TRACKS AND LEVELS

Choose your style and your challenge

Balboa
3 levels
INTERMEDIATE – You know a few pure-bal footwork variations, some bal-swing moves and can enjoy whole song of Balboa on social dance floor. Classes will be perfect for improving your basics, lead&follow technique, social dancing skills and learning new vocabulary.

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED – You have been dancing Balboa for a while, you’re comfortable with all the basics and various tempos. In classes you will perfect your basics, learn new useful and challenging vocabulary and improve your musicality.

ADVANCED – You’re a Balboa geek. You dig the subtle variations and want more of it. You’re one of the best dancers on social dance floor even at bigger events. Classes will be challenging and focused on the more experienced participants.

Collegiate Shag
3 levels
INTERMEDIATE – You know the basic step and its variations, fundamentals of connection, leading and following, also you are familiar with the music phrasing. You feel free on the social dance floor to do several dances without stressing out your partner. Classes will be perfect for improving your basics, lead&follow technique, social dancing skills and learning new vocabulary.

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED – You know how to make Intermediate level dancer happy and also you are not afraid of fast and very fast tempo, you can easily modify your basic rhythms with any slows and quicks still staying with the music. You’ve already attended some workshops, start competing, performing and feel comfortable about it. In classes you will perfect your basics, learn new useful and challenging vocabulary and improve your musicality.

ADVANCED – You are a shag maniac fearlessly facing any tempo, comfortably matching any partner, you know well the music you dance to and the foot you are standing on all the time. You travel regularly to major Shag events, compete, perform and even teach dancing. Classes will be challenging and focused on the more experienced participants.

St. Louis Shag
1 level
INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED – You have been dancing St. Louis Shag for a while, taken a few workshops or even taught classes yourself. In classes you will perfect your basics, learn new useful and challenging vocabulary and improve your musicality.

CLASS LOCATIONS

All classes will be held in Lindyhop.lt club for Balboa, Officer's House Ramove for Collegiate Shag and J9 Vaidilos teatras (party venue) for St. Louis Shag

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Lindyhop.lt club
Geležinkelio g. 6
All Balboa classes
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Officer's House Ramove
Pamenkalnio g. 13
All Collegiate Shag classes
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J9 Vaidilos teatras
Jaksto g. 9
St. Louis Shag classes

SCHEDULE

Preliminary schedule

Saturday
12.00 – 13.30
13.45 – 15.15
15.30 – 17.00 (Battle training)
Sunday
12.00 – 13.30
13.45 – 15.15
15.30 – 17.00 (Battle training)

TEACHERS

The best line-up possible to make you enjoy the stay at the paradise

ALBERT FERRAN TOLL & NEUS CASTELLS

Balboa

Albert has been dancing balboa since 2005, trying to grow the balboa scene in Barcelona and also teaching internationally since 2011. Having developed his own style with particular way to combine pure bal and balswing. He has won balboa international titles like Eurobal cup 2011, BOTP classic open 2013 and Easter balboa championships 2013.

Neus discovered Balboa at 2010 and since then she has combined her fascination for it with the Lindy Hop and other swing dances, dancing socially, training and teaching locally, looking for sharing her passion and knowing more about it. For her a day without dancing and without learning something new is like a wasted day. Recently she has been 1st at the 2016 Toulouse Balboa Festival J’n’J.

Andreas Olsson & Moe Sakan

Balboa

A pearl of the Orient, who is believed to have found the philosopher’s stone, the alchemist of the performing arts such as dancing, theater, television and film, and the UK’s top female swing dancer – Moe is active and vivid swing dancer all around the globe. One of the most important titles she has won and is most proud of is the world’s biggest Jack’n’Jill competition with Marcus Koch at Frankie 95.

But Moe is just a perfect match with Andreas, who is secretly known as the guy behind Energizer batteries bunny costume, representing never ending energy, claimed to be the unchallenged record holder (so far!) of most hours spent on social swing dance floors in Stockholm, he only takes a break to change into another colourful bow tie or t-shirt with a funny print and give inspiring swing dance classes so contributing to the ever-changing dance style and scene. Andreas and Moe love to see their students learn and improve. Both super happy to come for the first time to Swing Paradise!

