All About Swing 2017 in Birmingham (or rather Halesowen)

Disclaimer: if it is too long to read, know this – I had a blast!

sara & robHi all. I am very sorry for lack of posts in this blog. The last time I blogged, I blogged about Swing Break 2017. Since then, I did other 3 events (apart from All About Swing 2017) and had a 5 weeks break off dancing. I DJed for Hullzapoppin’, London Throwdown and Oxford Lindy Exchange. I had a blast in all of these events but this post is all about All About Swing 2017.

moe & ryanAs always, I must complain about traffic. What normally takes 2 hours to get to Birmingham (or Halesowen), it took me about 3 hours to get there and 4 hours to get home. Massive traffic, heavy rain, slow traffic, etc … oh well. I am safe and recovered from AAS already 🙂

tatiana & markusThis time I did jazz stream. There were 8 girls and 1 man (me) in the class. I liked it. Especially that I was the only man in the class … I learned how to walk straight, feel music with my entire body (wait what? If you had come here, you would have learned too 😉 ). Also we did some routines and stuff.

sonia & hectorFor the first time ever, I did all taster classes on Friday. Normally, I would come on Friday evening but this time I made it to the afternoon taster classes! We had ballet class (never again, sorry), boogie woogie (I was reminded why I never followed more boogie woogie classes after Bender Weekender 3.5 years ago, not my style, sorry) and Ryan Francois’ swing stroll (what an amazing routine, I remembered it 100%).

simone & bicWe had socials from 8 PM until 1 AM on Friday and tea dance party from 5 PM until 7 PM on Sunday. DJ music was great! There were really awesome tunes played. We even danced shim sham (which I didn’t as I was resting due too much dancing), swing stroll, tranky doo, etc …

angela andrewI really enjoyed the festival. I caught up with some old friends and made new ones. I truly loved the atmosphere there, organisers were fantastic, very helpful and all. Floorcraft was great. The venue was big enough for all of us and I think there were, maybe, around 150-200 of us. Even at the peakest times, I could still do some small swing outs.

THE SURVIVORSAll in all, I enjoyed my time there and I will not make this post too long, like an essay. Next time, I’ll see you at Bristol Swing Exchange 2017 in about 11 days from today where I will be dancing, playing some music, having a lot of fun and great time. I will also be blogging about BSX.

Also, don’t forget to join the Swing Marathon. Almost 500 people are already interested and I think it will be an amazing time in February! Let’s see if we can get 2,000 participants 🙂

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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.