Scandinavian shuffle 2019: a balboa weekend in Helsinki, Finland. Program, taster classes, bands and DJs.




Our band for Saturday night party will be Antti Sarpila Swing Band. The clarinetist and saxophonist Antti Sarpila is Finland´s internationally best known jazz musician. He fell in love with jazz already as a child and started his own band at the age of 18. Antti Sarpila Swing Band has played together for over 35 years. Sarpila's father was one of the founders of the famous Pori Jazz Festival where Antti met world-famous musicians and got to learn from them. He has been known as a tireless proponent of traditional jazz ever since. Masters of the golden age of jazz from Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker have influenced his music and personal style. Sarpila has performed as a solo artist in numerous jazz festivals and concerts all over the world. Read more.

Antti Sarpila playing at Korpo Sea Jazz 2015. Photo: Olli Sulin

Antti Sarpila playing at Korpo Sea Jazz 2015. Photo: Olli Sulin


Group also known as Lindy Lobsters goes Balboa and boosts the energy on the dance floor to higher and higher levels. Balboa Boosters draws their inspiration mainly from the 40s and 50s jazz styles and bows to jazz greats such as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker and Cole Porter. Each of the musicians in the group works actively in the Finnish jazz scene so get ready for some exciting interplay. Band is Tomi Kettunen on guitar, Max Zenger on saxophone, Teemu Mustonen on drums and Teemu Åkerblom on double bass.



The Continental Rhythm Orchestra Aninkaisten Sävel is devoted to the popular music of the 1920s and 1930s. It is put together like the rhythm orchestras of the era and seeks to offer an authentic sound and mood. The arrangements we play are mostly from the 1920s and 1930s, but several new arrangements have been written in the old style by members of the band. The orchestra is based in Turku, the capital of Southwest Finland. The twelve rhythm-bitten musicians – partly amateur, partly professional – play the violin, clarinets, saxophones, cornets, trombone, piano, banjo, double bass, and drums. In Scandinavian Shuffle, the orchestra brings forth the hottest swing-based pieces of American, European and Finnish music of it´s repertoire. Read more (in Finnish)




DJ Sasha T.

"Hello there! This is Sasha T. on the air. This may surprise you, but I'm not just a teacher and a dancer. I got involved in DJing when I was 16 and that influenced my attitude to music. In the beginning it was electronic music, especially music from vinyl, but all of that changed when I got to know the amazing jazz and swing dance world. If you ask me what influenced my musical taste in jazz, I will answer Benny Goodman and clips from Bobby McGee's. But the world of jazz music is amazing. Every day I find something new that inspires me and my dance. That's why I love to share this as a DJ."


DJ Elisabeth Lilo B.

Elisabeth Lilo B. is an absolutely passionate balboa and swing dancer as well as teacher. She knows exactly how to keep the dance floor packed. Her music selection includes a broad range of genres: traditional classic style from the 30’s to 50’s, big bands from the swing era as well as newer sounds. She is always looking for new tunes and recordings. She favors clear rhythms and playful melodies – just great music for dancing all night long!


DJ Riikka

“Oh boy, I found balboa years and years ago. Even competed in the very first balboa competition in Finland: 2005 in Kotka. Ever since I’ve been having fun on the dance floor and with DJing. Because to me it is not about the style – balboa, lindy hop, boogie woogie, anything goes. When the music makes your heart sing, just get up and dance!”


DJ Adam

Adam has been DJing mean swing rhythms at home and abroad for 17 years. He will do his best in finding the most comfortable tunes and a few surprises suitable for the dance floor. Unofficially he is known as the hit-bitch of balboa, whatever that means.



Sasha and Marina

Marina Alekseeva has been dancing swing for more than 10 years. She started with boogie woogie and lindy hop in 2006 but during the last six years balboa has become her true passion and love. Marina has more than six years of experience in teaching swing dances. She has been many times a finalist in numerous swing dance competitions.

Alexander Tabakov started dancing when he was six years old and has studied choreography for nine years. He got to know the amazing world of jazz and swing dance in Moscow and since 2015 he has been teaching balboa and swing dances both in Moscow and at international master classes. He is a frequent finalist and winner at Russian swing dance contests and has been awarded at competitions during All Balboa Weekend (USA) etc.

Marina Alekseeva and Alexander Tabakov

Marina Alekseeva and Alexander Tabakov

Laura Halttunen

Laura Halttunen is a teacher, performer, choreographer and event organiser in Authentic Swing & Blues dances, with over a 10 year experience in the field. While living in Amsterdam in 2007, she got hooked on the mad fun of the Charleston, and with it the world of Swing & Blues dance.

One of the leading teachers in Helsinki, Laura is liked for her fun and inspiring classes and technical clarity. Laura is also a vibrant and lively performer, who leaves no audience cold.

Laura Halttunen. Photo: Richard Beresford Harris.

Laura Halttunen. Photo: Richard Beresford Harris.

Sanna Leinonen and Adam LaMontagne

Sanna and Adam have been dancing and teaching swing together for more than ten years. During this time, they have become well known for the joy and skill that they bring to the social dance floor. Mostly partial to lindy hop and balboa mix & match competitions, they have taken numerous titles individually at events such as The Snowball, European Swing Dance Championships, and Balboa Castle Camp, as well as placing in various events in Europe and the US.

In the classroom, they emphasize a solid mix of technique and playfulness resulting in a dynamic and personalized approach to musicality and movement that is accessible to all dancers.

Sanna Leinonen and Adam LaMontagne

Sanna Leinonen and Adam LaMontagne