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


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.

Registrations will open in February and we will add more information on this page as we get closer to the event. We wish you all a warm welcome to Gothenburg and Minor Swing 2017!

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 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 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.

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.

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 information will be posted closer to the event.

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.


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.

Level Descriptions


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.


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.


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!

How to register

Registration will open 1st of February 2017 at 6pm Swedish local time (UTC+1). You will be able to sign up for three levels of full workshop passes (will be split into four levels at the audition). There will also be party passes available.

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