Balboa at the Golden Lion
29th September - 1st October 2023
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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 29th September - 1st October 2023, in the company of the wonderful Cris & Jon from Zaragoza.
As well as dancing and teaching and competing internationally, Cris and Jon run their own swing dance school in Zaragoza, northern Spain. As dancers, they achieve a wonderful mix of musicality, technique and elegance with the occasional dash of madness. They are continually researching new ways of teaching dancing to improve fluidity of movement and to make dancing easier, striking a balance between technical expertise and having fun. As coaches, Cris and Jon inspire their students to find their own style rather than simply copying that of others, enabling them to establish their own individual dynamics. They help students discover and develop their individual dance qualities.
The weekend will only be open to a small number of dancers and will follow our new format, inspired by events we have attended in Barcelona.
During the weekend there will be two days of balboa in small groups with a mix of formal tuition, guided practice, and coaching sessions with plenty of personal attention. 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 £130/head.
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.
The price of £130/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: -
£80/night BnB for a double/twin room
£60/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: Allanda Crow (email@example.com) 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.
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.
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!