Hamburg Balboa Weekend / May 4 – 6 2018

20 Jun

From the 4. through the 6. of May 2018 you will have the opportunity to experience an 8 hour workshop (Saturday and Sunday) with a world class line-up of teachers, not less than 5 nights of dancing and a lot of magnificent music brought to you by fabulous bands and our diverse DJ team.


The workshop fee is 184 Euro and includes the parties on Friday and Saturday and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Extra cost for a 2 hour ‚everybody leads everybody follows class‘: 30 Euro!

Alternatively, you can get a Party Pass for 45 Euro, including the parties on Friday and Saturday. The Party on Thursday is not included (8€ entrance at the door only) and the Sunday bash is for free!


The Workshop part of the weekend – 8 hours divided into 8 lessons and 5 levels – will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

The times for the workshop are as followed:

Check in: ca 10.30am – 12.00pm (there will also be a check in on Friday at the party from 9.30pm on.)

Audition for Level 3: 12.15. – 12.45pm

Welcome for all Level: 12.15pm

ELEF: 11.00am – 12.00pm on Saturday, 10.45am – 11.45am Sunday

Classes: 1.00 – 6.30pm Saturday, 12.00 – 5.30pm Sunday


BECAUSE WE WANNA DO SOMETHING NEW: We will offer you an everybody leads everybody follows extra track instead of the teacher for teacher class. This class will take place before our workshop.  So if you want to sign up for this level, you may also attend the full regular workshop without missing any of it.


For the sign up there are three levels – for the upper one, “Level 3”, you’ll have to join an audition. Level 3 will then be divided into 2 groups. Level 2 will probably just be spread in a half because it always has the most Participants. So we will have all together 5 different Levels of difficulty.

Please be so kind and read the description of the levels carefully to help everyone to get as much out of the workshop as possible. Please respect the teachers‘ decision should they ask you to join a different level instead. If you feel misplaced in your level, please talk to a teacher or one of the organizers AFTER you attended the first class.

Please note that using powder on the floor of our classrooms is not allowed.
If you do it anyway, you have to bear the full cleaning costs and we may have to exclude you from classes.

You don’t need to bring your own food to the classes or try to find a snack stand during the break. Lunch on Saturday and Sunday (vegetarian, meat add-on optional) is included in the workshop fee. You can also buy coffee, water and snacks  at the bar.

You started dancing Balboa on a regular basis at least six months ago. You know Balboa / Bal-Swing basics and are more comfortable than uncomfortable with them (e.g. single / double time, lollies, come-arounds, toss-outs, out-and-ins, swivels …), and are mainly interested in adding movements to your repertoire.

You have been dancing Bolboa for about 1,5 years (and more) on a regular basis (in classes as well as socially). You will need to be confident social dancing variations of all the above moves and are keen to explore new material as well as improve technique and styling. You dance to lower and upper tempo alike and you have been to a few international workshops.

You have been dancing Balboa for at least three years, and attend international workshops on a regular basis, generally in one of the higher levels. You dance to fast or very fast tempos, you actively break up your material and have the freedom to mix it up again, you are able to quickly pick up more complex moves – but you are also willing to work on technical skills, movement principles etc. – this level will be divided into 2 different groups according to an audition.


Picture by Steve Hawn

Natalia has been dancing since she was 5 years old. Like many young girls, she explored Ballet,Tap, Jazz and even figure skating. In 2010 Natalia began dancing Lindy Hop at ATOMIC Ballroom and came to not only love it, but practically obsess over it. Shortly after, she discovered Balboa and obsessed over it all the same. As an outcome of consistently practicing almost every day, she progressed rapidly.
Natalia adores teaching and finds it a growing experience for both herself and her students. Her goal with each student is to help them find what she believes makes Lindy Hop a beautiful dance. Once you find it and experience it, not a lot will compare.

Augie was born in El Paso Texas where there is no swing dancing. In 2001 he joined the US military and was based in California where he discovered Lindy Hop while attending the 2003 California Balboa Championships. Instantly blown away he has been hooked on swing dancing and swing music. Since then Augie has attended Lindy and Balboa events all across the world including in Paris, London, Herring Sweden, Toulouse FR, and Edinburgh Scottland. He found his first teaching gig for Simon Selmon in 2007 at London’s Rhythm Club teaching with Moe Sakan. In 2008 Augie continued his teaching at Atomic Ballroom and also teaches at Heritage Park. In 2008 Augie placed 2nd in the National Jitterbug Championships Balboa Contest with his wife Delphine Laurens. He is also a member of the One2Swing Jitterbugs who are 2008 National Jitterbug Championships. Augie prides himself on teaching beginners to advanced dancers in technique, musicallity and authenticity while keep a fun and focused atmosphere.