POL PRATS FERRER & SARA PLANAS BIERGE

Collegiate Shag

ol Prats is the founding director of Spank the Baby School in Barcelona. He has taught in different festivals in the UK, Sweden, Portugal and Finland including Stir it, Gnsh and London Swing Festival. He has been finalist in Good Night Sweetheart and Barswingona Jack and Jill competitions and Semifinalist at Frankie ‘ 95 in NY, as well as being a member of the Barcelona Jazz Cats performance troupe. African dance, tap dance, Alexander technique and others have been part of Pol’s interests and is recently fond of acrobatic dance. Co-founder of the BCN SHAG FESTIVAL

Sara Planas started dancing classical ballet when she was 4. Ballet, contemporary, hip hop…dance has always accompanied Sara. It was not until 2009 that she fortunately discovered lindy hop and has been a passionate dancer and teacher since. Even though she has another profession, she has been spreading shag and acrobatics in other cities in Spain and outside the country in the last 4 years. Co-founder of the BCN SHAG FESTIVAL

Martynas Stonys & Lina Vilniskyte

Balboa

Martynas, better known as the Lindyman, is one of the main leaders in Vilnius Swing Dance scene and founder of famous hoppers’ dance studio, which brought many new talents to the swing world. After a decade of mastering his Lindy Hop ideas, he dedicated to develop as a Balboa dancer together with Lina to keep Vilnius’ Balboa scene active and growing.

They are one half of the people behind the scenes in making the Swing Paradise festival happen, teaching local classes twice per week and actively participating in Balboa events around Europe. The most important thing for Martynas & Lina is to help their students become better dancers everyday, to give individual focus in small details to make the progress most effective. Their classes are well structured, full of Lina’s vintage style charm and Martynas’ MC skills make you learn in fun and enjoyable way.

Arnas Razgunas & Egle Nemickaite

Collegiate Shag

One of the most prominent couples of Lithuanian Swing Dance scene, partnered up from the very first dance Arnas & Eglė are dancing, performing, teaching and inspiring the community in Vilnius everyday. Passion and joy for Lindy Hop & Collegiate Shag gained their name as international instructors in regular small workshops around Europe, specially in Poland, where along with Swingout.pl community they inspired Collegiate Shag scene in Warsaw and all over the country.

Rich experience in teaching every day classes grants quality and fun with clear explanation of their material by expressing swing music and yourself in it. Arnas & Eglė are co-founders of What a Jazz Dance Studio in Vilnius and co-organisers of the one and only Balboa & Shag festival in Lithuania – Swing Paradise.

Rokas Borusevicius & Simona Pogosian

St. Louis Shag

Rokas and Simona coupled up in 2014 when they both started digging into St. Louis Shag. Everything started from the huge wish to expand their dancing abilities and try out something fresh and new. Rokas and Simona are dancing and teaching at Vilnius Lindy Hop club ‘Lindyhop.lt’.

Besides being crazy about Lindy hop, both call themselves Swing Era dancers in general: Simona is in love with Authentic Jazz dancing, enjoys Slow Dance and Balboa, while Rokas is mad about Tap. What unites this couple is their big passion for St.Louis Shag dance. The first St. Louis Shag class they taught in Lithuania took place in March of 2015 during ‘All Lithuanian Weekend’ festival and since then they have been actively growing a small community of enthusiasts with intense local workshops and performances and starting to teach internationally as well.

HEIKO HECKENDORN & LARISSA CONRAD

Collegiate Shag

They are the founders of the Basel Jitterbugs in Switzerland. They love to combine Lindy Hop, Balboa and Collegiate Shag based on the tempo and energy of the music and inspired by original swing dancers from Los Angeles. Their Shag style is smooth, elegant and playful. They love to show off in competitions and to spread their passion for swing dancing in shows. They also say Swing Paradise is their favorite event of the year 😏 Welcome Heiko and Larissa!

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