Registration will open on December 15th at midnight !

March 21st thru 28th of 2016 NOW enjoy of barSWINGona'16 !

The barSWINGona Festival

 

Allowing dancers from everywhere to share the passion for swing with people from Barcelona.

barSWINGona festival was created by Carmen & Lluís on may 1998 and has been run by the barSWINGona team which has been continuously renovated.

Since the beginning, barSWINGona purpose has been to allow dancers from everywhere share the passion for swing dancing and music with people from Barcelona.

barSWINGona is a not-for-profit event although the budget has been consistently increasing every year. Some years the festival did quite well whereas some others it did not and needed some private support to survive. We hope to even it up on the long run. We’re struggling to get public support and private sponsors as well with just minor successes so far.

Enjoy the new edition of barSWINGona.

What’s new

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The team

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Dates

The most Important Dates of Barcelona Swing Festival are:

REGISTRATION deadlines:

Registrations opens: December 8st at 00:00.
EARLY bird deadline: January 17th
LAZY bird deadline :  February 21th
LAST day registration: March 11 

barSWINGona dates are from march 19st thru 28th

barSWINGona festival: 24th thru 28th 
barSWINGona extended Festival: 19th thru 28th

MASTERS

Isabella.

Isabella

Isabella Gregorio is a well-known international dancer. She teaches and performs around the globe, exhilarating students and audiences of all ages. Isabella is often mentioned as one of the top three followers of the world. She is well known for her crazy style and her great expression. Her professional career started in Italy 2002, with a…

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Pontus.

Pontus

Pontus Persson has been dancing continuously since he was 5 years old, actively competing (since the age of 6) and started teaching professionally as a 16-year old. After graduating, he moved to Stockholm in 2008 to evolve his dancing, being offered membership of the dance company, Harlem Hot Shots. He has since then been spreading…

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Sharon

Sharon

Sharon Davis is a professional dancer, specialising in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Burlesque and other authentic dances from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.  Originally from Australia, Sharon is now based in London, and travels the world throughout the year, performing and teaching her dance. She holds numerous 1st place titles at the most prestigious swing dance…

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Juan

Juan

Juan Villafañe is a Buenos Aires based professional swing dancer. He specializes in Lindy Hop,Jazz Roots, 1920s Charleston, Tap and other authentic dances from the Golden Age of Jazz. With his dance partner Sharon Davis, Juan travels the world throughout the year, teaching and performing his dance. Visit http://www.juanvillafane.com.ar/ to find out more about.

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Maeva.

Maeva

Native of Montpellier, France, Maeva started modern jazz dance at the age of 4 years. A few years later she started participating in Rock Sauté competitions. After several years, Maeva was attracted by more rythmical dances like Boogie Woogie and the Lindy Hop. With easy and surprising abilities, Maeva rose through the ranks to become…

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William

William

William Mauvais,  born in 1988, close to Monpellier, France, William willy1started couple dancing in 2002, at the age of 14 years, when he followed his parents in their weekly dance class. William wasn’t predestined to this art, since he was practicing ‘Football’ (soccer) from the age of 6 years. He was chosen many times to…

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Katja

Katja Vintage is the new cool. From living the vintage life style to living on the vintage dance, the swing dance era has brought me a lifetime of joy and happiness. First, I fell in love with the clothes and the hair-dos. Dancing and teaching all across the globe gave me the opportunity to share…

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Ali

Ali

Ali. I have an idea! Most people know me as a pragmatic person who loves to try and apply new ideas. Often these ideas are based on my interest areas such as science, psychology, stand up comedy or one of my many educational audio-books. In our dance classes, it is not uncommon to find me citing…

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Tatiana.

Tatiana

TATIANA UDRY is from Montpellier, France. A rising star in Lindy hop and solo charlestons, her latest accolades include 1st place in Solo Charleston and Charleston showcase at Paris Jazz Roots Festival 2014, 3rd in “All-star Strictly” divisions in ILHC 2013, as well as 1st place at Strictly divisions in Lindy Shock 2012, Hungary, with…

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J.B. Mino

Mino

JB MINO is from MontPellier, France. A professor of lindy hop, he is a proud member of the Swingjammerz, a Swing performance team from France, as well as The Gypsies, the swing performance group participating in various showcases and competitions around the world. JB has won numerous solo and partnered competitions with the recent years,…

