ANDREAS and OLGA
BIO FOR OLGA
Olga was born into a family of teachers and since early years has been an energetic live wire – studying music, doing athletics, martial arts and gymnastics. In 2007 she was introduced to Lindy Hop and this is where the real passion story begins. She got dance hooked and started to explore more of the dance world by getting into Blues and later Balboa. She has been actively travelling the globe in pursuit of more opportunities to dance, learn and compete. Later she began to share her love for swing music and dance by teaching. Now Olga is the international balboa instructor, teaching solo and couple Balboa all over the world.
At her classes she pays a lot of attention to getting the students interested and involved by giving challenging and fun tasks, working both on technique and musicality and infecting them even more with the love of dancing. For the time being she is passionately developing a new direction of swing dance practices – iSoloBalboa – offline and online solo classes for balboa leaders and followers which aim at polishing up technique and developing creativity and personal aesthetics.
Quote(if needed): "I love balboa, because it can be so different - slow and fast, snuggly and dynamic, fun and playful, technical and musical. Balboa connection feels like a cosy warm hug for me, and the dance is beautifully spiced with cool rhythm play, subtle lead-n-follow and shared flow."/Olga
BIO FOR ANDREAS
Andreas Olsson lives in Stockholm, Sweden. He grew up on the wrestling mat, fighting other little boys in leotards. He won most of the time since he’s always given 100% in everything that he does. He also played the violin in his childhood. You might not think classical music and wrestling has much in common with Swing dancing, but it has definitely contributed to him becoming the unpredictable, creative, musical and interesting dancer he is today.
Andreas was introduced to Lindy Hop in 2001 and a few years later to Balboa and other dances. In his early career, Andreas focused on performance and competition. He was part of the Swedish National Lindy Hop team and the Stockholm based performance troop Shout n Feel it. His international teaching career started in the mid 2000´s. Since then, Andreas teaches Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, Balboa, Saint Louis Shag, Collegiate Shag and other swing dances all around the world. He often competes and was awarded first place at events as Balboa division at National Jitterbug Championships (Camp Hollywood), Lindy and Balboa division at International Lindy Hop Championships, American Classic Balboa Championships (All Balboa Weekend), Rendezvous Championships (New York Balweek) and Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout. Andreas is also the reigning champion of the American Classic Balboa Championships at All Balboa Weekend together with Olga Marina.
Andreas is not only involved in the swing dance community as a dancer. He has since many years back been the competition organiser and DJ coordinator of Snowball. He is organising events and is a founder of the Bal-Love festival in Prague, Czech Republic. He is also the launching an online Balboa class system called BALACADEMY, in 2020.
Before working full time with Swing dance, Andreas was working as a maritime archaeologist in Stockholm. Diving, history and archaeology is still one of his greatest interests.
As a dancer, Andreas is known for his his unique style, creativity and musicality. He is a technical dancer who is highly appreciated for his social dancing skills and his ability to connect and dance with follows of many different styles. He thinks of himself as a swing dancer first and stresses the importance that dancers today learn a little bit of all the swing dances.
As a dance teacher, Andreas has a warm and comfortable approach towards students. He is known for being good at breaking down the dances in an understandable way through inventive exersizes and class contents. As Andreas sees it, teaching inspiring not only because it allows you to see dancers improve, but also because it offers a possibility to learn more about dancing and to contribute the ever-changing dance styles.
3rd place Blues Mix and Match, Moscow Christmas Camp, with Maria Malenkova
2nd place Pure Balboa, California Balboa Classic, with Olga Marina
1st place Strictly Balboa, American Classic Balboa Championships, with Olga Marina
1st place Pure Balboa, American Classic Balboa Championships, with Olga Marina
2nd place Mix and Match, American Classic Balboa Championships, with Olga Marina
BIO FOR OLGA AND ANDREAS
Olga Marina is from Moscow and was born into a family of teachers (language and music) and since early years has been an energetic live wire – studying music, doing athletics, martial arts and gymnastics. Olga has been teaching and competing all over Europe and is regarded as one of the best balboa followers in Europe. Andreas lives in Stockholm. He has been teaching, competing and performing Balboa, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate and St. Louis Shag internationally for more than a decade. Andreas is regarded as one of the top Balboa teachers and dancers of the world.
