Balboa Workshop
April 28-30, 2017
For the Love of Social Dancing

Introduction

Minor Swing is all about the love of social dancing this year! This is not entirely unique for this year, as it has always been one of the pillars of our workshop and we do not aspire to be about shows and competitions, but we would like to put even more emphasis and focus this year on the social dancing aspect of learning, and having fun together!

You will see the theme reflected in our choice of instructors, in the scheduling, and in various other aspects of the workshop.

Updates

Contact us

You can reach us at minorswing@wcj.se.

The Teachers

This year we have put together a group of teachers known not just for their prowess on the dancefloor and in the classroom, but also for their passion for socialdancing.

Nick & Shani

Nick and Shani have long been a staple on the american swingdance scene, and both can be seen tearing up the dancefloor into the early mornings, leaving smiling faces wherever they go. With their intimate knowledge of not just the dance itself but also having been fostered and regularly socialdanced with the originators of balboa they bring a unique and indepth look at socialdancing.

Nick

Nick Williams has embodied the passion and spirit of swing dancing ever since his first lesson in 1998. The depth of his understanding of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag stems from studying with the original dancers. Nick’s desire for authenticity, combined with his passion for dance evolution, leads to a style known for precision, lightness, musicality and dynamic energy. As an instructor, he is known for his ability to break down movements and technique to create a fun and light-hearted learning environment. His true love of music and dancing will forever inspire him to learn, teach, and grow.

Shani

Shani Brown is a Balboa and Swing dancer from sunny southern California. She is best known for her fast, syncopated Balboa footwork and her soft connection - which has been said to feel like a ‘warm hug’. As an instructor, she strives to make dancing simple and effortless with a strong emphasis on basics, efficient personal body mechanics and partnership to develop smooth flow and personal confidence.

Peter & Lauren

Peter Flahiff and Lauren Smith are two dynamic instructors with over thirty years of teaching experience between them. Their elegant style and smooth dancing stands out wherever they go, and their enthusiasm for teaching has made them crowd favorites around the world. Based in Southern California, they are highly in-demand, sharing their passion for the great classic dances of the Swing Era. Their classes and workshops are acclaimed for their clarity, humor and high spirits!

They are a big part of the californian swing scene, but unlike most in their area they are not interested in competing. Instead they have dedicated their time to perfecting the socialdancing aspects of balboa, among other things earning Peter the nickname The Dreamboat. Traveling all over the USA and also Australia they share their passion for socialdancing with any who is willing to join them.

Adam & Sanna

Adam LaMontagne and Sanna Leinonen have been dancing and teaching swing together for the past nine years. In the classroom, they emphasize a solid mix of technique and playfulness resulting in a dynamic and personalized approach to musicality and movement that is accessible to all dancers.

They are known for many things but one of these stands out more than the others, the joyfulness that they bring to the dancefloor. Both on and off the dancefloor they contribute in the best way possible, by bringing smiles to their partners faces. Although they are no strangers to competitions, their big passion lies in the exchange and free range of motions that can be found in each new partnership.

Photographer - Sean Mac an Bhaird

Another person that you are sure to see around during the weekend is Sean, our photographer! Sean has channeled his passion and talent not only into dancing but also into photography, and we are delighted to have him capture the weekend in his uniquely elegant yet quirky way!

You can keep up with his work by following his Instagram (@SeanBeardMoose), liking his Facebook page (@SeanBeardMoose), and check out his portfolio or blog on his website.

Photos will be posted on Facebook after the event. If you like one of the pictures, and would like to buy print quality photos, please contact Sean directly.

The Music

Thursday night - Speakeasy Club at 2lång

The fantastic local band Gentlemen & Gangsters arranges a monthly Speakeasy Club downtown. One is scheduled for the 27th of April, the day before the start of Minor Swing. Live music, bar, food and a great atmosphere guaranteed! You can read all about it in their Facebook group and the Facebook Event.

