Autumn Blues

Blues In Warsaw


Autumn Blues Festival 2016 (4th-6th of November) is the second edition of the first international blues dance festival in Warsaw, Poland. It’s also a continuation of initiatives taken by SWINGOUT.PL Swing Dance Studio to spread and promote Blues as a dance form and as a music in Poland and Europe.

Get ready for inspring classes with world renown teachers, epic blues parties with great bands and DJs, blues competitions… and more!

Registration opens on July 20th!


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Ron Dobrovinsky and Sharon Guzman (Tel Aviv, Israel)

They have been teaching in Poland already, but never at a blues festival and never in Warsaw.

Ron and Sharon’s fun and challenging classes aim to create new insights in your dancing. Focusing on various elements of communication between partners, their classes will provide you with new ways to create more harmonic and inspiring dances. Their ability to simplify complicated concepts through a clear class buildup will provide you with practical ways for improvement. By creating fine and clear contrasts between different elements in the dance, they create a solid understanding and fast implementation of the material and inspire you with new ideas for further exploration. The fun atmosphere they create in their classes contributes to that as well.

With a rich background in martial arts, functional fitness and other dances, Ron has a deep insight about efficient usage of the body, which can help dancers to prevent injuries and create a better feeling in the dance.

Sharon, a saxophonist from an early age, also strives to teach her students to feel the dance, and constantly seeks to give personal feedback to her students and to help them individually.

Ron and Sharon teach regularly in Europe and also teach locally at Holy Lindy Land – Swing Dancing School, all over Israel. They also co-organize “Feelin’ Blues” Festival in Tel Aviv and “Desert Stomp” Festival at the heart of the Israeli Negev Desert.


Adamo Ciarallo and Vicci Moore

Adamo and Vicci started their blues dancing journey together in London, where they nurtured and grew the blues dance scene for three years before packing their bags and moving to Valencia, Spain. They continue to be actively involved in the London blues scene, running The Down and Outs blues performance troupe and managing Blues at The Ritzy, a buzzing monthly blues social in Brixton. They are also co-organizers of Espanish Blues Festival in Madrid.

Adamo and Vicci have an incredible chemistry on the dance floor, bringing intensity, elegance and musicality to the dance. Their passion for blues is evident in their inspiring classes, giving dynamic and energetic lessons with a focus on creativity, communication and connection within the partnership, developing a relationship with the music, and encouraging dancers to find their own blues voice.

Both trained teachers, Vicci and Adamo love to create new and intuitive ways to communicate technical concepts to their students. Their lessons are interactive and interdisciplinary involving drawing, discussions, giant elastic bands and even chopsticks!!!

They believe your body is a musical instrument and your dancing is the music you play, and will help you to discover the way your body moves in a whole new light. By watching them dance, or joining their classes you will learn to really ‘feel’ the blues!

Elective classes

Noemí Castell (Barcelona, Spain)

Noemí Castell Noemí is synonymous of research, innovation and continuous learning. She is a performer, choreographer and full time dance teacher since 2001.
Tireless traveler and organizer of one of the biggest festivals in Europe, Drag The Blues in Barcelona (Spain).
Her background technique is based in Bellydance, but she also has received training in Classical, Contemporary dance and numerous folklores around the world.
When Noemi discovered Blues Dancing in 2010, it immediately became her passion. She immersed herself in learning by attending numerous events in Europe and in the US.
In addition to teaching 9 weekly Blues classes (partnered and Solo) at Swingmaniacs, Noemi directs ‘The Blues Shakers’, the first Blues Dance Company in Spain, made of 22 dancers.
In addition, Noemí is a Yoga practicer and also an AcroYoga passionate.



Denis and Olga – fusion dancing

Denis and OlgaDancing to slow music which is not jazz or blues? What is the difference with blues dance? What are the nuances? What technics to use? Come and see!



Witek “Little Boogie Slim” Bielski and Sławek “HarpSlav” Nowodworski

At the “lecture” during the Autumn Blues Festival they are going to explain how and the blues was born, how it evolved and gave birth to other music genres, and they will enrich this all with sounds played live.

