I've "discovered" swing about a year ago and I wouldn't undo it even if someone offered me millions of dollars. It has been an incredible year of dancing, socializing and above all learning. Most people - including me before I entered the scene - don't know that "swing" is actually a group of dances with the biggest branch being lindy hop. One of my favourite dances from the family is however balboa.
Balboa isn't as well known or as popular as lindy is, but it's fantastic and addictive nonetheless and offers every dancer rewards beyond measure. Its community is constantly growing and luckily Berlin has one of the most robust scenes, so much so that every year it hosts one of the biggest balboa festivals in Europe, the Berlin Balboa Weekend.
Events like the Berlin Balboa Weekend are essential to maintaining this growth and raising the overall skill level of dancers within the community. The engine behind this constant rejuvenation are international teachers who are mentors to the rest of us; and this year's organizers brought together a group of brilliant professional dancers to show the rest of us how it's done. I was there to take impromptu portraits of them before the weekend classes began and had tons of fun in the process.
Already looking forward to the 2016 event and dancing till daybreak!
And in case you were wondering what balboa looks like here is a small sample from the teachers' presentation from the last Balboa Weekend in 2015.