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All Jazzed Up 

Jean:        07808 966928

Shirley:  07974 250485

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Balboa at the Golden Lion

23 - 25 September 2022

Golden Lion
Golden Lion Ballroom

Swirls and Jean of All Jazzed Up would like to invite you to a weekend of balboa dancing in the delightful Golden Lion Ballroom, Northallerton, North Yorkshire 23 – 25 September 2022,  in the company of the wonderful Mel and Jo Calanglang.  The weekend will only be open to a small number of dancers (no more than 12 couples/group) and will follow a new format, inspired by events Swirls and Jean have attended in Barcelona.  Northallerton cannot claim the illustrious presence of Gaudi architecture but there is a Betty’s Tea Rooms just across the road!


To avoid ‘brain overload’ there will be shorter periods of formal teaching followed by individual coaching and of course they’ll be evening dances and a tea dance to finish.  This more relaxed format makes for a better learning experience whilst allowing more time to chill, catch up with friends and visit the local area.  The lovely towns of Thirsk (James Herriot), Richmond (Castle), Boroughbridge (Roman remains), Rippon (Cathedral) and Darlington (Railway Museum) along with Mount Grace Priory, Kiplin Hall and Byland and Fountains Abbeys are all within striking distance.  And let’s not forget the Dales and the North York Moors. 


During the weekend you will have one formal teaching session with Mel and Jo on Saturday and one on Sunday, which may be in the morning or the afternoon.  Each teaching session will be followed by coaching/guided practise.  There will be a welcome dance on the Friday evening, a balboa ball on the Saturday evening and a tea dance on the Sunday.  All balboa dancers are welcome - there will be no level testing as groups will be split by size not by experience.  The cost for tuition and social dances is £120/head.



The price of £120/head is for tuition and social dances only.  This does not include accommodation/meals as we wanted to keep the costs down to offer plenty of flexibility in this regard.  However, there are a limited number of rooms available at the Golden Lion Hotel (whose ballroom we are using) and we have negotiated a preferential price of: -

£60/night BnB for a double/twin room

£50/night BnB for a single

If you wish to take advantage of this deal, please book with the Golden Lion Hotel direct, asap, citing All Jazzed Up to get the discounted rate.

Email: or telephone 01609 777411


There are many other places to stay in Northallerton within a walking distance of the venue: -

The Porch House, Allerton Court Hotel and Katch.  There is a Premier Inn in the nearby town of Thirsk and plenty of other B&B options.


If you can’t make it for the whole weekend, you are also welcome to join us just for the evening dances, which will be £8/head for Friday evening, £10/head for the Saturday Ball or £15/head for a joint ticket for both.


There is plenty of parking at the Golden Lion Ballroom and Northallerton Railway Station with a direct line from London, Kings Cross is about a half a mile away.  The train journey from Kings Cross to Northallerton takes just under 3 hours.

Our Approach

Is about having fun, moving naturally in a way that is comfortable to you and enjoying what you are doing. 


We incorporate a method developed by Gloria Pinares, a movement therapist, dancer and instructor in Barcelona, which uses all of these things to great effect.

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About Us

Hello, I'm Jean (on the left) and Shirley is on the right. We have been teaching all styles of swing dance for more years than you have had hot dinners (yes, we do look young for our age!).  We are training with Gloria Garcia Pinares in Barcelona and use her pioneering method in our classes and workshops.

Start Dancing With All Jazzed Up

We run fun and friendly classes for dancers of all levels so if you’ve never danced a step, or have been swing dancing for some time, we have a class for you.  It’s a great way to meet new friends and keep fit - what's not to like!  You don't need a partner to come to our classes, just shoes that will stay on your feet (no flip flops or fashion ballet pumps) and a sense of humour (always helps when you are dancing).  Take a look at our testimonials at the bottom of this page - all real testimonials by real people, then choose one of the options below and say 'Hello' to a new hobby.

We are so lucky to have Jean and Shirley teaching in our area! They are fantastic teachers who’s patience and sense of fun seem to know no bounds. They work really hard to create a welcoming and creative environment to learn and enjoy Swing Dancing, coming up with different methods, choreography and techniques to get the best out of their students. The classes are relaxed and friendly and there’s something for everyone, and I also recommend the event weekends as something really special!

Sarah R


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