Sasha Grubiyanova and Ivan Ivanin
Sasha Grubiyanova and Ivan Ivanin


- the Russians are coming!

Balboa Styling Workshop with Sasha and Ivan in Gothenburg, Sweden

Although we often preach that Balboa is foremost a social dance and that keeping your partner happy and having fun are the most important things when dancing Balboa, there are also other sides to this dance.
If you want, Balboa can also be a very extrovert dance for showing off to people watching. Some of the original Bal-Swing dancers in the 1930ies used Balboa not just for social dancing, but also for performances and dance competitions, with great success.

Sasha and Ivan have studied and copied the great original masters of Bal-Swing, and they have succeeded in creating their own Balboa style while keeping the spirit of the dance. Sasha and Ivan combine playfulness and elegance like no other couple on the international Balboa scene today. In this workshop, they will show us their tricks.

Sasha and Ivan at EuroBal Cup 2007 in Toulouse


February 21-22nd, 2009.


The fee is 700 SEK (about 62 Euros) for the whole workshop, including the Tea dance on Sunday afternoon.


Levels are less important than in a regular workshop, as this one will not concentrate on learning difficult moves, but rather on styling the moves you already know to make them look better. You need to know how to dance Balboa from before of course, but it doesn't matter so much if you're fairly new to it or have danced for many years - regardless of your level of dancing you will learn a lot from this workshop.


Here is the preliminary schedule:

Saturday February 21st

10.00-10.15 Check-in and warm-up
10.15-11.15 Lesson 1

11.30-12.30 Lesson 2

12.30-13.45 Lunch

13.45-14.45 Lesson 3

15.00-16.00 Lesson 4
18.30- Dinner at Kråkans Krog

20.00-24.00 Dancing at Duke's Place

Sunday February 22nd

10.00-10.15 Warm-up dancing
10.15-11.15 Lesson 5

11.30-12.30 Lesson 6

12.30-13.45 Lunch

13.45-14.45 Lesson 7

15.00-16.00 Lesson 8

16.00-about 19.30 Tea dance

The venues

The classes on Saturday will be held at Landala Sporthallar, hall D (at Kapellplatsen).

The classes on Sunday and the Tea dance will be held at Annedalsgården, Carl Grimbergsgatan 52 (close to Linnéplatsen).

Googlemap with all venues


As a warm-up party on Friday night, there will be a Russian dinner at Olga's and Andreas' place. Typical Russian food and drink, some Russian swing music and a bit of dancing in the livingroom. Time: 19.00. Price: max 100 kr. Address: Karlagatan 18B (near Redbergsplatsen).

On Saturday evening there's a major dance happening in Gothenburg called Duke's Place, a dance event organized by the West Coast Jitterbugs. It features a live Big Band, a café with refreshments and usually some performances during the intermissions. Although Duke's Place is mostly for Lindy Hop, we assumed that most camp participants would prefer to attend that event, so we have made no arrangements for Saturday evening of our own. But before you enter Duke's Place, join us for dinner at Kråkans Krog.

On Sunday, there's a Tea dance right after the last lesson, where you can dance Balboa and drink tea.


We welcome our dancing friends from all over Europe, and we will do our best to find private accommodation with local dancers for anyone who wishes that. If you live in Gothenburg and can host people, please try to register early so we can tell our guests in good time whether they can be hosted or not.

If you request private accommodation and we fail to find a place for you, or if you prefer to make your own arrangements, the Swingin' Spring homepage has a few suggestions for hotels and youth hostels in Gothenburg.


If you live in Sweden, you are required to pay in advance. You will receive payment information by email when your registration has been accepted. Foreigners may pay on arrival.

If you need to cancel your registration, we will pay back the whole fee provided that we find someone else to take your place.


Use the registration form below to sign up, and you will be admitted on a first come first served basis. You can either sign up alone or with a partner, if you want to get admitted together. We change partners frequently during classes though, so all leaders get to dance with all followers and vice versa.


If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact us by email:

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