BalDamn! 2023 

After 5 years Amsterdam balboa weekend is finally back in town! With a new name, new teachers and a new venue. We are happy to introduce the incredible fast and furious feet of Andreas Olsson & Olga Marina and Gio Olla & Natalia Rueda. Be ready for inspirational and fun classes for 2 levels, a pre-party on Thursday night, and 3 parties on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. We are really excited to be back. You too? Stay updated via this page and on the Facebook Event

When: February 2nd – 5th 2023

Venue: Kompaszaal, KNSM-laan 311, Amsterdam



Registration opens on 17 October at 16.00h. Single dancers will be placed on a waiting list if the balance between leads and follows is unequal. If you register with a partner, please register both separately.



    • Beginner/Intermediate : you can dance most basics (single time and double time basic, lollies, paddles, out & ins, throw out/come around). You would like to broaden your vocabulary and get more technical/musical about your dancing.

    • Intermediate/advanced: You dance balboa regularly, you go to classes or participated in international workshops. You know your basics, can dance easily to different tempo’s, you have a palet of steps but you like to expand your vocabulary, be more musical and refine your technical skills. 



    • EARLY BIRDS FULL PASS: Euro 165 (9 hours of classes plus 4 parties Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday) – PRICE AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL 15th of NOVEMBER 2022 (on which day the payment should have been received 
    • Full pass: Euro 180 (9 hours of classes plus 4 parties Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

    • Party pass: Euro 65 (3 parties fri/sat/sun)

    • Single party: Euro 25


Our venue offers delicious food which is always praised by festival visitors! All food options are vegan, gluten free requirement can be taken into account. Diners: Friday Shakshuka, Saturday Coconut Curry & Sunday Vegan sausage w/ potatoes salad. Lunches: Saturday Creamy lentil soup & Sunday Sandwich w/ grilled veggies and hummus.

    • Lunch pack : Euro 18 (2X lunch sat/sun)

    • Single dinner: Euro 15

    • Full food package: Euro 55 (2 lunches + 3 dinners)


Meet our wonderfull teachers:

Andreas Olsson (Sweden)

Andreas bio speaks for itself. Winner of many awards in Balboa and Lindyhop on big swing dance events like ILHC and American Classic Balboa Championships with many different partners. Andreas is versatile, creative, skilled and witty, Oh! And did you know that accept for dancing he knows everything about archaeology? Meet the Indiana Jones of Balboa. maybe he will reveal the secrets of the ancient balboa tombs!

Afbeeldingsresultaten voor Andreas Olsson Balboa. Grootte: 120 x 185. Bron:

Olga Marina (Russia/Sweden)

Did you see a head full of red curls swaying over the floor? Was it Brave princess Merida?? No! It was Olga Marina.  Olga is famous for her incredible footwork, her solo Balboa  and her great partnership with Andreas. Together they win prices whenever they show up in a competition.

Gio Olla (Italy/Sweden) – Gio is known as a crafty lead as well as a great follow in Lindyhop and Balboa. He feels 100% comfortable in both roles. Watch out for his swivels!!. He definitely put his own personal signature to his swingdancing . 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. He loves to give personal feedback if you ask him for it.

Natalia Rueda (Canada/Netherlands)

Multi-talented Natalia is a singer, a cheerleader, a karateka and oh … almost forgot a great swing dancer. Born in Columbia, raised in Canada and now residing in the Netherlands, she is a real s(w)inging globetrotter. Her style of teaching is precise and knowledgable. Besides dancing she knows a lot about cacao drinks.



Classes & parties schedule will be announced asap. Stay tuned her or on our facebook event page


All the lessons and parties will be in the historic building of the Kompaszaal. This beautiful ballroom dating from 1956, was once created as the first class arrival and departure terminal for ship passengers travelling from Amsterdam overseas with the Koninklijke Nederlandse Stoom Maatschappij. Read more about its history here.


Since we are just a small team organizing this special weekend, we don’t offer hosting. But do feel free to ask and offer hosting on the Facebook event page. And dear Amsterdam dancers, if you have room for some cool & sophisticated dancers please say so too, you can add to all the magic and enjoy some good company and eternal gratitude!

Amsterdam is a very popular city, so reserving a hotel should be done well in advance. Prices are much cheaper outside the city center.

We recommend StayOkay OOST Hostel (20 min walk from our venue, 10 bike ride), and we managed to provide our participants a DISCOUNT on booking that hostel! You can use the KZHOUSING keyword and get 10% off the price! If you already booked the accommodation, you can still re-book and use the code! Also lots of places available through AirBnB.


Public transportation

All venues are reachable by public transportation, check for details.


Parking in Amsterdam City Center is all awfully expensive, prices differ per neighbourhood and time, check parkeren in Amsterdam. Parking in the neighbourhood of the venue costs EUR 4.50 an hour, but you can also buy a day ticket, so please check the options.


Rental bikes are everywhere in the city, see for example A-bike