The first international Balboa festival in Poland,
The first international Balboa festival in Poland,
will take off in
Sylvia is one of the most respected dancers, instructors and judges in Swing World. She’s been dancing since 1966, competing since 1970, teaching since 1979 and judging since mid 1980s. She has studied with many of the great swing dancers, including Fankie Manning, Dean Collins, Maxie Dorf and Willie Desatoff. She has performed with Count Basie, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Artie Shaw, and Les Brown. Her work and dedication (she is known for travelling worldwide over forty weekends per year) helped preserving Balboa and other dances, introducing it worldwide. Despite being an icon and having visited numerous events in U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia, Sylvia is excited with her first visit to Poland.
Albert has been dancing swing dances since 2001. He has been teaching Balboa since 2005. He started teaching internationally in 2011. Together with his regular dancing partner Glòria Garcia, he has been an integral part of Barcelona scene. He developed a unique and elegant Balboa style, harmonious mixture of Pure Bal and Bal Swing. He is known for his musicality and dance creativity. Albert won numerous European championships and took part in international Balboa finals. He also judges during international events. Above all Albert loves social dancing.
Sylvia Sykes and Albert Ferran Toll photo courtesy of Balboa Bunch
Anna-Maria (Germany) has danced ballet for 15 years, for 8 years she’s done figure skating and for 2 years she danced tap. As that wasn’t enough, she started swing dancing and in 2012 started teaching Balboa and Lindy Hop. Together with her husband Ralf, she runs Swing Dance school at Leipzig. In 2016 she partnered with Olivier to teach at international events: Balboa at Studio Hop Summer Camp and at Munich Balboa and Shag Weekend. Anna-Maria is a finalist and a winner of many international Balboa competitions.
Olivier (France) has been dancing swing dances since 2001, Balboa since 2003. He is a renowned international dancer, performer, instructor, judge and an organiser behind many swing dance events in France. Together with his regular dance partner Natasha Devyatkina, he has won numerous international dance contests, amongst which in 2013, at the Balboa Rendez-vous, a title of Champion at International Balboa Championship held at Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach (the first European couple with this title). Since 2005 he lives and teaches at the French Riviera, that is when he’s not invited to international events, where he can share his passion with others.
Anni (Sweden) and Gašper (Slovenia) are an inspiring dance couple. Their style is playful, passionate and smooth. They share the love for the dance as their form of communication through rhythm, melody and harmony. To them it is the awareness of one another that make the couple dance so magic.
Anni's dancicng background lays in Swedish folk-dance, waltz and fox-trot, meanwhile Gašper's in popular 90's Street dances. Eventually swing dance came across and. This is how they ended up, living and working together in Gothenburg (Sweden) and teaching during international festivals abroad.
On Friday at 20:00, at Nowy Świat Muzyki club, Lina Vilniškytė & Martynas Stonys, two Balboa teachers from Vilnius Balboa Club, Lithuania, co-organisers of Swing Paradise festival, will give Balboa Taster on searching for fun.
On Sunday at 20:00, at Dom Zabawy i Kultury DZiK, Arnas Razgūnas & Eglė Nemickaitė, two Shag teachers from Hoppers' Dance Studio, Vilnius, Lithuania, co-organisers of Swing Paradise festival, will give St. Louis Shag Taster.
Grand Slam Quartet is an ensemble of young musicians, who are passionate for gypsy jazz. They look for the inspiration in Django Reinhardt but also in other musicians like Stochelo Rosenberg, Birélim Lagrène, Angelo Debarre, Dorado Schmitt, Tchavolo Schmitt and Florin Nicolescu. Following the original set-up of the Quintette du Hot Club de France, Grand Slam Quartet’s rhythm sections comprises of a gypsy guitar played with „la pompe” technique and double bass. As for the solo instruments, Grand Slam Quartet partially follows tradition with a violin but also introduces a non-traditional soprano sax.
Roger Berg Swing Explosion is a sextet composed of the musicians working with the popular orchestra Roger Berg Big Band (Sweden/Denmark). Roger Berg, together with his friends, invites you to take a trip back in time and enjoy swing classics from the 30's, 40's and even 50's. The group specializes in swing music and during the evening you will hear hits like "Jumpin' At The Woodside", "Stompin' At The Savoy" and "Sing, Sing, Sing" plus many others. On the 3rd of December you will hear in the sextet: Roger Berg - drums, Singe Magnusson - piano, Lasse Lundström - double bass, Niklas Fredin - trumpet, vocal, Ed Epstein - saxophone, Rolf Mandix - trombone.
Put together some cayenne pepper, a bunch of oregano, thyme, garlic and sweet pepper to recall the taste of Louisiana. Mix the washboard, banjo, guitar, saxophone, double bass, violin and accordion to discover it’s sound.
The Cajun Spices is an unique combination of passion for music and swing dancing being the one and only band in Poland created by dancers and for dancers.
The band’s inspiration is music performed by legends of jazz from 20’s and 30’s, the gypsy jazz and the sound of today’s New Orleans street musicians and busking bands.
Join our journey to the place where the dew is hanging diamonds on the clover’s green leaves and the breeze is singing softly in the shadow of trees watching the waters of the lazy Mississippi.
There will be three groups/levels of workshops:
First group, Beginner+, is for you if you comfortably use the basic techniques: down hold basic, up hold basic, progressive steps backwards / forwards, paddles, crab walks, out & ins, come arounds from closed and open position, lollies. You also know how to do paddle turns, crosses, out & ins in various directions, crossovers, lollies with turns and throw out, but these elements still require your substantial focus.
Note: This is not a complete beginners class.
More experienced dancers will be split into two groups, based on their answers given in Registration form and teachers' decisions made during Saturday Level Check.
All workshops will take place in one location at Riviera Dance School (Waryńskiego 12 street).
Both Friday and Saturday parties will take place at Nowy Świat Muzyki (Nowy Świat 63 street).
Located at the Royal Route in Warsaw, this building hosted in the past many theaters, cabarets and cinemas. It has recently been converted into culture and music promotion centre.
Sunday party will take place at Dom Zabawy i Kultury "DZiK" (Belwederska 44a street).
This incredible club is located in an old villa and has two super fast floors and a bar.
On Saturday and Sunday, in between classes, there will be lunch break.
8 hours of classes
4 hours of classes
on a selected day
Friday 50 PLN
Saturday 60 PLN
Sunday 30 PLN
We accept international bank transfers or TransferWise payments.
Single passes can be paid by cash and in PLN only.
Please find below our event map. We will update it with more information soon.
There is an extensive public transportation system in Warsaw which works during the day (trams, buses, underground) and during the night (buses, the underground runs until 03:00). You can find all timetables and ticket information here.
Mondays - Fridays:
during the day (06:00-22:00) ~0.6 EUR/km,
at night (22:00 – 06:00) ~0.9 EUR/km.
Sundays all taxis, regardless of the hour, will cost ~0.9 EUR/km.
Initial fee of ~2.0 EUR. The above prices are maximum prices, regulated by the city authorities.
An estimated maximum cost of a taxi ride at night, from any of the expected party location to the city centre, should be no higher than 6-7 EUR for a taxi with 1 to 4 people. Larger taxis will cost a bit more.
We will provide you with secure and authorised taxi operators phone numbers.