Lindy Hop and Blues classes in Spring 2018

New to swing dancing and want to give it a try? Welcome to our


This one-day beginner-level workshop provides a very short introduction to Lindy hop and Blues dancing at Community House Bokvillan on Sunday March 18th, at 12-13:30. No partner needed.

Limited availability. Please contact us at  helsinki.traditionaljazzdance (a) for more information!


Already got the basics and ready to learn some more? Welcome to our


at Arabia Community Houses on Sundays, starting March 18th!

The class meets on 18.3., 25.3., 15.4., 22.4., 29.4., 13.5, and 20.5, at 14-16. This is a “Beginner 2” -level class and thus some background in swing dancing is required. No partner needed.

This class is almost full, so please ask for availability by contacting us at  helsinki.traditionaljazzdance (a)!


Teachers: Malin & Clyde Wilder


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28.02.2018 Black History Month Special at Helinä Rautavaara Museum

Welcome to celebrate Black History Month with dancers Clyde and Malin Wilder at Helinä Rautavaaran Museum, 28.02.2018 at 6 PM!

In the United States and other countries, February is dedicated to celebrating the cultures of the African diaspora and approaching history from a black perspective. Dancer Clyde Wilder (USA) and dancer-researcher Malin Grahn-Wilder (Fin) perform and discuss African American dance tradition from the point of views of language, communication and freedom. Their interactive lecture-demonstration highlights movements and rhythms as forms of self-expression, building communities and generating hope. The audience is invited to participate in the dance celebration!

Venue: Helinä Rautavaara Museum, Ahertajankuja 4 in Tapiola, Espoo


Tervetuloa mustan historian ilta tanssijoiden Clyde ja Malin Wilder seurassa Helinä Rautavaaran Museolla 28.02.2018 klo 18 alkaen!

Yhdysvalloissa ja muissa maissa, helmikuu on omistettu afrikkalaisessa diasporassa kehittyneille kulttuureille sekä historian käsittelemiselle mustasta näkökulmasta. Tanssija Clyde Wilderin (USA) ja tanssija-tutkija Malin Grahn-Wilderin (Suomi) esitys ja luento syventyvät afrikkalais-amerikkalaiseen tanssiperinteeseen kielen, kommunikaation ja vapauden näkökulmasta. He osoittavat, kuinka liikkeet ja rytmit voivat muodostaa yhteisöjä, luoda toivoa ja toimia itseilmaisun välineinä. Myös yleisö on tervetullut osallistumaan tanssiin!

Paikka: Helinä Rautavaaran museo, Ahertajankuja 4, Tapiola, Espoo

Lisää tietoa tapahtumasta:


You can also celebrate Black Dance History by learning the Lindy Hop and Blues dance with us! Check out our classes starting February 11th:

Voit juhlia mustaa tanssihistoriaa myös opettelemalla lindy hopia ja blues-tanssia! Katso lisätietoa 11.2. alkavasta kurssista ylläolevan linkin alta.


Photo (c): Jirina Alanko

Learn the Lindy Hop and Blues starting February 11th!

Tervetuloa opettelemaan swingin kulta-ajan suosittuja paritansseja lindy hopia ja bluesia Kääntöpaikalle viitenä sunnuntaina alkaen 11.2.! Kurssilla perehdytään iloiseen ja energiseen, swing-musiikkiin tanssittavaan lindy hopiin sekä tunnelmalliseen ja hitaaseen blues-tanssiin. Alkeistasoisen kurssin pääpaino on tanssin perusteissa: rentoudessa, musiikin rytmissä ja tanssimisen ilossa. Omaa paria tai edeltävää tanssitaustaa ei tarvita.

Jazztanssien perinteen kansainväliset ammattilaiset Clyde ja Malin Wilder opettavat Savoy-tyylin lindyhopia, eli perinteisiä 1930–50 -lukujen tanssityylejä, joiden juuret löytyvät New Yorkin Harlemin legendaarisesta tanssisalista Savoy Ballroomista – aikakautensa muotitanssien tyyssijasta. Heitä innostaa tanssin luova, positiivinen energia ja sen mahdollistama kommunikaatio ja yhteys tanssijoiden välillä.

