Roffa Balboa Weekend: Mel & Jo

  • Datum: 25-27 november
  • Tijd: different times
  • Locatie: Cuartito Azul/De Machinist/Bar Central
  • Prijs: €7,50 - €80



We are very proud and honored to have the amazing super duper Mel & Jo from London to teach at our 3rd Roffa Balboa Weekend.
Be ready for fun classes for 3 levels and 3 parties.
It’s gonna be snug, it’s gonna be funny, it’s gonna be inspiring, it’s gonna be magic!

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Registration is closed! Send us an e-mail to inquire about the last spots for couples in level 1 and party passes and we can discuss if we can accomodate you.

Registration with or without partner?
Partnered workshops: registration without partner is possible, of course. But we will be confirming you based on the lead/follow balance. Want to ensure your place? Register with a partner!
There will be only place for 17 couples/34 dancers per level.



The teachers

Mel and Jo are dance enthusiasts who dedicate their time to encourage swing dancing in the United Kingdom.  Being familiar with lindy hop and blues, their current passion is mastering Balboa and Bal-swing - a journey of continuous learning.
They started salsa dancing in Singapore and after moving to the United Kingdom in 2000 began their journey in swing dancing.  After dancing lindy hop, charleston and blues for several years they then fell in love with Balboa and became dedicated to learning this dance from 2008.  However, they still love and continue dancing all styles to this day.

Jo has been athletic since she was a teenager and currently holds a brown belt in Xen-Do Martial Arts.  Mel, who also accomplished medals in various sports, was a break-dancer and a DJ in his younger years.  From this personal experience, they apply the techniques of physical motion to help them understand and master the nature of dance movement.

Currently, you can find them social dancing and competing at various events across Europe and the United States.  They also teach Balboa/Bal-swing and facilitate pilot sessions throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.  Their “down-to-earth” and positive attitude helps to make the classes they teach not only informative but also very enjoyable.  Mel still continues his love for music as a DJ and emcee at dance events across Europe and the United States.

Their aspirations to be balboa ambassadors stems from their drive to continuously learn and share the passion and knowledge of dance to enthusiasts alike.

Workshop & Levels

New: there will be 3 levels!
Level 1 will have 2 hours of class on Saturday. You can register for the Saturday Pass.
Level 2 and 3 will have 2 hours of class on Saturday and 2 hours of class on Sunday. You can register for a Full Pass.

Level 1: You dance balboa for at least 6 months to 1 year and understand most basics (up & downhold basic, lollies, paddles, out & ins, throw out/come around).
Level 2: You dance balboa between 1 and 3 years and participated in some international workshops
Level 3: You dance balboa at least for 3 years and participated in several international workshops

Absolute beginners
We will not offer absolute beginner classes, but we will have an introduction workshop by Swing in Rhythm before the party on Saturday night open for everyone!

Prices

Saturday Pass: €40 (2 hours class plus entry to the Saturday Party)
Full Pass: €80 (4 hours class during 2 days plus entry to all 3 parties)
Party Pass: €30 (all 3 parties)

Class schedule & location

Preliminary schedule




Workshop location:
Cuartito Azul,
Schoterbosstraat 17,
3032 CN Rotterdam

A 10 minute walk from Central Station (north side).
From Central Station: Take Tam 4 (direction Molenlaan) stop: Noordsingel or Tram 25 (direction Schiebroek), stop: Schiekade, walk 5 minutes via Teilingerstraat.

We're happy to be having classes in the cosy and and colourful tango school Cuartito Azul. And we all know tango dancers love a great floor. Cuartito Azul is situated in one of cool hoods of Rotterdam "Oude Noorden" (Old North) with plenty of nice places for coffees, cakes, restaurants and (vintage) shopping.


 

Parties

Party Prices
Party Pass: register for €30
At the door: Friday € 7.50, Saturday € 20, Sunday € 7.50 (cash only, no PIN)

Friday Party

21:00 - 01:00 Welcome party with DJs FinnSpinn, Bal Cat and Marijke
Say hello to the teachers, local dancers and old friends!
Damage at the door: €7.50 (included in Full & Party Pass), cash only, no PIN
Venue: Cuartito Azul,
Schoterbosstraat 17,
3032 CN Rotterdam

A 10 minute walk from Central Station (north side).
From Central Station: Take Tam 4 (direction Molenlaan) stop: Noordsingel or Tram 25 (direction Schiebroek), stop: Schiekade, walk 5 minutes via Teilingerstraat.

Same venue where the workshops take place, in the cosy and and colourful tango school Cuartito Azul. And we all know tango dancers love a great floor. Cuartito Azul is situated in one of cool hoods of Rotterdam "Oude Noorden" (Old North) with plenty of nice places for coffees, cakes, restaurants and (vintage) shopping.

