Roffa Balboa Weekend 2018

  • Datum: 23-25 november 2018
  • Tijd: 9-8 pm
  • Locatie: several locations
  • Adres: several locations
  • Prijs: Full Pass €90, Party Pass €40, Extras €10

It's gonna happen, the 5th Roffa Balboa Weekend!
We'll present to you with a latin flavour: Gloria & Gio from Barcelona and Stockholm and Montse & Alejandro from Barcelona!
And we promise... it's gonna be snug, it’s gonna be funny, it’s gonna be inspiring and it’s gonna be magic! So mark you calendars!


Registration update: The Roffa Balboa Weekend 2018 is sold out, if spots come available due to cancellations we will post here and on Facebook.
Saturday night party tickets available at the door for €25. Due to space limitations we there are no single tickets for Friday or Sunday.

Registration with or without partner?
Partnered workshops: registration without partner is possible, of course. But we will be confirming you based on the lead/follow balance. Want to ensure your place? Register with a partner!
There will be only place for a limited number of dancers per level. For level description, scroll a lower.

The Teachers

Gloria & Gio

Successfully trying to grow a Balboa scene in Barcelona area since 2005, Gloria has been dancing Balboa since 1998. Having developed her own training technique, she has been teaching internationally since 2010. Coming from various dancing backgrounds like afro-latin, traditional Spanish dances and solo jazz, she has won balboa International titles like Euro Bal Cup 2011, Balboa on the Promenade Classic Open 2013 and All Balboa Weekend PA 2014. Member and leader of White Chocolates solo jazz troupe, she has also been teaching locally Balboa and solo jazz since 2004. She is also a Dance Movement Therapist and uses various movement analysis techniques in her Balboa teaching methology.

Gio started dancing at the age of 10 and he never stopped. He travelled from the very beginning for Boogie Woogie competitions, later on he discovered Balboa which is now his great passion. He is currently based in Stockholm where he teaches regular classes and is part of the team organising Sweden Balboa Weekend. Gio enjoys experimenting with new moves and stretching the borders of the dance, many people remember him for his following skills. Gio still likes to compete, he won the first place title at All Balboa Weekend Amateur Strictly and Jack’n’Jill, Balboa on the Promenade Strictly and Jack’n’Jill and Snowball. His goal is to let the students develop their own style and character in the dance.

Montse & Alejandro

Montse and Alejandro have traveled around the most important festivals for years to perfect and create a distinctive style derived from energy and playful improvisation based on a great sense of musicality.
The cheerfulness they exude during social dances and the competitions they take part in make them unique. Their classes are dedicated to explaining the tools they have used to express themselves on the dance floor and create their own moves and variations.They have won and placed many times in international Balboa competitions around Europe and USA.

Workshop & Levels

We will offer 4 levels that each will enjoy 4 hours of class divided over 2 days. We will place you in a level based on a questionaire at registration. It won't be possible to change level as we have limited places per class space. Please consider that levels are a relative matter and you will learn in any group.
Class sizes and levels will be based on level of registrants, read below for an indication:

Level 1 (intermediate): You dance balboa for at least 6 months to 1 year and understand most basics (up & downhold basic, lollies, paddles, out & ins, throw out/come around)
Level 2 (intermediate+): You dance balboa between 1 and 3 years and participated in some international workshops
Level 3 (advanced): You dance balboa at least for 3 years and participated in several international workshops
Level 4 (advanced+): You dance balboa for many years and are in advanced(+) or invitational levels at international workshops

Absolute beginners
We will not offer absolute beginner classes.

Workshop location:
Cuartito Azul,
Schoterbosstraat 17,
3032 CN Rotterdam

A 10 minute walk from Central Station (north side).
From Central Station: Take Tam 4 (direction Molenlaan) stop: Noordsingel or Tram 25 (direction Schiebroek), stop: Schiekade, walk 5 minutes via Teilingerstraat.

We're happy to be having classes in the cosy and and colourful tango school Cuartito Azul. And we all know tango dancers love a great floor. Cuartito Azul is situated in one of cool hoods of Rotterdam "Oude Noorden" (Old North) with plenty of nice places for coffees, cakes, restaurants and (vintage) shopping.