Witek “Little Boogie Slim” Bielski – multi-instrumentalist and blues singer. He began studying music when he was six. His first and main instrument is the piano. He holds a Master in Music degree from the University of Sussex, UK. In 2006, he met Antek “Kurson” Kurek, a harmonica player with whom he started a duo called Chicago Blues Revue (now: Bielski & Kurek). They have had regular gigs at Tygmont, a well-known jazz club in Warsaw, and took part in numerous festivals and competitions in the USA – International Blues Challenge – and Poland: Jesień z Bluesem, Lauba Pełno Bluesa, Jimiway Blues Festiwal, to name just a few. Witek was also invited to play with many artists from Poland and abroad, such as Howard Levy, Greg Zlap, Sebi Lee, Marek Wojtowicz andJ. J. Band.

Sławek “HarpSlav” Nowodworski – English translator by profession, harmonica player “by passion”. He learnt the secrets of this insignificant-looking instrument first on his own and then from Sławek Wierzcholski (leader of the legendary Polish blues band Nocna Zmiana Bluesa)and Bartosz Łęczycki, a world-class harmonica virtuoso, as well as at various blues workshops. In 2002, he won first prize at the Bydgoszcz Harmonica Meeting Festival. In a duo with Łukasz Jemioła, he appeared at various festivals such as Harmonica Bridge in Toruń or Chatka Blues Festival in Lublin. In 2006, he had a guest appearance at the concert of a French harmonica virtuoso – Jean Jacques Milteau – at the Lublin Philharmonic. In the years 2011-2012, he took part in Magda Piskorczyk Masterclass workshops conducted by a leading Polish blues-gospel singer in Poland and crowned with the recording of an album under the same title. HarpSlav’s harmonica can be heard in recordings of several artists such as Łukasz Jemioła or Ania Rusowicz. On Tuesdays, he regularly plays at Harenda Blues Session, a weekly meeting of the best blues musicians from Warsaw and other parts of the world.


The Gentle Sorrows

The Gentle Sorrows If you’ve ever heard them playing at the beginning of the Slow Dance night in Herräng 2015 to Gaston Fernandez and Alba Mengual’s show or during ESBF 2015 in Spain, you’ll know why we invited these Swedish guys to Warsaw. They know the flavor that dancers-musicians have while playing for other blues dancers, you’ll know why they are a perfect choice for Autumn Blues 2016. Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, big applause: Mattias Gustavsson (piano) and Kristin Ladström (voice) are our first festival band this year!

Meet The Gentle Sorrows!

“Sometimes, on a blues night in Gothenburg, Sweden, it happens that the DJ stops playing, but nobody wants to go home … That is when Mattias and Kristin take the stage to play some slow, intense, acoustic blues songs by candlelight, just before the night of dancing is over. They never decided to start a duo — they just started playing together, and didn’t stop. Mattias’ rhythmical, sensitive piano playing blends perfectly with Kristin’s smooth, rich vocals, and their repertoire consists of the classics of female blues as well as some newer favorites. Both of them being avid blues dancers themselves, you can be sure that their songs will get you in the mood to dance.”


The Lazy Dog Blues Band

The Lazy Dog Blues Band The band has been created specifically for blues dancers. Take an experienced swing band and add a blues guitarist/vocalist… Jazz blues, Delta blues, Rock blues, Electric blues, Chicago blues … everything is possible.

The Mark Shepherd Swing Quartet is joined by bluesman Marek Tymkoff to bring you live blues for dancing in styles from all corners of the blues world.

Trumphet and vocal – Mark Shepherd
Drums – Maciej Wojcieszuk
Guitar and vocal – Marek Tymkoff
Piano – Jarek Małys
Bass – Wojtek Zalewski



Dmitrij (Lithuania)

Dmitrij Ivanov “(…) as a blues DJ and a dance instructor my main motto is: “Blues varies”. Which means that I enjoy and play all kinds of blues, from Delta to Electro, from Jazzy to Roots. In my DJ career I have made a rule – all kinds of blues can be played. You just need to take the best song for the exact moment (…)”



Nadja (Germany)

Dmitrij Ivanov People usually say, that my sets are quite energetic, strong bassed, slightly uppushing and a bit dark 🙂

Basically I play uptown blues like female singers, chicago blues or bigband tunes, (momentarily i am more fascinated by new orleans sound or trance blues) but i like to push the bounderies for all those strong songs out there. In my opinion Blues is happening inside, so it can happen that suddenly you’ll find yourself dancing blues to songs of the 80’s/90’s or electronic fusion music…



Vicci and Adamo

Vicci and Adamo You may listen to them not only during the classes. We couldn’t make it without our crazy teachers… also as DJs!


