Balboa

What do you get?

You want to add some elegance to your dancing life? Balboa will definitely give it to you! We will show you how graceful Pure Bal and Bal Swing are.
You will learn how to pulse with your partner in a very smooth and comfortable way, while you shuffle your feet and find different aproaches to adjust to the music without missing the beat! In this dance you don’t need much space to glide on the dance floor with fancy footwork.
We hope you enjoy the ride of learning and mastering this sophisticated vintage dance, while you build a good channel to transfer energy and start communicating with your partner in a deep leve of connection! <3


What will you discover?

Balboa is frequently danced to fast jazz (usually anything from 180 to 320 BPM), though many like a slower (170-190 BPM) tempo!
We will give you all the tools to be able to express yourself in differents tempos and we are sure you will find your favourite Balboa Rhythm. In this classes you’ll also discover how to be creative in your swing happy mood and how to play with safely turns, with fast footwork and precise connection.
You’ll explore twists, swivels, sweaps, shuffles, rotations, syncopation and get an amazing new toolset to join your dance footwork repertoire.


Welcome to our Balboa classes where you’ll get a smooth swing 8-count fast rhythms danced in closed position. The earliest form of the dance (often called “Pure Balboa”) evolved in the mostly conservative dance halls of southern California where space was limited and strict codes of conduct were enforced.
These dance halls usually prohibited the wild kicks of the Charleston and Lindy Hop. Pure Balboa is characterized by an upright posture with partners standing chest to chest. While most dancers differentiate between pure Balboa and Bal-Swing, both are considered to be a part of the dance.

Bal-Swing evolved from Balboa when original Balboa dancers experimented with fancier variations of the dance which forced the chest to chest connection to be broken. In this form of Balboa a variety of spins, turns, dips, tricks, and even air steps are possible to dance in a comfortable and elegant way!

Program

Balboa 1 (Beg/Int) Balboa 2 (Int/Adv)
September 02.09.2024 Welcome to the Single time basic (downholds) and start floating on the dance floor! Get fancy with Maxie’s Swivels and Maxie’s Stop Step
09.09.2024 Double time basic (upholds) into Paddle Turn and Shuffle Step Dynamic changes in flow during Out and Ins and redirections
16.09.2024 Come Around to Lolly Kicks and Basic Exit Make your Balboa even smoother when you use counter-body movement
23.09.2024 Let’s Spin around with Inside Turn and Outside Turn. Introduction to “Out and Ins” Leaders how to lead the hit musical breaks and followers how to initiate those accents with harmony
Oktober 07.10.2024 Out and In rotating both directions into cross over breaks Find out your syncopated basics and create your own balboa dancing style
14.10.2024 Style your Cross Overs with Swivel Steps Let’ party with Hal’s Roll and the Flying Hal
21.10.2024 Create your musicality Mixing ad-libs and basics Sophisticated Shuffles: multiple shuffling styles and variate between them while dancing
28.10.2024 Drags and contrabody movement in closed position Learning how to lead and follow drags with various hesitations and speed-ups
November 04.11.2024 Gliding on the dance floor mixing basic rhythms between up and downhold timing Throw-Outs and Lollies and smooth transitions between pure balboa and bal swing
11.11.2024 Enjoy the Lolly Kicks with Throw-Out exit Behind the back into catch your partner when she wants (multiple turns)
18.11.2024 Spice your dance with some Crab Walks and Hangmans Texas Tommy/Apache and styling footwork in lollies with kicks bal changes and slides
25.11.2024 Travelling around the dance floor with Beach Pushes Beach Pushes and surprise your partner with fancy combinations. Enjoy the breaks and turns together 🙂