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16 July 2019

BIG NEWS: 2019 will be the *LAST* Balboa Castle Camp

We are sad to announce that 2019 will be the last Balboa Castle Camp. The reasons are purely practical: the members of the core organising team have numerous life commitments and priorities that make putting together such a unique camp at such a high standard (and at this price) increasingly difficult. 

We therefore want to go out with as BIG of a BANG as possible and want *everyone* to come celebrate this magical place.

If you’ve never been, and you’ve been thinking ‘I’ll get around to it one of these years’, this is the year! Put in your leave applications, book your flights, and get ready for a wild week of wonder. If you’re one of those excellent people who return year after year and see yourself as part of the castle family, then please come celebrate, commiserate and cry and laugh tears of sadness and joy with us in one final bacchanal hurrah.

We have had a lot of crazy moments over the past 8 years. Hearts have been filled and broken. Friendships have been created and strengthened. We’ve behaved like kids and partied like there’s no tomorrow, but this time there really is no tomorrow… all good things must come to an end so let’s end on a high together!

And here are some farewell messages – castles, ballrooms, Patrick Swayze… sigh… Love will always be in the air when we remember the good times <3

8 July 2019

Professor Cunningham, new Safety page, Weekend Passes & Motto Party theme

LIVE MUSIC: Professor Cunningham & His Old School return to Castle Camp in 2019
Professor Cunningham is returning to Balboa Castle Camp 2019 where he and his Old School band will play three nights of excellent music for you in the main ballroom. You can find more info about Professor Cunningham and his Old School here:

Who are your teachers? 
We asked members of the 2019 teaching team to tell us their favourite memories from previous Castle Camp. In case you missed it: we posted all of their anecdotes on the Facebook page – check them out here: 

They shared stories, pictures and videos with us. Mickey remembered the time he and Kelly did a balboa performance to Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Take the Power Back’ (here:, but we also particularly liked this video of Anna ‘having it her way’ (here: ) – we like Anna’s way! And Masha told us a beautiful story about sexual freedom, friendship and solidarity, which was a great opportunity to advertise our new….

Safety Page on the website
Here you can find our Code of Conduct, which applies to everyone who enters the castle, and some tips on how to practice consent ON and OFF the dance floor: – Be excellent to yourselves and others 😘

There are still a couple of spots left on the volunteering team. What you get:

  • Free entry to parties (€ 230 will be deducted from your invoice)
  • Group transport from/to Halle covered
  • Accommodation & food for set-up and pack-up days
  • Complimentary drink tickets at the bar & unlimited espresso during the camp
  • Equal share of tips from the bar and screen-printing

…plus other perks during the camp, new friends, the widespread admiration of other dancers, and the deep appreciation of the organising team 🙂  More info here: Email or .

Workshops are filling up
There are currently still places available in all tracks for both leads and follows but they are filling up.

  • Standard Track – places available in all levels
  • ELEF Track – almost sold out
  • Masters Track – email for invitation information

Click this link to go to the registration page: 

Weekend Passes
Weekend Pass registration is now open. The pass is for three nights (arriving Thursday, departing Sunday after class). Subject to availability, weekend accommodation can be upgraded. Ask about staying extra nights when you check in, rather than crying into your pillow when you have to leave… More info here: 

Motto Party: Strictly Ballroom

‘A life lived in fear is a life half lived.’ –Fran

Pull out your feather dresses, tuxedos, sequins & diamontes and stiffen those smiles, throw peroxide on that hair and spray on your fake tan – it’s time for a kitschy, glittery ballroom extravaganza. Here are some of our favourite clips from the film that launched Baz Luhrmann’s career: 


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