Our Beginners Balboa Basics courses will get you started dancing Balboa, and add that special 'something' to your Swing Jive!

What is Balboa?

The Balboa dance  originated in Southern California in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Balboa dancing started on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. The balboa got its name from the place where it became popular, the Balboa Pavilion which opened in 1905. The balboa compliments Lindy hop, swing and jitterbug, which are similar dance styles.  Also, it surfaced along with other dance genres including Charleston, collegiate shag and other swing dance styles. Meanwhile, these dances are all associated with start of the jazz age.

Balboa dancing uses an upright body posture. Therefore, a close embrace is used in order to maintain a full body connection. Also, a shuffling footwork incorporates intricate variations.  The Balboa was designed for small spaces or crowded dance floors. Hence, in pure Balboa, the couple remains in a close embrace.

Bal-Swing

Bal-swing uses open movements. Hence, it is a dancers dance since it involves considerable lead/follow techniques. These techniques are subtle in nature and difficult to observe by spectators. It 'fits' well with our swing jive moves and adds an extra dimension to your dance.

 

The video below shows the basic eliments of the dance that we'll be teaching in this two week introduction...

We'll be rotating students so all single leads and follows will get a chance to dance. You may book with a partner and/or opt out of rotating. This is never manditory at any Jive 'n' Boogie classes or workshops.

Book any Balboa Basics course for 2024

Title Dance School Start Date Course Level Price Number of Weeks Enrol on Course
Balboa Basics 2 week course JnB Chichester 18/03/2024, 20:30 Balboa Basics
25 2 Balboa FB 2024-01
Balboa Basics 2 week course JnB Fareham 19/03/2024, 20:30 Balboa Basics
25 2 Balboa FM 2024-01
Balboa Basics 2 week course JnB Chichester 11/11/2024, 20:30 Balboa Basics
25 2 Balboa FB 2024-04
Balboa Basics 2 week course JnB Fareham 12/11/2024, 20:30 Balboa Basics
25 2 Balboa FM 2024-04

Below is a selection of good tracks to practice to

 

 

 

 

Appolo Jump by Lucky Millinder

Oh, Lady be good by Benny Goodman

Who Rolled the stone - Mary Knight

Flying Home by Lionel Hampton