5-7 June 2020
Join us for the very first international Slow Bal event in The Netherlands, organised by Slowfeet Studio.
3 levels of Slow Bal
With Olga & Andreas from Sweden
and Deirdre & Luciën from The Netherlands
Slow Solo Jazz
With Bára from Belgium
Saturday party with live band
and the internationally famous DJ SuperHeidi
It’s possible to register as a single follow or lead, or as a couple. When registering as a couple, please make sure you have all the details of your dance partner. Click here to register.
After submitting the registration booking you are automatically placed on a waiting list. If you are moved off the waiting list, you will receive an email with payment instructions and have 7 days to complete the payment. If the payment is not completed, no matter how sad we are to do so, we will have to release your ticket. You are only allowed to purchase one ticket per booking.
Tickets and Pricing
Full weekend pass – 140 euro
4 hours of Slow Bal classes
2 hours of Slow Solo Jazz
Optional: an additional Slow Solo Jazz class by Bára on friday
Party Pass – 40 euro
Saturday Party Pass – 15 euro
A limited number of party passes and Saturday party passes will become available at a later time.
Olga and Andreas (Sweden)
Olga Marina is from Moscow and was born into a family of teachers (language and music) and since early years has been an energetic live wire – studying music, doing athletics, martial arts and gymnastics. Olga has been teaching and competing all over Europe and is regarded as one of the best balboa followers in Europe. Andreas lives in Stockholm. He has been teaching, competing and performing Balboa, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate and St. Louis Shag internationally for more than a decade. Andreas is regarded as one of the top Balboa teachers and dancers of the world.
As instructors, Andreas and Olga emphasize partnership, musicality and follow-leading abilities. They have an easy-going, relaxed way of teaching. They are known for giving well-structured classes and they always try to give their students lots of individual feedback. Their ambition is to create playful classes filled with interesting footwork, figures, fun tasks and laughter.
Barbora “Bára” Hřebačková makes her living through dance. An early dancer herself, she Hip Hopped her way into Tap, Charleston, Authentic Jazz & the Lindy Hop, growing more and more in all these styles of swing dancing in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. Currently, she is living and working in Europe’s much alive jazz-city, Brussels, Belgium: performing with dance project, Steam Heat Cats, and teaching at Crazy Legs Dance school. Do find her anywhere around Europe dancing & teaching, and enjoy her all-the-way graceful, light way of moving to the beat!
During Slowfeet Festival, Bára will teach slow solo jazz.
Deirdre and Luciën (The Netherlands)
Deirdre and Luciën met in the Lindy Hop scene in Rotterdam. In 2016, Deirdre started teaching short basics courses in Slow Bal and formed a practise group together with some enthusiasts. Luciën was one of these enthusiasts and together they travelled around Europe to learn more about this beautiful dance.
Deirdre and Luciën started Slowfeet Studio in January 2019 with a dream: to spread the love for Slow Bal in Rotterdam and ultimately in The Netherlands. Slowfeet Studio is the only Swing dance studio in Europe that teaches Slow Bal on a weekly basis.
Update on levels: due to the great amount of registrations for level 2, we decided to change level 1 into a level 2. Therefore there will be two levels 2 groups, and no level 1 group.
Level 1 – Cancelled
You decided to see what Slow Bal is all about. Awesome! This is the perfect level to join if you have never danced Slow Bal before or when you have limited experience with this dance. Please join this level when you have had fewer than 4 hours of Slow Bal classes in the past. When you only know the basics, you will find that this level will help you perfect your movement and technique.
You enjoy dancing Slow Bal and you would like to learn more. You have had Slow Bal lessons in the past, maybe at an international weekend or by having regular classes. The Slow Bal basics and some of the signature moves like the Slow Out, Come Around and Promenade are familiar to you. Experienced Blues and Balboa dancers who know the Slow Bal basics are also welcome to join this level.
You love Slow Bal and you can’t get enough of it! Join this level when you had at least one year of regular Slow Bal classes or joined multiple international Slow Bal events. This level is also suitable for advanced Balboa and/or Blues dancers who have experience with the basic Slow Bal moves. Your dancing to slow music has evolved from carrying out moves that you learned to genuinely adapting your movement and styling to the music, picking up subtle suggestions in the music and finding a deep level of connection as you improvise with your partner.
Slow Solo Jazz
Solo jazz at Slowfeet Festival? Yay! We are privileged and happy to be able to welcome Bára as one of our teachers, as we believe that improving solo movement benefits all Slow Bal dancers.
The beautiful thing about slow music is that it gives you time to finish your movements. There is time for styling and self-expression. Balance, technique, attitude and full body control are all required to move gracefully to slower jazz music.
By offering slow solo jazz as part of Slow Bal weekend, we all get a chance to improve body awareness and confidence in movement, with or without a partner.
Two hours of slow solo jazz with Bára is included in all workshop passes. An extra third hour on Friday is open for separate registration.
Slowfeet Festival will take place at four different locations. There is one workshop location for classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The parties will take place in three different historic locations in and around the city centre of Rotterdam.
We encourage you to rent a bike to move from one location to the next. Rotterdam has good facilities for bike riders. Also, we ordered some good weather ;).
Workshops: Cuartito Azul
3032 CN Rotterdam
Friday Party: Soon to be announced
To be announced
Saturday Party: Arminius
3015 CB Rotterdam
Arminius Church, also called the Remonstrantse Church, is located in the city centre of Rotterdam. It was built between 1895 and 1897 and survived the Second World War. Nowadays Arminius is also platform for art, culture and debate.
During Slowfeet Festival we dance in the middle of the church, between the organ and the pews.
Sunday Party: Hotel Atlanta
Coolsingel, Aert van Nesstraat 4
3012 CA Rotterdam
Hotel Atlanta (or NH Atlanta Rotterdam, as it’s officially called) was built between 1929 and 1931 after a design by architect Van der Togt. It had 8 hotel floors and a restaurant on the ground floor. With a height of 36 metres it was really huge, towering over other buildings in the city centre. The hotel is one of the few buildings that survived the bombing of Rotterdam at the beginning of the Second World War.
During Slowfeet Festival we dance on the top floor of the historic part of the hotel, with a grand view on the town centre.