In this course you will learn the major basic of Pure-Bal Balboa, the original style of the dance. You will learn patterns like Paddles, Crab-Walk, Shuffles and variations on foot-work. At the same time we will work on integrating more musicality into your Balboa as well as refining the basic elements of the dance.
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.
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.
8th of January – 29th of February
Registration for all courses is now open!
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.
Slippery shoes are the best, and having dance shoes with a slightly elevated heel is even better. See an example here.
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.
We have collected some of our favorite swing songs, which are good for practicing, and we put them together in a Spotify playlist
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