Sunday 20th April 2014
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Balboa Classes


Learn how to dance the Balboa at our regular weekly club night held every Friday evening in St Michaels Hall, Chiswick. You don't need to bring a partner as people are rotated frequently during the classes. Comfortable, non-sticky soled shoes are recommended (ideally leather soled). The classes are follwed by a freestyle social dance until late.

Balboa is an original swing dance that emerged during the late 1920's and early 1930's. It was created on the west coast (LA Region), while Lindy Hop was emerging on the east coast (New York). Both dances evolved to similar styles of music so it's easy to mix Balboa with Lindy on the social dance floor. Come to these regular weekly classes and join the resurgence in popularity in this great swing dance form.

Class Times
7.30 - 8.20pm Balboa Beginners (upstairs)
8.30 - 9.20pm Balboa Fundamentals (downstairs)
Balboa Intermediates (upstairs)
9.30 - 11pm Social dancing

Please see the class level descriptions below.

£8 one class / £10 both classes / £5 after 9.30pm

St Michaels & All Angels Hall
Corner of Bath Road & The Avenue
W4 1TT (Map)

(The nearest tube station is Turnham Green on the District line)

Although these are regular weekly classes there are some occasions when classes may be cancelled because of other commitments or because the hall is unavailable. Please check the News pages and Calendar for details of specific dates before travelling.

For further information please Contact Us.


Class Levels

Balboa Beginners
This class is aimed at people who are new to Balboa, those that have been dancing Balboa for a short time, and higher level people who still want to improve their basics. The focus will be on how to lead and follow pure Balboa, some common pure Bal basics, break-turns, and easy transitions into some simple Bal Swing variations. You are welcome to join the class in any week, since every class will cater for both absolute newcomers as well as those wanting to brush up their basics.  Note: If you're not yet ready to join the second class, then you are welcome to watch, have a drink or nibble, or head across the road to the local pub for a quick swig of dutch courage before the social dancing.

Balboa Fundamentals
This class builds and extends upon pure Balboa basics and break-turns.  The focus is primarily on the classic Bal Swing techniques such as throw-outs and out-and-in (aka cross-overs), improvement of lead/follow technique, and further practice at mixing up different rhythms and ad-lib steps.  Our Fundamentals class also covers the transitions between pure Bal and Bal Swing and how to move easily between the two.  To fully master Balboa, a thorough understanding of the fundamental techniques is essential. This class aims to equip you with these techniques and prepare you for the intermediate class.

Balboa Intermediates
Once the fundamentals of pure Balboa and Bal Swing are truly second nature, it is time to join the intermediate class (you are of course most welcome to continue coming to the Beginners or Fundamentals classes to recap or to work on improving your Balboa skills). In this class you will learn more complex moves based upon the fundamentals learned in the previous classes. We work on more detailed refinement of lead/follow technique to enable you to dance competently at all tempos.  Dance elements such as dynamics, musicality, syncopated timing, and other topics will also form part of these classes.  Note: You should already be able to reliably and consistently execute throw-outs, out-and-ins, ad-libs and transitions before joining this class.


Social Dancing

Time to mix and mingle, with music to suit Balboa, Lindy Hop and other styles of swing dance. Feel free to ask anyone to dance - no need to be afraid. We all started out as beginners and remember how intimidating it can appear sometimes! We provide some light refreshments and nibbles to help create a friendly atmosphere.

We play a wide range of styles and tempos of swing music. The era in which it was recorded doesn't matter so long as it feels good for swing dancing. More important to us are the style, musicianship and quality of recording. Essentially, we are a 'full on' traditional style swing night - no compromise!



The teaching team is lead by Dan Guest and Gemma Barson. Dan is a renowned instructor who teaches at swing dance events throughout the world. He was instrumental in the revival of Balboa, having learned from many of the original "old timer" Balboa dancers. He is widely credited with bringing Balboa to the UK and helping to popularise swing dance both here and more widely in Europe.

The other members of the teaching team are Shona & Twan Van Beers, Brian & Sue Anthony, Chris Riddick, Janet Davis and Terri Denman.



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