The most awesome All Lithuanian Weekend 2017 with live jams and stuff

Disclaimer: Those of you who do not know me, I am Lithuanian and those who know me – you know I am a very honest man. I am so honest that if I had to choose to die or be dishonest, I rather die. At least then I can tell myself that I died as an honest man, right? OK, with that in mind, I wanted to tell you that even though I am very honest and completely unbiased therefore I will not sugar-coat this post.

Oh hi there, so last weekend I was very lucky to dance in my home-country – Lithuania at All Lithuanan Weekend 2017. I know I have taken a taster class in Plunge, Lithuania in July, 2016 but I can’t say that I had danced there properly. Now I can. Oh boy …. was it great? Absolutely!

So, first of all, I must admit how much I had missed Lithuania-brewed beer such as Kalnapilis. Very nice, light and tasty … my kind of beer, you know. I was also able to see couple things I never had a chance to see even though I lived in Lithuania for 16 years.

OK, let’s talk about the festival itself. Imagine being taught by Lithuanian elitest teachers … there were 22 Lithuanian teachers and you know they were great! There were many great dancers from Lithuania and other parts of Europe. I had a pleasure to meet some of them and dance with them. Total joy!

Lithuania hops!

The solo jazz contest was crazy. I have never seen such format where you do prelims and then 8 of participants get elected to go to the next stage. Then 8 dancers split into 2 groups (randomly, by drawing red or black card). This is like team competition actually. The winners are split into 2 smaller groups (2 vs 2) and then, at the final stage, it’s 1 on 1. Oh blimey, they were all so cool, so playful, engaging with each other. C-R-A-Z-Y!

The venues were big enough for this many dancers. Floor-craft was nice. There was enough space for swing outs and stuff. The bar was cheap! 2.5 euro for a pint of beer. They even provided food on Friday and Saturday. Yes, I ate a lot. I was CRAVING … for dancing … oh and food, obviously. I know I probably sinned but I ate as late as eight (I ain’t no rap God but I can rhyme sometimes ;D ). OK, as late as 3:30 A.M., actually.

Lithuania Military Orchestra

We had a few really good bands that were so good, it was a sin not to dance! We had Home Jazz Band (ft Milda Stasaityte), The Schwings (ft Migloko), The Shoekillers and Lithuanian Military Orchestra. The latter band had maybe 15-20 members and they were really good. All the bands were top notch and I truly enjoyed dancing to them.

Another amazing thing that I loved was the jam sessions on Sunday night. They started at 2 AM and it went on and on and on and on and on until 4:20-ish. The jam was so awesome, it was crazy! At one point, we probably had about 9 musicians improvising. A few couples dancing, a few people singing, etc … at around 4 AM, I felt like it was kind of a private concert when the number of musicians were equal to the number of people in the audience. Here’s the crazy part of the jam:

So, to sum this event up, I must admit that I truly enjoyed it and I will most likely come back next year for their 3rd (?) edition. Teachers, bands, dancers and atmosphere was absolutely astonishing.

What do I do after February? I March … to another 2 festivals – Harbour Hop 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands (March 10 – 12, 2017) and Ardent Swing Festival 2017 in Liege, Belgium (March 24 – 26, 2017).

I am certain you will see me dance somewhere in London as well.

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Don Mazonas

Don Mazonas

CEO & Founder at Don Markets Limited
Hello, internet marketing (blogging) and swing dancing are two of my biggest passions. Combining them both was a good idea to spread the word about awesomeness of swing dancing. For more information about me, please check the "about" section of this blog.
Don Mazonas

Don Mazonas

Hello, internet marketing (blogging) and swing dancing are two of my biggest passions. Combining them both was a good idea to spread the word about awesomeness of swing dancing. For more information about me, please check the "about" section of this blog.