Balboa & Shag Workshop with Jeremy Otth!

We’re excited to welcome international instructor Jeremy Otth to Honolulu, Sept 28-29!  Join us for a fun, high-energy weekend of Balboa and Collegiate Shag with one of the most versatile and creative swing dancers out there. Jeremy will be partnered by Honolulu’s own Deb Eason.

The weekend workshop will include an introduction to Shag, a fun, up-tempo swing dance that’s quickly growing in popularity around the world. Plus, a progressive series of Balboa classes will include sessions for Bal-curious beginners and advanced dancers alike. (No experience necessary for first day; Sunday classes will increase in difficulty.) Don’t miss this opportunity to take classes with one of swing dancing’s best in a small, intimate class setting.

Workshop Schedule

Saturday, Sep 28 (Paradise Tango)
12:15pm  Doors open — Registration/Warm-up
12:30-2:30pm  Balboa Class 1 (ALL LEVELS)
2:45-4:45pm Intro to Shag (ALL LEVELS)

Sunday, Sep 29 (Aloha Dancesport Center – Studio 1)
11:15am  Doors open — Registration/Warm-up
11:30am-1:30pm  Balboa Class 2 (Beg/Int and up)
1:45-3:45pm  Balboa Class 3 (Int/Adv+)
– – – (break) – – –
7-9+pm ** Swing Social ** (Aloha Dancesport Center – Studio 2)
($5 cover; FREE with full workshop registration)

Paradise Tango, 818 Sheridan St, #206 (take stairs on the left side of the building, enter through glass door)
Aloha Dancesport Center, 350 Ward Ave, Ste 200 (upstairs); for Studio 1 (classes), take stairwell facing Ward Ave; for Studio 2 (social), enter around back of building (through parking lot)


— Early Registration… (Deadline: Thu Sep 26!) —
$125  FULL Workshop (All classes + Sun dance)
$35    Individual classes (2 hrs each)


— At the door… (check or cash only) —
$140  Full Workshop (All classes + Sun dance)
$40   Individual classes (2 hrs each)
$5 cover  — Sunday Social (7-9+pm)

**Discounts are available for those joining us from off-island, or helping out as volunteers! Contact Deb for more information.

Shoes with a leather or suede sole recommended. BYO water bottle if you don’t want to purchase water at the studio (no water fountain).

About the Instructors

Jeremy Otth amassed a great amount of knowledge on the historic essence of vintage swing dances from many of the original jitterbugs and swing dancers. Along with his seemingly inexhaustible amount of energy, Jeremy’s natural talent and dedication led him to accumulate championship titles at many acclaimed dance competitions such as the International Lindy Hop Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, American Classic Balboa Championships and the US Open Swing Dance Championships. Jeremy is now able to share that breadth of knowledge and passion for these classic partner dances by entertaining and educating feet from Southern California to around the world.

And most of you already know Deb Eason, who’s been a teacher and organizer in the Honolulu scene since 2005. She’s passionate about the swing dance community, and strives to provide new opportunities for our local dancers. On the dance floor, she’s especially fond of great partner connection and playful musicality. She’s been honored with various awards and competition wins, but she’s most at home social dancing and geeking out over technique in the classroom. Other hobbies include brownies, and an odd obsession with black sesame ice cream.