Balboa

Balboa is a type of swing dancing from Southern California.

 

In the 1920s and 1930s dancers in Harlem, New York were dancing Lindy Hop. At the same time, and to the same swingin' jazz music, dancers on the Pacific coast were dancing Balboa.

 

The beach ballrooms in California were so crowded that dancers had to use smaller-scale movement to fit onto the packed dance floors. And Balboa is the result!

 

Known as “the dancer’s dance,” Balboa is rich in detail. It is elegant, upright, and features a close connection and lots of fancy footwork. It is perfect for dancing to blazing-fast tempos without breaking a sweat. 

You'll find Balboa around the world today. It's the subculture of the swing dance subculture! 

Check out some videos of Balboa here.  

Balboa Classes

Do people keep asking you, “Do you Bal?” when you are out social dancing? Wish you could say, “Yes!”? 

 

We offer 4 levels of Balboa classes so you can say a great big YES next time you are asked. See our class descriptions below. 

Classes run in 6-week seasons. Visit our Weekly Group Classes page to see what levels are currently being offered and to register. 

Balboa 0 - Beginner Balboa is only offered periodically. So if you see it on the schedule–don't wait! 

Balboa Class Levels

Balboa 0 - Beginner Balboa


6-Week Course - 1 Class per week Format: 1.5 hour classes Prerequisite: None No partner required. We rotate partners often in class. Have you been wanting to learn Balboa? The wildly popular swing dance from 1930’s California? This is the place to start! In this class you will learn the connection, posture, and core moves of this dancer’s dance. In just 6 weeks you’ll have all the basics you need to start enjoying Balboa on the social floor right away. If you have never tried Balboa before, or want a refresher on the basics after taking a break, this is the class for you!




Balboa 1 - FUNdamentals


6 weeks - 1 class per week Format: 1.5 hour classes Prerequisite: Balboa 0 No partner required. You rotate partners often in class. You’ve got your Balboa basics down. Now it’s time to add a few more FUNdamentals. In 6-weeks you’ll learn necessary Balboa vocabulary, easy-win transitions between moves, and the technique to make you the best Balboa partner you can be!




Balboa Discovery


6-week seasons Rotating topics each season Format: 1.5hr classes Prerequisite: Balboa 1 or equivalent No partner required. We rotate partners often in class. (This course replaces previous Balboa 1.3-3.4 levels)
You’ve got your Balboa basics in the bag. This is where the real fun begins. This course will guide you in discovering all the must-have moves and stylings every Balboa dancer needs to know. You’ll continually develop your body awareness and technique to make your Balboa look and feel polished. Each 6-week season will have a different theme announced. The theme will be a focus for the 6-week course. If you are an intermediate or advanced dancer this course will provide you with lots of challenge and growth.




Balboa Explorers


6-week seasons Rotating topics each season Format: 1.5hr classes Prerequisite: Instructor permission required. Students in Balboa Explorers have shown consistent commitment to their Balboa classes for 2-3+ years and can smoothly execute all the content of Balboa Discovery with proper technique. No partner required. We rotate partners often in class. You’ve been doing this Balboa thing for awhile. You can probably say you are addicted to it. This is the course where Balboa geeks like you unite and explore new topics and constantly push your boundaries. Each season will have a different theme announced that will be a focus for the 6-week course. Themes are a deep dive into technique, complex move combos, fancy footwork, self-assessment, and more!





 

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