Balboa Workshop
April 13-15, 2018
Gothenburg, Sweden

Introduction

Minor Swing is back for its 7th year running, and we invite you all to join us! Please follow us here and on our Facebook event to get all the latest updates.

Wanna reminiss about Minor Swing 2017? You can view the facebook photo albums from Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or visit the 2017 site here.

Updates

Contact us

You can reach us at minorswing@wcj.se.

The Teachers

This year we are very proud to present to you a group of teachers that we think will provide the perfect combination of what we know and love, and the unexpected that we didn’t know we were missing!

Jenn & Javier

Jenn Lee has Seattle, Washington as her home dance scene, but you can find her traveling all over the world for Balboa events. Jenn is a woman of many talents. She is an Ophthalmologist by trade, is a talented musician, holds a black belt in Shotokan karate, among many other things. In the Balboa scene she holds 1st place titles from all the top competitions, as well as being an avid social dancer.

Javier Skeets Johnson has Hartford, Conneticut as his home dance scene, and just as Jen he has travelled around the world sharing his joy for teaching and his passion for jazz dances. Javier is a rocket scientist by trade, and he brings a powerful analytical sense in his teaching, which joins the mechanics of dance and the soul of expression. He is well versed in all the swing dances, but specializes in Balboa and soul. In 2007 he founded the Lindy Circle (now Hartford Underground) where he wanted to "create a space where folks could get down and have some serious fun"!

Jenn and Javier are coming to Gothenburg for the first time, and we are really looking forward to see exactly what this exciting couple will bring!

Adam & Sanna

Adam LaMontagne and Sanna Leinonen have been dancing and teaching swing together for the past ten 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, inside and outside the classroom, they contribute in the best way possible, by bringing smiles to their partners' faces.

We loved their classes so much last year, we just cant wait to get another dose!

Mel & Jo

Mel and Jo Calanglang are dance enthusiasts who have been dedicating their time and efforts to encouraging Balboa in the United Kingdom. Being familiar with lindy hop and blues, their current love is in mastering Balboa and Bal-swing - a journey in continuous learning.

You can find them social dancing and competing at various events across Europe and the United States. Their “down-to-earth” and positive attitude helps to make the classes they teach not only informative but also extremely enjoyable.

We feel utterly privileged to have this lovely couple back in Gothenburg!

The Music

Friday night - DJ Mosquito Hopkins

Friedrich der Große, aka DJ Mosquito Hopkins, Friday night -all night!

We’ve had our eyes on this talented man for a while, and this year we finally get the pleasure of his company. DJ Mosquito Hopkins is a well-known name in the Balboa scene, bringing his extraordinary shellac DJ skills to dance floors all over Europe. We can’t wait to have him get the “Forum” dance floor boiling with excited balboa dancers!

Saturday night - Andreas Hofschneider Quintet

Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing!? :) We think not, and that's why we are bringing back this skilled and charming group of musicians, truly the best band we know for Balboa dancing!

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 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 consists 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.

Please stay tuned for more band and DJ confirmations.

Classes

We will offer classes on four levels. There will be three levels to sign up for, the fourth and highest level will be picked at the audition on Saturday morning.

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 continue your learning experience.

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 by adding more depth to you knowledge and understanding of Balboa dancing.

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 take on a wide variety of learning challenges thrown at you!

Schedule

The weekend will start on Friday at 20:00 and end with a tea dance on Sunday. To help with your travel plans, we can tell you that the preliminary plan is for the tea dance to start around 17:00 and end around 22:00. Classes will run from around 10:00 to 17:00 on both Saturday and Sunday.

More details to come, as we get closer to the event!

Food and Drinks

The Cafe

There will be light food, sweets, tea and coffe available during both Friday and Saturday evening parties and at the Sunday tea dance.

Vegetarian, vegan, lactose and gluten free options will be available. All very reasonably priced. ☺

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 2018 drink menu is still to be decided, so stay tuned for all the details.

How To Register

Registration for full workshop passes will open 21st of January 2018 at 4pm Swedish local time (UTC+1).

You will be able to 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. Level descriptions will be posted shortly.

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

Party pass registration will open on the 4th of February at 4pm Swedish local time (UTC+1).

Full workshop pass: 1500 SEK
Party pass: 450 SEK

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

Location

All activies 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.