Balboa Workshop

Balboa Workshop with Eran & Claire

and Swing Dance Party with Dizzy Birds!

Saturday, November 5th, 2016 @ Altrimenti

Please click here to register


10:00-13:00 – Track 1
14:30-17:30 – Track 2

Level Descriptions:

Track 1 – this level is for you if you have never danced Balboa before or you know some steps but would like to repeat and consolidate the basics. The teachers will take you through the basic patterns and you will be dancing Balboa by lunch time!
Track 2 – this level is for you if you can do the basic steps (such as basic uphold/downhold step, come-around, lollies, etc…) but are still at a level where you may be a new Balboa dancer but keen to be pushed. Some classic techniques wrapped up with some very fun, musical patterns.


One track – 30 euros
Both tracks – 55 euros

Swing Dance Party

20:30 – 01:00 Party with live hot jazz by Dizzy Birds and DJ music
Entrance: 10 euros (free for workshop participants)

Dizzy Birds
“Dizzy Birds” are a traditional jazz band formed by six young international musicians based in Berlin. Although each member comes from a different background, they all share the same passion for the oldest jazz in the world which was born in New Orleans at the beginning of last century. The style of the band resurrects the original rough and powerful sound of early jazz where music was meant to be hot, entertaining and danceable. Inspired by the greatest composers such as Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong’s hot five, Sidney Bechet, the band delivers fresh interpretations and thrilling arrangements, exciting all kinds of audiences from dancers, jazz connoisseurs to party crowds.

About the Teachers

Claire Chen

Claire started to dance Swing in Berlin 9 years ago. There were about 50 dancers in the city. She grew with the scene and loves swing dancing. She studied Arts Management and started to organise different kind of swing events. She went back to her home city Taipei and found people to build up a dance scene together, which is still growing now. Now she owns her Swing Dance School in Berlin. Claire wrote her diploma thesis about swing revival in Berlin and Potsdam and is one of the Swing-Revival-Expert in Germany. In the past two years, she came back to her beloved Arts Management and worked with -Lange Nacht der Museen Berlin-, -Grünen Salon-, National Theater in Weimar, -Swing up the backyard- and different organisations or agencies to spread this fun Swing culture. Do you want to know about her? Check out her wesbite:

Claire & Eran

Eran Tobi

Dancing Swing since 2007, Eran has dedicated most of his time to traveling, dancing and spreading the Swing spirit in Israel. Since 2009 Eran has been teaching Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Vernacular Jazz, Acrobatics and Blues and he co-founded, with his business partner Shirley, one of the most successful Dance school today – Holy Lindy Land in 2010. In 2013 Eran moved to Berlin to pursue his passion to travel and spread the love for the dance across Europe & beyond. Eran holds several titles in Lindy Hop, Balboa and Blues from events like the International Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy On The Rocks, Berlin Blues Explosion, Camp Hollywood and the European Swing Dance Championships, and has been performing with some of the hottest swing and Dixieland bands in Israel. Eran strongly believes that great partner dancing comes from great body movement; his classes will help you find that magic when you and your partner move as one to the music. You will find out that behind his soft smile there is a tough teacher who won’t stop until you feel you got it right.