Saturday Party

20:00 - 21:00 workshop absolute beginners by Deirdre and Joost of Swing in Rhythm.
Bing your friends and introduce them to your happy addiction!

21:00 - 02:00 Paaaaaarty!
Live: Swellington's Splendid Six
Line up: Lucian McGuiness: trombone/zang, Floris van der Vlugt: riet, Coos Zwagerman: trompet/zang, Simon Verwaart en Elliot Muuses: gitaar, Efraim Schmitz-Wackerbarth: drums, …: bas.
DJs Stephan Wuthe & Superheidi
Damage at the door: €20 (included in Full Pass, Party Pass and Saturday Pass), cash only, no PIN



Venue: De Machinist, zaal de Sociëteit,
Willem Buytewechstraat 45,
3024 BK Rotterdam

Public transport:
Metro: Coolhaven,
Tram 8: direction Spangen, stop: Pieter de Hoochweg

De Machinist, built in the 1940s, is a former school for marine engineers and the room we'll be dacning in used to be the canteen. It has been redesigned and a great spot for dinner, live music and movies.

Sunday Party

15:00 - 19:00 Farewell party with DJs Superheidi, DJ Mel (yes!) and Stephan Wuthe
Have a last dance with old & new friends!
Damage at the door: €7.50 (included in Full & Party Pass), cash only, no PIN
Venue: Bar Central
Kruiskade 12,
3012 EH Rotterdam

Public transport:
5 minute walk from Central Station or workshop location
Metro: Stadhuis, Tram: many lines, stop: Hofplein

Hotel Central is a family run and 100 year old Grand Hotel in Rotterdam and is one of the few remaining buildings that survived the air raids of 1940. You can find it smack down city centre and it has kept some of its former grandeur The bar of this hotel used to be the late night hang-out of the VIPs of the International Filmfestival Rotterdam. If these walls could talk!


 

Extra: City Walk

Vintage Swinging Rotterdam
Join us on a city walk through Rotterdam's swinging past! After the First World War American sailors introduced jazz to Rotterdam. As a result the city became dance crazy. Dozens of venues appeared all over Rotterdam's centre. This sudden interest engaged the 'creme de la creme' of internationally renowned jazz musicians, and the public went wild over the latest American dance fads, such as the Charleston and the Black Bottom. Sadly, all of these venues, like the legendary dancing Pschorr with its ultramodern glass dancefloor, no longer exist. But - with the help of vintage images, some vivid storytelling and your own imagination - your time travel guide Marly from Timeless Rotterdam Tours will help you to revisit them during this city walk.

Details

Registration is closed for the walk, you can send us an e-mail to discuss spots coming available.
Saturday afternoon November 26.
Tour duration approx. 1.5 hour.
The walk will be in city centre, close to most RBW venues.
Pay €12.50 in cash at the start of the tour.

Dancing Pschorr (1922-1940)

Refund policy

We cannot refund your purchased passes for any reason. You can, however, re-sell your pass on your own behalf, just let us know by e-mail to whom you sold your pass as soon as possible so we can update our registration.
Helaas kunnen we om verschillende praktische redenen geen geld-terug-garantie bieden bij annulering van jouw kant. Mocht je toch verhinderd zijn om te komen kun je je Pass wel verkopen aan een andere danser. Laat ons zo snel per mail weten om wie het gaat zodat wij ons registratie kunnen bijwerken.

Staying in Rotterdam

Since we are just a small team organizing this special weekend, we don't offer hosting. But do feel free to ask and offer hosting here on the Facebook event page.
And dear Roffaswingers, if you have room for some cool & sophisticated dancers, you can add to all the magic and enjoy some good company and eternal gratitude!

Some affordable suggestions in Rotterdam:
Ani & Haakien
ROOM Hostel
King Kong Hostel
Easy Hotel
Stay Okay Rotterdam
Hotel Bazar
The Student Hotel
airbnb
 

Transport
international travel by train, plane or ferry
Rotterdam Central Station has direct connections from Amsterdam Schiphol, Antwerp, Brussels, Paris. Inland travel check NS.
Rotterdam/the Hague Airport has direct connections to several European cities, bus 33 will take you within 30 minutes to Central Station
Stena Line Hoek van Holland-Harwich is still running, 30 kms from Rotterdam, train will take you in 30 minutes to Central Staion

public
RET or OV9292

car
Parking in Rotterdam is all paid parking, prices differs per neighbourhood and time, check Parking in Rotterdam

bicycle
several possiblities, some hostels offer rental bikes as well, check for options Bim Bim Bikes

Map

Find the party venues, workshop location and close to there pllaces for coffee, food, supermarkets and some Rotterdam sightseeing, all on our map

Contact

Any questions, need more information? Drop us a line at roffaswing at gmail . com

2016 25 nov tot 2016 27 nov