As instructors, Andreas and Olga emphasize partnership, musicality and follow-leading abilities. They have an easy-going, relaxed way of teaching. They are known for giving well-structured classes and they always try to give their students lots of individual feedback. Their ambition is to create playful classes filled with interesting footwork, figures, fun tasks and laughter.
Marcus and Bärbl
bio marcus andBärbl
Marcus and Bärbl have been dancing and teaching together since 1991 (for almost 30 years). Their teaching, performances, instructional videos, the Killer Boogie routine, and their famous
Rock That Swing event have contributed enormously to the Swing dance community and have influenced many dancers worldwide.
Their journey began with Boogie Woogie. Nowadays they are one of the few couples that teach and inspire through all the major Swing dances, from Boogie Woogie to Hollywood and Savoy Style Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Charleston, Vernacular Jazz, and the Big Apple.
Their passion to learn and receive inspiration from the original dancers led them on a 4-year adventure throughout the USA. They had the fortune to meet and work with many of the original Swing dancers such as Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Jean Veloz, Ray Hirsch, Gil Bradey, Ann and John Mills, Freda Angela, Willie Desatoff, Hal Takier, Bart Bartolo, Irene Thomas, Betty Wood, and many more.
During their competition career they achieved numerous World, US, and national titles in Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Shag. Their world-wide work has been recognized twice with the prestigious US Feather Award (1996 Most Outstanding Swing Dancer / 1997 Most Outstanding Swing Dancer Outside Of The USA), the German Dance Teachers Award in 2002 and in June 2017 the Frankie Manning Award. Even this sounds impressive, most important to them are not their titles but to spread the joy, passion, and knowledge of those dances.
For 15 years Bärbl and Marcus organize the Munich Balboa and Shag Weekend and the world-famous Rock That Swing Festival, which became one of the world’s biggest gathering of enthusiasts for the dances and music from the 20s to the 50s. Since December 2011 they also run their own dance studio in the city center of Munich -The Vintage Club.
AUDE et MANU
Aude GUIFFES membre et co-fondatrice des FLYING COOL CATS.
Manu DA CRUZ Membre de la 1ere troupe des Fous du Swing
et membre co-fondateur des Spirit Of Lindy .
les danses swing sont leur passion et adorent la transmettre .
LOAN et LAURENT
Loan developped her passion for dancing in 1983. Latin, swing, blues, tango ... it all became part of her life.
And in 2001 she discovered Balboa and fell in love. From workshops to festivals, in France and in Europe, it was the beginning of a long lasting relationship....
For the past two years she has been teaching with Laurent Houet in Montparnasse. She also taught Bebop in one of the most mythical jazz clubs in Paris: the Caveau de la Huchette, as well as in Conflans Sainte Honorine.
In short, her philosophy rests on two words: technic and fun... She enjoys herself as long as you enjoy yourselves!
LAURENT from « Chantal & Lolo »
They encountered Swing dances in 2002.
Since then they have never stopped sharing their passion with their students whilst attending numerous classes to improve their style with the best French and international teachers.
They are currently teaching Lindy Hop, Balboa and Jazz root for various associations (Les Fous du Swing, Happy New Swing, Swing and Fun Dance, LBJ Tonic). They enjoy choreographing their students demos.
They conduct workshops in schools and various communities as well as private tuition sessions. They took part in the organisation of the Paris Balboa Exchange in 2014.
They are social dancers rather than competitors. They are regularly spotted on dance floors, in France or abroad.
They have built their reputation on the good atmosphere of their classes and the pleasure they give and get out of sharing their passion.