A WSDC Registered West Coast Swing Event in Gräsmyr
Rock the Barn, 4-7 August 2022
Registreringen är öppen!!!
The registration is open!!!
Vi kommer att dansa på workshops hela dagen och dansa socialt hela natten. Passa på att njuta av norra Sverige när det är som vackrast. Vi kommer att ha möjligheten att tävla om WSDC-poäng!
Detta är ett socialt evenemang där vi äter tillsammans och dansar tillsammans hela dagen och natten, sover antingen camping eller bor i en närliggande skola. Det finns hotell både i Vännäs och i Umeå men det är en bit dit så vi rekommenderar att du bor på eventet. Det kan också vara möjligt att hyra rum i byn, vänligen kontakta oss så försöker vi ansluta dig till byborna.
Norra Sverige har ljusa nätter och en temperatur mellan 7 grader och 25 grader. Så, önska varmt väder och ta med både varma och svala kläder.
We will be dancing workshops all day and all night, have time to enjoy Northern Sweden at its most beautiful and have the opportunity to compete for WSDC points!
This is a social event where we eat together and dance together allday and night, sleeping either camping or accommodated in a nearby school. Nearest hotels are in Umeå, so we recommend living at the Barn. It might also be possible to rent rooms in the village, please contact us and we’ll try to connect you to the villagers.
Northern Sweden has bright nights and temperatures between 7 degrees and 25 degrees. So, wish for warm weather and bring both warm and cool clothes.
Först ut i årets lineup är ingen mindre än Rock the Barns skyddshelgon, Chuck Brown.
Han var med när idén om eventet föddes och har varit en viktig del av eventets utveckling ända sedan dess. Med sin speciella pedagogik och sin grundläggande kunskap om dansens historia och utveckling, kommer han säkerligen att ge oss nya insikter i sommar. Chuck tävlar på Champion-nivå och har mer än 20 års erfarenhet av tävling på toppnivå. Han är en internationellt erkänd instruktör, huvuddomare, DJ, eventpromotor och livscoach. Han har dessutom varit delaktig i att ta fram tävlingsreglementet för west coast swing inom Svenska Danssportförbundet.
First out in our lineup is the patron of Rock the Barn, Chuck Brown.
He was there when the first idea of the event was born, and has been a part of the event since then. With his special teaching skills and his profound knowledge of the history and development of the dance, he will surely give us new insights this summer.
Chuck Brown is a current Champion level competitor with over 20+ years of experience. He is recognized as a top international instructor, chief judge, US Open Swing Dance Championships Certified and Primary Judge , DJ, event promoter, dance business consultant, community builder and life coach. Chuck has won numerous national competitions and awards, and has been a strong influencer in the development of the competition regulations of West Coast Swing for the Swedish Dancesport Federation.
Äntligen får vi återse vår favoritsyster! Rock the Barn skulle inte vara detsamma utan henne och Sonya kommer tillbaka även denna sommar, med sina unika klasser och den härliga stämning som omger hennes workshops. Hon har varit med sedan eventet startade och vi är väldigt glada att ha henne tillbaka.
Back again is our favourite sister. Rock the Barn wouldn’t be the same without her. Sonya Dessureault will join us with her unique classes and her wonderful spirit. She has been a part of our event since the start and we are really happy to have her back.
Sonya began her career when she went to school for modern dance in her hometown of Montreal, Quebec. Afterwards, she worked professionally as a salsa and latin street dance teacher. Sonya discovered west coast swing through a crossover performance at a salsa congress.
Sonya loved the freedom of expression in west coast swing and knew she had found her dance. With her trademark intensity, she trained and quickly moved up the ranks. She took a risk and left everything she had in Montreal and went to Europe. She began by teaching at a west coast swing event and from there was invited to teach all over the continent. Sonya began a partnership with Stephen White at that time, together producing several notable and iconic showcase and classic routines.
Sonya believes all great dancing comes from learning to understand and then having fun with what you know. She’s technically precise and thorough in her teaching methods and structures. She’s known for her fierce commitment to personal growth in herself and others, both on and off the dance floor. Now, Sonya works full-time to empower women in partner dancing to dance free.
Sonya was a travelling WCS Pro when Covid hit. After setting up an online platform with solo drills for dancers and a system of online video coaching for her students, she turned to different avenues to keep learning and creating.
She has completed the first year of a somatic certification program, trained for pole, discovered aerial arts and started teaching and performing it… and she just finished writing a book!
