Barcelona Balboa Festival is an international festival organized by the BCNswing association, together with Gloria Garcia.
Here you will enjoy classes with personalized attention from international teachers with an innovative methodology that centres on the students.
You will have the best live swing music at parties and nonstop dancing (with no competitions). With good leader-follower balance to ensure maximum dancing opportunities for everyone.
There will also be time to enjoy the city and its attractions.

In Barcelona , from October 27th to October 29th, 2023.


Swingmaniacs Balboa


Friday 9:30 PM-01:30 AM

Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius

Saturday 7:00 PM-10:30P M
Swingcats Balboa


Saturday after party 11:00 PM-2:00 AM
La violeta Balboa

La Violeta

Sunday 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

CLASSES & Teachers


We’ll work on closed position Balboa techniques for all kinds of tempos including slow bal.

bal swing TRACK

We’ll work on open position balboa transitions to be able to diversify your basic bal-swing repertoire to the music.

We offer 4 hours of classes plus 1 hour lecture on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, students will get a 2 hours daily session having two extra teachers in one of them for more personalized attention. Group classes will be multilevel, will only work either on Pure Bal or Bal Swing and changing partner will be optional. Sunday’s class will be a continuation of Saturday’s material to make sure it is well integrated and works.

Corey & Susan Manke (USA)

Corey and Susan Manke are Balboa and Swing dancers from Nashville, Tennessee. While Lindy Hop was their first passion, they soon discovered their true love of Balboa in 2004 fascinated with its connection, rhythms and partnering. They have spent over a decade studying the dance and are particularly drawn to the aesthetic, connection and feel of the original dancers. They strive to implement these elements into their own dance style and reference these dancers in their teaching in order to preserve the original dancers’ contribution to the dance floor. They have placed in several US competitions but they enjoy the aspect of social dancing the most.

Cris Kay (SP) & Jon Kay (UK)

Since they started dancing together in 2007, Jon and Cris have travelled the world taking classes and teaching Balboa, Blues and Lindy Hop. While in Spain they have helped to form Swing & Co. in Zaragoza, Cris’s home town, and create an ever growing Swing dance scene where they are the ambassadors of Balboa. They are easily approachable both in class and on the social dance floor and they love to experiment with new teaching and dancing techniques and methodologies. As dancers they mix a cocktail of musicality, elegance and fun with a pinch of craziness. They have won several Balboa competitions in Europe and placed in the Great Lakes Balboa Escape Festival 2017 in Chicago and ABW 2019 in Cleveland.

 Mel Calanglang (UK) & 
Glòria Garcia (SP) 

Mel is a dance enthusiast who has been dedicating his time and effort to encouraging Balboa in the United Kingdom. Being familiar with Lindy hop and Blues, his current passion is mastering Balboa and Bal-swing, a journey in continuous learning. Currently, you can find him social dancing and competing at various events across Europe and the United States together with Jo Calanglang, his dance partner with whom he also teaches. His “down-to-earth” and positive attitude helps to make the classes he teaches not only informative but also enjoyable. His aspirations to be ambassador of balboa stems from a continuous learning and sharing of his passion and knowledge of the dance to enthusiasts alike.
Coming from various dancing backgrounds like afro-latin and solo jazz, Gloria has been teaching internationally since 2010, winning various Balboa European and US titles and contributing in the development of this dance in Barcelona and Spain. She is also a Dance Movement Therapist (DMT) specialized in movement analysis, which she uses in her revolutionary Balboa teaching methodology that she has been developing since 2015. She is mainly interested in offering classes that significantly improve the quality of students movement as well as their leader and follower partnership and own style development as leader, follower and couple.


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The Bands

Oscar Wolf Quartet
Friday night

Oscar Wolf Quartet

Juli Aymi (clarinet)
Martí Elies (drums)
Pablo Burchard (double bass)
Oscar Wolf (guitar and vocals)

Bumpy Roof Band

Bumpy Roof Band

Juli Aymi (clarinet)
Martí Elies (drums)
Pablo Burchard (double bass)
Julien Silvand (trumpet)
Marc Martín (piano)
Josep Tutusaus (trombone)
Oscar Wolf (vocals)

Bumpy's quartet

Bumpy's Quintet

Juli Aymi (clarinet)
Pablo Burchard (double bass)
Julien Silvand (trumpet)
Mikha Violin (guitar)
Marti Elias (drums)

The DJs

JM Dj Josep Maria Tapia Estaragues
DJ Manel Soriano Balboa Sitges
Dj Manel
Dj Mario
Dj Mario
Dj Rafa

Packs & Rates

All passes are currently sold out!

