Olga & Andreas
Olga was born into a family of teachers and since early years has been an energetic live wire – studying music, doing athletics, martial arts and gymnastics. In 2007 she was introduced to Lindy Hop and this is where the real passion story begins. She got dance hooked and started to explore more of the dance world by getting into Blues and later Balboa. She has been actively travelling the globe in pursuit of more opportunities to dance, learn and compete. Later she began to share her love for swing music and dance by teaching. Now Olga is the international balboa instructor, teaching solo and couple Balboa all over the world.
At her classes she pays a lot of attention to getting the students interested and involved by giving challenging and fun tasks, working both on technique and musicality and infecting them even more with the love of dancing. For the time being she is passionately developing a new direction of swing dance practices – iSoloBalboa – offline and online solo classes for balboa leaders and followers which aim at polishing up technique and developing creativity and personal aesthetics.
Andreas was introduced to Lindy Hop in 2001 and a few years later to Balboa and other dances. In his early career, Andreas focused on performance and competition. He was part of the Swedish National Lindy Hop team and the Stockholm based performance troop Shout n Feel it. His international teaching career started in the mid 2000´s. Since then, Andreas teaches Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, Balboa, Saint Louis Shag, Collegiate Shag and other swing dances all around the world. He often competes and was awarded first place at events as Balboa division at National Jitterbug Championships (Camp Hollywood), Lindy and Balboa division at International Lindy Hop Championships, American Classic Balboa Championships (All Balboa Weekend), Rendezvous Championships (New York Balweek) and Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout. Andreas is also the reigning champion of the American Classic Balboa Championships at All Balboa Weekend together with Olga Marina.
As a dance teacher, Andreas has a warm and comfortable approach towards students. He is known for being good at breaking down the dances in an understandable way through inventive exersizes and class contents. As Andreas sees it, teaching inspiring not only because it allows you to see dancers improve, but also because it offers a possibility to learn more about dancing and to contribute the ever-changing dance styles.
Yulia & Sasha
Currently based in London, UK, Yulia and Sasha have fallen in love with balboa in 2010 while still being a part of a very enthusiastic and competitive Russian swing dance scene. They have ever since been in constant search of the authenticity of the dance and exploration of partners’ dynamics both in pure balboa and balswing. In class, they are happy to share every piece of knowledge they’ve gained throughout this ongoing adventure, with years of patient work and moments of fascinating insights.
Easily recognised by their zippy yet smooth style, the couple is often spotted in international contest finals. Two times California Balboa Classic winners, they also proudly hold the title of 6-time Pure Balboa Classic champions! Yet it isn’t all about trophies; both Yulia and Sasha see competing as the perfect way to showcase what they treasure in Balboa the most: its joyful energy, subtle humour and the precious opportunity to be in the moment with the music and one another.
Lynn & Stephen