Andreas Olsson lives in Stockholm, Sweden. He grew up on the wrestling mat, fighting other
little boys in leotards. He won most of the time since he’s always given 100% in everything that
he does. He also played the violin in his childhood. You might not think classical music and
wrestling has much in common with Swing dancing, but it has definitely contributed to him
becoming the unpredictable, creative, musical and interesting dancer he is today.
Andreas was introduced to Lindy Hop in 2001 and a few years later to Balboa and other dances.
In his early career, Andreas focused on performance and competition. He was part of the
Swedish National Lindy Hop team and the Stockholm based performance troop Shout n Feel it.
His international teaching career started in the mid 2000´s. Since then, Andreas teaches Lindy
Hop, Solo Jazz, Balboa, Saint Louis Shag, Collegiate Shag and other swing dances all around the
world. He often competes and was awarded first place at events as Balboa division at National
Jitterbug Championships (Camp Hollywood), Lindy and Balboa division at International Lindy
Hop Championships, American Classic Balboa Championships (All Balboa Weekend),
Rendezvous Championships (New York Balweek) and Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout. Andreas
is also the reigning champion of the American Classic Balboa Championships at All Balboa
Weekend together with Olga Marina.
Andreas is not only involved in the swing dance community as a dancer. He has since many
years back been the competition organiser and DJ coordinator of Snowball. He is organising
events and is a founder of the Bal-Love festival in Prague, Czech Republic. He is also the
launching an online Balboa class system called BALACADEMY, in 2020.
Before working full time with Swing dance, Andreas was working as a maritime archaeologist in
Stockholm. Diving, history and archaeology is still one of his greatest interests.
As a dancer, Andreas is known for his his unique style, creativity and musicality. He is a
technical dancer who is highly appreciated for his social dancing skills and his ability to connect
and dance with follows of many different styles. He thinks of himself as a swing dancer first and
stresses the importance that dancers today learn a little bit of all the swing dances.
As a dance teacher, Andreas has a warm and comfortable approach towards students. He is
known for being good at breaking down the dances in an understandable way through
inventive exersizes and class contents. As Andreas sees it, teaching inspiring not only because it
allows you to see dancers improve, but also because it offers a possibility to learn more about
dancing and to contribute the ever-changing dance styles.