Providing Balboa & Balswing dance classes in Leeds, Balboanorth was the first place in the city to teach this historic American swing dance.
Classes Every Tuesday with alternating teaching from Harry & Svetlana and Graham and Helen from Backroom Balboa and Shag Up North.
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 from any era. 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're probably going to see someone doing Balboa.
If you've never seen it before - take a look at this playlist on YouTube from the 2017 California Balboa Classic. This is a Jack & Jill Competition so the dancers don't normally dance as a couple. This demonstrates what a wonderful lead and follow dance this is.
Who are the stars of Balboa?
Significant names from the history of Balboa include the late Willie Dessatoff and his partner Lila, Dean Raftery, Bart Bartolo, Maxie Dorff, Hal & Marge Takier.
Contemporary stars include 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, Micky Fortanasce & Kelly Arsenault and the undisputed ‘Queen of Balboa', Sylvia Sykes. In the UK Mel & Jo Calanglang, Janet Davis & Chris Riddick, Jean Harper, Brian and Sue Anthony.