Please note that this is a separate event and the entrance fee is not included in the Minor Swing workshop price. You can pay the entrance fee of 150 SEK at the door, or if you want to be completely sure to get in even if it gets full, you can prebook your tickets. Booking is now available at billeto. (Crash course in Swedish: "Ordinarie" means regular and "Studerande" means student.)

Friday night - Vinyl Records!

Minor Swing proudly presents the Vinyl Records night with the ultimate mixture of all the best music to keep you happy and inspired all through the evening!

Saturday night - Andreas Hofschneider Quintet

We simply couldn’t resist! They were such a hit last year when they played at Minor Swing for the first time, we just wanted to do it all over again... and we will!

Andreas Hofschneider is a well recognised jazz clarinetist from Berlin who's reputation is highly scored among both jazz critics and swing dancers, and especially among many Balboa dancers. In 2009, on Benny Goodman's 100th birthday anniversary, Andreas H. established a band as a tribute to the legend. The band's repertoire consist of Goodman's small combos from 1930's, that the AHQ-band delivers with their own style. Their focus is to bring a unique sound experience on the stage and they guarantee genuine enthusiasm at a high level.

Sunday night - Swing Tarturo

This band never seizes to surprise. Born in 2009 "from the desire to share reckless inner joy though old hot jazz”, they now tour the country with not only Jazz classics but also their own music covering a wide range of styles. For this gig we expect to get a taste of the unexpected!

Sunday night will offer a full night of dancing, and we hope that many visitors will have the opportunity to take full advantage of it and stay until Monday which is a day off in many places.

Classes

We offer classes on four levels. There are three levels to sign up for, the fourth and highest level will be picked at the audition on Saturday morning. To choose your level for the workshop please read the descriptions carefully. Minor Swing does not offer beginners' classes.

Minor Swing Balboa Talk

We are thrilled to continue the tradition from last year of sharing experiences and ideas of Balboa dancing in a slightly different format than the regular dance classes.

This year Peter Flahiff, aka “The Dreamboat” ;), will host the Balboa Talk, and the theme is of course “For the Love of Social Dancing”! To get an idea of what this will be all about, check out this post by Peter.

The Balboa Talk will start right after Classes on Sunday afternoon (at 17:15). All participants including those with a Party pass are invited to the Balboa talk!

For those who can't quite sit still, it will also be possible to just keep dancing in the small hall from 17:15.

Class Level Descriptions

A-wesome

Dancing Balboa feels fun and joyful. Dancing and mixing up fundamentals (such as Ad-Libs, Paddles, Crab-walks, Travel-Step and Out'n-Ins with Cross Overs, Lollies, Throw-Outs and Swivels) is fluent, until the music reaches higher tempos (+230 BPM). Higher tempos might still feel complicated and stressful, but that's fine. You know Balboa is the thing, and you are ready to take another step towards being able to dance to any song on the social dancefloor.

B-alBoomBastic

Your Balboa is joyful, creative and people really like dancing with you. Sometimes it might still be tricky with Triple Steps, different hand-shakes and multiple spins, but in general your Balboa has nice transitions from open to closed positions and back (f.ex: combo of Toss out-Crabwalks-Swivels). You know a wide variety of moves like The Dream, Hangman, Texas-Tommy to name a few… and the faster it gets, the more fun you have. Your want to become an even better Balboa dancer and learn how to have fun on any song with any partner.

C-reativeness

You know what makes Balboa Balboa. You are relaxed and comfortable, you inspire even dance partners who have faster tempos under control and you still look elegant. Your playfulness and styling can adapt to any dancer in the ballroom. Fast transition from multiple triples to another direction, with spins, slides or drags within, with stop'n goes or slowing down with hesitations… you name it - It is just another way for you to express your musicality. At this stage you are not just working on complex moves and polishing your style but, as a mature dancer, you are ready to develop your connection with any social dance partner to be able to create something new together!

Schedule

If you have a modern mobile phone you can use our interactive and mobile friendly schedule app that allows you to view the schedule grouped by day or by track.

We would like to welcome you on Friday evening at 20:00, and hope not to say goodbye until late on Sunday evening!

