Two weeks ago (17-19 September 2010), the Sweden Balboa Weekend was happening in Uppsala.
We all had a really great time there. I especially liked the atmosphere of the weekend, so the idea occured to me to write a review about the event.
Some key figures (I consider this a small workshop weekend):
- approximately 150 participants
- 4 levels = 4 groups
- 4 teacher couples
Time table of the weekend:
20.00-00.00 Welcome dance with live band
Saturday and Sunday workshop
09.00-10.00 Registration (only on Saturday)
10.30-11.40 Lesson 1
11.50-13.00 Lesson 2
14.20-15.30 Lesson 3
15.40-16.50 Lesson 4
20.00-01.00 Evening dance with live band on Saturday
17.15-20.30 DJ dance & sandwich buffet on Sunday
What I liked:
- The class rooms and the evening party location were close together in walking distance
- The first lesson started at 10.30h – very good!
- The student groups stayed in the same room: just comfortable
- Every teacher couple were teaching two lessons in a row. I like this concept, it gives the teachers more possibilities to structure their lessons. Even the breaks could be done differently than on the time table.
- “Fika” = (sweet) snack and fruit juice between lesson 1&2 and 3&4 – that was really awesome.
- Live bands – what is better than dancing to live music!
- Sandwich bar on Sunday. Another great idea. Usually there is not that much time during these weekends to socialise. This simple idea brought everybody together for a chat and some dances at the end of the weekend.
What I would do differently:
- I would plan a longer lunch break: the classes rarely end on time, then you need time to walk to a restaurant and you need time to order and wait for the food
- Schedule the Saturday evening party until 2h (and start it half an hour or an hour later), most of us were a little bit disappointed that it already ended at 1h – okay, eventually it was 1.30h 🙂
There was no:
- … audition for higher levels, which was a courageous decision in a way but it suprisingly worked out pretty good. Well, there is still the possibility for a teacher couple to politely move a dancer in a different group if necessary.
- … Jack ‘n' Jill competition. I don't want to judge that. It's always a difficult decision whether you would like to give the opportunity to compete and therewith inspire the other dancers. On the other hand it divides the flow of an evening. I can live with both situations.
These are just my personal thoughts.
Thanks again to the organizers for this wonderful weekend!