9-12 MARCH 2023
Are you ready for a weekend in Warsaw filled with inspirational classes and legendary Retro parties? This year we’re coming back with EVEN MORE live music and the same party spirit as always – prepare yourself for the truly legendary experience
In the second weekend of March Warsaw will again turn into the Capital of Swing & we would love to see all you dancers here with us. We have some epic memories from previous editions & we are committed to bring it back to all of us! Join us in Warsaw for RETRO WEEKEND FESTIVAL 2023.
party with live music
party with live music
party with live music
You won’t be able to buy ticket at the door.
Friday’s classes ONLY for full pass owners. We’ve prepared for you 6 classes on various topics, so take a look at the schedule and decide which classes suit you the best.
A lesson just before the party. We invite all festival’s participants (both full pass and party pass owners) to join taster class! If you are interested in tasters’ topics, you can find them in our schedule.
Lindy Hop workshops
Classes will be held on 4 levels (from intermediate – advanced to advanced +). Please read carefully levels description befeore registration. There will be levels check for advanced & advanced+ groups.
If you signed up for Solo, you don’t have to attend to audition. Please, pick up your wristband at the registration desk during Friday party.
Slowdrag and Blues track
3-hour workshop with Sep and Genia or Daniel Larrson on Friday morning.
You don’t need to own any of RWF passes to get this one.
All the RWF 2023 terms and conditions are valid for the participants.
On Friday morning we invite you to join extra tracks taught by Genia, Sep and Daniel! For those classes there is a separate registration.
Blues dancing with Sep and Genia
In this exploration of different blues dancing forms Genia and Sep will facilitate you in a playful way. They’ll make sure you will work on awesome insights to express yourself better to different styles of blues music. We’ll switch from the elegant qualities of stepping and dragging to the most festive way of dancing. And that is of course juke joint music such as late Detroit blues or early piedmont styles. As a fine bonus we’ll explore how good you are with your hips by passing by at Genias & Seps favourite Rumba infused blues songs. Welcome for a steaming class containing a fine balance between improvisation, cultural context, techniques and idiomatic insights.
Soft Shoe with Daniel
In the classes we use preferably a soft shoe with a hard sole (sticky soles such as rubber doesn´t work as good). We will work with basic tap technique such as toes and heals, shuffles, flaps, paddles, stamps and stomps put in a basic combo. Other things we will work with is classic steps, such as time steps and steps from famous dancers and we will work on how you could intergrate the tap language in to other dances such as solo jazz or in to your lindy hop. In the classes we use preferably a soft shoe with a hard sole (sticky soles such as rubber doesn´t work as good). Call and respond, personal expression and improvisation is a fundamental part of this beautiful afro american artform, so this is something that is always intergrated in my teaching as well. To talk and learn from the masters and innovators is essential for a deeper understanding of this dance. To feel the link from past to present time is not only fun, it will also put a deeper layer to your own dancing and make it more relevant.
All the workshop classes will be held at DanceBook Academy (Al. Prymasa Tysiąclecia 76) and Rytm Dance Studio (Al. Prymasa Tysiąclecia 66) next to Metro Młynów station.
The parties and taster classes will take place at Dom Technika NOT (Czackiego 3/5)
Lindy Hop Track
Intermediate – Advanced
You’ve been taking regular Lindy Hop classes for at least 12 months and attended a few local workshops already. This even may not be the first international event for you. You feel comfortable with mixing basic rhythms: groove walks, charleston, triple steps and incorporate some swing-out variations to your dancing. You dance to different tempos: 120 – 180 bpm with ease. You wish to learn more fancy patterns but still feel the need of improving your technique.
Intermediate – Advanced +
You’ve been dancing Lindy Hop for minimum 18 months – regular classes, attending socials and some local and international workshops. You dance to various tempos: 110 – 200 bpm incorporating different rhythms, patterns and creating your own variations. You’ve probably also tried some other swing dances, like Balboa, Blues or Shag and still are hungry of knowledge and alternative ideas that may improve your dancing skills.
That is the level where you switch the “autopilot” off and become more creative with your dancing. You eventually dance to any tempo – super slow or extra fast – doesn’t matter. You dance many different variations and feel very comfortable with your basics and now are trying to explore the musicality more, changing moves and rhythms with the flow. You feel this is the time to get into your dance technique more – searching for new ways of connection, switching roles, working on the quality more than learning new figures.
You can honestly call yourself a Lindy Hop dancer. You attend international festivals regularly and found all the previous level descriptions as checked. Most probably you teach Lindy Hop locally. You basically can do both: lead or follow and understand different means of getting into nice connection. On one hand you feel very experienced but on the other need to learn swing-out again ;).
You’ve been dancing Solo Authentic Jazz / Solo Charleston for at least 12 months (maybe 6, if you had danced Lindy Hop before). You are familiar with the steps from ShimSham choreography such as stomps, Tacky Annie, pushes, half breaks, boogie back and forward.
You know the most popular solo routines (including Shim Sham, Tranky Doo, Big Apple – at least till the “London Bridge” ? ). You feel comfortable with your body and do not need a dance partner to hit the dancefloor during the party. You seek new rhytmical challenges and would like to improve your improvisational skills.
You are simply very good at Authentic Jazz 😉 and looking for new inspirations and fresh ideas. Solo jam circles seem to drag you in and probably you also have joined some solo competitions already. At the same time you feel the need to work on your rhythms, movement quality and body awareness more and more.
HOW TO GET HERE?If you don’t have a car don’t worry. We prepared a cheat sheet for you with all options for transportations.