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 is necessary. The classes, each 70 minutes long, will start from scratch. Check-in will take place on late Friday afternoon, and will be immediately followed by the first class; the remaining five classes will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
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Available: 14 July - 16 July