15th Munich Balboa and Shag Weekend

– One of the longest running Balboa & Shag Events –

Thanks to all artists and participants for another amazing edition! Reservere the date for the 16th edition: Oct 23 – 25, 2020! More information will follow.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 15th Munich Balboa and Shag Weekend from October 25th - 27th, 2019!

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

Stephen Sayer (USA) & Viviane Fahrni (SWI)
Olivier Harouard & Natasha Devyatkina (FRA)
Bernard & Anne-Hélène Cavasa (FRA)
Rasmus Holmqvist (SWE) & Mona Reithmeier (GER)
Stefan Deuber & Valérie Bissig (SWI)
Patrick Austen (SWE) & Elisabeth Bayr (GER)
Marcus Koch & Bärbl Kaufer (GER)

Amazing live music will be provided by the fantastic Shakin' All (ESP) for the party on Saturday evening and the Swing Breakfast on Sunday.

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


Online Registration & Party Tickets

The online registration is closed.

Attention: The Shag classes on Friday are starting already at 14:40!

It is still possible to register for the workshops at the Check-in if the Leader / Follower ratio permits. We still need a few single leaders for Shag Int, Balboa Beg, Balboa Beg/Int on Saturday and Balboa Int/Adv on Sunday.

The Saturday evening party is sold out!

For the Friday evening party a limited number of tickets is available at the door.

For the Swing Breakfast enough tickets are available, but the breakfast option needs pre-order. We only have a couple of extra breakfasts for on site orders. So please pre-order per email until Friday if you want to enjoy the fabulous breakfast.

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Special St. Louis Shag class on Friday

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.

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. If you have no experience with Slow Balboa and want to take the Slow Balboa classes on Sunday we recommend you to join this introduction class.

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.