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JUNE 16 TO 22 – 2015 – COMO, ITALY

Where music and dance are united in the same soul.

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The Festival

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Swing Crash was born from the desire of preserving and developing swing music and dance in their authentic forms. The best thing to make it happen was to organize a huge event outdoor, free of cover charge, where everyone could join in to dance or simply to watch and listen the live bands and the dancers. Swing Crash Festival is not meant to be just another classic jazz festival, but a worldwide unique event that bring the dance and the music to an intergenerational and intercultural audience. We got inspired by the old movies, video-clips and newspapers that we have found in some of the most famous Libraries in the world, such as the Lincoln Center Public Library. At Swing Crash we try to reproduce the Swing Era atmosphere with the music, the fashion and the glamour of the 30’s and 40’s. Swing Crash Festival take place in one of the most gorgeous square in the world, piazza Cavour, which is located right by the lake. Wonderful bands and dancers turn the city of Como in a magic place. Every year hundreds of dancers come to Como from all over the world to live at Swing Crash a week long dream right by the lake.

To summarize:

• Dance classes in the afternoon

• Jam session in piazza Volta at 6pm

• Party and concerts from 9pm till 11.45am outdoor in piazza Cavour

• Dance competitions and shows

• “All nite long dancing” indoor at MADE club in Via S. Abbondio 7

• Great music, wonderful dancers and delicious food in the wonderful Como right by the lake

The Protagonists

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“Absolute shooting-stars! Masters of movement! Vincenzo and Isabella regularly elicit thunderous applause from their audiences”, wrote Marcus Koch of them. Vincenzo Fesi and Isabella Gregorio are one of the most renown dance couple in the world. They teach and perform across the globe exhilarating students and audiences of all ages. Since 2006 they share their dance passion at the famous Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden. In May 2009 they had been guests at Frankie 95 in New York City, the event organized to celebrate the 95th birthday of the Ambassador of Lindy Hop: Frankie Manning.Vncenzo and Isabella’s classes are fun, precise and full of content at the same time. They focus on technique, which is demonstrated throughout steps and moves.Vincenzo and Isabella are well known for their historical knowledge in the dance and culture of the Swing Era. They continue to study dancing. Vincenzo and Isabella get constantly inspired by the dancers of the 30‘s, 40‘s and 50‘s and by many contemporary dancers specialized in different fields of the dancing world. Vincenzo and Isabella choreographed the Charleston and Boogie Woogie routines for the TV show Dancing with the Stars. They have been winning several international competions. Great dancers and great performers, Vincenzo and Isabella can entertain their audience like few others can do.

Artists

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We still need to confirm some of the artists that will share their dance at Swing Crash.

Jenny Thomas

Peter Winqvist Loggins

Remy Koukou Kouame 

Moe Sakan

Katja Zavrsnik Hrastar

Pontus Persson 

Vincenzo Fesi

Isabella Gregorio

NP Big Band

Hot Sugar Band

Hornsgatan Ramblers

Mauro Porro

Giorgio Cuscito

Bassalti Quintette

More to be confirmed

Organization

Swing Crash is organized by Flying Alligators and directed by Vincenzo Fesi and Isabella Gregorio
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Vincenzo Fesi

Teacher & Dancer

Vincenzo Fesi is a Swing dancer worldwide recognised. As a real globetrotter, he teaches and performs all over Europe, Australia and Asia. Since 2006 he teaches at the famous Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden . He is also the director of one of the most popular festival in the world: Swing Crash Festival (alongside Isabella…

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Isabella Gregorio

Teacher & Dancer

Isabella Gregorio is a well-known international dancer. She teaches and performs around the globe, exhilarating students and audiences of all ages. Isabella is often mentioned as one of the top three followers of the world. She is well known for her crazy style and her great expression. Her professional career started in Italy 2002, with…

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  • 21.30 Martedi 16 / Tuesday 16th

    Celebrating Swing Crash: Meet the scene @ Fresco Cocktail Shop, Viale Lecco

  • 21.30 Mercoledì 17 / Wednesday 17th

    Opening Night. Mauro Porro playing Benny Goodman @ Lido di Bellagio (boat trip from Como to Bellagio to be reserved on Swing Crash website)

  • from 11:00 to 04.30 Giovedì 18 / Thursday 18th

    11.00 Dance Camp Registrations @ Palestra Negretti
    13.00 Dance Camp: Audition / Audizione @ Palestra Negretti
    13.30 Dance Camp Opening Meeting @ Palestra Negretti & Collegio Gallio
    14.00 Dance Classes Palestra Negretti & Collegio Gallio
    18.00 International Jazz All Stars @ La Bottega in piazza Volta
    Piazza Cavour
    19.30 Vintage Hair Styling
    20.30 Record Hop – Big Band era Remembering Chick Webb
    21.15 Ginger Stompers
    22.00 Record Hop – Big Band Era Remembering Chick Webb
    22.30 Teachers presentation with the Ginger Stompers
    00.30 Bassalti Quintette @ MADE night club