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BANDS

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Ricard Gili Septet

Ricard Gili and Vidal. (Barcelona, ​​1948). Architect. Founding member and director of amateur jazz group The Black Locomotive. In front of this group has performed since its foundation in 1971, in many Catalan towns and several cities in Spain. He also participated in festivals in France and Belgium. He has given courses, seminars and conferences…

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Shakin’All

Ready for a great dance party? Ready for a wild swing session?   Shakin’ All will lead you to vintage music universe, a land between Jazz, Blues, Rock n’ Roll and New Orleans Music. A funny concert, with the groovy songs of Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Louis Prima…     Web site: http://shakinall.blogspot.com.es/  

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Kokodrillos

An international band based in Barcelona who plays energetic music of New Orleans jazz of the ’20s , with its own style, full of swing. The Krokodillos deal with whatever is entertainment and happiness. When people listen to Krokodillos for smiles and begins to dance and sing along with the band . No matter whether…

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BUMPY ROOF

The Bumpy Roof Band was born from the desire of several Catalan musicians to bring all the city of New Orleans and its melodies . In the hands of the French trumpeter Julien Silvand will offer a repertoire full of energy , where blues, classic New Orleans jazz and swing mixed with spontaneity and vitality…

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ALL STARS SWING JAM dir. by Juli Aymí

The festival will end at rhythm of this New Orleans style band, headed by the Savoy’s Sultants.

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Jove Big Band Girona

Girona Youth Big Band is a jazz orchestra composed of young musicians (from 15 years ) and has a project to understand and interpret the language and repertoire of the big bands of the golden age of jazz, Duke Ellington , Count Basie , Lionel Hampton … the orchestra was founded in autumn 2010, with…

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DJ’S

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Lindy Hop Track

HE TRACK OF CLASSES FOR SOCIAL LINDY HOP DANCING

CONTENTS

All classes will focus on steps and technique for Social dancing of lindy hop except one that will work on a lindy hop routine that will be danced by those who wish to do so in the final swing party.All levels, but the beginners one, will get all the Lindy hop Masters (see the Masters section). Each couple of teachers will develop the steps in their own personal style. Each level will get 3 classes a day of these top couple teachers, therefore you’ll get 9 track classes in total. In addition there are Open classes that you can take.

 

TEACHERS
Every level, but the beginners one, will get all the Lindy hop Masters (see the Masters section). Each couple of teachers will develop the steps in their own personal style.Each level, but the beginners one, will get 3 classes a day, therefore you’ll get 9 track classes in total. In addition there are Open classes that you can take.

 

CLASSES
Each level will get 3 classes a day of these top couple teachers, therefore you’ll get 9 track classes in total. In addition there are Open classes that you can take.

 

LEVELS
The courses are organized in many  levels to avoid mixing dance levels in the same class and guarantee a progressive work in class. Please, read the level descriptions carefully. When registering you must indicate one of them. There will be AUDITIONS associated to each level as explained in the Auditions section.
BEGINNERS
( B )
For those who have been actively dancing for few months only and do not fully got the BASIC swing out, barSWINGona offers you a special track with fewer classes and a reduced price. Please check the LINDY HOP BEGINNERS section.
NON-ADVANCED
(NA)
This level will  probably be subdivided in 2 or 3 groups.
  • You have been actively dancing for at least 4 months.
  • You dance socially at least twice a week.
  • You have no problem at all the classical steps.
  • You understand and apply the connection technique to properly lead/follow in your dancing.
  • You can easily learn the steps if they are not complex steps.
ADVANCED (A)This level will  probably be subdivided in 2 or 3 groups.
  • You have been actively dancing for at least three years.
  • You dance several times a week and attended at several intl. workshops/festivals.
  • You have a deep understanding of the connection technique to properly lead/follow dificult steps and patterns at all kind of tempos.
  • You know what “dancing to the music” means and you apply it when you dance to any kind of music.
  • You are able to learn almost any step quickly.
Top Level (T)

Especial lindy hop course for very skilled and experienced lindy hop dancers. In particular:

  • You have a long experience dancing lindy hop.
  • You are either performer, teacher or one of the top dancers in you community or both.
  • In class, you are able to learn anything quickly and dance it properly with your partner.

You can acces this level by 2 ways:

  1. If you were registered at barSWINGona’13 on the invitational level (you received and invitation or pass the audition) you can register at HIGH LEVEL.
  2. If you were not on INVITATIONAL level last year but you think you qualify for this level you should do the following:
    1. Register as ADVANCED indicating an international instructor as referee.
    2. Go thru the INVITATIONAL audition scheduled together with the ADVANCED level audition.

