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Something totally new, different, absolutely inspiring with a lot of new insights. Barbara changed the way I was looking at leading in a complex world.

Sabine Groblschegg – Pure Management Group

You do not need to be a dancer to learn from dancing to become a better leader!

But, you need to be a good follower to become a great leader.


🌟Dive into the fascinating world of dance and its incredible impact on our health and happiness!  Did you know that dancing isn’t just a joyful activity but also a powerful brain booster? Research reveals that dancing frequently slashes the risk of dementia by a whopping 76%, outperforming activities like reading (35% risk reduction) and crossword puzzles (47%). That’s not all – dancing is a ticket to happiness too! 💃🕺

So the question is: why not take the rhythm and energy of dance into the realm of leadership?

As a dance enthusiast, I’ve explored over 15 different dance styles, with a special place in my heart for West Coast Swing. 🎶 For me, dance is more than a hobby; it’s a fabulous metaphor for leadership. I’m excited to share insights on how ‘dancing your way into leadership’ can transform your approach. Let’s twirl into this journey together and discover how the art of dance can inspire and shape our leadership skills. 🌟

“Barbara and her dancers made our national leadership conference just extraodinary: the feedback was incredibly positive, people left with a lot of food for thought and concrete actions – thank you!”

Dr. Esther Strätz – Helmholtz Leadership Academy

Barbara Covarrubias Venegas - Dance your Way into Leadership
Barbara Covarrubias Venegas Dancing


West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance and characterized by an elastic look that results from its extension-compression technique of partner. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting WCS in a very short list of dances that emphasize improvisation. Besides, WCS is one of the few dances where the follower can also give input on where she/he wants to go or what kind of move to take. This also makes WCS the perfect dance to learn about leadership. West Coast Swing Dancing is a CO-CREATIVE experience. And that’s exactly how we should re-think new leadership in our organizations.

Barbara combines the best of two worlds – the academic and the practical one! That’s a rare gift! I have attended many of Barbara’s events and workshops and have always found them fun, interactive, and informative. Combining dancing and leadership is a great idea! A very creative approach, as we know it from Barbara. Make sure you attend one of her inspiring workshops!

Hani El-Sharkawi – Lighthouse Organisational Development


Ready to ignite a spark of innovation in your leadership team, especially in today’s hybrid work environment? 🌟 Our tailor-made keynotes, dynamic workshops, and immersive trainings are your perfect match. I personally craft each session with your unique organizational needs in mind.

Imagine transforming your next internal leadership summit, Christmas party, or international company event into an unforgettable journey of learning and inspiration.  With us, it’s not just an event; it’s an EXTRAordinary experience that will be remembered and talked about long after it’s over. Let’s collaborate to create something truly spectacular! ✨

If you are looking for a keynote speaker for your company event: Barbara is the go-to person. Her concept Dance your way into leadership is fresh and memorable – totally different from what you have seen so far!

Petra Schneider – MA1, City of Vienna

Barbara Covarrubias speaing about remote work and distributed leadership and dancing into leadership


Dr. Barbara Covarrubias

Dr. Barbara Covarrubias

Keynote Speaker | Executive Coach | Author & Passionate Dancer 💃🏼

Dr. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas is an international keynote speaker and award-winning entrepreneur. Throughout her career, Barbara developed a great passion for New Ways of Working & Learning, Positive Leadership & CULTURE overall. Barbara has given numerous keynote speeches, conducted workshops and training across the globe. Besides, she has written several books, academic articles and practitioner publications sharing her insights and expertise with a global audience.

Barbara defines herself as a Virtual Enthusiast, researcher by education, speaker by passion and author by results.

As a researcher, she has been analysing organisations and teams to deepen her understanding of the fundamental pillars of successful companies and hybrid teams since 2015. Besides, she is leading and working in global virtual teams since 2010. The combination of evidence-based tools with highly practical approaches defines Barbara as a speaker and consultant.

She is founder and managing director of #virtualspacehero and co-creator of the award winning global virtual teaching project the Global Case Study Challenge.

Furthermore, she is a passionate dancer (15+ dancing styles) and creator of the unique concept “Dance your way into leadership”.