Please read the descriptions carefully before registration.



This level is for you if:
You are at the beginning of or you would like to start your blues adventure.
If you’d like to work on the basics and expand your dance vocabulary, this group is for you.

New Orleans

Sign up for this group if:
you can dance to both fast and slow music, change rhythms easily, you participate regularly in local dances and have done some international workshops and/or festivals in the last few months. You are comfortable both in close embrace, hand-to-hand position and without any connection.


This level is for you if:
you own abilities described as compulsory for the New Orleans group, and as a regular participant of local and foreign festivals you look for new ideas and inspirations for your dance. You are mastering music interpretation, learn some styling,expand your dance vocabulary with new techniques and styles, since you have a solid technical base to do it.

St. Louis (Invitational)

This group is available only upon invitation.


IMPORTANT! The level of all dancers registered to the Chicago or New Orleans group will be checked during an obligatory audition which will take place on Friday before the classes. Please mind that you may be moved from one group to another.




Registration opens

(The Cuban Place)

16:20 — 16:50


(The Cuban Place)

(Matys Studio)

New Orleans
(The Cuban Place)

(The Cuban Place)

16:30 — 18:00

Ron & Sharon

17:00 — 18:20

Vicci & Adamo

17:00 — 18:20

Denis & Olga


Party at Świeżo Malowane

(Aleje Jerozolimskie 181B)

22:00 — 22:30 – official opening with showcase and teachers presentation

23:30 – The Gentle Sorrows

About 3:00 – end with a chance of postponing it


(The Cuban Place)

New Orleans
(Matys Studio)

(The Cuban Place)

11:00 — 12:20

Ron & Sharon

11:00 — 12:20

Vicci & Adamo

12:30 — 13:30

Electives to chose

13:30 — 14:15

Lunch break

14:15 — 15:35

Denis & Olga

14:15 — 15:35

Vicci & Adamo

14:15 — 15:35

Ron & Sharon

20:00 — 21:00

JnJ prelims at Świeżo Malowane

(Aleje Jerozolimskie 181B)


Party at Świeżo Malowane

(Aleje Jerozolimskie 181B)

22:00 – The Lazy Dog Blues Band (× 2!)

00:00 – showcase and JnJ finals

about 3:00 – end with a chance of postponing it


(Matys Studio)

New Orleans
(The Cuban Place)

(The Cuban Place)

11:00 — 12:20

Vicci & Adamo

11:00 — 12:20

Ron & Sharon

12:30 — 13:50

Vicci & Adamo

12:30 — 13:50

Denis & Olga

12:30 — 13:50

Ron & Sharon

13:50 — 14:35

Lunch break

14:35 — 15:55

Ron & Sharon

14:35 — 15:55

Vicci & Adamo


Party at DZiK

(Belwederska 44A)




Classes will be held in two locations. First is The Cuban Place studio at Białobrzeska 32 street. Nice studio with mirrors along the wall which will help you with mastering your movement. It is really easily reachable from City Center.

Second location is the Matys Studio at Barska 29 street. Cosy, well equiped studio with good dance floor. It is located 500 meters from The Cuban Place so everything will be close to each other.


Our main parties for Friday and Saturday will be held in Świeżo Malowane restaurant at Aleje Jerozolimskie 181B street, located not far from workshop venues. The place is full of jazzy atmosphere and has a really nice, wooden dancefloor. Well equipped bar will welcome you with a good drinks and a delicious cuisine available till late hours. We will start the parties at 9.00 PM.

DZiK (“the Boar”) at Belwederska 44A is the most beloved venue for local dancers in Warsaw and it is the same place where we spend our weekly socials on Sundays. Party starts at 8.30 PM.


Prices and registration

Prices below. If you wish to register as a group, please pick your Group Captain who will be responsible for your group’s registration process.

Registration will open on 20th of July at 8 PM (GTM+2).


