Balboa is a dance that originated in Southern California during the 1920’s and 1930’s. There are two types of Balboa – “Pure Balboa” and “Bal-Swing”.
Pure Balboa started as early as 1915 and gained in popularity in the 1930’s and 1940’s due crowded dancefloors. It’s danced primarily in a close embrace and is led with a full body connection. Bal-Swing, in contrast, gives more space between the partners and incorporates dynamic movements, including turns for one or both partners.
The art of all types of Balboa is in the subtle communication between the lead and follow, including weight shifts, which most viewers cannot see. As a result, Balboa is considered more of a “dancer’s dance” than a “spectator’s dance”.
Because the basic step takes up such a small space, Balboa can be danced to fast music (over 300 beats per minute). Balboa is also danced to slow music (under 100 beats per minute), which allows more time for intricate footwork and variations.
Wednesday Nights at the Counting House, Above the Pear Tree, West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD
Improvers Balboa: 7pm – 8pm
For those who have completed a full course of Balboa Fundamentals and comfortable in social dancing.
Balboa Fundamentals: 8pm – 9pm
These classes for total beginners run in progressive two month blocks. Students are encouraged to start in the first week and come to classes consecutively to allow everyone to build on what they learn. The next block of Balboa Fundamentals begins on Wednesday 1 September.
One dance class – £5.50 // £4.50 concessions
Two dance classes – £10 // £8 concessions
Regular Social Dancing
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