Balboa

Learn Balboa - a fast-paced dance, perfect for small or crowded dancefloors

Next round of classes
7th March - 28th of April
(Easter Break in week 15)

Registration
Opening date: 21st of February
Closing date: 6th of March

Price
Regular: 690 kr for 7 classes of 1 h 15 min
Student: 550 kr for 7 classes of 1 h 15 min

Location 
Happy Feet Studio,
Ørnevej 33, København NV

Questions? 
See Frequently Asked Questions
or Contact Us


Registration for classes

Classes in the period: 3rd of March - 28th of April
Registration opens on the 21st of February

In the meantime:
Come to one of our Friday Parties with live music!

 

 

Level Description

Balboa 1

Description

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. 

In the Balboa 1 course you will learn the basics of the dance with the Úp-Hold basic, Out & Ins, Paddles and Crab-Walk as well as some of the classic figures like Lollies and Throw-Out.

Level: This course is aimed towards beginners. You don't need any prior dance experience to join this class. But if you have danced swing or another dance before, then that's of course an advantage.

Balboa 2.5

Description

The Balboa 2.5 course will focus on elements of creativity, improvisation & musicality, as well as figures like Balboa Swivels and variations on Throw Out and Lollies. You will get a good technical base to build your creativity onThis course is for everyone having done two courses of Balboa or equivalent. If you took part in the last Balboa 2 course at Happy Feet Studio that got cancelled mid way due to Covid-19, this course is for you.

Level Guidance

To join this course you need to know the basics of Balboa, including Up-Hold & Down-Hold basics, basic Out & Ins, Lollies and Throw-Out.

Teachers

Eiki
Having started dancing Lindy Hop in 2007, Eiki got the Balboa bug while living in Germany in 2011. Taking private classes, as well as going to the first Balboa Castle Camp, Rock That Swing Festival 2012 and The Snowball 2012 Balboa track. Taking a hiatus from the dance due to a knee injury in 2013, Eiki started dabbling back into the dance in 2018 and has been actively training and teaching the dance since 2019. Eiki regularly attends workshop events and takes private classes swith some of the most experienced Balboa dancers in Europe. He brings his wealth of knowledge and experience from teaching swing dancing since 2009, to his Balboa classes. Emphasizing solid technique, fun atmosphere and comfortable, musical dancing. 

Lara
One of Lara’s earliest memories of dancing happened on a cozy day at home, where she found herself moving her feet to jazz music while watching an old movie. Years later she could finally attend her first swing dance classes in Slovenia in 2007. Since then, she never stopped dancing. First Lindy Hop, then Balboa and Blues. She loves all different styles, as they all express different feelings and emotions. But nevertheless, she found her passion in both dancing and teaching Balboa soon after moving to Malmø in Sweden in 2013.
She moved to Copenhagen from Malmø in 2015, where she’s been teaching balboa regularly for Ministry of Balboa. During her dancing years, she also tried other styles of dances, Tango, Salsa and Ballet, all of which inspire her Balboa.
Lara believes in solid technique as a foundation for creativity and musicality, and you will be met with all three in her classes.

 

Music from class

We have collected some of our favorite swing songs, which are good for practicing new moves, and put them together in a Spotify and Youtube playlists. 

Open Practice

Come and practice moves from your class during Open Practice. It's free and open for everyone! You might want to bring a partner to dance with though. 

Social Dancing

In Copenhagen you can dance socially almost every evening, and in most cases the entrance is free! Check out our list of venues with recurring social dancing events:

Multiple courses

Sign up for multiple courses in the same round of classes and get 10% discount on each course!
See the overview of all courses we offer this round here:

Frequently Asked Questions

what level should i choose?
If you are coming from another school or if you had a longer break and you are not sure what level to choose, you can come to our Level Placement, where you can dance with a teacher and get advice.
We organize Level Placement before each round of classes, and the dates are announced here on the page approx. 3 weeks before classes start.
Read more about Level Placement here.
Do I need a dance partner?

You don't need a partner to register. If you register alone, we will simply pair you up with another participant. We will also have partner rotation in the classes, so you will get to meet and dance with other people in the class. A nice way to make new friends!

