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

Introduction

Minor Swing is all about the art 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

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.

The music

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.

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.

Contact us

You can reach us at minorswing.wcj@gmail.com.