Introduction to Balboa

Have you been wanting to learn this fun style of vintage swing dance?  Or maybe you have already taken some classes and would like to refine your technique?  Here is your opportunity!


When:  Saturday afternoons, starting January 4th, 2020.  Class from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., 5:00 p.m. on January 18.

What: Three week Introduction to Balboa, Part I  (Part II will be offered in February.)

Where:  DanceTown studio, 1574 Walkley Road, Ottawa (entrance at the back). Parking is at the back, or at the strip mall next door. (see map below or click here:  http://www.dancetown.ca )        

How much:  $36.00/person, payable in cash or cheque at the first class, or by e-transfer in advance.               

Note:  please register as soon as possible, so that we can try to keep a balance of leads and follows.   Click on the "Register" link above to register.  The class may be cancelled if there is insufficient enrolment.                             


What is Balboa?

Balboa is a vintage swing dance.  It originated in southern California in the 1920s and 30s and is named for the Balboa Peninsula.  It is danced primarily in close embrace and involves subtle communication between the partners including weight shifts.  As such, it is regarded as more of a dancer's dance than a spectator's dance.  It can be danced at almost any speed, but is typically done to faster tempos. Balboa is a great swing dance to add to your repertoire to allow you to dance comfortably at fast tempos, and as a complementary swing dance, will improve your Lindy Hop as well.

Here's a sample video from two of the best in the world.

Map for DanceTown, 1574 Walkley Road