A little tip though: since this is a partner dance, we need to balance the number of leaders and followers (traditionally leaders are men and followers women. However, in these modern times we welcome anyone to pick whichever role they prefer). We typically have many more followers than leaders, so if you choose to be a follower, we recommend that you sign-up with a partner to avoid the waiting list.

Do you offer single classes / tryout classes?
We organize Intro Classes to Swing Dancing during our Friday Parties, which take place in our studio every second/third week. You don't need to sign up beforehand, just show up on the day and pay the entrance to the party at the door. The intro class takes place right before the party. For more information on that, check our Friday Party section.

You can also join an intro class to swing dance in Student House on Tuesdays. See more info about it here.

We don't offer sign ups for single classes to our weekly classes. We need to make sure that our classes are well balanced, so that there is an equal or almost equal amount of followers and leaders (where leaders are usually men and followers are women). Sign ups for single classes would disrupt our leader-follower balance. Therefore it is only possible to sign up for a full round of classes (7 weeks of classes).

Do you teach in Danish or English?
We teach in English because our classes have dancers from all over the world. However, you are welcome to ask questions and speak to us in Danish.
What should I wear?
Anything that you feel comfortable in that doesn't limit your movement. We suggest bringing some extra clothes to change into after class - Lindy Hop is an energetic dance, so you might get sweaty. We have a Shower Area in our studio, where you can take a shower and change clothes before or after class.
Regarding footwear, flat shoes will be the best choice, preferably with a not-too-sticky sole. We do not recommend high heels for beginners. If you want to invest in some good dancing shoes, try these brands: Keds, Aris Allen, Toms, Dance Joy.
What if I miss some classes?
Don't worry if you happen to miss a class or two. We do a recap after all our classes. which students are welcome to film and share with each other. You should be able to get the video from your classmates and practice the moves.

If you feel like you have missed out on too many classes, and you are having trouble catching up with the new material, you can:
• book a private lesson with us, where we will work one-to-one with you on the material. Check our Private Lessons section for more info.
• sign up for the Beginners Course again. It will give you a chance to recap the material you've learned, and catch up with the things you missed.

Regarding refunds: Once the course has begun, we do not offer refunds for any missed classes.

Can I get a refund / sell my registration?
You can have your registration refunded, if you write us latest 5 days (120 hours) before a course it set to begin. Any cancellation later than this, no matter the reason, does not resolve in any refund. Read more about our refund policy here. 
You may sell your registration to someone else. All we need is an email from you, with their name and email included. Please note: It is not possible to change the follow/lead role of your original registration.
Am I too old/too young to dance swing?
Swing dancing is for everyone, regardless of age. In Copenhagen you can meet swing dancers from every age group, having lots of fun together on the dance-floor. That said, you must be at least 15 years old to join our classes, due to legal regulations. We do not however have a maximum age limit. 🙂
Where can I dance outside of classes?

Friday Parties at Happy Feet Studio
(every second/third week)

Great evenings of dancing and hanging out in in the home of happy feet! Each party starts with an Intro Class to swing dance. After that, the dancefloor is open, and we have plenty of special attractions prepared for you, making each party different and unique.
From time to time there will be live music, dance competitions, dance shows, quizes, intro classes in blues/shag/balboa, and much more. There is also a cozy bar where you can buy drinks and hang out with your friends in between dances.
Get more info about Friday Parties here.

Open Practice in Happy Feet Studio
(almost every day)

You can come to Open Practice in our studio up to three times a week, to practice moves from your class or just dance with your friends. You might want to bring a partner to dance with, but otherwise the dancefloor is open, and the music is playing, so just show up and dance! Open Practice is free and open for everyone, no sign up needed.
Get more info about Open Practice here.

Other social dancing opportunities in Copenhagen:

Tuesday Swing Dance
at Studenterhuset: 19.30 - 23.00

Sunday Swing organized by Swingin' Hepcats
at Indre By Kulturhus: 15.00 - 18.00
(and 16.00 - 19.00 on the 1st Sunday of the month)

Saturday Extra Training organized by SwingShoes
at Vesterbro Kulturhus: 12.00 - 14.00

Apart from that there is also plenty of other events and places where you can dance socially and meet other swing dancers. For more info, check out the Facebook group Swing Dance in Copenhagen - it has over 3000 members and has important updates on swing dance events in Copenhagen.