Laura teaches monthly progressive balboa classes at You Should Be Dancing..! Studios.
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.
Tuesday class schedule
|7:30 pm||Beginner: Fundamentals|
|8:30 pm||Advanced-Beginner: Technique Intensive|
Both classes are progressive monthly series, 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!
Read the level descriptions below to check out the monthly topic schedule! Contact Laura if you have questions about which level is the right fit. If you are looking for more advanced classes, please check out the Intermediate and Advanced balboa classes taught by Yurina Shin and Chad Mills on Tuesdays at YSBD.
Beginner: Balboa Fundamentals
Balboa Fundamentals covers the basic step, close embrace, connection, and several important moves such as out and ins, shuffles, and toss outs.
This level is perfect for students new to balboa and students who are working on the balboa basic. 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.
|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
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 the fundamental techniques of classic balboas moves.
This level is perfect for students who are confident in their balboa basic who are looking to perfect the foundations of classic balboa moves. Learned balboa a while back? Have a good basic but forgot half of a tossout? This is the place 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|