Shake The Change is a brand new 3-day Swing Dance Festival that will take place in Radovljica, one of the most picturesque and charming towns in Slovenia, known for its sunny weather and hand-made chocolate.
The festival will offer 3 full days of Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz and Jazz Trio Dance Classes, as well as Taster Classes, additional Stretching Sessions, Dance Competitions and Performances, and amazing Evening Parties filled with exciting live music and super hot DJ sets!
You will have an opportunity to learn from some of the most inspiring, creative, internationally-renowned and up-and-coming swing dance instructors on the scene, while discovering the beauty and warm hospitality of this historic and sweet Slovenian town.
If you're looking for some long-overdo swing dancing fun, high-quality dance classes and parties, and a general feel-good, community-based vibe - Shake The Change is the place to be!
Ksenia Parkhatskaya is an award-winning dancer, choreographer and singer who has worked with artists and projects as diverse as Postmodern Jukebox, the Paris Opera Orchestra and Christian McBride and toured in over 35 countries.
Trained in ballroom dance, method acting, West African dances, contemporary dance techniques such as gaga and flying low and jazz dance, Ksenia’s main interest lies in multidisciplinary creation.
Play, musicianship, versatility and individual voice are the core ideas of her work.
Clàudia Fonte, Héctor Artal, and Sonia Ortega are the members of this trio formation that gets inspiration from how Jazz musicians musically relate with each other on stage. To achieve the dynamics in their dancing, Jazz Messengers are continuously developing a natural flow from one step to the next, they further enhance this through training and the synchronization of rhythmical movement. As individuals, each member brings their own essence to the dance, but together they work as one, both in class and on stage.
Špela started dancing at the age of 6 and hasn't stopped since. Beginning with ballroom dancing, gymnastics and jazz ballet, she eventually found greater authenticity in contemporary dance and quickly became a teacher of this dance style herself.
Always searching for ways to expand her dancing experience and movement techniques, Špela discovered Lindy Hop in 2013 and immediately immersed herself in this rhythmical and expressive dance style. She began teaching locally in 2015 and has been upgrading and deepening her knowledge and love of the many swing dance styles at various festivals and dance workshops around the world.
As a swing dancer and instructor Špela focuses on quality body movement as a fundamental basis for all dancing styles, rhythmically and musicality, and deeply values her relationship with her students as a co-creative two-way flow: going from teacher to student as well as student to teacher.
Janez started dancing in 2008 when he joined a crash course in a random bar and danced until 5 in the morning. And that was it. He was hooked. Wonder why? Because the thing that he loves the most about dancing is the ability to connect with a random person, make them smile and enjoy the dance. Priceless.
Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced and Advanced
Solo Jazz, Couple dance, Trio classes
Due to the overall concept of the festival which aims to offer its participants a chance to deepen their knowledge of swing dancing by exploring a variety of dance techniques and styles and thus creating a wholesome learning experinece, only a Full Festival Pass which includes all three of the listed dance tracks will be available for purchase. In other words, registering for, say, only the solo track will not be possible, as all the classes are part of a larger, holistic dancing experience.
Trust us, you will love it!
Born in 2015 out of the collaboration between the arranger Mathieu Najean and the dancer Sep Vermeersch, Reverent Juke has its roots in the golden era of swing.
With an explosive rhythm section built on the swinging drums of Tom Lambrecht, the bouncing bass and singing of Andrew Bolton and the wild stride of Julien Gillain, Reverent Juke sets the swing on fire with its three blowers, Martin Bolton on clarinet, Olivier Faber on trumpet and Mathieu Najean on reeds, blowing their horns on the fiery flames till they drop.
Sunday night's jazz jam sess' will be led by the super talented Rok Nemanič a.k.a. Nemo, one of Slovenia's hottest and widely recognized young trumpet players, and his fellow band members for the night - Matic Štemberger on piano, Ilj Pušnik on base and Žiga Smrdel on drums.
The boys will be improvising to our favorite swing, jazz and funk standards, as well as some of Nemo's own music and don't forget: anyone and everyone that plays an instrument and wants join in is reeeeaaally WELCOME to do so! Let's make our last dance evening together unforgettable!
with live music and DJs
Mix ‘n’ Match, Solo Jazz and Group Showcase
Radovljica, the sweetest Slovenian town, just a stones’ throw from Lake Bled & Triglav National Park Experience.
Radovljica's wealth of cultural heritage, exceptional events, excellent cuisine and wonderful nature.
The architectural style of the manor in Radovljica old town is 18th century in character, whilst its interior is home to museums, music and events.
Registrations are now open!