Christopher Piffel

Christopher Piffel

Dance teacher & Owner "Der Tanzbogen"🕺

Chris gained his first experience at the age of 14 in a classic standard and Latin youth course.

At the age of 18 and parallel to his biology studies, he began training at the Vienna Dance Academy, which he successfully completed 3 years later, at that time as the youngest dance teacher in Austria.

In the summer of 2015, Chris discovered his passion for West Coast Swing.

From this point on, he was simply unstoppable – followed by numerous participations in festivals and dance competitions with many international top 3 placements.


Stella Maria Schletterer

Stella Maria Schletterer

Dance teacher & Owner "Der Tanzbogen"🩰

During her classical studies at the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Vienna University of Music, dancing became her passion.

In 2015, the Tyrolean first encountered West Coast Swing. Europe-wide participation in festivals and workshops followed. Stella is the founder of her own West Coast Swing Live Band (“Honey String”) and regularly dances competitions at international events.

In 2019, Stella became the first Austrian to reach the highest West Coast Swing competition category “Allstar” and has since been the only dancer in Austria in this category.



Februar 2025 Nordic Leadership Summit

April 2025 Agonia Ltd. Internal HR Conference

June 2025 HR Leadership Conference 

September 2025 CFO Management Circle

Past Events

20 June 2024 Wayco Inspira Dancing into Leadership (Spain)

Keynote Barbara Covarrubias Dancing and Positive Leadership

14 December 2023 PTC Inclusive Leadership Conference (virtual)

Keynote Barbara Covarrubias Dancing and Positive Leadership

25 October 2023 Intrama Diversity & Inclusion Summit (Spain)

25 October 2023 Intrama Diversity & Inclusion Summit (Spain)

12 June 2024 TUI Leadership Summit Positive Leadership and Dancing (Germany)

Keynote Barbara Covarrubias Dancing and Positive Leadership

25 October 2023 L’oreal Diversity & Inclusion Summit (Spain)

25 October 2023 L'oreal Diversity & Inclusion Summit (Spain)

2 June 2022 Leadership Horizon MDI Leadership Conference (Austria)

2 June 2022 Leadership Horizon MDI Leadership Conference (Austria)

28 Jan 2020 Vienna Global Leaders (Austria)

BarbaraCV Keynote Dancing into Leadership Austria


Something totally new, different, absolutely inspiring with a lot of new insights.

Sabine Groblschegg – Pure Management Group

Amazing! Barbara is so passionate about dancing and teaching leadership – and now she makes the best out of both: dancing into leadership! A passionate teacher and dancer – that’s what you want!!!!

Gudrun Wallenböck – Vienna Global Leaders

If you are looking for a keynote speaker for your company event: Barbara is the go-to person. Her concept Dance your way into leadership is fresh and memorable – totally different from what you have seen so far!

Petra Schneider – MA1, City of Vienna

Great talk, very interesting connection between dancing, in particular West Coast Swing, with the current research about Leadership. All together including a show dance and time to set the theory in practice, it was a great evening!

Gerd Stierböck – Austro Control

There are so many leadership theories and workshops out there, but this one finally is different. Barbara combines her research with dancing and shows in a very special way what is important to consider when we talk about new leadership for hybrid organisations.

Nadine Zollpriester – Project Networld AG

Fantastic Workshop if you want to feel the theory! Really a must see, a must experience!

Steffi Baermann – FHWien der WKW

Barbara demostró tener una MAGIA especial en el escenario durante su charla sobre Liderazgo Inclusivo en el Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2023 en Madrid. Su habilidad para entrelazar la esencia del baile con aspectos fundamentales del liderazgo inclusivo fue brillante. Y ¡Su entusiasmo es contagioso!

Logró que TODAS las 300 personas presentes en el auditorio bailáramos a ritmo de la música durante su presentación. Me encantó su capacidad para fusionar aprendizaje + interacción. Su habilidad para hacernos participes de su presentación. Convirtiendo el aprendizaje en una experiencia para las personas. Una experiencia MUY recomendable.

Arantxa Vadillo – reEnfoca

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