Marcus & Bärbl are one of the longest lasting international instructor couples in the Swing world. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of their dance partnership that started in Herräng in 1991. They were pioneers at a time when Swing and Boogie Woogie was hardly known anymore. Much has changed. Swing and Boogie Woogie is now popular all over the world. In all those years they have relentlessly been passing on their enthusiasm and their knowledge. They didn’t only build up those dances in Germany, but also around the globe – either traveling to teach and perform or inspiring through their world-renown instructional dance videos.
It all started when they discovered that some of the original dancers have been still alive. So they took off to meet legends like Frankie Manning (Hellzapoppin’), Gil Bradey (Don’t Knock The Rock), Jean Veloz (Swing Fever, Groovie Movie) and Ray Hirsch (Blondie Meets The Boss). To be at the source of their passion they even moved for four years to the USA.
Marcus & Bärbl can retrospect to a successful career. Their hard work was rewarded with many decorations and competition titles. They are multiple world, national and US champions and have been decorated with the prestigious Feather Award in 1996 and 1997 in the US and with the Dance Teachers Award in Germany for their dancing merits.
Their excellent performance and teaching repertoire includes the dances Boogie Woogie, Hollywood and Savoy Style Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz of the 30’s to 50’s, Shim Sham, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Jitterbug Stroll, Big Apple and Swing Rueda. A particular specialty of Marcus and Bärbl is their excellent ability of improvisation and music interpretation.
Most important for them is to spread the joy and knowledge of those dances they love from their heart and see people smiling and having fun as they do.