Traditionally a fairly fast close-to-your-partner dance with fancy footwork in limited space. The name Balboa refers to a dance tradition emanating from the Balboa Peninsula outside of Los Angeles. In recent years, the dance form has in recent years experienced a remarkable revival, both within the already established Lindy Hop scene as well as living an independent life in its own right.
Origin: Southern California (U.S.) in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Music: Classic big band music of the swing era.
Synonyms: Bal, Bal-swing and Swing.
Film clips: Venice Beach (1938), Start Cheering (1939) and Maharaja (1943).
The word itself is self-explanatory, and no previous dance experience at all is necessary. The classes, each 70 minutes long, will start from scratch and will pay attention also to newcomers equipped with two left feet. The first class will take place on Friday evening, and the remaining five classes will take place on Saturday (three classes) and Sunday (two classes). For ambitious proselytes feeling inspired on Sunday afternoon, there are often possibilities to prolong your Herräng visit by registering for the BeginnersIntermediate one-week full-time programmes starting on Sundays.
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Available: 8 July - 10 July