pm Footwork Variations 3-4pm Musicality!
Full Weekend Pass (2 parties and 2 classes at the parties) : $260: First 15 (SOLD OUT) $290: Up to 30 Nov(SOLD OUT) $310: From December
$250: Overseas Registration
Other Passes: $110: 2 Day Party (+ party classes) Pass OR Single Day Workshop (3hrs) $70: 1 Party + Party Class $45: 1 Party