There will be evening parties on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. If you are traveling back home on Sunday, you might want to know that the Sunday dance will start at the end of the last class, approximately 17:00. The band will take to the stage at around 19:30, but the party will continue until the last dancer decides to call it a night :)

If you arrive early and need a place to leave your bags or hang out before 20:00 on Friday night, you are of course welcome to show up earlier, the doors will be open! (We might ask you join in the preparations though… :))

Below is the general outline of the weekend.

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Food and Drinks

The Cafe

At Minor Swing, your enjoyment and comfort is our guiding purpose. :) It is completely mandatory for our guests to enjoy not only the music and dancing, but also the food! So, please have a look at what we have planned for the cafe.

Friday night: Salad frenzy!

We will serve a variety of salad dishes and, of course, also the mandatory sweets.

Saturday night: Sandwich bliss

Make your favorite sandwich from a variety of seducing ingredients. And no, we won’t forget the chocolate!...

Sunday night: Pizza party

It's Sunday night and time to bring out the big guns: the pizzas!

Vegetarian, vegan, lactose and gluten free options will be available.

The BYO bar

Because of our strict laws of selling alcohol in Sweden, we can not sell any alcohol at our event. But we want to offer you a bar anyway! So here comes the concept of our Bring-Your-Own bar.

We will offer a menu of vintage drinks, where we will make sure to provide everything needed for the drink except the alcohol. So you bring a bottle to place in the bar and then you get drinks.

The drinks that will be on offer are:

Long drinks

Cocktails

The alcohol that goes with these are:

The rest plus recipes we will provide!

It would of course be very fun and interesting if you would like to bring a speciality from your own country. If so please let us know by writing a comment on facebook.

You are welcome to add ingredients for other drinks that are not on the list if you wish. Also, if you prefer wine, beer, or any beverage of your choice, it is of course up to you to share it in the bar or not!

We know from last year that if everyone who wants one or a few drinks in the bar brings a whole bottle we will have waaay too much, so bringing a smaller amount or bringing a bottle together with a few friends is often a good idea!

Since this bar will depend on the improvised ingredients of you, our guests, please join and enjoy it like jazz!

Hosting

In the name of social dancing, and socializing, we will arrange hosting for those visitors who wishes to stay with a local dancer. We encourage you to take this change to get to know your fellow dancers better, also outside the dance floor.

If you are a local dancer who would like to host one or more out-of -towners, you will be able to notify us of that in your registration.

If you are a visitor who would like to get hosted, please e-mail minorswing@wcj.se and wait for our reply. You will get information on the hosting abilities as soon as we are able to match you with a host.

If the supply and demand of hosting does not match, and we find that we cannot offer you a place to stay, we will of course also inform you of this as soon as possible.

How To Register

You can sign up for three levels of full workshop passes. The highest level will then be split into two groups in an audition at the start of the workshop, to create the fourth level.

There are also party passes available for those who only want to attend the evenings.

Minor Swing Cup

In your registration you will be able to order your very own Minor Swing cup.

This unique enamel cup will be a keepsake that you can take home with you to remind you of what we hope to be a fantastic weekend in Gothenburg. It will also contribute to a healthier environment, as it will assist in our ambition to reduce the use of plastic cups during the weekend. If you wish, we will write your name on your cup to help you identify it among all the others.

The price of the cup is 69 SEK.

With its sturdy design we imagine that it will be your trusted companion in many dance events and other activities to come, to save a plastic cup also in the next place you go to!

Contact us

If you have any questions, you can reach us at minorswing@wcj.se.

Location

All activies (except the Speakeasy Club on Thursday) will take place at Forum, the venue of West Coast Jitterbugs:

West Coast Jitterbugs, Dr. Fries Torg 7, 413 23 Göteborg, Sweden

The easiest way of getting there is to take tram number 10 towards Guldheden and get off at Doktor Fries Torg. You can either take the tram from Brunnsparken if you are in the city center or, otherwise, first travel to Wavrinskys plats and take the tram from there.