Party and bands

Shuffle in style at OBW 2023 at the amazing Sentralen where we have the evening parties and classes!


Get ready to be transported to the golden era of swing as the city of Oslo comes alive with the sounds of the hottest jazz musicians around! The Oslo Balboa Weekend is the ultimate destination for Balboa lovers who knows to appreciate real jazz, where the rhythm never stops and the beat is always swinging.

We’ve brought together the best of the best, handpicking the hardest-swinging musicians in Oslo. With years of experience playing for dancers, David Skinner on Sentralens Steinway and his hard swinging band have honed their craft to perfection, delivering a performance that will get your feet tapping and your body moving to the beat. Playing for dancers is a skill and this band really got it! We will have quartet, quintet and trio. Live music every evening.

Thursday: Pre-party at Brødrene Bergh

Pre party will be at Brødrene Bergh in Oslo City Center.

Live music: Simple Johnnys Easy Jazz Band

Popular with local Balboa dancers, Simple Johnnys provide the music you love from the swing area!

Johnny and his band will get you warmed up for a great weekend!

Friday: David Skinner Quartet

Brace yourselves, jazz aficionados, because the hardest-swinging quintet in Oslo is about to take the stage! The Oslo Balboa Weekend is proud to present this all-star lineup of seasoned swing jazz musicians, who have come together to deliver a performance that will leave you spellbound.

Saturday: David Skinners Swing Five

Lead by the talented David Arthur Skinner on piano, this band of jazz cats is comprised of some of the most talented musicians in the business, including Lars Frank on sax, Kristoffer Kompen on trombone, Stig Hvalryg on bass, and Marcus Lewin on drums. Together, they bring a wealth of experience to the stage, having honed their craft over years of playing for dancers.

Get ready for an epic night of music, as this all-star quintet takes you on a journey through the golden era of swing. From the first note to the last, they’ll have you on your feet, moving to the rhythm and soaking up the energy of the crowd.

So don’t miss this opportunity to witness the musical mastery of the hardest-swinging jazz quintet in Oslo.

David Skinner – Piano

Kristoffer Kompen – Trombone

Lars Frank – Saxophone

Stig Hvalryg – Bass

Marcus Lewin – Drums

Sunday: David Skinner Trio

Oslo Balboa Weekend reaches its thrilling conclusion! With live jazz from the David Skinner Trio featuring Magnus Eide on drums and Jens Fossum on bass, the dance floor will be jumping! This is no tea dance but a culmination of the weekend!

David Skinner – Piano

Magnus Eide – Drums

Jens Fossum – Bass


Friday, Saturday and Sundays parties will all be at Sentralen

Get ready to step into the heart of swing at Sentralen! This classic venue, with its stunning architecture and impeccable acoustics and smooth floors, will be the ultimate destination for all things swing during the Oslo Balboa Weekend. From the parties to the classes, everything you need to immerse yourself in the world of swing jazz will be right here at Sentralen. There is also excellent dining options in the cafe and restaurant. Located right in the city center, Sentralen is the perfect place to learn and dance.

Forstanderskapsalen (Photo

With its classic good looks and state-of-the-art acoustics, Sentralen is the perfect venue for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday parties, as well as all the classes during the Oslo Balboa Weekend. So gather your friends and get ready to experience the ultimate celebration of swing jazz and dance at Sentralen!

Our own cocktail bar!

Sentralen is conveniently located in the city center!

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