Her hope is to bring all of the new input she gained about movement and body awareness into her wcs classes. She can’t wait to be back to her favorite event: there are no better place or people with whom to explore with!
Vi är mycket glada att i år hälsa PJ Turner välkommen åter. PJ var här 2015 tillsammans med Tashina Beckman, men kommer nu att instruera med Sonya Dessureault. Vi ser fram emot intensiva klasser med många BOOM-moments!
We are very pleased to welcome PJ Turner back to Rock the Barn. PJ was here in 2015 and this year he will team up with Sonya Dessureault. We look forward to lots of BOOM-moments!
PJ Turner was born and raised, and still lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his beautiful wife Lisa and his 2 amazing daughters Alyssa and Brianne.
If you have seen PJ at a dance event you know that he is one of the most approachable pros in the business. He always wears a backwards hat and a big cheesy grin, he may talk a little funny, but he’s down to earth, dances with everyone, is always animated on the floor, and brings a smile to your face with his southern charm. These are some of the reasons that he is one of the most sought-after pros!! His classes are always super fun with his BOOM MOMENTS so always be prepared for him to scare the pee out of you! LOL.
PJ started dancing at age 10 with Clogging (a form of tap). And has passed Line dance East Coast Swing, some mixer dances, and the Sweetheart Schottische on his way to discovering West Coast Swing. The dance that suited so good that he quit other dances to focus entirely on developing his WCS. He has competed since 2001 and is a champion level dancer since 2012. In 2013 PJ partnered with Tashina Beckmann King. Dancing together, they put 6 routines on the floor including Feel Again, Counting Stars, Demons, Livin on a Prayer, Let the Good Times Roll and Helium. They were US Open finalists and performed in an Off-Broadway show in New York called Swango. While they were dance partners, they were invited all over the U.S. and internationally to teach, judge and perform.
In 2015, PJ quit his job and commenced dancing professionally full time. It’s a decision he has never regretted. PJ loves dancing and is extremely passionate about teaching and social dancing. Now PJ travels all over the world teaching, judging, performing, competing, and always learning! Despite his rigorous travel schedule, PJ NEVER forgot that the most important thing is family. He has an AMAZINGLY SUPPORTIVE FAMILY that is his rock and cheers him on. If you see PJ out at an event, don’t ever hesitate, just ask him to dance. His motto is and will always be: Just make her smile!!!
För första gången på Rock the Barn, är vi stolta att presentera Miquel Menéndez. Han har funnits på vår radar ett par år, men pandemin kom i vägen. Nu kan vi få chansen att lära känna Miquel, och förhoppningsvis bygga upp en varaktig vänskap!
For the first time at Rock the Barn, we are proud to present, Miquel Menéndez. He has been on our radar for a couple of years, but the Pandemic came in our way. Now we can finally make his acquaintance and hopefully build a lasting friendship.
Miquel Presents himself:
“I have been dancing since the age of 15. It started as a hobby while studying and became my passion. Started in the linedance scene and got to win 3 world championships in that scene. While linedancing, discovered the couple dancing, became a Pro dancer in the country dancing scene and west coast swing became such a passion to me that I have been dancing wcs fully for about 8 years. Right now competing in the AllStar division and excited to share my vision of dancing and especially my west coast swing side of it!”
Hanna har varit med oss på Rock the Barn flera gånger. Framförallt som deltagare, tävlande och domare. Detta år välkomnar vi henne som instruktör också. Det ska bli spännande att se och uppleva hennes omfattande kunskap.
Hanna has been with us several years at Rock the Barn. As a participant, a competitor and a judge. This time we welcome her as an instructor. We are thrilled to see what she has to share with us from her vast experience as a west coast swing dancer and teacher.
According to Hanna: “The quality of teaching, growth and up-to-date knowledge are important to me. I want to take into account the overall well-being of my student, so in addition to Professional teacher and dance teacher degrees I have acquired a degree in Sports Studies as well as the Licensed Trainer of NLP® and NLP Coach Trainer® certifications.
I teach various partner dances all over Finland. In my work, I aim to actively develop the teaching of these dances. I started to dance west coast swing in 2011, and falla love in this dance freedom, creativity and connection.
The focus of my classes is dancing: good technique, the way we use our bodies, musicality and partnering, so that each dancer can dance even better than before. Dancing is fun and it must show, dancing with greater quality feels even better.
I want everyone to grow in their own way and to find a way to dance that suits them.