Full Pass: €90 (4 hours class during 2 days plus entry to all 3 parties)
Party Pass: €40 (all 3 parties)
Saturday Party at the door: €25
Tasters: €10 per class
City Walk: €10

Preliminary Class & Party schedule


Extra: Taster classes with Anni & Gašper

Anni & Gašper will tbe back in Roffa to teach twp additional taster classes. Both classes are for all levels but there are only limited spots. First come, first served. Taster classes are not included in any pass, you can register for them seperately.
Price: €10, each class is 60 minutes at Cuartito Azul.

Anni Skoglund (Sweden) and Gašper Hrovat (Slovenia) are a wonderful and inspiring couple that will warm your heart. Their dance style is smooth and playful and is at its best dancing to live music when they focus on the joy between the musicians and themselves. They want to share their love for the dance as a form of communication without words, but with music, as the essence of dancing with body and soul.

Balboa History Dance Class
The history of balboa is mysterious and is still a well debated topic. Anni & Gašper will take you on a journey to explore the influences of the older dance styles that have contributed to the balboa as it came to be. To be clear, this is a dance class.
Friday night, 20-21 hrs/8-9 pm

Slow Balboa
Balboa dancers love it fast... and slow! Anni & Gašper are masters at a slow pace in close embrace. Let's sway around the floor to those lovely slow swing songs.
Saturday afternoon, 15:30-16:30 hrs/3:30 pm/4:30 pm


Extra: City Walk

Secret gardens, urban poetry, perfume and trains
Because you like it so much and we like it so much, we will add the city walk again to the weekend! Your timetravel guide Marly from Timeless Rotterdam Tours as quite some stories to tell about Rotterdam (aka Roffa). This year Marly thought it would be a lot of fun to take you on a surprising exploration through the Zomerhof quarter, conveniently located right around the corner of the workshop venue!

As you may have noticed on previous visits the area directly surrounding Cuartito Azul is an intriguing mishmash of old and new, common and weird, cosy and bold, green and graphic. During the last century this once quiet and peaceful 19th century residential neighbourhood changed drastically, from an area best avoided at night into the hip and happening hotspot it is today.

During the walk we’ll delve into the history of the Zomerhof quarter. You’ll hear the unexpected stories and visit some hidden corners you might otherwise have passed right by!

Saturday November 24
Times mayb change, but preliminary schedule: 1st walk 11hrs/am for levels 1&4 and party passes at 11 hrs/am, 2nd walk at 13:30 hrs/2:30 pm, for levels 2&3.
Tour duration approx. 1.5 hour.
Price: €10


Party Prices
Depending on the sales of Full Passes and Party Passes, there may be no tickets at the door due to venue restrictions.

Friday Party

20:00 - 01:00 Welcome party
20:00-21:00: Balboa History Dance Class with Anni & Gašper
21:00: parteee, with Thomas Baggerman Trio
To keep you dancing before & after: DJ FinnSpinn
Due to space limitations we there are no single tickets for Friday or Sunday.

Cuartito Azul,
Schoterbosstraat 17,
3032 CN Rotterdam

Walk, cycle or take public transport:
A 10 minute walk from Central Station (north side).
From Central Station: Take Tam 4 (direction Molenlaan) stop: Noordsingel or Tram 25 (direction Schiebroek), stop: Schiekade, walk 5 minutes via Teilingerstraat.

Same venue where the workshops take place, in the cosy and and colourful tango school Cuartito Azul. And we all know tango dancers love a great floor. Cuartito Azul is situated in one of cool hoods of Rotterdam "Oude Noorden" (Old North) with plenty of nice places for coffees, cakes, restaurants and (vintage) shopping.