Katja Završnik started dancing at the age of 5 and through the years studied various forms of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, Gymnastics and Acrobatic Rock and Roll for 9 years.
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 which makes her one of the most sought after followers in the scene.
Her shyness – as probably her Slovenian origin as well – gives at first a „cold“ feeling. But don’t make any mistake: she loves to laugh, to party and simply have fun. During a dance, she is one of the few followers to never refuse a dance and also often the last to leave the dance floor.


Peter Winqvist Loggins is the foremost historian on American Jazz Dance. Credited for bringing back many of the dances that he learned from the original dancers of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. He brings a first hand historical approach to his classes sharing what was handed down by National Charleston champions, Harvest Moon Ball Lindy Hop winners and 1930’s Swing Champions.

Dance has always been a big part of Andréa ́s life. She started dancing ballet as a child and continued with jazz and modern dance in her teenages.
In 2004 she discovered swingdancing and has been hooked since then.
She now teaches balboa on a regular basis in Stockholm and travels when possible to enjoy dancing with people from all over the world.
Through the years she has won awards at international competitions such as Snowball/Stockholm, ESDC/London, ACBC/Cleveland and BOTP/Cannes. Her style is best described as quick, playful and elegant. Clean lines mixed with total joy and delight of dancing.

Sanna and Adam have been dancing and teaching swing together for the past eight years. During this time, they have become well known for the joy and skill that they bring to the social dance floor. Mostly partial to balboa jack & jill competitions, they have taken numerous titles individually at events such as The Snowball, European Swing Dance Championships and Balboa Castle Camp, as well as placing in various events in Europe and the US during the past several years. In the classroom, they emphasize a solid mix of technique and playfulness resulting in a dynamic and personalized approach to musicality and movement that is accessible to all dancers.

ANNA PORZELT’s life as a dancer begins with square competitions in Ballroom and latin-american dances in her teens. Even if that doesn’t swing it has the benefit that she is able to waltz and foxtrot before she discovers Paris’ Swing scene in 2008.
And it still adds to her repertoire today. Because Anna ist most happy when she is able to mix all the dances: Lindy, Bal, 20s Charleston, Collegiate Shag, One Step, Peabody – or whatever the music is asking her to do.
As DJ ‘Professor Shorthair’ she only plays songs that she would have to dance to herself. She puts on the wildest parties in Berlin and two crazy weeklong dance events: Swing and Balboa Castle Camp. Anna likes to lead as much as she likes to follow, because she has a mind of her own. And that’s very visible when you watch her feet.

When 15 years old, NEJZ ZUPAN first saw the movie Swing Kids and since then he tirelessly searched for swing courses throughout Slovenia. Since he couldn’t find any he started the scene himself. Frankie Manning’s video tapes old black and white movies, swing festivals in England Sweden Germany and plenty of dreams. Today he is considered a main culprit for so many people dancing Swing in Slovenia. Experience in the field of contemporary physical theater, music and classical theater allow him a fresh and fun approach to his teaching methods. He pays particular attention to Lindy hop, Balboa, Charleston and jazz movement which he considers essential for any swing dancing.
He has been fortunate enough to have had Katja Hrastar, Anna Iaksyna, Abeth Farag and Anna Porzelt as his international teaching partners.


The Hamburg Balboa Weekend offers not less than 5 nights of dancing. If you are strong enough, you actually may start this weekend on Wednesday at our Warm-up Party.

We are glad that the Museum for Decorative Arts and Crafts (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe) will accommodate us again. This year the Friday party will take place in the historic Mirror Hall (Spiegelsaal) again. As last year, please do not wear outdoor shoes in the Mirror Hall, don’t put beverages on the pillars, please use the cloakroom and tip the charming ladies!

NEW in 2018! We are so highly amazed by having the opportunity for our Saturday party being held on the historic paddle wheel steamer „Mississippi Queen“!! We will even enter the elbe river for one hour!!

