Teachers


Collegiate Shag & St.Louis Shag

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Catarina Pinto & Filip Górski (Portugal/Poland)

Catarina Pinto is a full time job dancer, teacher and choreographer, since 2012 building the swing community in Berlin, with all her passion. Originally from Lisbon, she moved to Germany to learn fast and share her knowledge for a wide audience of 8 different swing dancing styles! She was born to perform and entertain big crowds with her playful and endless positive energy. She creates a warm environment in her classes with an intuitive method of learning technique, developed in many years of experience and many different partners.

Filip Górski is one of the most famous international shag teachers of Europe. He has been dancing and teaching on daily basis both Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag, in his hometown Warsaw. He is also a musician and one of the founders of The Cajun Spices Jazz Band. His passion reflects the way he dances and makes it a fine form of expression. During classes he always seeks for a balance between fun, dance technique and musicality.

With clear and humorous instruction, these 2 creative and versatile souls will entertain and help you to become the best shagger you can be!

“With true spirit the individual dancer can become truly great”

Collegiate Shag & St.Louis Shag

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Dolinde Van Beek & Andrew Spitz (Netherlands)

Dolinde has been crazy about shag ever since she first attended a taster in 2010. Back then there weren’t many camps or teachers to learn from in Europe, but she was lucky to find a bunch of enthusiastic leads to practise with, and mainly learned from youtube until she started attending workshops/festivals in 2016. She’s played an active part in setting up the Dutch shag scene.

Andrew has always had a passion for jazz music (plays drums and washboard) and fast footwork, and he found the perfect dance to match these. Since then he’s been attending workshops all over and has been teaching alongside Dolinde for many years.

Dolinde & Andrew have been teaching regular classes in the Dutch scene as well as international workshops. Their classes are a mix of technique, footwork variations and fun moves. They often combine Collegiate Shag with St Louis Shag and sneakily mix in some Tap as well 🙂

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”

Balboa

Svenja Noack and Lars Estermann (Germany/Germany)

Lars started Swing dancing 2015 when he moved from south Germany to Rostock. Never really interested in dancing before, Swing became his passion. After a while just dancing in Rostock he took a time out and travelled to numerous international Lind Hop and Balboa events. Since 2017 he is one of the main organizers of Swing Connection Rostock e.V. He runs a big summer festival every year: The Baltic Swing Festival 🙂 He teaches Lindy Hop and Balboa every week and occasionally Blues and Slow Bal too!

“Dance is the joy of movement and the heart of life!”


Taster Class + Party

Don’t miss the Shag’n’Bal Taster Class at 20:00 right before the Party starts (around 20:45), where you can combine all those dance styles with a fun dance routine!

Click here to go to the detailed schedule.

Berlin Band


Time Rag Department

The Time Rag Department’s secret mission is to build a time machine and bring back the authentic music of the Early Jazz era.
This is, of course, a metaphor, because they are the time machine, their instruments are the buttons, screws and gears – and they already brought back the hottest Ragtime and Swing music Berlin has to offer.

With their variety of music in different styles and tempos, their sets promise a lot of fun:
https://timerag.de/new-orleans-jazz-band-berlin/

“We swing and stomp like a steam engine, then the rhythm floats along again lightly and elegantly”

Choose your level


We introduce you to the happy world of Collegiate Shag, teaching you the basics and waking up your Shag Finger, which will never sleep again. In this level, you learn how to shag dance for the dance floor, changing from closed to side by side and to open positions.
You will make your partner smile, jumping around together and enjoy the classic fancy shag-breaks.

Your legs are alive and kicking, probably you have the Shag Fever! How about to challenge them a little bit more? For intermediate dancers, we prepared lots of cool different footworks and combinations of exciting moves, like shag pushes, shag saws and sliding doors.
Lets warm up your body and soul, speeding up those muscles, because shag is made for fast and energetic dancers.

Welcome to the Ferrari world! If this is your level, after taking theses classes, you will be like a race car on the dancefloor. We will teach you how to control your body, transferring your inner energy on the right time to your partner. We want you to shape complex moves with confidence and sharpness. Lets make your connection cleaner and clear, when you throw to your partner explosive moves like Titanic, camel hops and cannonballs.
Are you ready for this exciting shag ride?


Did you fall in love watching dancers shuffling on the dance floor? This is the right dance for you, and we teach you in this level the basics of this smooth and elegant dance!
We also teach you properly how to change directions, the important numbers of this dance are 3 and 7, where you stretch a strong connection to redirect your partner by releasing that powerful energy you both created together.

Let’s dive deeper into Balboa world and make your vocabulary look fantastic! Together in this level we improve your basics and give you the technics for amazing figures and exciting footwork.
Try with us cool transitions of toss outs, beach pushes, lollies and swivels. After this level your elegant shoes will be able to express challenging rythm variations with graceful new moves.

You have a lot of experience dancing Balboa, and you love to combine Pure-Bal with Bal-Swing. Are you ready to dive deep into these two worlds confidently improvising even more?
This last level requires a solid technique, and being ready to process fast new input. We will challenge you with complex moves and variations in million ways, for your dance performance to become more charming and syncopated!

Tickets


EARLY BIRD: Register until 25 April!


Normal prices after 25 April

Weekend Schedule


Workshop


Saturday (25.5.24)
Studio 1



11:00 - St.Louis Shag 1 (beg/int)

13:00 - St.Louis Shag 2 (int/adv)

15:00 - Balboa 1 (beg/int)

17:00 - Balboa 2 (int/adv)   
 

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Workshop


Saturday (25.5.24)
Studio 2



13:00 - Col Shag 1
(beginner)


15:00 - Col Shag 2
(intermediate)


17:00 - Col Shag 3
(advanced)


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Workshop


Sunday (26.5.24)
Studio 1



11:00 - St.Louis Shag 1 (beg/int)

13:00 - St.Louis Shag 2 (int/adv)

15:00 - Balboa 1 (beg/int)

17:00 - Balboa 2 (int/adv)   
 

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Workshop


Sunday (26.5.24)
Studio 2



13:00 - Col Shag 1
(beginner)


15:00 - Col Shag 2
(intermediate)


17:00 - Col Shag 3
(advanced)


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Party


Sat Night (25.5.24)
Price: 20€ early bird, 25€ at the door


20:00 - Shag'n'Bal Taster

20:45 - DJ Set

22:00 - Live Band

22:45 - Show Case & Competition

23:00 - Live Band

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Find us on the Map (Berlin)



Location for the Workshop during the day
a Compás Studio, Hasenheide 54, 10967 Berlin (Höfe am Südstern, Hof 3)

Location for the Party during the night

Zapatissimo, Kolonnenstraße 29, 10829 Berlin

Shag'n'Bal Berlin - Event on facebook - coming soon