Saturday Party

21:00 - 01:30 Paaaaaartay!
Proudly presenting the best big band in the land: Doctor Bernard & his Swing Orchtestra!
To keep you dancing before & after: DJ Superheidi
Tickets at the door: €25 (due to space limitations we there are no single tickets for Friday or Sunday)

Pieter de Hoochweg 125,
3024 BG Rotterdam

Public transport:
Tram: From Central Station tram 8 direction Spangen, stop: Pieter de Hoochweg
Metro: From Central Station take any line to station Beurs, change to line A, B, or C direction Schiedam, stop: Coolhaven

Grounds is a very versatitle venue for concerts and parties with music from any direction the wind may blow. The main building dates from 1921 and was for years the office of the National Pilotage, (Loodswezen), yes, all things maritime again as we are in Rotterdam. But the room we'll be dancing in was built in 2005 against the outside walls of the Pilotage building. You'll see it's a quirky room with a nice bamboo floor.

Sunday Party

16:00 - 20:00 Farewell party with DJ Marijke, DJ Marike & DJ Gašper
Have a last dance with old & new friends!
Due to space limitations we there are no single tickets for Friday or Sunday.

Daktuin Hotel Atlanta
Aert van Nesstraat 4,
3012 CA Rotterdam

Public transport:
10 minute walk from Central Station or workshop location
Metro: Stadhuis or Beurs, Tram: many lines, stop: Beurs or Hofplein

Hotel Atlanta was built between 1929 and 1931 and is one of the few remaining buildings in the city centre that survived the air raids of 1940. Many parts of the hotel are still in the original state and decor. We'll be dancing at the rooftop room with great views over the city.

The unofficial RBW afterparty

20:30 - 23:00: relax, shuffle, cheers!
For those who are in need for some more shuffling after the Roffa Balboa Weekend! Come dance with us at the bi-weekly balboa social of Rotterdam with us at Jazzcafé DIzzy, the oldest living jazz place in town! Free entrance, but make sure to buy a few drinks at the bar.

Jazzcafé Dizzy
's-Gravendijkwal 127
3021 EK Rotterdam

Public transport:
Tram 4, direction Marconiplein, stop: 's Gravendijkwal, it's just around the corner
Metro: Dijkzigt, walk 2 minutes

Refund policy

We cannot refund your purchased passes for any reason. You can, however, re-sell your pass on your own behalf, just let us know by e-mail to whom you sold your pass as soon as possible so we can update our registration.
Helaas kunnen we om verschillende praktische redenen geen geld-terug-garantie bieden bij annulering van jouw kant. Mocht je toch verhinderd zijn om te komen kun je je Pass wel verkopen aan een andere danser. Laat ons zo snel per mail weten om wie het gaat zodat wij ons registratie kunnen bijwerken.

We will take some snap shots and videos during the event that may be published on line. Let us know by mail if you have pressing reasons against this usage.
We maken wat snapshots en filmpjes tijdens het weekend en zetten die on line. Laat ons per mail weten als je daar gegronde redenen tegen hebt.

Staying in Rotterdam

Since we are just a small team organizing this special weekend, we don't offer hosting. But do feel free to ask and offer hosting here on the Facebook event page.
And dear Roffaswingers, if you have room for some cool & sophisticated dancers, you can add to all the magic and enjoy some good company and eternal gratitude!

Some affordable suggestions in Rotterdam:
Ani & Haakien
ROOM Hostel
King Kong Hostel
Easy Hotel
Stay Okay Rotterdam
Hotel Bazar
The Student Hotel
Sparks Hostel

international travel by train, plane or ferry
Rotterdam Central Station has direct connections from Amsterdam Schiphol, Antwerp, Brussels, Paris and London (one way). Inland travel check NS.
Rotterdam/the Hague Airport has direct connections to several European cities, bus 33 will take you within 30 minutes to Central Station
Stena Line Hoek van Holland-Harwich is still running, 30 kms from Rotterdam, train will take you in 30 minutes to Central Staion

Check for tickets and routes: RET or OV9292

Parking in Rotterdam is all paid parking, prices differs per neighbourhood and time, check Parking in Rotterdam

several possiblities, some hostels offer rental bikes as well, check for options Bim Bim Bikes or here or register for an OV-fiets and new in Rotterdam, renting per app: oBikes.


Find the party venues, workshop location and close to there pllaces for coffee, food, supermarkets and some Rotterdam sightseeing, all on our map


Any questions, need more information? Drop us a line at roffaswing at gmail . com

2018 23 nov tot 2018 25 nov