Wander into Café Royale on a Friday evening, and you may just wander unknowingly back in time. You’ll find a dance floor full of lively couples, swinging it like they’ve just stepped straight out of a Chicago blues club, circa 1925. And they know what they are doing. Of course, anyone can try their luck, but there’s a hard-core group who can skip their way through the Lindy Hop and show onlookers some good old-fashioned razzle-dazzle as they Charleston rings around you.
The last few years has seen a sudden explosion of swing dancing across Barcelona. Events are kicking off all over town, with schools popping up in every neighbourhood, and dances spontaneously springing into step indoors and out— from Big Bang in Raval to the squares of Gracia. The 16th Barcelona Swing Festival 2013 takes place in Easter week in Barcelona. BarSWINGona 2013 welcomes lovers of swing music and dancing to dance to the Barcelona's best swing bands at swing parties, exhibitions and group performances. Check out the Balla Swing website for more information and the Barcelona Swing Association website for information on classes and events.