Lindy Hop Beginners Track

THE TRACK OF CLASSES FOR SOCIAL LINDY HOP DANCING

 
CONTENTS
This is a special track for the lindy hoppers that have only been actively dancing for few months or for those who did not fully get the BASIC swing out.

This beginners track

 – FEW CLASSES: It is composed of fewer classes: It includes 2 class per day  (so 6 track classes, on full pass), plus 1 open classes  (saturday).

– CONVENIENT SCHEDULE: The track classes are scheduled right before the party.

– REDUCED PRICE: The price is considerably reduced (check the PRICES section).

The classes will focus on beginners steps and the basic technique for Social dancing.

 

TEACHERS
It will get one class with the top masters and the rest will be with Javi & Encarny,  (check the Teachers section).

Open Classes

YOU HAVE SEVERAL OPEN CLASSES TO CHOOSE UPON.

 

Besides the track classes, your barSWINGona pass includes three Open Classes.These classes are taught by either the main masters or some additional international teachers:

Auditions

 

 
What Is This ?
An audition is a test that the dancers do before classes in front the instructors.The purpose of the auditions is to guarantee that each dancer is placed in the right group to maximize the homogeneity of the levels of the dancers in the group.

The auditions can result in :

– DIVIDING the group if the levels in the groups are to different.
– PROMOTING those dancers that qualify for a higher level
– DEMOTING those dancers whose level does not reach the standards for the level they registered at.

 

 

Who Has to Pass the Audition ?
The auditions are mandatory and must be passed by anyone who:

– is registered in the NON-ADVANCED levels
– is registered in the ADVANCED levels
– is registered in the BEGINNERS level and want to promote to NON-ADVANCED.

Dancers in the INVITATIONAL level do not have to pass any audition. There will be 2 AUDITIONS :

– Intermediate level.
– Advanced level.

– Check the schedule to know the times and please plan to be there on time.

Facilities

THE FACILITIES ARE WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE CASINO

In Class
– Rotation: All these levels are SOCIAL lindy hop and, therefore, there will be partner rotation in the classes.
– You have the right to do not enter the rotation and remain with your partner during the whole class.
– The spaces used to do the workshops are all located walking distance from the Casino and are the following:

– AT THE CASINO: The ballroom.
– AT THE CONFORTEL (ONE BLOCK AWAY FROM THE CASINO):
        – The Convention room at the lobby level.
        – The Forum room at the first floor.
– AT THE “CENTRE MORAL DEL POBLENOU” (2 blocs away from the CASINO): the dance studio.

Maps of each location can be found in the VENUES section.

Norms

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PROVIDE YOU AN ENJOYABLE STAGE

In Class

– Rotation: All these levels are SOCIAL lindy hop and, therefore, there will be partner rotation in the classes.
– You have the right to do not enter the rotation and remain with your partner during the whole class.

 

Access Control

– You can attend only the track classes of the level you registered for. Every group will use the partner rotation system.
– You can go to any open class or taster class.

 

Language

– The official language of the festival is English.
– Occasionally, some pieces of teachers instructions will be translated to Catalan and/or Spanish. This should not be the cause of any extra delay of the class though.

 

Video-recording

– Video-recording teachers without their permission is not allowed.
– 
At the end of each class, if the teacher agrees, there will be a short class review time specially suited for video-recording.
– Thanks for your cooperation.

 

Physical Injuries

– Stretching and Warm up: Please be aware that some swing classes require physical conditioning. The festival organizes of warm up sessions before the classes and stretching sessions after classes for you. Do not skip them.

– Any person registering to the Barcelona Swing Festival accepts that the organization is not liable in any sense for the physical injuries that the dancer may suffer during the festival.

