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Vintage Swing Festival 2015 – Slovenia

Wednesday, 11th November, 2015

The Vintage Swing Festival, held in Celje, Slovenia, but formerly in Ljubljana, has been going for at least 7 years now. JiveSwing teachers Joseph & Charlotte was invite to teach there last weekend, for the 6th time. It was amazing..

Early morning outdoor shim sham – photo by Tadej Mulej (

Saturday morning kicked off with a shim sham in the streets, as interested passers by looked on. All workshops were held in one large grand vintage venue, with a number of halls with really nice wooden floors. Most of the dancers stayed at the 4 star Evrope Hotel, across the road. It’s so convenient and the food is really nice there. If you’ve got a few minutes spare, then you can use the spa.

Joseph & Charlotte warming up the class

The students were amazing. All our classes were full of fun, laughter and energy, as we pushed and challenged everyone with new moves and techniques. Everyone worked hard to achieve the end result.

This year, Joseph & Charlotte were honoured to be teaching alongside some of the worlds greatest teachers, including Max Pitruzzella & Eglė Nemickaitė, Dax Hock & Pamela Gaizutyte, Manuel Micheli & Serena Rizzo, plus an amazing band.. It was a great team..

 Friday night party at VSF 2015 – Norma Miller and Joseph Sewell lead the 1st Shim Sham

The weekend had an international presence, with dancers coming from Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, Switzerland, Austria, France, UK, Germany, USA, Lithuania and Australia. The whole weekend, was amazing from start to finish, but two of my favourite moments were teaching the Blues Class and sharing the history of it. It was nice to see everyone, learning and moving their hips to the music. We also enjoyed leading the history hour on Sunday. It was great to see so many people attend and asking questions.

Joseph & Charlotte, leads a mini-blues party after their blues class – photo by Joseph

 On the Saturday, Slovenia’s national TV company RTV came to see what was going on. They interviewed Ales the organiser and Joseph Sewell extensively, whilst taking footage from the dance floor, then aired it the following day. Click Here to view.

RTV Slovenia National News Presenter interviewing Joseph Sewell – Photo by Vintage Swing Festival

Another huge thanks to Ales Kolar and Katja and all their team, for all their hard work in bringing everyone together for such an amazing event. It was so nice dancing and getting to know so many new people. Vintage Swing Festival 2016 is in the diary already.. See you next year Slovenia.. :-)