Belgrade Swingin' Exchange 2022

30/9 - 2/10

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About the exchange

Welcome to the first edition of the Belgrade Swingin' Exchange! The BSX is a lindy hoppers' city break in Belgrade, Serbia. A long weekend of dancing, exploring the city and having entirely too much fun!

We'll have three days of parties, taster classes and fun daytime activities. Join us for a walk through the city's historical center with a swingy twist, enjoy a stunning view of the sunrise from Belgrade's unique riverboat clubs after a night of dancing to a live band (The Shirt Tail Stompers no less!) and experience the unique atmosphere of Serbia’s capital where the new and old worlds meet.

Organized by the Jazz Social Club, the Belgrade Swingin' Exchange is a great way for swing dancers and jazz lovers alike to experience what Belgrade has to offer. This year, it will be held from the 30th of September to the 2nd of October.

Music & events

The Shirt Tail Stompers

The Shirt Tail Stompers have been recognised as one of Europe's best social dance bands. Formed in 2010 for the London Lindy Exchange and led by Trumpeter Steve Coombe, they have played numerous dance camps and shows in over 25 countries all over the world. They have a passion for swing music and movement, with their extensive knowledge and experience of social dancing, they are definitely the band to dance to in 2022. 

Truly appreciating the art of swing and knowing its place in history, they are heavily influenced by Fats Waller, Duke Ellington,  Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie and many other greats from the swing and trad jazz era of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. 

The year before the pandemic alone saw them playing for dancers in Sweden, Thailand, France, South Korea, Hungary, The Netherlands, Greece, Norway, Italy and throughout the UK to rave reviews.

Teachers

Jure Rus & Nora Ágoston

Nora Ágoston (HU) started dancing at the age of 6 in a local folk dance group in Hungary. She was a member of several folk dance groups for 15 years until she was introduced to swing dances in 2010. She started to teach lindy hop and balboa in 2013 in Budapest. For the past 10 years, she was part of several dance projects, including solo and team performances. Furthermore, she travelled a lot around Europe to participate in festivals, competitions and workshops. She is a big fan of jazz music, and her favourites are Count Basie, Jack Teagarden, Ella Fitzgerald and Fats Waller. Nora moved to Ljubljana in the summer of 2021 and started to enjoy the beautiful panorama and swing dance scene of Slovenia.

Jure Rus (SLO) has been dancing swing since 2011 and started teaching in 2016, in Slovenia. He also regularly participates in international festivals across Europe and expands his dance skills with contemporary dance and jazz ballet. He incorporates knowledge of other dance styles into his teaching and believes that the key to success is a lot of practice. In addition to lindy hop and balboa he also dances solo jazz, tap and blues. When he is not dancing, you can find him behind his drum set. Without a doubt, next to dancing, music is his great passion as well.

Farooq Khan

Farooq Khan (USA) is a lindy hop and jazz dance instructor/performer/competitor from the USA and is based in Oslo, Norway. He is inspired by his Filipino and Indian heritage and reflects his culture in jazz dancing. He also draws inspiration from historical greats, such as John Bubbles, Al Minns, Leon James, Gene Kelly, and Dean Collins, as well as from modern hip hop and house. Farooq values teaching dancers to move their bodies in inspiring and unique ways (both with a partner and solo), and to truly dance the movements as opposed to executing steps.

Venues

Vizantija

Introducing our party venue for Friday and Saturday- Vizantija, one of Belgrade's finest floating river clubs! Come to the BSX and dance until sunrise on the very confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers within full view of the Belgrade Fortress. The charming and unique ambience of this river raft will make you want to come back for more! See for yourself how crazy Belgrade parties can be - it's a one-of-a-kind experience you won't want to miss. Registrations are open so hurry and apply.

GETTING THERE

Dorćol Platz

Welcome back to our traditional Sunday night dance club: Dorcol Platz! Voted as one of Belgrade’s best locations for swing dancing by the international community, this quaint location may look small from the outside, but inside the music comes alive! Come and join us for a good old fashioned jam in Dorcol Platz’s courtyard and enjoy the final night of the exchange in style.

GETTING THERE

Baš.ta

The BSX team proudly presents the beautiful Baš.ta craft and draft! This snug pub will be where we’ll all come to meet on Friday for early registrations. Ideally situated near one of Belgrade’s major nightlife hubs, it offers some of its finest craft beers. It’s an excellent location to warm up for a weekend of dancing and music!

GETTING THERE

Registration & Prices

Registrations are now open!

SOLD OUT
Early Bird
80€ / 9.400 RSD
For the first 50 dancers
Full Pass
100€ / 11.800 RSD
  • Three nights of parties
  • Daytime events
  • Taster classes
Party Pass
70€ / 8.300 RSD
  • Three nights of parties
*Note that there is a possibility for RSD prices to change depending on the average exchange rate of the NBS.

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