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. 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. Check-in will take place on late Friday afternoon, and will be immediately followed by the first class; the remaining six classes will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
Available: July 3 - July 6
For more detailed information about the Beginner Weekend, please visit here.
An advanced level is naturally a level where a lot of very experienced dancers are spending time. The tempo of both the music and the teaching will be challenging, the focus will often relate to improvisation and personal interpretation. Rhythmical sensitivity is a must to follow programs on this level.
Please notice that the registrations for IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced both include a mutual audition. When applying for either of these programs, please sign up for Balboa IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced at the registration page on My Herräng.
Available: Week 1