Oslo Balboa Weekend

31.8 – 2.9 2018


Welcome to the 6th Oslo Balboa Weekend!
Shuffle-start the autumn season in Oslo with three days of classes and parties

Live bands:
Jazzombies
And more!

Teachers

Andreas Olsson and Olga Marina

Olga Marina is from Moscow and was born into a family of teachers and since early years has been an energetic live wire – studying music, doing athletics, martial arts and gymnastics. Olga has been teaching and competing all over Europe and is regarded as one of the best balboa followers in Europe. Andreas lives in Stockholm. He has been teaching, competing and performing Balboa, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate and St. Louis Shag internationally for more than a decade. Andreas is regarded as one of the top Balboa teachers and dancers of the world.

As instructors, Andreas and Olga emphasize partnership, musicality and follow-leading abilities. Their ambition is to create playful classes filled with interesting footwork, figures, fun tasks and laughter.

Anna and Nejc

Anna’s life as a dancer begins in her teens with square competitions in Ballroom and latin-american dances. And it still adds to her repertoire today. Because Anna is most happy when she is able to mix all the dances: Lindy, Bal, 20s Charleston, Collegiate Shag, One Step, Peabody – or whatever the music is asking her to do. Anna’s principal goal in class is to empower followers to dance (instead of follow only). Anna likes to lead as much as she likes to follow, because she has a mind of her own. And that’s very visible when you watch her feet…

Nejc Zupan is one of the founders of the new swing age era in Slovenia and started swing dancing back in 2004. He is one of the main culprits in popularizing lindy hop in Slovenia in the early 2000s. His swing dance experience is a collection of many international workshops. Nejc uses experience from modern movement theatre, music and classical theatre to bring a fresh and fun approach to teaching and developing swing dance. He pays special attention to jazz moves and musicality, both essential to swing dancing. Since 2010, he has been teaching different swing dances – Lindy hop, Balboa, Charleston, Blues – at the Dansa dance school and has extensive experience with teaching abroad in international workshops. He has also competed in many international competitions, winning quite a few (Lindy Schock, Rock That Swing,…).

Bands

Jazzombies

Jazzombies plays classic jazz tunes by musicians such as Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, as well as originals by David Skinner, and is comprised of some of the best swing musicians Norway has to offer. Jazzombies plays jazz clubs and festivals in addition to being the favorite for Norway’s biggest swing dance events like Oslo Balboa Weekend and Winter Jump. The group prides itself on creating dancer-friendly dynamic and rhythmic contrasts, while always swinging hard and keeping the dancefloor busy.

TBC

Second band to be confirmed.

Levels

The workshop will have three levels. There will not be an audition, but levels will be set based on the dance background information you provide in the registration form. Please be honest and help us create the best and most levelled groups. We reserve the right to move participants to another level if we think it’s best for the participant and for the overall level.

Intermediate

You have been dancing balboa for quite some time on a regular basis, both taking classes and social dancing. You are comfortable and confident with the basic steps and patterns mentioned above and know a few variations. You can dance well to both slow, medium and faster tempo. At this level you will learn several variations and shapes, and work on improving the flow in your dance.

Intermediate/Advanced

You have been dancing Balboa for a long time, and have probably been to a few international workshops. Your basic is solid and you know quite a few moves, footwork – and rhytm variations. But you are still eager to learn more! At this level the teaching pace will be faster and you will be digging deeper into lead and following skills, more challenging moves, rhythm variations and fine tuning your basic.

Advanced

At this level you know your stuff and you can play with musicality, make variations and dance to any tempo. You can adapt to and inspire any partner from beginner to advanced. You are probably among the best dancers in you area and are maybe a local teacher.

Registration

Registrations opens in middle of May.

Please note that we have a no-refund policy, but you are allowed to sell your pass. This requires the new participant to have the same level, and you should contact us so that we can update the registration

Useful information

Preliminary Schedule
Friday

Registration and party 20-01
Live music
Venue: BLS, Nordahl Bruns gate 22

Saturday

Registration
Classes
Party 21-01
Live music with Jazzombies
Venue: BLS, Nordahl Bruns gate 22

Sunday

Classes
Tea dance until 21

You can contact us at oslobalboaweekend@bardarswingclub.no

Travel

If you come by air, it’s best to get to Oslo by train:

Regular train (NSB): NOK 92, 23 minutes to Oslo Central station (Oslo S). Departure 3 times an hour

Airport express train(Flytoget): NOK 180, 19 or 22 minutes to Oslo Central station. Departure every 10 minutes

If you go straight to the party or have accomodation near, «Nationaltheatret» is the nearest train station.

Accomodation

We will try to organize private accommodation for as many of the visiting dancers as possible, operating on first come first served basis.

You can find reasonably priced accommodation here:
http://www.ankerhostel.no/en/
http://www.cochspensjonat.no
http://sentrumhostel.no
http://www.thonhotels.no/

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