The teachers

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Sandy Lewis & Martí Gasol

Sandy and Martí united as partners in their passion for collegiate shag in 2015 and they continue to rock the world today. These two crazy kids love to show off their skills in playful choreos and the fun shines through in their classes as well. With Martí's elegant precision and Sandy's electric spontaneity you can't go wrong. The Shagamuffins are excited to innaugurate the first edition of this amazing festival and they can't wait to see you there!


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Eglė Nemickaitė & Arnas Razgünas

One of the most prominent couples of Lithuanian Swing Dance scene, partnered up from the very first dance Arnas & Eglė are dancing, performing, teaching and inspiring the community in Vilnius everyday. Passion and joy for Lindy Hop & Collegiate Shag gained their name as international instructors in regular small workshops around Europe, specially in Poland, where along with Swingout.pl community they inspired Collegiate Shag scene in Warsaw and all over the country. Rich experience in teaching every day classes grants quality and fun with clear explanation of their material by expressing swing music and yourself in it. Arnas & Eglė are co-founders of What a Jazz Dance Studio in Vilnius and co-organisers of the one and only Balboa & Shag festival in Lithuania – Swing Paradise.


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María Mateos & Javi Teigell

María and Javi will teach level 0 lessons (Beginner Track). They started dancing Collegiate Shag in 2016, and since then they have not stopped looking for that “slow-slow-quick-quick” rhythm at national and international festivals. They have been among the pioneers to bring the shag dances to Madrid, first as social dancers and later as instructors. They currently teach at Animal Jazz, and they are one of the great promoters of the shag scene. Their enthusiasm for Collegiate Shag has not only spread troughout the capital, but has also inspired dancers from different cities. Undoubtedly, the energy and good vibes of this couple flood their classes and the dance floors they step on.


The musicians

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Madrid Hot Jazz Band

The Madrid Hot Jazz Band is a Madrid-based band of international musicians who feature the repertoire and spirit of the first decades of jazz, when this music from the streets of New Orleans, prevailed in the United States dancing floors and travelled across the Atlantic through the radio and first records.

That original jazz is still very much alive in the Madrid Hot Jazz Band music, a band capable of reinterpreting, while scrupulously respecting tradition, over a hundred evocative compositions from the traditional jazz songbook, taking the audience to a different place and time.

The band, which was born in 2015, uses original-style instrumentation, recovering instruments such as the washboard, bass, banjo, saxophone, clarinet or the bugle. Today, it’s one of the most representative bands in the traditional Madrid jazz scene and it is normal to find its musicians at lindy hop, balboa, shag or blues events.


The photographer

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Sara Pista

Sara Pista is a photographer and retoucher based in Madrid, Spain. She fell in love with photography the minute she touched a film camera back at university. Everything has changed since then! After her degree in Communication Sciences and a quick visit to EFTI School of Photography, she ended up doing a Masters Degree in Fashion photography in London, where she also lived for four years. The need for a bit of sun pushed her back to Madrid in 2014, where she currently lives with her slightly bipolar cat.

Sara likes to think that she photographs the ordinary to try to make it extraordinary. You will usually find her out and about shooting all sorts of fun events, including many national and interntational swing festivals (Rock that Swing, Move Your Bottom, Swing Mood Fest, Zaraswing, etc). So… she could not miss the first edition of Shag in the Middle!