We are looking forward to invite you to a unique event in the middle of the Tyrolean Alps. As a small community, we are happy to announce the second edition of our Shag ‘n’ Bal festival in Innsbruck, with international teachers, unique classes and of course, great surroundings.

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Our passion for Collegiate Shag and Balboa guided us to create this festival in the beautiful city of Innsbruck. As “Alpine Jitterbugs Innsbruck” we  organise it with love for our local scene and for all our friends out there.

Like all the other Festivals around the globe, we had to postpone ours to next year,
10-12 December 2021.
We had the idea to create a small Online-Edition  for this year to connect with all of you again.

Last edition

Please have a look at the pictures of our first edition of 2019.


Collegiate SHag

Egle & Arnas

Egle Nemickaite is a swing dancer from Vilnius, Lithuania where she is dancing, performing, teaching and inspiring the community at What a Jazz dance studio everyday. Dance followed Egle through all her life, but she found the real passion for Lindy Hop and later on for Collegiate Shag too. Dance has always felt like a big liberation for Egle. Liberation from routines, thoughts, work, limits. Dancing makes her feel true to herself, music and partner. It gives her the power of total freedom and also a peace to the mind, body and heart. Her rich teaching experience is being increasingly appreciated at the international workshops as well. She shares her enormous passion towards a dance with great joy and commitment. Arnas Razgūnas is a devoted swing dancer and teacher, a social dancer to the core, an explorer who often gets lost to surprise himself and discover things he didn’t think he could do. A true jazz enthusiast inspired mostly by energetic effortless swinging music Arnas is actively seeking for deep understanding of what’s swing in music and dance. Rich experience in teaching every day local classes grants quality and fun with clear explanation of his material by expressing music and yourself in it. Arnas is a co-founder of What a Jazz Dance Studio in Vilnius and co-organizer of the one and only Balboa & Shag festival in Lithuania – Swing Paradise.

Cherry & Filip

Cherry and Filip met in 2013 on a Lindy Hop course in SWINGOUT.PL dance studio. They started to dance Collegiate Shag in 2014 among a bunch of enthusiasts who brought it to Warsaw, and partnered up while performing with the Warsaw Shag Team. - Cherry, do You want to be the best in the world one day? - Yes, why not… - Me too, so let’s get to work! With this frivolous conversation they started to work together and train regularly. After 3 months they won the Strictly Shag competition during Warsaw Collegiate Shag Festival and after 6 months they became instructors in SWINGOUT.PL. Since that moment they teach regulary Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag around Poland and abroad. Their dance is full of energy. Cherry dances with a wild Latin temperament, elegance and open head, playing with the rhythm and shaking things out. She loved to dance since she remembers. At the age of 6 she started with ballet and contemporary, then switched to ballroom and lyrical jazz for a while. Filip is a musician for many years, playing on the guitar, trombone and mandoline. He’s one of the founders of The Cajun Spices - a Polish gypsy jazz band. His passion reflects the way he dances and makes it a fine form of expression. They are full of enthusiasm, looking for new ideas and challenges. The first class they gave together was held in a Zoo for a group of children.


Anni & Gaspar

Anni Skoglund (Sweden) and Gašper Hrovat (Slovenia) is an inspiring dance couple. Their style is playful, passionate and smooth. They share the love for the dance as their form of communication through rhythm, melody and harmony. To them it is the awareness of one another that make the couple dance so magic. From a young age both of them danced several styles before getting into authentic jazz dances. Anni's background lays in Swedish folk-dance, waltz and fox-trot, meanwhile Gašper's in popular 90's Street dances. Eventually swing dance came across and met them in Herräng Dance Camp. Now - performing, teaching and lecturing about swing dances, at home and abroad, has seen them as evolve into a couple that has won competitions with their vibrant style and superfast feet. But above all, social dance is their thing. Anni Skoglund After visiting a History dance-lesson of balboa in Toronto 2009, Anni knew that this was her new favourite dance. With a degree in Occupational Therapy Anni has a deeper understanding in how to help people reach their full potential in activity. Combining this with teaching dance is an ongoing and interesting journey. Within the dancing, her focus is the true feel, emotion and communication of the couple, led and inspired by harmony of swingin’ rhythms. Gašper Hrovat Gašper Hrovat is a gentleman and a classy dancer with lots of positive attitude, enthusiastic mood and inspiration. His form of dancing lays in vintage jazz dancing from 1920’s on. Gasper loves to help you find inspiration and visualise the music through the dance. The music is a central part of Gaspers interest for the history of Balboa and jazz. Ask him questions or let him Dj and you are in for a journey.

