Big Experience

Music, dance, friends and ecology

Welcome to the Big Experience, festival organized by Big South in Candeleda, at the foot of Sierra de Gredos, which on the occasion of its V Edition concentrates in 1 week one of the best experiences a person may have in communion with nature, people and Swing!!!

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Jamin Jackson. 2015 Edition

Jamin Jackson

Summer 2015 was a busy time for me. So many new communities have bubbled up across the planet – all sharing new passion for swing, and I’m happy to have visited one of my new favorites.

In Madrid alone, there are many swing dancers starting new parties, new schools, and new camps. One of the newest schools that I’m excited to have had the opportunity to serve, is BIG SOUTH. (Make sure to like their Face book page.)

This swing organization burst onto the scene a few years ago, adding tremendous teaching value and culture in the Madrid  community.

Read the whole post here.

Jamin JacksonGuest teacher in the previous edition

End Tour

To put an end, on Sunday we will guide you to a walking of one hour and a half to the impressive Gargantas de la Sierra finishing this way the experience by immersing our tired bodies on the clear and fresh waters of Gredos. What else?


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Un unforgeatable experience…






For this edition we decided to invite four incredible teachers that we think are in tune with the best of dancing at all levels. International champions and excellent dancers and people will be with us again this year trying to improve even more the Big Experience!!…

Sonia Ortega & Héctor Artal

SONIA ORTEGA (Barcelona)

She has dance don different styles ever since she was 5, but Lindy Hop is the one that captivated her the most. Been teaching on regular classes in Barcelona from year 2000, and through Europe for the last 5 years. Part of the Barswingona Dance Company and with a grounding in jazz and classic dance, is known   in her city as a fantastic social dancer and international teacher. As a teacher, if famous for been patience, close and always ready to dance with her pupils.

Recently has won several awards on well-known competitions: third position on the ILHC 2014 Open Classic division with Héctor Artal, third position on ILHC 2014 Stricly Lindy division with Jamin Jackson, second position on ILHC 2012 Classic division with Jamin Jackson and third position on Snowball 2013 Stricly Lindy with Gustav Jakobsson.

HÉCTOR ARTAL (Barcelona)

Hector has been dancing since 1999. Started with Ball dance, felt more attracted to Latin dances, afro-cuban rhythms and Argentinian tango. It wasn’t until 2005 when he began to dance Lindy Hop, but the essence of this dance captured him and started to teach in 2009. Nowadays, Hector dances and teaches Cuban Salsa, Argentinian Tango and Lindy Hop in different and important Barcelona schools.

His teaching is known for focusing on the roots of each dance and he likes to develop the body movement without a partner, with the intention of improving both roles connection. Also uses these concepts on his personal work to improve his own dance as member of each dancing companies, Contemporary and Afro-Cuban in Barcelona.



Mimmi & Fredrik comes from Stockholm, Sweden and are very active in the social dance scene there. Since 2012 they have been members of the famous dance performance troupe Harlem Hot Shots. Between rehearsals and regular teaching at Chicago Swing dance Studio, they travel to perform and teach around the world, including Australia, Korea, US, Brazil, Singapore, Mozambique, China and around Europe.

Fredrik & Mimmi are known for their authentic solo jazz movements. In their teaching they aim to keep and spread the style of the swing era. They bring much fun, energy and inspiration in their classes. They get inspired by the old movies and loves the raw style of the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers.

Photo by: Linas Mažonas

And also…

Esther & Jesús


They have been dancing Balboa since 2010. Since the beginning they were formed through national and international festivals, which has allowed them to develop their dance beyond figures, based on creativity and mastery of technique that allows greater freedom in the dance.
As dancers they have also formed in Lindy hop, Blues and Solo Jazz, and it is in Balboa where they have developed their maximum passion.

The Tiny Papash


(Julia & Paola) Together they have been finalists in the Paris Jazz Roots 2017 with their own choreography that represents what they like: playing with the musical dialogue … as a team! Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz dancers have fun posing challenges based on confidence, energy and humor. In their classes they work as much collective dynamics as dialogues within the single jazz, constructing a healthy search of the individual dance.

Jesús Carreras

He will be the coordinator of DJ’s … Dancer and event organizer at the Swing Madrid scene since 2010.

He is currently professor of Balboa in Big South and co-organizer of Madrid in Pulse, the Balboa Festival in Madrid. He has played in local and international events both Lindy and Balboa. Feel a special predilection for everything that comes close to the New Orleans Jazz style, the melodies of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Count Basie’s sense of rhythm 😉


Please, read carefully the following descriptions to be able and secure level of groups of all people attending classes

BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE (after 9 months attending classes)

You know the basic of lindy hop and swing out, and feel comfortable dancing on medium tempos. Also you have danced at least 3 months of Charleston with partner.

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED (after 2 years attending classes)

You dance in parties facing quick tempos, can improvise over basics and know figures and variations. You want to improve your catalogue and boost style and improvisation.


  • From 15:00 on: Arrival
  • 18:00 – 20:00 Classes
  • 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:30-1:00 Welcome party
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30- 14:00 Activities on the country house & excursions
  • 14:00 -15:00 Meal
  • 18:00-20:00 Classes
  • 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:30-1:00 Party
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30- 14:00 Activities on the country house & excursions
  • 14:00 -15:00 Meal
  • 18:00-20:00 Classes
  • 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:30-1:00 Party
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 14:00 -15:00 Meal
  • 16:00 Arrival
  • 18:00 – 20:00 We are preparing something cool here…
  • 20:30 Dinner
  • 22:00-2:00 Welcome party
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Morning classes
  • 14:00 -15:00 Meal
  • 17:00 Evening classes
  • 20:00 Surprise taster
  • 21:00 Dinner
  • 22:00 Party with The Wild Southern Band
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Morning classes
  • 14:00 -15:00 Meal
  • 17:00 Evening classes
  • 20:00 Surprise taster
  • 21:00 Dinner
  • 22:00 Party with The Wild & Friends!
  • 10:30 Breakfast

  • 11:30- 20:00  Pickup, Group Photo and Natural Pools Tour!


Solo Jazz

Monday 18:00 – 20:00h

Tuesday 18:00 – 20:00h

Wednesday 18:00 – 20:00h

Balboa 1 + Solo Jazz

Monday: Balboa 18:00 – 19:00h + Jazz 19:00 – 20:00h

Tuesday: Balboa 18:00 – 19:00h + Jazz 19:00 – 20:00h

Wednesday: Balboa 18:00 – 19:00h + Jazz 19:00 – 20:00h

Balboa 2 + Solo Jazz

Monday: Jazz 18:00 – 19:00h +Balboa 19:00 – 20:00h

Tuesday: Jazz 18:00 – 19:00h + Balboa 19:00 – 20:00h

Wednesday: Jazz 18:00 – 19:00h + Balboa 19:00 – 20:00h

Lindy Hop

Friday: 11:30 – 13:00h and 18:30 – 20:00h

Saturday: 11:30 – 13:00h and 18:30 – 20:00h

Map and Tips


Rules and tips

Please, try to share the ride with others so there are less cars coming and fuel spent 🙂

Check how to get there driving or on public transport:

Please do not bring your pet with you, sorry.

Please be tidy and clean to make part of a nicer community 🙂

Remember to bring your cap and sun cream with you to protect you from the sun at some points during the daytime. Swim suit and towel too!