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15.02.2008 18.02.2008

Workshops by Marcus Koch and Bärbl Kaufer

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Workshops by world-famous teachers and dancers Marcus Koch and Bärbl Kaufer (Munich, Germany) will take place on 15-18 February. Marcus and Bärbl have been dancing together since 1991, both starting in 1984 as ballroom dancers, but later their hearts became caught by swing forever. Marcus is one of the leaders of the swing dance community of Germany and the founder of the most renowned events Boogie-Baren Witsun Camp (major orginizer until 2000) and Rock That Swing Festival.

Marcus and Bärbl used to live, teach and dance in the USA, learning from and with the famous old-timers who were among the worlds first swing dancers, like Frankie Manning, Gil Bradey, Jean Veloz, Freda Angela, John and Anne Mills, Willie Desatoff, Hal Takier, Bob Hefner, Lee Laitz. They have participated in all kinds of shows and competitions and dance all known styles of swing. Due to the versatility of their dancing talent and the uniqueness of style they have won a great number of competitions and a lot of fans all over the world.

Marcus and Bärbl were the ones to inspire several enthusiasts from Moscow into learning boogie-woogie. Their Russian admirers were the first ones to breathe life into this dance in this country by picking it up from the rare competition and performance videotapes of Marcus and Bärbl. Marcus and Bärbl have been to Russia twice to partake in the 2nd and 3rd Moscow Swing Dance Camps. It would not be an exaggeration to say their contribution to the shaping of Russian swing has been immense.

Why do you need to attend workshops by Marcus and Bärbl? (a summary of bright recollections of her first meeting with Marcus and Bärbl by Anastasia Murashko in Russian).

Workshop schedule:

Attention! indicative schedule.
  • 15 February (Friday)
    • 19:30-20:40 Boogie Woogie - Beginners, Beginners-Intermediate
    • 20:45-21:55 Boogie Woogie - Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced
    • 22:00-23:10 Boogie Woogie - Intermediate-Advanced, Advanced
  • 16 February (Saturday)
    • 13:00-14:10 Musicality, interpretation of music (all levels, all styles)
    • 14:15-15:25 Jazz routine (all levels, all styles)
    • 17:00 Tants-Klass Cup and Party
  • 17 February (Sunday)
    • 12:30-13:40 Lindy Hop - Beginners-Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced
    • 13:45-14:55 Lindy Hop - Intermediate-Advanced, Advanced
    • 15:00-16:30 Break
    • 16:30-17:40 Boogie Woogie - Beginners-Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced
    • 17:45-18:55 Boogie Woogie - Intermediate-Advanced, Advanced
  • 18 February (Monday)
    • 19:30-20:40 Lindy Hop - Beginners, Beginners-Intermediate
    • 20:45-21:55 Lindy Hop - Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced
    • 22:00-23:10 Lindy Hop - Intermediate-Advanced, Advanced

The workshops will be fashioned in such a manner that it would be highly recommended that you take a sequence of workshops (depending on your possibilities and level). If you wish to attend the workshops, please register (make sure to provide an indication of your 'start up' level and the style. Do not hesitate to choose several, if relevant). If you are willing to try yourself or yourselves at one-level up, everything is possible! The only condition is that your couple should not participate in the general rotation.

If you wish to participate in the workshops, please make sure to register (please indicate your start up level and the style or styles you are willing to subscribe to). If live outside Moscow, please indicate in the comments field whether you need a place to stay. Moscow-based participants, you can always offer a place to stay to our visiting friends, so if youre feeling like it, please leave a comment, and get yourself a discount on the tuition fee.

Participation fee:

Payment before 10 February (RUR)
1 class 400
4 classes, one style 1400
8 classes, both styles 2600
Each subsequent class (if you choose one of the last two options) 350
Payment after 10 February (RUR)
1 class 450
4 classes, one style 1600
8 classes, both styles 3000
Each subsequent class (if you choose one of the last two options) 400

You can pay your workshop participants fee directly to your teacher or at any of the forthcoming dance parties at the Buff. The size of the fee for participants visiting from other cities will be calculated as of the actual date of online registration. Visiting participants are allowed to pay upon arrival.

Workshop location:

The workshops will be roomed at the BUFF (3rd floor), Lesnaya St., 59 bldg 1, nearest tube station: Belorusskaya (circular) or Mendeleevskaya. See map.

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