Even though I actively attend competitions, I feel that the most important thing about dance is the social side of it. I love to dance with dancers from all skill levels. Dance is created together, both partners have their own role, and they complement each other. At its best, dance is full of emotion, together with a partner.”
WEE TZE YI (ZEE) & DALENA LEE
Zee och Dalena kommer hela vägen från Singapore, och besöker oss nu för andra gången. De är väldigt aktiva utvecklare av WCS-communityn i sydostasien. Zee är dessutom den första champion-level-dansaren från Asien.
Tze Yi and Dalena began their WCS journey 10 years ago, coming from the Street Latin world of Salsa and Bachata. They were inspired by Jordan & Tatiana, and took on the daunting task of starting a WCS scene in Singapore from scratch. Over the past 10 years, they have built a small but closely-knit scene of Westies, and also organize the Asia WCS Open, the very first WSDC event in Asia. They are also the first dancers from Asia to compete at the Champions division. With a combined 30 years of teaching experience, Tze Yi & Dalena bring a unique, fun and approachable perspective to WCS, and their classes are perfect for social dancers who want to master their craft, with lots of laughter along the way.
Det detaljerade schemat kommer senare. Men för den grova planeringen kan du kan planera för en förfest på kvällen den 4 augusti! Registreringar kommer att öppnas vid lunchtid fredagen den 5: e. Vi avslutar eventet när alla gäster har slutat dansa på söndag kväll!
The detailed schedule will come later. But for the rough planning you can plan for a pre-party at thusday evening the 4th of August.
Registrations will open at luchtime friday the 5th.
We will end the event after the last guests stoped dancing at Sunday night!
Rock the Barn is approved by the World Swing Dance Council as a points registry event. We offer Jack&Jill competitions at the following levels:
Newcomer If you have never competed before you should enter this division.
Novice If you have competed before and have less then 16 novice points.
Intermediate You have at least 16 novice points and less than 30 intermediate points
Advanced/Allstar For those with at least 30 intermediate points. Depending on the number of participants we may even run separate Advanced and All-Star divisions.
What is Jack&Jill? In a Jack&Jill contest you do not register with a partner, and it’s the luck of the draw that determines which partner you get to dance with. In the preliminary rounds you rotate and dance with different partners, everyone is judged indivually. In the finals you are paired up with a partner and judged as a couple.
Jack&Jill competitions are easy going, relaxed competitions that do not require you to dress in formal attire. We are very happy to be the first event in Northern Sweden that has been given the opportunity to run a wsdc-event, and we encourage everyone to take the chance to compete, so we will be able to keep our wsdc-status for many years to come.
Registration for competitions can be done in advance when registering for the Weekend Pass, or on spot up to 2 hours before the competition. But we encourage you to register in advance to make the the preparations easier.
One of the charms of Rock the Barn is that it is located on the countryside outside of Umeå in a traditional Swedish dance barn. There is a big space just outside the barn where you can camp with your own tent or caravan.
If you prefer to sleep on a more solid ground, you can bring your sleeping bag and grab a spot on the floor in the nearby school building in Gräsmyr, just a few minutes walk from the barn.
If you come by car, then it may even be an option to stay at Hotel Vännäs which is a drive of about 20km away.
Caravan or own tent (with electricity):
800 SEK for whole event
Tent without electricity:
300 SEK for whole event
300 SEK for whole event
The countryside in Umeå does NOT hold any restaurants nearby. There is a local store where you can buy snacks, drinks and easier food.
The event restaurant will provide 3 Separate food packages during the event.
Coffee/the at the event is free. 🙂
Food package 1 Friday – Lunch and Dinner Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Sunday – Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Food package 2 Friday – Lunch and Dinner Saturday – Lunch and Dinner Sunday – Lunch and Dinner
We will reward early registrators with the Early bird bonus. Sold out!
We are aiming for 300 participants and will give out 70 Swedish and 20 International Early Bird spots.
We will also give our International guests an extra discount.
We cannot promise that we will sell party passes. But if we have spots over we will announce it later.
Early bird Swedish:
Early Bird International:
Free Passes If you have won a free pass at another event, please leave a comment in your registration. You will get an automated email with the regular price but we will adjust the price and send you a new confirmation.
Discounts In exchange for Judging, we will offer a 50% discount on the event pass for Advanced level dancers and free passes for All-Star level dancers. This should be agreed with the Event director.
Please note that we aim to maintain a good leader/follower balance for Rock the Barn. This means we can accept your registration right away if you register with a partner, but you may end up on a waiting list if you register alone. This also applies if you qualify for a free pass or discount.