Marcus and Bärbl were the main inspiration for the first Swing Paradise in 2016. They are the organisers of one of the biggest swing dance events in the world – Rock That Swing Festival in Munich which brings together Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, St. Louis Shag with the best music bands, instructors and even old-timers who still are the legends of original swing dances.
Dancing, teaching and inspiring people together for already 26 years, Marcus and Bärbl are the legends themselves, not only preserving and developing swing culture of the 1920s-1950s but also sharing their knowledge and experience everyday both locally in Munich and internationally travelling all around the world. It all really started for them when they discovered that some of the original dancers have been still alive, so they took off to meet legends like Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Gil Bradey, Jean Veloz and Ray Hirsch and moved to the US for four years.
We just couldn’t imagine not having them again for the Swing Paradise 2017 and here they are – very happy to be back again!