PARTIES

Pre barSWINGona PARTIES

Swingui Qui Vingui @ Gràcia

Day: Sunday March 20th

Theme: Free

Band: The Cool Combo

Musicians: Don – Juli – Mikha – Jay

Schedule: 12:00 a 14:30

Venue: Plaça Virreina (Gràcia district) – Metro: L3-Fontana

Tickets: Free

New Orleans Parade & Party @ Gràcia

Day: Tuesday March 22nd

Theme: Free

Band: DOUBLE SWING COMBO

Musicians: Juli Don Marc Marti + Mikha

Schedule: 

18:00 DJs @ Pl Diamant
19:00 – 21:00 Parade with band @ Plaça Diamant
21:00 – 0:00 Party with Band @ La Fontana

Venue: Plaça Diamant (Gràcia district) – Metro: L3-Fontana ==> La Fontana Espai Jove

Tickets: 

In advance: 10€
At the door 15€

New Orleans Parade & Party @ Gràcia

Day: Tuesday March 22nd

Theme: Free

Band: DOUBLE SWING COMBO

Musicians: Juli Don Marc Marti + Mikha

Schedule: 

18:00 DJs @ Pl Diamant
19:00 – 21:00 Parade with band @ Plaça Diamant
21:00 – 0:00 Party with Band @ La Fontana

Venue: Plaça Diamant (Gràcia district) – Metro: L3-Fontana ==> La Fontana Espai Jove

Tickets: 

In advance: 10€
At the door 15€

New Orleans Parade and Party @ SANTS

Day: Wednesday March 23

Theme: Black & White

Band: When the “Sants” go Marchin’ Band

Schedule:
Parade: tbc
Party: 21:30 a 1:30

Venue: Plaça Osca (Sants district) L5-L1-Plaça de Sants ==> Ballcentre

Tickets: 

In advance: 10€
At the door 15€

barSWINGona PARTIES

Poblenou Parade / Gangsters & Charleston Party

Day: Thursday march 24th

Theme: Gangsters & Charleston Party

Band: Shakin’ All Band

Schedule: 20:30 a 2:30

Venue: Casino l’Aliança del poblenou

Tickets: At the door: 25€

Friday Groups Party

Day: Friday march 25th

Theme:  tbc

Band: Bumpy Roof

Schedule: 20:30 a 2:30

Venue: Casino l’Aliança del poblenou

Tickets: At the door: 25€

Swing Gangs Party

Day: Saturday march 26th

Theme: tbc

Band: Ricard GIli Septet

Schedule: 20:30 a 2:30

Venue: Casino l’Aliança del poblenou

Tickets: At the door: 25€

Glamour Party

Day: Sunday march 27th

Theme: tbc

Band: ALL STARS SWING JAM dir. by Juli Aymí

Schedule: 20:30 a 2:30

Venue: Casino l’Aliança del poblenou

Tickets: At the door: 25€

Live Outdoors Dance

Day: Monday march 28 th

Theme: free

Band: Jove Big Band Girona

Schedule: 11:00 a 14:30

Venue: Plaça Reial

Tickets: free

RATES & REGISTRATION

Registrations status

Teacher's Tracks
LINDY HOP HIGH TRACKS
LINDY HOP ADVANCED TRACKS
LINDY HOP NON-ADVANCED TRACKS
LINDY HOP BEGINNERS TRACKS

Groups

Idea

 

Form a group and enjoy the advantages.

 

Since the beginning of this adventure as a swing festival, one of the aims of barSWINGona has been to promote the encounter of lindy hop communities from different regions and Barcelona Swing dancers.

In this spirit, barSWINGona encourages dancers from the same community (meaning a city and its surroundings) to attend barSWINGona festival as a barSWINGgroup by giving them a special treat including discounts and gifts (see the details in the sections below).

 

What are the advantages you get as barSWINGgroup ?
If you qualify as barSWINGgroup then you’ll enjoy the following advantages:

  • a fee discount to ALL group members (check the PRICES section).
  • a complimentary gift to the Group leader (check the “Group leader duties” section below).

 

Terms

 

Register, qualify and act as the barSWINGgroup from your swing community.

 

What is barSWINGgroup ?
To qualify as a barSWINGgroup you must be a group of lindy hoppers from the same community meaning:

  1. You have to be at least 4 leaders and 4 followers (not necessarily partners or registering to the same tracks and levels).
  2. You must be from the same community: we consider a community is not a region or a country but it is restricted to a city and its surroundings.
  3. You must be foreigner, meaning that you are coming from a city out of Catalonia.
  4. All of you must register for a WEEKEND or FULL pass. Party passes do not qualify.
  5. All member registrations must be ACCEPTED. Being pre-registered or in a waiting list is NOT an accepted registration.

A group may loose its status if does not have enough members during the final registration process at the beginning of the festival.There are two types of group:

  • Group: between 8 and 29 members. It have the group discount.
  • Mega group: 30 members or more. It have the MEGA-group discount.

