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JOIN SWING PARADISE 2016

A unique opportunity to learn Balboa & Shag basics from the scratch

Want to know Balboa or Shag? How to dance and enjoy it?
Join the Swing Paradise 2016 Beginner Track.
Get inspired by vintage swing dances and music!

Balboa
About

Balboa (original Balboa or Pure-Bal) is a dance that originated in Southern California during the 1920s and 1930s. Balboa also now refers to a fusion of dances that originated from that era. The original Balboa dance is a form of swing dance that started as early as 1915 and gained in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s. It is danced primarily in close embrace, and is led with a full body connection. The art of Balboa is in the subtle communication between the lead and follow, including weight shifts, which most viewers cannot see.

Collegiate Shag
About

The Collegiate Shag (or “Shag”) is a partner dance done primarily to uptempo swing and pre-swing jazz music. It belongs to the swing family of American vernacular dances that arose in the 1920s and 30s. It is believed that the dance originated in the Carolinas in the 1920s, later spreading across the United States during the 1930s. Shag was the hottest dance among the college kids in the 30s, that’s why some styles were called “Collegiate Shag”. Shag is not to be confused with Carolina Shag or St. Louis Shag.

Prices & Registration

Each track pass includes classes, parties and lecture

One class a day at hoppers’ dance studio:
Friday 60min (19.00–20.00), Saturday 90min (17.40–19.10) and Sunday 90min (17.40–19.10)
with swing dance instructors from Lithuania, Switzerland, Ukraine, Poland & Spain. 

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Beginner Pass

Balboa Track
Per Person

4 Hours of Classes

3 Parties with Live Music
(Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

St. Louis Shag Tasters on Friday & Saturday

History Talk during Sunday Party

Available spots:
For couples or leaders

hot!

Beginner Pass

Collegiate Shag Track
Per Person

4 Hours of Classes

3 Parties with Live Music
(Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

St. Louis Shag Tasters on Friday & Saturday

History Talk during Sunday Party

Available spots:
For couples or leaders