MAY 2, 2018, 9:00 PM

Mandalay · Cocktail Bar & Club
Pferdemarkt 13 · 20357 Hamburg
Free admission
‚Cocktail Happy Hour‘ until 10.00pm
U3 (yellow line) station ‚Feldstraße‘ 5min walk · S31 (purple line) station  ‚Sternschanze‘ 5 min walk.

DJ Broonzy

Hard to find: The entrance of the Mandalay · Cocktail Bar & Club

MAY 3, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm AND 9:30 PM

This year we do all we can and are more than happy to announce that we will have two parties on Thursday!

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm!
‚Balboa im Elbschiffsalon‘ at Museumshafen Övelgönne
Anleger Neumühlen · 22763 Hamburg
Admission: free BUT please! TIP THE DJ!
Bus 112 or HADAG- ferry station ‚Neumühlen/Övelgönne‘

DJ Helow



9:30 pm!
‚Knopfs Ballhaus‘ at Prinzenbar
Kastanienallee 20 · 20359 Hamburg
Admission: 8 Euro
S1 (green line) station ‚Reeperbahn‘ 6 min walk
U3 (yellow line) station ‚St. Pauli‘ 2 min walk

DJ Mr. Tumbleweed & tba

The Prinzenbar

MAY 4, 2018, 9:30 PM

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Spiegelsaal
Steintorplatz · 20099 Hamburg
Admission: 25 Euro (included in workshop fee or partypass)

Check in:  9.30pm – 11.30pm
Near central station, entrance on the left side of the building, street: ‚Brockesstraße‘.
All U and S lines go to the central station. Please consider the direction.

Please do not wear outdoor shoes in the hall.
In order to prevent your belongings from being removed, use the cloak room in the foyer of the museum for your wardrobe. It is free of charge. But to show you appreciate their work you could tip the ladies.

Duke & Dukies live!

Pre-recorded music provided by

Dj Bubbles, Dj Lilo B & Dj Marijke

MAY 5, 2018, 9.00 PM

Mississippi Queen!
Brandenburger Hafen · 20459 Hamburg
Admission: 30 Euro (included in workshop fee or partypass)
U3 (yellow line) Station ’Baumwall’ 3 min walk.

‚FAST & FANCY FEET‘ competition
The fastest & fanciest couple wins a price!

More info about food on the ship, the little vintage corner and more HERE

The Mississippi Queen

Andreas Hofschneider Quintett – live –

Pre-recorded music provided by
DJ Mr. Tumbleweed & Dj Wuthe on SHELLAC

MAY 6, 2018, 9:00 PM

Docks Bar
Spielbudenplatz 19, 20359 Hamburg
FREE admission
S1 (green line) station ‚Reeperbahn‘ 6 min walk
U3 (yellow line) station ‚St. Pauli‘ 2 min walk

Pre-recorded music provided by tba


Sleeping Spots

Here is a list of hotels and hostels for you to choose.

If you like to stay with a private host, please get in contact with local people on our Facebook event page.




Kogge names itself Rock’n’Roll Hotel & Harbour Bar. Actually, the reception desk is also the bar.

An affordable hotel/hostel and restaurant with tasty organic food. Also has a nice beer garden!


Old-fashioned, central and moderately-priced.



Das Feuerschiff
If you prefer an extraordinary accomodation you can sign up for a bunk on „Das Feuerschiff“, a vintage lightship.


NH Hotel Hamburg City · NH Hotel Hamburg Altona · NH Hotel Hamburg Norge




Tanzstudio Billie’s
Stresemannstraße 374 b
22761 Hamburg

Map of Locations
Blue: Party
Pink: Classroom



If you sign up as a single participant please keep in mind that you will be added to the waiting list directly since there is a long line of registrations that is rolling over us the first days. So please be patient with our reply. If you have not heard back from us within 6 days please try to check your spam folder first before contacting us.

The workshop fee is 184 Euro. It includes the parties on Friday and Saturday and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. You can also book the special ‚everybody leads everybody follows‘ class for additional 30 Euro.
Alternatively, there is a Party Pass for 45 Euro available, including the parties on Friday and Saturday only.

If you want to register with a dance partner, please make sure you have her/his email address at hand.

The »Terms & Conditions« can be read »here«.