16th Munich Balboa and Shag Weekend

– One of the longest running Balboa & Shag Events –

Thanks to all artists and participants for another amazing edition! The date for the 17th edition wil be either the weekend Oct 20 – 22, 2023 or Oct 27 – 29, 2023. We will let you know soon!

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 16th Munich Balboa and Shag Weekend from October 21st - 23rd, 2020!

As every year we provide you with a special line-up of best international instructors in a cozy and family atmosphere. Don't miss the opportunity to discover your passion for Balboa and Shag to improve your skills and to have fun with like-minded people. Learn new moves to have more fun with your partner on the dance floor. Get inspired by

Andreas Olson & Olga Marina (S)
Teis Volstrup (DK) & Gosia Aniolkowska (I)
Marcus Koch & Bärbl Kaufer (GER)
Domen Bohinc & Fanny Bartl (GER)

There are parties on Friday and Saturday evenings for practicing and dancing.

Hotel Wallis is again offering special reduced rates for all MBSW participants. The hotel is literally around the corner.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Munich and wish you an unforgettable weekend with a lot of dancing and many new friends.

Marcus & Bärbl

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Special Shim Shag class on Friday

Have you heard about the Shim Shag routine? There will be a special open level Shim Shag class with Gosia on Friday before the party. You can participate without a day workshop booking.

Gosia made the choreography together with her dear friend Marcella Oliviero. Inspired by the original vintage routine, the Shim Sham, the Shim Shag has been created for shaggers to represent their group alongside the fellow Lindy Hoppers. Dancing to the same music and doing moves that do not disrupt the original routine, Shaggers and Lindy Hoppers can perform the routine together.

Special Slow Bal class on Saturday

There will be a special open level Slow Bal class with Patrick and Elisabeth on Saturday before the party. You can participate without a day workshop booking.

Special St. Louis Shag class on Saturday

There will be a special open level St. Louis Shag class with Stephen and Viviane on Friday before the party. You can participate without a day workshop booking.

COVID Regulations

Currently, there are no restrictions, except that a mask is required for public transportation. In case of changes we will inform you here.

In the Vintage Club you will find contact-free hand sanitizers. The studio is also equipped with 4 HEPA air cleaners and has ventilation with fresh air supply.

Impression: Teachers Introduction 2016

Balboa dancers

Balboa is known for its smooth, tight footwork with a lot of shuffling, and "chest to chest" close dancing position. It was born in the early 1930s, and was danced to Jazz and Swing music. It's origins are not clear. Balboa might have developed out of the Boxstep, the Charleston or the Single Time Shag, which all have a similar basic. It got it's name from Balboa Island, a half-island close to Newport Beach, south of Los Angeles. The Rendezvous Ballroom was the place to be for the best Balboa dancers.

The basic is based on 8 counts. Balboa can be danced to any tempo from extremely slow to extremely fast. Because of it's tight footwork Balboa is popular to dance relaxed and elegently to fast music. The dancers always dressed sharply. Due to lack of space on the dance floor and to protect from kicks it was common that the dancers were not allowed to break away from the closed dance position.

When the hot swing music really hit the scene some of the untaimed, younger dancers from the Los Angeles area enhanced Balboa with typical swing elements like break-aways, turns, and drops. This dance was simple called Swing. It was made popular by the "Ray Rand Swingers" of Southern California and dancers like Maxie Dorf and Lolly Wise. Some of the dancers danced only Balboa or only Swing, but many dancers switched between the two forms in one song and used the term Balboa as a synonym for both forms. To be more specific, they are referred to as "Pure Balboa" resp. "Pure Bal" and "Bal-Swing" nowadays.

Shag dancers

Shag is one of the classic three major Swing Dance forms (Shag, Lindy Hop, Balboa). It even was spread all over America some years before Lindy Hop became popular. It consists of a lot of hops and kicks and is danced a lot in closed positions but has also open elements. It can be danced from medium to very fast music.

Different styles were popular in different regions. The different forms of Shag are referred to as Single, Double, and Triple Shag. The different names describe how many slows will be danced. Single Shag has been a very dominate style in the Swing era. Nowadays the most common form of Shag is the Double Rhythm Shag. It’s based on 6 counts (like Boogie Woogie) and with a simple Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick this form of Shag is very easy to learn. Shag was the hottest dance among the college kids in the 30s, that’s why some styles were called "Collegiate Shag". Shag is not to be confused with Carolina Shag or St. Louis Shag.