Learn Balboa

A fast-paced dance in close embrace

Level description

Description (Round 3, 2024)
Do you want to comfortably dance to very fast swing songs? Then this fast-track course into the world of Balboa will be perfect for you!
This Balboa crash-course is for experienced swing dancers that want to learn this wonderful swing dance style. Teachers Miranda & Eiki will introduce you to the joys of Balboa, exploring the basic elements of the dance as well as the playfulness it offers.
 
Level guidance
Required level to join: Swing 7 and up (or equivalent from other schools).
If you are in doubt, you can contact Happy Feet Studio or Eiki and Miranda directly.
 
Please note: There is partner rotation in all our Balboa classes to improve the leading and following skills of the participants.

Shoes

For followers: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dance shoes with a slightly elevated heel is even better. See an example here.

For leaders: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dress shoes with a classic heel is even better. See an example here.

Description (Round 3, 2024)

In this course we will focus on Bal-swing movements and pure bal shuffle basics. We will work on flowing into a Continuation of moves as if they were one, focusing on rotation and smoothness instead of stopping between each move and making it feel staggered. We will also focus on smaller footwork variations and drilling shuffle basics, which will benefit you on a crowded dance floor.

 

Level Guidance

A minimum of 14 weeks of Balboa classes is required to join. You should have taken at least 2 courses in Balboa in Happy Feet Studio or equivalent in other clubs to join. You should know the basics of Balboa, including the Balboa Basic, Come Around and basic Out & Ins.

Please note: There is partner rotation in all our Balboa classes to improve the leading and following skills of the participants.

Shoes

For followers: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dance shoes with a slightly elevated heel is even better. See an example here.

For leaders: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dress shoes with a classic heel is even better. See an example here.

Description (Round 3, 2024)

In this class, we will be focus on bringing your Balboa to the next level. We will introduce new perspectives to figures and moves that you already know. For example, you can challenge yourself with new rhythms applied to known patterns and experiment with ways to transform any figure.

 
Level guidance
This level is aimed at experienced dancers. As minimum, you have been actively dancing Balboa for 1,5 years. Pure Bal and Bal Swing basics are your second nature: Collect Step, Down Hold, Come Around, Out & Ins and Throw Out. You are comfortable experimenting with those and applying variations of these steps during social dancing. You are also comfortable with figures like Lollies, Swivels and Drags. If you are in doubt, you can contact Happy Feet Studio or Lara directly.

Please note: There is partner rotation in all our Balboa classes to improve the leading and following skills of the participants.

Shoes

For followers: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dance shoes with a slightly elevated heel is even better. See an example here.

For leaders: Slippery shoes are the best, and having dress shoes with a classic heel is even better. See an example here.

Next round of classes
6th of March – 4th of May

Next Round of classes

July 29th – September 12th
Registration will open at the end of June

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We will also have Summer Workshops throughout July!

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What is Balboa?

Balboa is a swing dance that originated in Southern California during the 1920s and enjoyed huge popularity during the 1930s and 1940s. It is a dance primarily danced to up-tempo swing jazz and is danced in a close embrace position as well as a more open, closed position.

Two styles of modern Balboa dance developed back in the early days of the dance.

“Pure Bal” is danced in close embrace and has developed as an answer to packed dance floors . Pure Bal has focus on footwork and musicality.

“Bal Swing” developed when Swing dancers started using Balboa steps in their more open-style dance. Bal Swing is danced primarily in open position, with a focus on figures, spins and turns.

On the social dance floor most Balboa dancers dance a mix of both during a song.

Recommended shoes for Balboa

Having slide-y or slick shoes is a big help to get the optimal Balboa experience. This is not a requirement but it will make it a bit easier to dance Balboa.

For followers:

Slippery shoes are the best, and having dance shoes with a slightly elevated heel is even better. See an example here. 

For leaders:

Slippery shoes are the best, and having dress shoes with a classic heel is even better. See an example here. 

Open Practice

Come and practice material from your class during Open Practice. It’s free  and open for everyone! Consider bringing a partner to dance with though. 

Swing Music

We have collected some of our favorite swing  songs, which are good for  practicing, and we put them together in a Spotify playlist 

Teachers

See our full teachers team consisting of almost 40 teachers, all very passionate and eager to share their knowledge with you!