Balboa Dance Classes


Balboa Prague.

Balboa dance came from Southern California during the 1920s and increased in popularity until World War II. Balboa is named for the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California, where the dance was supposedly invented (its exact origins are obscure). The dance was originally a response to overcrowded ballrooms where the swing-out or breakaway (a move popular in Lindy Hop at the time) was often difficult, if not actually banned by the venue. The forming of the dance is described in some sources as a mixture of Charleston, Jig Trot, and Swing as a result of the dancers experimenting.

Balboa is danced to a wide variety of tempos. Because the basic step takes up such a small space, Balboa can be danced to fast music (over 300 beats per minute). Balboa is also danced to slow music (under 100 beats per minute), which allows more time for intricate footwork and variations.

Modern Balboa dancers sometimes distinguish between two types of Balboa, "Pure Balboa" and "Bal-Swing." In Pure Balboa, dancers stay in close embrace for almost the entire time, doing variations based on footwork. Bal-Swing, in contrast, incorporates movements in which there is more space between the partners and thus more latitude for dynamic movements, including turns for one partner, and so forth.

Nowadays Balboa is resurging worldwide and fascinates more and more dancers.

Balboa Dance Classes.