ALL ABOUT LUX AND INFINITY
The LUX dance weekend first launched in 2009 as a partnership between Utopia, Ceroc Newbury and Ceroc Thames Valley, and for the last 11 years has gained an enviable reputation as one of the best weekend dance events in the UK. It was also the most flexible with numerous booking options that allowed you to tailor your event experience to your exact requirements. Whilst it was always run on the August Bank Holiday weekend (and will continue to do so for future events) this year, because of the easing of lockdown rules, we thought it best to run a week later as many people might have other plans over the Bank Holiday. In addition, that weekend would normally have been the Ceroc Southport weekender so we can at least offer some dance and music joy to tide you over this difficult period.
This year we've naturally had to redesign it to accommodate the special circumstances we all find ourselves in. But we've not compromised on the selection of freestyle/music genres, teachers or selection of classes AND we've added in some extras to enjoy, such as Steve Thomas' famous Big Fact Hunt and some crazy interactive competitions, as well as offering different levels of booking. Details of the competitions will be given on our Facebook pages and groups in due course.
The weekend starts Friday evening and finishes Sunday night and the advantage of an online event is that you can tune in from the comfort of your own home whenever you like. Maybe your focus will be on the numerous partnered and also solo dance classes, or maybe you're focus will be on the music; something that LUX has gained a fabulous reputation for over the years.
Tickets are available for solos and couples but also available as group bookings so you can experience LUX INFINITY within a social bubble or with another household (whilst observing all the Government guidelines applicable at the time of course). But it doesn't stop there because as part of the LUX INFINITY Zoom cloud you'll also be able to see and interact with everyone else tuning into the weekend too!
HOW IT WORKS
LUX INFINITY uses Zoom video conferencing software a tried and tested format that allows multiple users to interact live via the same connection. It's very easy to use and was the same format used for the recent Ceroc MIST virtual weekender. It works on any smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer and is very easy to download, completely free to open an account and takes a couple of minutes to set up - so you don't have to be a computer wiz or haved used Zoom before to get it working!
Once you have booked you will receive an email that will guide you through the process and if you have any problems a member of the LUX INFINITY team will be available to help. However it is very straightforward and easy to set up plus everyone gets a chance to try the system on the Thursday night prior to the start of the weekend just to make sure you are comfortable with it.
Here is a list of FAQs that will help you understand how it will work for you:
How do I gain access to all the music and classes once I've booked?
Similarly to our live weekenders, you will get special access to the classes after you book, but instead of a wristband you will receive a unique Personal ID code to your booking email address on the morning of Thursday 3rd September.
NB: Please ensure you double check and input your email address correctly at the booking stage, so that you receive the appropriate instructional email on 3rd September.
Your ID code will look something like this: 12345abc
What happens if I don't receive my Personal ID code?
The codes will be sent out on the morning of Thursday 3rd September. If you have not received the code by midday it's possible it may have gone into your spam/junk folder (so check there first) or it's possible there was an error in your email address. In any event it's easy to resolve and in this situation please contact us via our contact page HERE and we will remedy the issue straight away.
How do I download Zoom and how do I change my name to my Personal ID code?
If you are watching on a Smart Phone or Tablet:
Download the Zoom app and "create an account".
Once complete and logged in, tap on the 'Settings' cog in the bottom right of your screen.
Tap your name at the top of the screen and then tap "Display Name"
Change your first name to your Personal ID Code. Leave your surname blank.
Don't forget to save! Your screen name is now ready and you will be admitted to all of the activities across the weekend.
If you are watching on Laptop/Desktop Computer:
Visit www.zoom.us and "create an account."
Once complete and logged in, click on "Profile" at the top of the left menu.
Find your name, and click "Edit" on the right hand side.
Your First Name should be your first name, so people can identify you and say hi! Edit your surname to your Personal Identifier Code detailed below.
Don't forget to save! Your screen name is now ready and you can log in to all of our activities by clicking the link below.
How do I access the classes and DJ sets?
Along with your unique Personal ID code, you will receive all of the links that you will need to access the dance rooms. Make sure you log in to your Zoom account first and that you have already changed your name to your Personal ID code. It is then as simple as clicking on a link, and the room will automatically open for you. If you wish to change rooms, simply close the video, and click on a different link. Just like a real weekender, you are free to venture in and out of rooms as much as you want.
What if people who haven't booked and paid try to attend the event?
Every room throughout the weekend will have a group of Administrators who will be constantly checking ID codes and names and verifying them against the database. The unique Personal ID codes are specific to individual bookers so it's easy to spot anyone who shouldn't be there, although this rarely happens. Anyone who does not display their ID code will be removed from the event.
Can I share my Personal ID code with other people in my household?
Providing you have bought the appropriate package (single/couple or group) you can share your personal ID code with as many devices in your household as you wish.
These devices must be on the same IP address, or to put it simply, all devices must be using the same WiFi network.
What's the miminum connection speed I need on my internet connection to enjoy the event?
Zoom state that the minimum speed required is usually around 1 - 1.5Mbps, so in other words unless you are in a remote area with poor service it will work easily and effectively for the vast majority of people.
I am nervous about the technology and don't know if it is going to work.
At 8pm on Thursday 3rd September, you will have the opportunity to test Zoom with some of the Lux team, who will be hosting a DJ set and Q&A session. A link will be sent to you on the Thursday morning, and you can simply join, try out the system, iron our any technical issues and fire any questions our way prior to the main event going live on Friday evening.
We recommend that everyone gives this a try, regardless of whether or not they have used Zoom before, plus you get to hear some great music!
I don't want people to see me on my web cam.
No sweat. Zoom has a very simple function to switch off your camera, so you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Lux without anybody being able to see or hear you.
Tickets are limited to just 350 places to ensure that all the rooms operate on the Zoom software at the optimum level, so get yours now!