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Now in our 12th year, Balboanorth was the first place in the city to teach this historic American swing dance.
ClassesEvery Tuesday with alternating teaching from Harry & Svetlana or Helen and partner from Backroom Balboa.
The venue is:
Moortown Social Club
There's a free car park, on-street parking, licensed bar and a sprung dance floor. Beginners 8pm - 8.45pm Improvers/intermediate from 9.15pm - 10.00pm. Social dance/practice to 10.30pm. The cost is £5.00 (Student concession £4.00)
A partner is useful but not vital as we always rotate partners to improve your lead and follow skills.
What is Balboa?
An authentic American swing dance which evolved in the 1930‘s in the crowded dancehalls of Orange County, California. Originally danced to Big Band swing, it can be done to slow, medium or fast music. Balboa/Balswing is currently one of the fastest growing dance forms enjoying a huge revival in the USA, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Australia and the UK. In fact if you go to a swing dance anywhere in the world, you will definitely see a lot of dancers doing Balboa.
If you've never seen it, take a look at our guest instructors Stephen Badham and Lynn Maslen who are coming to us in July. Dancing here at the Thames Valley Balboa Festival in 2017
Lynn and Stephen at Thames Valley Balboa Festival
Who are the stars of Balboa?
Significant names from the history of Balboa include the late Willie Dessatoff and his partner Lila, the late Dean Raftery, Bart Bartolo, Maxie Dorff, Hal & Marge Takier and many more. Contemporary stars includeMicky Fortanasce & Kelly Arsenault, Nick Williams, David Rehm, Jeremy Oth & Laura Keat, Andreas Ollson & Teni Lopez-Cardenez, Valerie Salstrom, Bobby White & Kate Hedin, Anne Helene & Bernard Cavassa, Adam Speen & Nelle Cherry and the undisputed ‘Queen of Balboa', Sylvia Sykes. In the UK Mel & Jo Calanglang, Janet Davis & Chris Riddick, Dan & Gemma Guest, Jean Harper, Brian and Sue Anthony, Stephen Badham and Lynn Maslen.
Please remember that dancing is a physical activity and if you are unsure, please consult your GP. Balboanorth will take every reasonable precaution to maintain your health and safety but cannot be held responsible for any loss or injury if you have agreed to take part.