Sweet Swing Edinburgh 2024 - Slow Balboa workshop with Deirde & Joost

Sat 06 Apr 2024 - Sun 07 Apr 2024

Sweet Swing Edinburgh 2024 - Slow Balboa workshop with Deirde & Joost

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Two-day weekend workshop with international Slow Balboa instructors Deirdre Schoemaker and Joost van Son with Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon social dances

Sweet Swing Edinburgh, Edinbop's weekend workshop for learning Slow Balboa dancing, returns again, for the third time. And we're looking forward to welcoming back Deirdre Schoemaker, who will teach this time with Joost van Son. They're teaching Slow Balboa regularly at their Slowfeet Studio in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and are traveling across Europe to teach at various dance camps.

This two-day workshop is for dancers of improver level and above and includes 7 hours of classes and social dances on the Saturday evening and the Sunday afternoon. The workshop will take place at the Columcille Centre, in Edinburgh's Morningside neighbourhood. The full weekend pass costs 100 £, with concessions at 85£, and gives access to all classes and both social dances. (Separate tickets for the social dances will be available nearer the time of the event.)

Having danced Lindy Hop and Balboa for many years, Deirdre Schoemaker discovered, in 2015, Slow Balboa and has, since then, been hooked on this beautiful and elegant Swing dance. In 2019, she opened Slowfeet Studio, her own dance school completely dedicated to Slow Balboa. Recently, after 5 years, she decided to focus on traveling for dancing. This is why we can now see her, and her dance partner Joost, all around Europe to spread the Slow Bal love!

When Joost von Son started dancing as a kid, it was all about gymnastics, competitions and performance. Acrobatic Rock’n Roll was his sport, and he worked hard to perform and win. When he grew older his fascination for the dance went a little bit further back in time. After dancing Boogie Woogie for a few years, he discovered Lindy Hop. Joost fell in love with all the technical aspects of this dance, the creativity, the expression and connection. After Lindy Hop, Balboa was quickly added to his Swing repertoire. Later, during Castle Camp, he was inspired to dance to slow Jazz music. And Slow Bal was perfect for that!