 

What does a barSWINGgroup have to do ?

 

If you believe that you qualify as a barSWINGgroup and you want to be so this is what the group should do:

  • Choose a Group NAME.
  • Designate a Group LEADER.
  • Each member of the group must indicate both in the registration from when she/he registers.
  • Prepare a Group outfit for the Saturday Swing Communities Party (and you can optionally add some sort of short show presentation)

The Group LEADER should take care of the issues indicated below.

 

What are the duties of the Group LEADER ?

 

The barSWINGgroup LEADER must take care of the following:

  1. Fill in the GROUPS’s FORM.
  2. Check that your group is listed in the Groups list in this section of the festival website.
  3. Make sure that all group members include the group info in their registration forms.
  4. Make sure that all group members pay the registration deposit on time.
  5. Take care of the registration and payment for all members at the registration desk in Barcelona at the beginning of the festival.
  6. Encourage the group members to prepare a nice Group outfit for the Saturday Swing party.
  7. Collect suggestions and complaints from the group members and send them tobarswingona@gmail.com

In appreciation to all this work, barSWINGgroup LEADER will get the following:

  1. the registration fee discount:
    1. If the group is formed by 8 to 15 members: discount as any other member of the group (check the PRICES section). If the group is formed by 16 to 31 members: 1 free full pass (you will come for free to barSWINGona’14!).
    2. If the group is formed by 32 member or more: 2 free full pass (for the group Lead and other member of the group that he/she chooses).
  2. an invitation to the barSWINGona staff & friends diner on Sunday.

 

Festival Pass Prices

 

A top level festival at Spanish prices and incredible discounts !!!

 

PASS REGIS.
DATE
FEE GROUP / HOST
discount (~10%)

MEGA GROUP

FULL pass  Best Value :
It
includes:
+ 3 day of classes (9 track classes + 4 Openclasses)
+ All Parties (
4 Major parties+ the kick off party)

+
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Early fee
before January 17th
195€ 175€ 165€
Lazy fee
before February 21th
215€ 195€ 185€
Regular fee
after March 11th
235€ 215€ 205€
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Full weekend Pass.

Beginners Pass

Party Pass

Single Party tickets. 

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VENUES INFORMATION

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Casino l’Aliança del Poblenou

Rambla del Poblenou, 42
08005 Barcelona

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Espai Jove La Fontana

Gran de Gràcia 190
(Gràcia District) 08012 Barcelona

L3-Fontana.

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Confortel Hotel

C/ Ramón Turró, 196 – 198,
08005 Barcelona

L4-Llacuna.

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Can Felipa Sport Center

c/ Pallars, 277
08005 Barcelona

L4-Poblenou.

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Plaça de la Virreina

Plaça de la Virreina
(Gràcia District) 08012 Barcelona

L3-Fontana.

Plaça Reial

Plaça Reial
(Ciutat Vella district) 08002 Barcelona

L3-Liceu.

More info.

If you want to find maps and directions in Barcelona you can visit the official web site of the city www.bcn.cat or go directly to the English version of the BCN Map section http://www.bcn.es/guia/welcomea.htm (you just have to write the address and you get the map).


You can also visit the Public Transportation official web site (in English) www.tmb.net or go directly to the ‘I want to go’ section http://www.tmb.cat/en/vull-anar (you just have to write where you are and where do you want to go and you will get the maps and instructions).

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I prefer barSWINGona to other swing events ?

  • Because we have 15 editions of experience.
  • Because barSWINGona parties are unique: for big glamour parties and moreover some parties including an after hours party.
  • Because, the teachers line up is just impressive.
  • Because it has probably the best ration quality / price of all swing events in Europe.
  • Because Barcelona, this mediterranean enchanting city.

Can I purchase the party pass and PARTY TICKETS in advance ?

Yes, you can purchase the PARTY PASS in advance as well as Big party tickets.
Check the PRICES section.

Single party tickets can only be purchased after the Early Bird deadline.

barSWINGona looks great but I have no money. Is there any way I can take workshops ?

You can participate as “alt-i-allo” exchanging your work for your free access to Parties, Workshops or both.

 

I do not dance but I’d like to be part of the barSWINGona festival.

You can join the organizing team as volunteer: volunteers do not get paid and cannot take workshop but they get free access to all events and share the festival from the organizers point of view and you’re invited to meals while you work and to the staff lunch.

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