  • from 11:00 to 04:30 Venerdì 19 / Friday 19st

    11.00 Dance Camp Registrations @ Palestra Negretti
    13.30 Dance Camp: Audition / Audizione @ Palestra Negretti
    14.00 Dance Classes @ Palestra Negretti & Collegio Gallio
    18.00 International Jazz All Stars @ La Bottega in piazza Volta
    Piazza Cavour
    19.30 Vintage Hair Styling
    20.30 Record Hop – Savoy Bands
    21.30 Hot Sugar Band
    22.15 Record Hop from Swing to Rhytm’n’Blues
    23.00 Hot Sugar Band
    00.30 Hornsgatan Ramblers + Classic Lindy Challenge @ MADE night club

  • from 13:00 to 04:30 Sabato 20 / Saturday 20nd

    13.00 Dance Camp Registrations @ Palestra Negretti
    13.30 Dance Camp: Audition / Audizione @ Palestra Negretti
    14.00 Dance Classes @ Palestra Negretti & Collegio Gallio
    18.00 International Jazz All Stars @ La Bottega in piazza Vo lta
    Piazza Cavour
    19.30 Vintage Hair Styling
    20.30 Record Hop – Early Rhythm’ n’ Blues
    21.30 NP Big Band
    22.15 Record Hop – Early Rhythm’ n’ Blues
    22.30 World Dance Battle Championship
    23.00 The Show with the NP Big Band
    00.30 Hot Sugar Band + Solo Jazz Challenge @ MADE night club

  • from 13:30 to 04:30 Domenica 21 / Sunday 21rd

    13.30 Dance Camp Registrations @ Palestra Negretti
    14.00 Dance Classes @ Palestra Negretti & Collegio Gallio
    18.00 International Jazz All Stars @ La Bottega in piazza Volta
    Piazza Cavour
    19.30 Vintage Hair Styling
    20.30 Record Hop
    21.30 NP Big Band
    22.15 Record Hop
    22.45 NP Big Band
    00.30 Mauro Porro and friends @ MADE night club 

  • 21.30 Lunedì 22 / Monday 22th

    The Last Man Standing Party @ Fresco Cocktail Shop, Viale Lecco

Swing Crash Festival 2015 program

This is the week-long program of great music and swing dancing.

(The program and the line-up is subject to changes without previous notice.)

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Competition registration form

Lido di Bellagio (wednesday, June 17th):
This year the grand opening of Swing Crash Festival (Wednesday June 17) is more exciting than ever. We will all dance in Bellagio, one of the most stunning places in the world. We will dance at the Lido di Bellagio, right by the water, with the music played by Mauro Porro’s trio, that for the occasion will play some of the most swinging Benny Goodman’s songs. We have organized, with the team of the Lido, a little journey by boat, to admire the shores of our lake from a whole new perspective. The boat that we will sail with is not exactly a transatlantic. Therefore, it is necessary to fill the registration form and send your payment at the moment of your registration. The boat can fit only 130 people. If your booking is received on time, you will receive a email of confirmation with your registration number and the bank details for the payment (different from the dance camp one). The payment has to be done as soon as you receive the email of confirmation. If the Lido do not receive your payment on time, then your registration will be canceled.
We suggest to send an email with your bank trasfer at partyswingcrash@gmail.com.
It is also possible to sign up for a bus service that will take you to Cadenabbia. From there a boat will take you directly to the Lido di Bellagio. Even for this service we need your registration and payment just like for the boat.
For those of you who would like to reach the Lido with your own means, there is no registration needed. You can simply pay at the entrance of theLido.
In case of bad weather, we will have to move 50 people on a second boat following your registration number. Below the various options.
Option 1 € 40:
1. Boat trip from Como to the Lido di Bellagio (leaving at h19.30, by Gelateria Il Molo / Bar Lario. Arriving in Bellagio to h 21);
2. Welcome cocktail on board;
3. Buffet until h22.30 at the Lido di Bellagio;
4. Concert at Lido di Bellagio.
Option 2 € 32 (this service will be confirmed if we get enough registrations):
1. Bus trip from Como to Cadenabbia (departure at 20:15 h);
2. Boat trip from Cadenabbia to Lido di Bellagio (about 10 minutes);
3. Welcome cocktail at Lido di Bellagio;
4. Buffet until h 22:30 at the Lido di Bellagio;
5. Concert at the Lido di Bellagio.
Option 3 € 15 (to be paid at the door);
1. Concert at Lido di Bellagio;
2. Buffet until h 22:30 at the Lido di Bellagio.

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See you soon for News on Swing Crash Festival 2015!

In collaboration with Comune di Como

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With the contribution of

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