A great dance weekend is nothing without great teachers - and we’re delighted to announce our teaching line-up for The Rigamarole 2020:
Jacob & Gio
The Stockholm edition of The Rigamarole is new and shiny, so we thought we’d provide something new and shiny for you in the teaching couples too. This year we present Jacob Wigger and Gio Olla as a teaching couple leading and following respectively. The combination of these extraordinary talents is going to blow your minds!
In their own words…
Jacob has been teaching at various Balboa events around the world for the last 10 years and has enjoyed competing for even longer, having placed at and won several large competitions. He is well known for his Pure Balboa footwork and his ability to create a continuous flow for both himself and his partner.
Gio enjoys experimenting with new moves and stretching the borders of the dance, many people remember him for his following skills. Among his signature moves you can find développés, hip’s movements and different poses.
Gio still likes to compete - he won the first place title at All Balboa Weekend Amateur Strictly and Jack’n’Jill, Balboa on the Promenade Strictly, and Strictly and Jack’n’Jill at Snowball.
In class he is precise and pedagogical; He is more a coach than a teacher. Ask him for personal feedback!
Sasha & Yulia
We’re not all about new things - so we’re very happy to bring the adorable Sasha and Yulia back for the Stockholm edition of the Rigamarole. They’ve taught at all of our workshops to date and we couldn’t be happier that we can carry on the tradition in 2020. In their own words…
Easily recognised by their zippy yet smooth style, the couple is often spotted in international competition finals. Two times California Balboa Classic winners (year of 2015 and 2018), Yulia and Sasha proudly hold the title of 6-times Pure Balboa Classic Champions (2014 - 2019)! They have also placed in other internationally acknowledged Balboa contest, including EuroBal Cup Pro/Open, All Balboa Weekend (ABW) Pure Balboa, the Snowball, and ABW Open Mix & Match.
It isn’t all about trophies of course; both Yulia and Sasha see contests as the perfect ground to showcase what they most treasure in Balboa: its joyful energy, subtle humour, and the precious opportunity to be in the moment with the music and one another.