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Tuesday, 21st October, 2014

Vintage Swing Festival 2014 – Slovenia

Back teaching at VSF – Vintage Swing Festival, in Celje Slovenia for the 5th time, I knew it would be good, but wasn’t prepared for how good :-) The venue is amazing, with several halls for workshops and exciting parties, in one large vintage building, with a really nice spa hotel next door, followed by another hotel and hostels, less than 5 mins walk away..

Friday night party at VSF 2014 – Norma Miller and Joseph Sewell lead the 1st Shim Sham
Photos courtesy of: Tadej Mulej Photography, Slovenia

We arrived with Norma Miller at the airport and escorted her to the venue, with the organisor Ales. There seemed to be hundreds of people, at the event, who came from all over Slovenia and neighbouring countries, such as Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, UK and USA, making it a true international event.  The parties were full and a mazing.. We had such a great time, sharing our knowledge, history and passion  and dancing with all the students, who showed instant improvements, from the start to the end of each class.

Joseph & Charlotte’s Intermediate/Advanced Class on Sunday – Photo by passing dancer

The event featured live band ‘The Hot Sugar Band” from France, plus a list of amazing international teachers, such as Dax & Sarah, from USA, Max & Tatiana, from France, Nejc and Katja, from Slovenia and of course Joseph and Charlotte, from the UK.

Vintage Swing Festival 2014 Teachers

There were so many amazing moments at the Vintage Swing Festival 2014, but one of the most memorable, will be the interviews with the Legendary Queen of Swing, Ms Norma Miller, who sang and shared  her knowledge throughout the camp.

Norma Miller Interview at VSF with Joseph Sewell – Photo by: Tadej Mulej Photography

A massive thanks to Ales Kolar and Katja, for organising such an amazing weekend, bringing Norma Miller to the the event and inviting us to be part of it’s history. Joseph & Charlotte are already looking forward to 2015.. See you then Slovenia.. :-)

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Wednesday, 15th October, 2014

Swing ‘n’ Milan 2014 – Italy

It was our first time visiting and teaching at Swing ‘n’ Milan. For the second edition, it was an amazing event in a beautiful venue, held in the heart of Milan, Italy, surrounded by lots of nice shops,  restaurants.

The Friday night shim sham  – Swing n Milan- Photos by Olga BSP

The event featured a list of fabulous international teachers, from Lithuania, Italy and of course Joseph and Charlotte, from the UK. The evenings were filled with vintage stalls, food, good DJ’s and live music by a number of bands, including the NP Big Band, which played amazingly well, plus lots of dancers from everywhere.



Some students from one of the classes – Photo by dancers mobile phone :-)

We met a lot of really nice people in the workshops, who were so much fun to talk and work with, whilst focusing on lots of amazing moves and techniques. However, whilst it was a large event, with over a thousand people, we were still able to spend time sharing food with new and old friends, getting to know and social dance with lots of new people from the workshops, during the evening and after parties..

End of the night group photo on Sunday  – Swing n Milan- Photos by Olga BSP

 With so many fond memories of Milan, sight seeing, places such as the Duomo, great food and a great Swing ‘n’ Milan.. A massive thanks goes to Matteo and Luca for organise such an amazing event and we look forward to returning with our team in 2015.. !! Swing ‘n’ Milan.. A Presto.. !!

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