Herräng Dance Camp

2nd July to 6th August

Prepmode for Camp 2016
Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Balboa, Solo Jazz & Tap

Balboa

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).
 

Balboa Alternatives: 
BEGINNER (WEEKEND FULL TIME)

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. 

For more detailed information about the Beginner Weekends, please click here.

Available: 8 July - 10 July

 

 

BEGINNERINTERMEDIATE-INTERMEDIATE (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
On this level, there should be a basic understanding of the Balboa rhythms, and the mix between the different styles related to closed and open positions. This programme will focus on different kinds of footwork, as well as a handful of lead- and follow patterns that are sometimes easy to catch, and sometimes a bit more challenging than just the basic figures. 

Available: Week 1

 

INTERMEDIATEADVANCED-ADVANCED (ONE WEEK FULL TIME)
On this level, fundamental basics and good Balboa rhythms should be since long established. The tempo of both the music and the teaching will be slightly challenging, and the focus will sometimes relate to improvisation and personal interpretation. Rhythmical sensitivity is an asset to be able to follow classes at this level. The ability to follow different rhythmical variations, both in closed and open positions and different tempi, should not represent a major problem.
 
Please note that if enough students sign up, there will be auditions in order to split this level into IntermediateAdvanced and Advanced.

Available: Week 1