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Who is behind the Swim Out Costa Brava??

We are Mago & Alba and since 2014 we have lead the way of this summer swing festival.

Let us guess what kind of dancer you are.

You cannot avoid going to all the swing festivals that your friends recommend. They just want the best for you, so you have to listen to them, right?
– But you feel that you spend all your savings on swing events, you even know how to do magic tricks to get more money and fulfill your swing festivals agenda.
– When you get home after a Lindy Hop festival, you need 4 more days to recover your energy, and then you think maybe you should lower the rhythm a bit.
– Actually you think you should give yourself a good relaxing holiday in some heavenly place instead of jumping from one swing festival to another. But of course, you do not have many available vacation days and you like to go to festivals so much … How difficult to find balance!

We have felt the same, we are also this kind of lindy hopper and over time we have managed to find more balance choosing the festivals that best suit our lifestyle, without need of buying some extra vitamins;)

You are in the right place to plan your swing vacation in a dreamy paradise where you can enjoy all the elements of a swing festival, but also disconnect from your day to day, relax and reconnect with nature and the excitement of meeting wonderful people.

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Enjoy a custom-made swing festival

We have traveled to many festivals in Europe. We know the work behind each festival because we like to share our experience and know the history behind each event and its organizers. We have an analytical eye and we look at detail in order to improve our festival year after year without losing its own spirit.

We are Lindy Hop teachers in Barcelona, ​​a very dynamic scene, but we also manage a small non-profit swing association in a rural area. So we know the reality of different kind of Lindy Hop communities, big and small.

Alba has studied Political Science and worked on numerous local and international projects. Project management and an analytical eye has given her many tools. Mago comes from the Film Making field, so production is one of his strengths. We like to know a little about everything and we are easily motivated to learn those areas that we do not manage.

So everything is handmade at Swim Out. The website, communication, production, atrezzo … always with the support of trusted professionals and a team of charming volunteers who help us, of course!

Swim Out started in 2014 as a small festival with 180 participants, basically from Spain, with 6 national teachers and 2 local bands. Nowadays, more than 500 people from all over the world attends this Lindy Hop & Solo Jazz festival, coming from South Korea, USA, Argentina, Taiwan, … There are more than 12 teachers with international projection and we invite famous musicians of the swing scene. In most editions, the spots are sold out within a few days of opening registrations, which makes us very happy since it means everyone wants to join.

Although we have grown up, we always try to maintain a familiar and cozy atmosphere, so it is likely that during the festival we can exchange a few words, we do not hide behind the backstage 😉 We are happy to say that more than 60% of the attendees at the Swim Out repeat and for many of them this festival is an annual fixed date.

Some media have interviewed us, do you want to know a little bit more?

What people says about us…

Why we’ve decided to create this festival?

Alba Casadellà_Swim Out Costa Brava_swing

Hi, I’m Alba!

This trip started in 2011 when I discovered Lindy Hop, then I went crazy and enrolled more than 6 hours of class per week. After a year I had already founded the Windy Hoppers swing association and the next step was to devise a swing festival where I was born, the Costa Brava. Everything was very fast but the passion for the Lindy Hop and a good traveling companion, freaky like me, made this festival born.

My university degree says that I am a political scientist specialized in International Relations. In practice, I am currently a Lindy Hop teacher, event organizer and social media manager for different companies. I live in Barcelona and I’m used to daily multitasking. Memory is not my strength and I prefer letters than numbers, so most of the production and budget tasks is lead by Mago. I am fascinated by the communication field (only behind the computer), although speaking in public makes me feel nervous. I love working on social networks and trying to connect with people better.

I would like to say that I have many hobbies beyond the Lindy Hop but why cheating, everyone knows that when you hook the Lindy, the rest usually disappears. However I’m putting good will to get into yoga. When I was a little girl I used to dance sardanas, a Catalan folkloric dance, but I’m thankful I discover swing dance, it’s a lot more fun.

Oh yeah! I have another hobby … swing shoes are my downfall.

Swim Out festival is by the sea, because I love the beach. I have spent all my summers at the Costa Brava. The funny thing is that I’m not made for being many hours under the sun, because of my vitiligo, I would get too red and I would be spotted from far away on the dance floor. I prefer to go unnoticed.

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Hi, I’m Mago!

Like Alba, I am versatile person. Over the years I have studied a bit of everything, from Philosophy to Homeopathy, Film Making and Script Writing. I have recorded some short film. I was born in Andalusia, although I have been living in Barcelona for years, and thanks to teaching Lindy Hop with Alba, I discovered the Costa Brava. Together we manage Windy Hoppers association in that region as well as the Swim Out.

As a good andalusian, I used to dance Sevillanas when I was a kid, but over time I realized that I have more passion for Lindy Hop and Tap dance. I am currently a Lindy Hop teacher and organizer of the Swim Out festival, although I am a restless person and I am always looking for new projects.

I’ve always loved jazz music, before I started dancing Lindy Hop in 2012, I listened to a lot of vanguard jazz and bebop. I’m a fan of John Coltrane. Before I went to many jazz concerts, now I enjoy parties with swing music to dance and I love to inspire me with videos of the most cracks of the international scene.

Apart from dancing Lindy Hop, I’ve been struggling to play the trumpet for a while and I’m beginning to know how to play a swing song. Before being lindy hopper, I had dedicated many hours to the Tai-Chi, I always think about resuming it.

The most difficult moment of the festival? After so much adrenaline, saying goodby to attendants is one of the hardest moments, because a vacuum is generated after so much work and so many emotions. But the joy we receive from the participants rewards everything.

A secret? In all festival editions I suffer from migraine at least one day. So many days dealing with stress, finding solutions to the unexpected and sleeping a few hours… If I look pale, do not take it into account.

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Do you want to join the Swim Out summer adventure?

If you already know you want to spend your summer vacation at the seaside, enjoying the Costa Brava and improving your Lindy Hop or Solo Jazz skills, hurry up and book your spot before it’s to late!  

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