In some locations you may find a person responsible for the money collection for full passes and party passes:
— Lithuania and Russia: Dmitrij Ivanov
— Ukraine – Denis Lutsko
— Belarus – Evgeny Artemenko
If you want to pay for the festival directly to one of these persons, please register using our registration form and fill the comment box with “payment: [name of the person]”. We will add you to participant list when we receive a confirmation of your payment from pointed person.

If you would like to ask any question about the registration process, please write to


We are unable to provide hosting to all of our visitors from outside Warsaw, however, we would like to help you find accommodation. We chose two hostels for you in the city centers, where you can already make a reservation and you will be able to reach all central districts of Warsaw via public transportation quickly. Both are located quite close to each other and belong to the same owner.
Please check hostels under below pasted links:

Prices start from 50 PLN (about 12 euros) per night, which is quite cheap for Warsaw. There are single, double, up to 6-bedrooms. They have about 60 beds in both hostels (Nowogrodzka and Poznańska Street), so we hope most of our guests from abroad can find accommodation there.

One thing… you need to be quick and make the reservation as soon as possible (August), since we cannot guarantee they will still have some beds available later.

Out hosting options in Warsaw are unfortunately very limited, if you can afford a hostel, please, make a reservation.

The easiest way to make a reservation is via email:

Please put “Autumn Blues Festival Nov 2016” in the title of the reservation email you will send to the hostel.

Travelling to Warsaw

Warsaw can be reached easily and relatively cheap from most of the European cities. Below you’ll find just a few directions on how to travel to Poland.

Some useful information on Warsaw City
WarsawTour – Official Tourist Portal of Warsaw
Warsaw – The Official Website of the Capital of Poland

Simple Express – Berlin, Vilnius, Kaunas, Riga, Tallin, Tartu, Narva, St. Petersburg
Eco Lines – Athens, Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Hamburg, Kaunas, Kiev, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Riga, Rotterdam, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Vilnius, Zurich and many other European cities.
Eurolines – Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Slovakia, Ukraine

Wizz Air – Oslo, Stockholm, Goteborg, Malmo, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Milan, Budapest, Rome
Ryan Air – Stockholm, Oslo, London, Dublin, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Rome, Budapest and more.
Norwegian – Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Edinburgh, Kiev, Hamburg, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Montpellier, Prague, Riga, Stockholm, Vilnius and many more

Chopin Airport – useful information and directions after arrival in Warsaw

Warsaw can be reached by train from numerous European countries. You can plan your journey using the route planner.

Become a teacher

Dear Practicing and Aspiring Teachers,

we would hereby like to announce a teachers’ contest in order to foster an exchange of experience and give you an opportunity to share your ideas with the Autumn Blues community. You don’t have to be a professional teacher to apply. We will also welcome submissions from dancers who want to make their first steps teaching.

We are looking for original, but general ideas, useful for dancers on different levels. They can even be borrowed from other dances or activities, if only their application to blues would enrich skills, spirits or wisdom of the participants.

Winners will be awarded:

   • A full pass for our event for each winner (if you already paid, we will return the registration fee).
   • Participation in classes of the invitational group.
   • Accommodation from Friday to Monday.


   • The submitted recordings will be evaluated by the organizers and our invited teachers.
   • As we have 1.5 hour per three levels – Mississippi, New Orleans, Chicago – you have two options. You may prepare one theme and adapt it to each level or prepare three classes of different themes. What matters is the clarity of concept and explanation so that the judges can evaluate if the material is suitable for each level.
   • There will only be one winner: either a couple or a single teacher. We also accept submissions for solo classes and accept single teachers of coupled classes.
   • The deadline for submission is the 31st of September (until midnight, Central European time).
   • The results will be announced at the beginning of October.
   • In case the competition is strong, the organizers reserve the right to invite some competitors to teach a taster class (apart from the winners).

Submission requirements:

   • The submitted clip should contain a short presentation of material to be covered in all three classes of different levels (no longer than 5 minutes including distinction of material).
   • The video should be uploaded to YouTube with privacy settings set to “Unlisted” (that’s really important; it should not be “Public” nor “Private”) and copy the URL to the clip. The URL should be similar to this one:
   • The clip should be sent as a YouTube link via email to with names of the teachers and an additional description you wish to add to it.
   • One person/ couple can place a maximum of two videos, each covering material for all three levels (clips up to 5 minutes).


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