Full Pass

From Friday to sunday


3 days festival

4 hour classes

Balboa lecture

3 parties + 1 after party

3 live bands

Welcome snack "picapica"

Social activities

Weekend Pass

From Friday To Saturday


2 days festival

4 hour classes

Balboa lecture

2 parties + 1 after party

2 live bands

Welcome snack "picapica"

Social activities

Party Pass

From Friday To Sunday


3 days festival

Balboa lecture

3 parties + 1 after party

3 live bands

Welcome snack "picapica"

Social activities


Full Pass

BCNSWING & friends*


Weekend Pass

BCNSWING & friends*


Party Pass

BCNSWING & friends*


* SwingOn, Mad for Swing, Jazz Obert, TGNSwing


Let us introduce you the core BBF 2023 team, you can contact us for any doubt without hesitation.

Sandra Vallejo
Gloria Garcia
Mariajosep Sintes
Rafa Bermudez
Josep Maria Tapia Estaragues - JM Dj
Josep Maria Tapia
Carme Madrigal

Enjoy with respect

BCNSwing believes Swing is a live art form, and we wish to approach these artistic expressions with respect and appreciation. 
We believe that everyone has the right to enjoy these activities with complete peace of mind, and that everyone has a responsibility to build a safe environment and contribute to the well-being of the whole community.
No type of violent, intimidating, sexist, racist, or exclusionary behavior will be tolerated under any circumstances. If you see or experience any improper behavior during the festival please contact the organization team immediately or the purple spot called Punt lila, which you’ll find by the check in table, specially created for this.

The organization commits itself to treat any report with respect, sensitivity and confidentiality, whether from the dancers, from our local scene or from other places. Also, the organization reserves the right to expel anyone who acts inappropriately.

Dancing is a very physical activity and as such, everyone is responsible for their own physical safety and that of others around them. So, practice safe dance floor movements, apologize if you accidentally bump into another person, do not offer unsolicited advice or instructions, nor perform aerials on the social dance floor.

Please also take special hygiene care and review your personal odor because it is not pleasant to dance with someone who has bad body odor, bad breath or wears clothes with excessive sweat. We ask that you bring spare clothes and take extra care of your hygiene in order to avoid unpleasant moments for the other dancers.

By following this code of conduct, we will generate a much more pleasant environment for everyone where we can enjoy dancing and personal exchange.

Tips for tourists: stay safe and respect others


Your registration will be processed subject to you reading and accepting the conditions of the festival which are described below.

These general terms and conditions are the essential part of the contract registration between the Organization and the individual who registered to BCNSwing. If you do not agree to this document during registration (and thus do not agree with the terms) you will not be able to attend the festival.

The payment method at BCNSwing is a one-time payment of 100% of the amount, either via online payment platform . Once the payment has been done, the BCNSwing Organization considers this reservation as paid, and will not be compromised to any total or partial refund. Please, note that we don’t give refunds for paid registrations. 
If there is the case that you cannot attend the festival, we suggest that you look for someone to buy your pass. This person must have the same role as you.

The role of leader or follower put in the registration form, must be kept not only in the classes, also in all parties unless you coordinate with your partner to switch role so you are never doing the same role simultaneously. The admissions committee reserves the right to cancel your registration and future registration requests in case this policy is not respected. 
It is completely forbidden to put any talc or powder of any kind to the dance floor during the workshop without asking permission at the front desk. Also, if your shoes sole has any talc powder, you won’t be able to continue dancing unless you change your dance shoes to a clean sole. Cleaning the sole shoe could be a solution only in case you are wearing a hard-varnished sole (all the other kinds of soles like suede absorbs the talc powder and keep releasing talc powder after the first cleared).

BCNSwing reserves the right to change schedules, location, bands and price of the workshops and / of the evening dances and communicate any changes on the website and social media.

BCNSwing will not be held responsible for any physical injuries, or damages to / thefts of private property that might occur during BBF. With this, it does not take responsibility for accidents or losses, thefts or harm that occur to participants at the event for whatever reason, unless such harm comes from the fault of the organizers themselves.

The Organization reserves the right to expel anyone who does not respect the code of conduct mentioned in the previous section, Enjoy with respect.

Information from Barcelona Balboa Festival organizers is collected only through direct input from customers such as email, names, address, phone number, etc. The information is collected for personalization of the interaction with the website, improvement of the website and the services, execution of the offered services and user data is not distributed/shared/sold to third parties.

All necessary precautions to ensure the security of the user data has been taken. Users have the right to contact us and request to delete or change all personal information.

The users and total or partial attendees of BBF, being of legal age, in full possession of their civil rights, states that during the days of celebration of BBF, may be photographed and/or filmed. 
These images are intended to portray the events of BBF, and in any case there is a mercantilist interest of such images. The Organization of BBF is not responsible BBF for any use that third persons or companies do without the permission of those images.

For all these reasons, expressly I AUTHORIZE the use of my personal image resulting from the festival as mentioned.

And for the record and takes effect, I agree to this authorization under the provisions of the Organic Law 1/1982 of 5 May, Civil Protection the right to honor, to personal and family privacy and Self-Image. The general acceptance of these terms implies permission of this clause on the transfer of right image.
The guidelines above apply to everyone attending BBF, including members of staff, volunteers, musicians and participants.
By booking your Barcelona Balboa Festival ticket, you state that you fully agree with the content of this document and will abide by all the rules and regulations.