About Winter Jump
Winter Jump is a Lindy Hop festival that has taken place in Oslo at the end of February since 1996. It was founded by “The SwingOuts” and has later been in the hands of members of “Norweegies”. Currently the camp is run by members of Bårdar Swing Club. Over the years the camp has grown both in size and reputation, and is today the largest Lindy Hop festival in Norway.
We are a small group of enthusiastic dancers organizing the event in our spare time on a voluntary basis. Bårdar Swing Club, based in Oslo, is a non-profit organization where everyone contributes with time, skills and positive energy. All teachers, trustees and volunteers contribute because they want to actively share with our dance community. All funding goes into new dance events and activities for our members.
Lindy Hop and Jazz Dance
If we want to add something of value to Lindy Hop, we need to have connection and understanding of the circumstances that brought about this dance.
Lindy Hop is an African-American dance originating from Harlem, New York in the 1920-40s. It was danced to the popular music of that time – Jazz. The dance is strongly influenced by rhythms and movements from various West African dances.
Lindy Hop can be seen as a dance that is about overcoming hardships and showing resilience. For many people the dance represents turning something difficult, unfair and cruel into something beautiful. For us Lindy Hop is about celebrating black victories, freedom, diversity and togetherness.
Lindy Hop is not just a dance, and did not appear out of thin air. It sprung out of Black American culture and communities representing togetherness and belonging. As modern European dancers, it is important for us to remember where the culture originally comes from, and appreciate that we can be part of it as guests. We are truly grateful to this culture for making the expression of joy and rhythm that is Lindy Hop and Jazz music.
Why is this important information for you as a participant at Winter Jump?
With history in mind, we try our best to honor the legacy, and ongoing contributions, of black dancers. Lindy Hop is a dance rooted in history, and we want to stay in touch with the values of the people who created the dance. Generosity, creativity, appreciation and support. We look forward to sharing our passion for Lindy Hop with you!
Code of Conduct
Winter Jump is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable event experience for all participants, therefore all attendees, instructors, staff, and volunteers at Winter Jump are required to comply with the following code of conduct.
Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
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Winter Jump is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the organizers.
Everyone is welcome at Winter Jump. We expect participants, teachers, organizers and other contributors to be kind, inclusive and welcoming towards each other. We share the values stated in the manifesto of Collective Voices for Change (CVFC). We are conscious and aware that some people face discrimination in society, and therefore we emphasize that safety for people of color, any gender or physical ability is a high priority at our event.
We do not accept any harassment at our event. Harassment includes offensive comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity or religion. Harassment also includes sharing sexual images, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, taking photos or recording without consent, sustained disruption of workshops or parties, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing and/or illegal behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff can be found at any venue.
Event staff will be happy to help participants contact venue staff or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance and your safety.
We expect participants to follow these rules throughout the whole weekend.
For Winter Jump 2023 we will follow the Norwegian Government and health authorities regulations and recommendations throughout the event.
If you plan to travel to Norway from abroad for Winter Jump please read the information provided by the Norwegian government before you book a ticket.
We request that you follow general hygiene measures:
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay at home even if the symptoms are mild and even if you are vaccinated. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently, especially before and after class and in between dances. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Bring your own water bottle.
Winter Jump cancellation policy:
In case we have to cancel the event due to force majeure or national regulations such as lockdown we will refund you. We will not refund tickets for participants who are prevented from participating due to change in regulations in their country of residence, or change of status for entry to Norway from the country from which the participant arrives. If there is a waiting list for the course the participant has a ticket for, the organizers will be helpful in establishing contact, so that participants who are prevented from participating due to covid restrictions can sell their ticket to a waiting dancer.
We will not be able to refund costs such as housing, transport and other expenses related to your planned visit to Winter Jump.
It is not possible to guarantee everyone’s safety at an indoor event while the pandemic is still ongoing, even with safety measures in place, if you attend Winter Jump you should be aware and accept there are still risks involved in attending despite our efforts.
If you do not feel comfortable social dancing with others, you can limit your dancing to a fixed partner/solo or your own smaller social circle.
Please note that classes will be with changing of partners as usual, if you wish to limit you partners you will have to attend with a party pass, and you are responsible for making your own arrangements regarding your chosen partner(s).