Aikataulu: su 11.2, su 18.2., su 25.2., su 4.3. klo 14-16 sekä su 11.3. klo 13:30-15:30

Paikka: Kääntöpaikka / Arabian Asukastalot, Intiankatu 1, 00560 Helsinki

1,5 tunnin tanssinopetuksen jälkeen on varattu 30 minuutta vapaalle sosiaaliselle tanssille ja harjoittelulle, tai kahvittelulle kurssikavereiden kanssa.


Lisätiedot ja ilmoittautuminen:

helsinki.traditionaljazzdance [at]


Lindy hop was the dance craze of the 1930’s–1950’s: an energetic and fun partner dance done to uplifting swing music. Blues dance lets the dancers enjoy and express themselves to the slow groove of blues songs.

This five-week workshop teaches the fundaments of lindy hop and blues: rhythm, musicality and communication with the partner. The focus is on establishing strong foundations in both dances, and finding the fun and relaxation of dancing. The dancers will learn both basic steps and patterns, and different variations.  No previous dance experience is needed for this beginner-level class, and you can register with or without a partner.

Clyde and Malin Wilder are international experts in jazz dance tradition and will be teaching the Savoy-style lindy hop, based on the social dance styles of the legendary Savoy Ballroom that flourished in New York’s Harlem in 1926–1959 and is known as the home of the swing dance crazes of its time. In the workshop, we will dance to the grooviest swing, RnB and blues music of the earlier half of the 20th century.

Classes will be held on five Sundays at Kääntöpaikka / Arabia Community Houses in Intiankatu 1, 00560 Helsinki.


February 11th,  2–4 PM

February 18th 2–4 PM

February 25th 2–4 PM

March 4th 2–4 PM

March 11th 1:30–3:30 PM

Each class is 1,5 hours, followed by 30 minutes for free social dancing, or socializing over a cup of coffee and tea (will be provided).


More information and registrations: helsinki.traditionaljazzdance [at]

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Photo (c): Jirina Alanko




Celebrating the lives and legacies of dancers Frankie Manning and Chuck Davis

Last week we celebrated the lifework and legacy of two legendary dancers, Frankie Manning and Dr. Charles “Chuck” Davis.

Frankie Manning (26.5.1914–27.4.2009) was a pioneer of lindy hop, a Tony award winning choreographer and a celebrated teacher, who spread the joy of swing to new generations of dancers all over the world. The movie “Hellzapoppin’” (1941) includes one of his most iconic performances:

You can find more information on Frankie’s life and legacy here:

Check also the brief documentary on the history of swing on our Youtube channel, featuring dancers Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Clyde Wilder, Mickey Davidson, George Lloyd, Chazz Young, among others:


We recently received the sad news of the passing of Baba Chuck Davis (01.01.1937–14.05.2017). Both as a dancer, choreographer and producer, Chuck Davis was instrumental in introducing dance traditions of the African diaspora in the United States. You can read his obituary in New York Times here:

Chuck Davis was the founding artistic director of the Dance Africa festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He started the festival in 1977 after which it has become one of the most remarkable annual events celebrating African dance in the U.S. This year’s festival 25.–29.05. was dedicated to Mr. Davis’ lifework:


The co-artistic director of Helsinki Traditional Jazz Dance Company, Clyde Wilder, had the privilege to work and perform with both Frankie Manning and Chuck Davis.


“I want to thank them for their inspiration, energy, and the motivation that I received from them for my own work. I feel proud that I have know them, worked with them and experienced their love for their work and level of artistry,” Clyde Wilder says.


The both of us were happy to celebrate Frankie Manning with our New York swing dance community, dancing to George Gee Swing Orchestra at Swing 46 on May 26th, and Chuck Davis with the U.S. African dance community at the Dance Africa festival on May 27th.

Thank you, Frankie and Chuck, and may your legacy live on. And to borrow Mr. Davis’ slogan:

Peace, love and respect for everybody!


(c) Malin Grahn-Wilder



BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) celebrated the 40th year of the Dance Africa festival, founded by dancer and choreographer Chuck Davis in 1977. In the picture, a performance by International Afrikan American Ballet at the Dance Africa festival in 1983.