Balboa workshop

Sun 20 May 2018 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Moseley School and Sports centre


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Join The Swing Era for a fantastic BEGINNERS day workshop Balboa. This beautiful dance style is one of the swing dance styles and is a partnered dance that can be danced to uptempo music.

Join the talented Stephen Badham and Lynn Maslen for a great day of classes by these highly experienced Balboa dancers, competitors and teachers. Stephen and Lynn have attended multiple international Balboa workshops at Invitational level. They have also competed in a number of Balboa competitions and have made finals or placed in the top three at events such as California Balboa Classic, All Balboa Weekend, Thames Valley Balboa Festival, Edinburgh Balboa Exchange and The Scoot, Galway.

For this workshop you will:
- get 3 hours of classes by two talented teachers
- cover the fundamentals of Balboa for COMPLETE BEGINNERS with a focus on moves and stylings that will be familiar to Lindy Hoppers
- Learn fun moves and important technique
- No previous experience is necessary!

Sunday 20/5/18 13-17pm
Moseley School Sports Centre. Bring your own snacks/drinks (limited shops nearby)

13-13.30 Welcome and registration
13.30-14.30 Class
14.30-14.45 Break
14.45-15.45 Class
15.45-16.00 Break
16.00-17.00 Class

Tickets: £25 per person, £40 per balanced couple

What is Balboa?
Modern day Balboa is actually an amalgam of two dances that developed in Southern California in the 1920s-30s - 'Balboa' and 'Swing'. Balboa in the 20-30s was a close-hold dance similar to ballroom styles. It evolved on the extremely busy dancefloors of Los Angeles where dancers were forbidden to break away from their partners. It is known for its intricate footwork and smooth styling.

'Swing' was as catch-all phrase for the styles of break away dancing that were performed to big band swing music. Dances such as Lindy Hop were less established on West Coast USA and there was a variety of styles of swing dance that evolved into dances like Balboa Swing, or Bal Swing. Nowadays, the revival of Balboa since the 90s has seen the dance develop into a much more codified dance that is taught around the world.