Balboa is a swing dance that developed in the late 20’s and early 30’s in Southern California. It was originally developed for crowded dance floors, emphasizing a close embrace, front-of-body connection, and fancy footwork. Balboa can be enjoyed to all tempos of swing music, though it is traditionally danced to Big Band era jazz. A repertoire of more open patterns evolved, which is now referred to as bal-swing. Today, dancers use a mix of both traditional balboa (known as “pure bal”) and bal-swing patterns.
Intermediate: Swing & Shuffles
Advanced-Beginner: Technique Intensive
Read the level descriptions below to discover which class is right for you!
Beginner: Balboa Fundamentals with Laura Chieko
Balboa Fundamentals covers the basic step, close embrace, connection, and several important moves such as out and ins, shuffles, and toss outs. This class is a progressive monthly series, rotating monthly topics alternate between pure balboa and bal-swing. You are welcome to join for any month, just make sure to start at the beginning of the month!
This level is perfect for students new to balboa and students who are working on mastering the basic step. This course should be taken until you are comfortable with all the material; once you are comfortable with the balboa basic you can take it in conjunction with the Balboa Technique Intensive at 8:30 pm. Speak to Laura if you are curious what’s right for you!
Pure Balboa: ad-libs and paddles: January, May, September
Bal-Swing: come arounds and toss outs: February, June, October
Pure Balboa: shuffles and crab walks: March, July, November
Bal-Swing: rotational out and ins: April, August, December
Advanced-Beginner: Balboa Technique Intensive with Laura Chieko
The Balboa Technique Intensive covers the foundations of several classic balboa moves which provide the basis for hundreds of variations! This class is the bridge between the beginner and intermediate classes, but this is also a great place for students to review fundamental technique of classic balboas moves. This class is a progressive monthly series, rotating monthly topics alternate between pure balboa and bal-swing. You are welcome to join for any month, just make sure to start at the beginning of the month!
This level is perfect for students who are confident in their balboa basic who are looking to perfect the foundations of classic balboa moves. Speak to Laura if you are curious what’s right for you!
Bal-Swing: crossover out and ins: January, July
Pure Balboa: down-holds and simple pivots: February, August
Bal-Swing: lollies and swivels: March, September
Pure Balboa: walks and drags: April, October
Bal-Swing: come arounds and toss outs: May, November
Slow Balboa: June, December
Intermediate Balboa with Chad Mills and Yurina Shin
Advanced Balboa with Chad Mills and Yurina Shin