Dance Camps


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November

There's swing dancing in Russia on November 4 to 7 as The Swing Express travels through Nijniy, Novgorod, Ivanovo and Yaroslavl. More details at www.swingdance.ru

Swinging In The Rain is a weekend of dance somewhere in Sweden on November 4 to 6. Full details at www.sirdancealot.org and www.harlemhotshots.com The weekend also features a show on November 6 at the Sodra Teatern with The both Rhythm and Harlem Hot Shot troupes. Tickets for this go on sale on September 5. Call + 08 556 97 230.

The Toulouse Swing Festival is on November 18 to 20 with Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas, Hasse Mattson and Marie Nahnfeldt and Philo and Marie Kahn. You'll get five levels of classes and two nights of dancing with Tuxedo Big Band and Philippe Landet Jazz Odyssey. It all happens at 144 rue de la Providence 31500 Toulouse France. More details on + 05 61 20 35 01, verobruno@144danceavenue.com and at www.144danceavenue.com 

The WaterkantJam 2005 on November 19 and 20 in Hamburg Germany has Steve Mitchell and Virginie Jensen, Frida and Sakarias, Hanna and Mattias, Rob and Diane and Johnny Lloyd. Registration opens on September 1. Full details at www.waterkantjam.de

From November 25 to 27 it's The Jazz Roots Dance Festival with classes and shows from  Angela Andrew (London), Sophie Monheim (Anvers), Johnny Lloyd (Hamburg), Mari & Bernat (Barcelona, Sibylle & Jonnie (Amsterdam) and Olivier Ménicot (Paris). See  http://festival.brotherswing.com for registration and updates. To contact the organisers, email  info@brotherswing.com 

December

Hop on the Balboa Love Trolley at the "San Francisco Balboa Festival" December 2 thru 4, 2005 in beautiful San Francisco, California, Teachers include Joel & Alison Plys, Jonathan Bixby, Dean Raftery and David Graybill. Please see www.balboabattle.com for more information and to register online. To register by snail mail please send a check made payable to: QDBA attention Burnie Gipson, 1000 Howard St., Ste. 305, San Francisco, CA 94103

Snowball 2005 is a New Year swing dance event in Stockholm, Sweden with a who's who of international teachers including Ryan and Jenny, Paul Overton and Sharon Ashe, Sylvia Sykes and Nick Williams, Kenneth and Helena Norbelie, Sakarias and Frida, and Bernard and Anne-Helene Casava. It runs from December 28 to January 1 with four days of classes and five nights of dancing. More details at www.thesnowball.se 

Camps in 2006

January

There's a Christmas Swing Dance Cmap with Melanie Stocker and Olivier Massart, Asa Palm and Daniel Heedman in St Petersburg Russia on January 5 to 10. More details at www.swingdance.ru

The 2nd Shag & Balboa Festival in Paris from January 12 to 15 with four days of classes and three social dances with live music. The teachers include Nick Williams and Sylvia Sykes, Joel and Alison Plys, Dan and Christi Guest, and Lily and Adam Valius. Get full details at www.spiritoflindy.asso.fr 

HopSpot Cologne is a weekend of Lindy Hop with Mattias and Hanna on January 14 and 15. More information at www.hopspotcologne.de 

leapin' lindy is a two day swing dance event in Bern, Switzerland on January 21 and 22. The teachers are Manu Smith and Carol Fraser, Mattias Lundmark and Hanna Zetterman and Stefan and Angela. More details at www.lindy-hop.ch 

Winter Camp 2006 is in Uppsala Sweden on January 27 to 29. The teachers include Joseph and Trisha Sewell, Zackarias and Frida, and Mattias and Hanna. There's ten hours of classes and evening dances. Accommodation and lunches will be arranged. More details at www.swingkatten.org

February

The Montpelier Swing Festival is on February 2 to 5 in Place do la Comedie in Montpelier France. You will be dancing in the street, jazz concerts, dance parties, demonstrations and a Lindy Hop Jack and Jill competition. Full details at www.montpellierswing.com.

The First Eastbourne Jive Weekend features The Jive Aces, The Bus Stop Boys, Ocean's Seven and a host of DJs at York House Hotel 14-22 Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7AP from Friday 3 to Monday 6 February 2006. There are dance classes with Paul and Debbie Jackson, with "food, fun and great music guaranteed". The cost is £139 for three nights' half-board. More details at www.strollinsteve.co.uk or call 01763 241301.

Goodnight Sweetheart 06 starts on February 10 for three days and nights at Hertford University, with 40 hours of classes and the third World DJ Championships. There's a variety of styles taught, international teachers and a Valentine's Dinner, lunch and tea dance included. More stuff at mail@gnsh.co.uk and at www.gnsh.co.uk or call 01438 7189206.

They will be celebrating Black History Month in Phoenix Arizona by Swingin' with The Stars from February 17 to 19. You can get more information from dancingdocjoan@aol.com 

Back To The 50s is the ultimate dance ball on Friday 24 February with four bands and four DJs. It's happening in The German Theater in Schwanthalerstrasse 13 Munich. More details at www.50Jahrerockandroll.de Doors open at 7pm and stay open until 3am. Prices start at 15 euros and go on sale in September 2005.

March

La Santa Swing News: Kevin and Carla will be teaching again, as will Bill Borgida, Gary and Sarah Boon, Katja from Amsterdam and Andy and Rena. Ronnie Scott's Rejects will play in the evenings. Booking Forms and more details from the website - www.jumpnjive.co.uk  or call 0208 248 6643. The dates for 2006 are February 23 to March 2 for main week and March 2 to 9 for chill out week.

The London Lindy Exchange dates for 2006 are 10 to 12 March.

Swingin' Spring is in Gothenburg Sweden on March 17 to 19. More details at www.wcj.nu

The 2006 Balboa Rendezvous is on March 31 to April 2 at the historic Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach California. The vent features the International Balboa Championships and you can find out more at www.2Plyswing.com

April

The 2006 Spring Swing Fling is from April 7 to 9 with Joel and Alison Plys, Anne-Helene and Bernard Cavasa, Frida and Sakarias and Rob and Diane van Haaren. There will be live bands on Friday and Saturday and the event also celebrates the tenth anniversary of The Edinburgh Swing Dance Society. More  information on 0131 661 6027 and their web site www.hopscotch-swing.co.uk.

The 2006 Barcelona Swing Festival dates are April 13 to 16. Full details will be published at www.barswingona.org

June

The 2006 Swing Fest in Saint-Petersburg Russia runs for three days from June 10. The teachers are Steve Mitchell and Virginie Jensen. More details on + 7 911 913 0202, info@swingfest.ru and at www.swingfest.ru 


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