Sanna & Adam

Sanna and Adam have been dancing and teaching swing together for more than ten years. During this time, they have become well known for the joy and skill that they bring to the social dance floor. Mostly partial to balboa and lindy hop mix & match competitions, they have taken numerous titles individually at events such as The Snowball, European Swing Dance Championships and Balboa Castle Camp, as well as placing in various events in Europe and the US. In the classroom, they emphasize a solid mix of technique and playfulness resulting in a dynamic and personalized approach to musicality and movement that is accessible to all dancers.

Online edition 2020

What is Balboa?

What is Collegiate Shag?

Free Online Classes

We created a little Online-Edition for this year!

– four classes

– two Solo- and two for Couple-Classes

– open Level! starts on a lower level and raises during the classes

– class language is English

– classes are free, but donations are very appreciated

All classes will be on ZOOM 


You need to register for the classes. 
We will provide a registration link on Facebook and our Hompage. Please just register, if you have time for the class and if you want to participate.

Registration opening: Tuesday, 01.12.2020 20:00 (CET)

Class topics

Solo – Classes / Friday Evening

Solo Balboa with Gasper

There are no Leaders and Followers in Balboa, there are only Shufflers.

Friday, 11.12.2020
18:00 - 19:00 (CET)

Follower Shag with Cherry

The joy of freedom - Power of the Follower

Friday, 11.12.2020
19:30 - 20:30 (CET)

Couple – Classes / Saturday Evening

Balboa Couple Class with Sanna and Adam

Improving and embellishing your bal-swing basics

Limited to 20 couples!

Saturday, 12.12.2020
18:00 - 19:00 (CET)

Collegiate Shag Couple Class with Arnas and Egle

Footwork, music, and partner - It`s a match

Limited to 40 couples or 80 persons!

Saturday, 12.12.2020
19:30 - 20:30 (CET)

Schedule / Online classes 


In times like these, donations are very welcome.
We like to give you some options:

– donate the teacher/s you had a class with
– donate us, for organizing it
– donation for all, the teachers, and us.
– no donation, but spread the voice about our festival and the teachers

-> We will send the donation information together with the participation link


Every class will have a class limit, to provide a nice and comfortable setting for Teachers and Participants. You need to register to reserve your free spot! 

Depending on the number of people joining our Online-Edition, we ask you to choose your favorite class. You can register for more than
one class, but in case of reaching the class limit, we`d kindly
ask you to participate just in your favorite class. Thanks for your understanding.

Online Registration opening 01.12.2020 20:00 ( CET )


Solo Balboa with Gasper

Limited to 60 people!

Friday, 11.12.2020
18:00 - 19:00 (CET)

Follower Shag with Cherry

Limited to 60 people!

Friday, 11.12.2020
19:30 - 20:30 (CET)

Balboa Couple Class with Sanna and Adam

Limited to 20 couples!

Saturday, 12.12.2020
18:00 - 19:00 (CET)

Collegiate Shag Couple Class with Arnas and Egle

Limited to 40 couples or 80 persons!

Saturday, 12.12.2020
19:30 - 20:30 (CET)


We love good quality Merchandise!
That´s why we try to propose you the best quality we can find. We want to thank all the participants who bought a bottle or a T-Shirt last year and brought so our Festival around the globe. We don´t earn nearly anything on those gadgets, but we want to offer useful gadgets. Thanks for all the lovely feedback on our T-Shirts and bottles and sorry again that the T-Shirts were sold out that fast.

T - Shirts
Fair and ecofriendly

This year we created two different styles of T-Shirts and so we hope you like them both. It´s the same premium Bamboo (70%) -Bio Cotton (30%) fabric as last year, very soft, very fresh with a nature-friendly printing and fairly produced textiles.



Isolated Drinking Bottle

We are really proud of our special isolated drinking bottles. You can perfectly keep your cold and hot drinks in there. But that´s not all, we can laser your name on them if you like!!! We think it is very important to use a drinking bottle made out of stainless steel to have a longlasting product for you drinking.
The bottles will be available in a new color,…BROWN RED! 😉
It is available in two sizes, 500 ml, and 750 ml.
There are still some ONYX BLACK bottles left from last year, so just let us know in the registration form if you would like one.

Cotton bag
for shoes and everything else

Our Cotton bags are really robust and longlasting. They will be a perfect partner for every festival and also in the summertime!

COTTON Handkerchief

We have a little surprise for you!
We created a new merchandise gadget, it´s unique, and until now it seems that we are the first offering it.
A certified bio-cotton handkerchief for sweaty situations!

They are very limited, so make sure you grab yours now!
We work together with an Austrian producer named “Fazinettel”.

Sponsors & Partners

Main sponsor



Friendly Supporters


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