All Slow Bal

Residential Weekend in Torquay

Teachers

Anna-Maria Bernhard and Mickey Fortanasce

Mickey began swing dancing in Los Angeles in '99. A year later he was teaching local swing classes at NYU. Mickey has been teaching and competing internationally since 2005. During this time, his innovation and showmanship, coupled with his love of dance history and theory, has led him to become internationally recognised as a teacher and a competitor in Balboa, Lindy Hop as well as Slow Bal. His winnings include repeat victories at the most prestigious events, and he has taught extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, Korea, and Australia.

Anna-Maria has danced since her childhood ballet, and tried many other dance styles before becoming infected with the fun of swing dancing. Since 2012 she has taught Balboa, Lindy Hop and Authentic Jazz, and more recently Slow Bal. In 2014 she started her own dance business "SwingDance Leipzig" teaching with her husband and dance partner Ralf. She participates (very successfully!) in international competitions.

In her classes, she attaches great importance to the basics, technicality and provides inspiration for followers. It is no surprise then that she is now much in demand for teaching at international Balboa weekends.

Anni Skoglund and Gašper Hrovat

Anni Skoglund (Sweden) and Gašper Hrovat (Slovenia) are an inspiring dance couple. Their style is playful, passionate and smooth. They share their 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.

From a young age both danced several styles before getting into authentic jazz dances. Anni's background lies in Swedish folk-dance, waltz and fox-trot, while Gašper's lies in popular 90's Street dances. When they discovered swing dancing, this became another playground. They met in 2008, and now perform, teach and lecture about swing dances, at home and abroad. They have evolved into a couple who have won many competitions with their vibrant style and superfast feet. But above all, social dancing is their preference.

 

 
 
 

Jacob Wigger and Shani Brown (USA)

Jacob Wigger started swing dancing in 2003 and has been hooked ever since, with his first love being social dancing. As a teacher he uses a mix of humorous (in his opinion) analogies and serious instruction to create a fun and exciting learning environment.

Jacob has taught at numerous national and international events. He has also won numerous awards at major competitions. He is famous for his fast Pure Balboa footwork and his large repertoire of unique spins and turns when he’s in the spotlight.

From sunny southern California, Shani Brown is best known for her fast, syncopated Balboa foot-work 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 combining foundational basics with the soft skills of connection mechanics and partnership to develop smooth flow and personal style.

Shani has dedicated herself to learning, preserving and sharing her love for Balboa and other vernacular jazz dances. She began swing dancing 1998 and is honoured to have honed her social dance skills and footwork under the guidance of legendary dancers Willie Desatoff, Hal and Marge Takier, Bart Bartolo, Jack Carey and many others. And although she has competed, placed and won several major competitions, she mainly enjoys social dancing and inspiring others to love balboa and swing.

Nejc Zupan and Katja Završnik

Nejc Zupan started dancing swing back in 2003 as a result of his contemporary dance experience and a strong love for jazz music. Because of this he became a main culprit for the popularization of Lindy Hop and Balboa in Slovenia in the mid-2000s.

He has been teaching dancing since 2006. His Swing dance experience is a collection of endless research into different dance forms, many international workshops and his humble willingness to keep learning from anybody who is willing to teach him. He pays special attention to jazz movement and musicality, both quintessential to any Swing dancing.

Having started dancing at the age of 5, Katja Završnik has studied various forms of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, Gymnastics and Acrobatic Rock and Roll. Since 2005 she has focused on early American dances from the Jazz age and Swing era, such as the Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, Charleston, St. Louis Shag and Authentic jazz. Her knowledge of (almost) all swing dances allows Katja to adapt her dance to any type of dancer. Which places her on the market among one of the best followers understanding connection and reactivity.

She is an elegant dancer. At first, you'll be seduced by her style based by subtlety and finesse. But if you look a little closer you'll be surprised by her musicality and footwork. Her focus on musicality and connection makes her one of the most sought after followers in the scene. She loves to laugh, to party and simply have fun. She is one of the few followers to never refuse a dance and is often the last to leave the dance floor. Currently living in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Katja has taught and performed all over Europe, Asia and USA

 

More Balboa Events

Martyn, Sue, Tony and Anna also run the following residential dance weekends

BalBreak 2021

Dates:
Friday 10th to Sunday 13th September 2021

Teachers:
Sylvia Sykes & Marty Lau (USA)
Shani Brown & Jacob Wigger (USA
Jennifer Lee (USA) & Andreas Olsson (Sweden)

Price:
£285 per person includes 2 nights half board accommodation in Torquay

Click here for more details about BalBreak 2021

 

Bal Spring Break 2022

Residential Balboa Weekend

in a fabulous sea-front hotel

Top International Teachers

Date
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March 2022 

Teachers:
Zack Richard (Canada) &
Vanessa Granjon (France)
Nejc Zupan (Slovenia) &
Fancy Dougherty (France)
Albert Ferran & Neus Castells (Spain)

Price:
£TBA for 2 nights including dinner, B&B (Fri/Sat)

Click here for more details about Bal Spring Break

Event run by Martyn and Sue Ridge, Tony Taylor and Anna Stephenson

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