Green Hill Swing Festival is a small festival that invites dancers to a chateau in the heart of Czechia. Look forward to international teachers, 4 levels of Lindy Hop classes, 2 parties with live music, a special blues stage, 4+ extra workshops and a trip to explore the beautiful surroundings.
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Detailed programme and schedule is below.
17:30 - 20:30 Registration opens
18:00 - 21:00 Accommodation and dinner
20:00 - 20:30 Audition for Full Pass Int/Adv
20:30 - 01:30 Party with Swingalia band and DJs
23:30 - 01:30 Blues Party
09:30 - 10:00 Morning Yoga in the chateau park
10:00 - 14:00 Dance classes for Full Pass Int/Adv
10:30 - 18:00 Dance classes for beginners
15:00 - 18:30 Extra workshops
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner
20:30 - 02:00 Party with the Django Jet band and DJs
23:30 - 02:00 Blues Party
09:30 - 10:00 Morning yoga in the chateau park
10:00 - 11:00 Sunday Extra Workshop
10:30 - 13:00 Brunch party
13:30 - 16:30 Excursion / trip
Jana has been dancing since she was four years old. She graduated from the Dance Conservatory in Prague and has since continued to expand her dance education around the world. Previously, you might have met her at Zig-Zag Tap & Swing, but then she went out into the world and started her own swing school in Barcelona. She is an international teacher, dancer, choreographer and director at Palau de la Música and Taller de Musics.
Jason developed his love for movement through taekwondo and later capoeira. For the last eight years he has been attending hip hop classes at the MAB dance centre in Barcelona. During these years he started dancing other styles like Dance Hall and Old School: popping and locking. In 2018 he saw Lindy Hop for the first time and was impressed by the connection between the dancers. He now teaches Lindy Hop, solo jazz and electroswing at the Swing Maniacs dance school. He is a member of the solo jazz ensemble "The Stompers" and the group "Wabisabi".
Hanna has been dancing since her early childhood and has tried ballet, folk, salsa and tango. However, it is the Lindy Hop that has grown on her the most. She strives to deepen her knowledge of the African-American roots of swing dance and pass it on to her students along with her joy of movement and love of jazz. She is a member of the IG HOP Swing Dance Association where she teaches solo jazz and lindy hop. She performs with the Solo Jazz Trio "The Jumpin Juleps" and trains the group "Jazzperados" in Vienna.
Janci has been dancing since she was nine years old. He danced his way from Slovak folklore to studying dance pedagogy at the Academy of Performing Arts. During his dance studies he became familiar with other dance styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary and modern techniques. When he was introduced to Lindy Hop in 2014, he was captivated and never let go. What fascinates him about swing is the improvisation in the dance and the communication between partners. His dancing reflects his study of technique and the strong influence of dynamics, rhythm and the unbridled nature of Slovak folklore. He wants to pass on his joy of Lindy Hop to as many people as possible. He is a prominent personality of the swing community in Bratislava.
Registration is now open.
Don't delay, the sooner you register the less you pay. Beginner classes are for complete beginners with no previous dance experience. For the most experienced dancers there is the "Intermediate/Advanced" level, from which two groups will be formed on the basis of auditions.
You can register as a couple or as an individual. If you register as a couple, you will receive a 10% discount. The Int and Int/Adv Full Passes include one Extra Workshop of your choice (you must register separately for the Extra Workshop). If you register as a couple, each of you can choose a different workshop.
You can register as a couple or as an individual. If you register as a couple, you will receive a 10% discount.
You can also apply for extra workshops as a couple or as an individual.
Order your preferred meal in advance by Tue 29 Aug and we will serve you directly at the chateau.
It's not just about dancing. Swing under the Green Mountain offers other experiences. You can try theatrical improvisation, relax your stiff body with a massage or go exploring the castle, the Green Mountain or the surrounding nature.
Luxury in the chateau, value for money in the gym or the golden mean. It all depends on your preference. We have booked accommodation close to the chateau that you can book when you buy your festival registration. All within walking distance of the chateau.
Up to 10-minute walk to the chateau
Within a 15 to 25-minute walk to the chateau.
If you are travelling to Prague, it takes about two and a half hours to get to Žďár nad Sázavou station by train. If you are travelling from Slovakia or Austria, your first stop in Czechia will be Brno. From Brno, it is a comfortable one-hour train ride directly to Žďár.
The route from the station to the festival chateau is described below.
If you are travelling to Žďár by car, set the navigation system to direct you to the car park by the chateau or to your accommodation. All accommodation near the chateau have a car park.
From the train station
The fastest way to get to the chateau from the train is by bike, which can be hired at the station. Booking is easy, just send an e-mail to ZNS@cdcentrum.cd.cz. A normal bike costs CZK 230 per day, an electric bike CZK 390 per day. More information is available on the Czech Railways website.
Another option is to take the public transport bus. The Bus 2 27 leaves from the bus station, which is next to the train station. The journey takes about 15 minutes. It makes 10 stops and you get off at the Žďár n. Sáz stop. You can buy a ticket on the bus from the driver. The line runs every hour. It follows the trains coming from both directions (from Prague and Brno). You have about 10 minutes to get from the train to the bus in case of ČD trains and 30 minutes in case of Regiojet trains.
From the train station you can also take a lovely walk along the river to the chateau, but be prepared for it to take between 45 and 60 minutes.
From the chateau car park
Both parties will take place on the first floor of the chateau. The main venue will be the Baroque Halls, but we also have the amazing prelature, which will be transformed into a blues party. In the corridor outside the Baroque Hall there will be a bar with refreshments, coat hangers to hang your clothes and a chill out area to relax in.
We suspect you'll be hungry, so we are going to give you the opportunity to order food in advance. We will be offering dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. We will be open for bookings from the end of July/beginning of August.
Hot refreshments will be available at the bar during the Friday and Saturday parties. If you don't want to order lunch in advance, you can go to one of the restaurants around the chateau - it's a 20-minute walk to the Táferna Restaurant or the Tálský mlýn.
Wine, beer and some mixed drinks will be available during the parties. It will be possible to buy toasts and other small snacks as well.
Drinks will be served in returnable cups.
Orders and payments
You will be able to use the Qerko app for orders and payments. You will be able to use the Qerko app to order and pay. If enough of you choose to do so, we promise to keep queues at the bar to a minimum. We recommend pre-installing the app if you don't already have it on your phone. It's available for both Android and iOS.
You can order by scanning or holding your phone up to a QR code, which can be found at the bar or elsewhere. You can then use your phone to select from the menu and make a cashless payment. You can then simply pick up your order at the bar when your code is announced.
If you prefer cash, don't worry, we also accept real money, and you can order the old-fashioned way at the bar.