About Balboa

Balboa? Don’t you mean Bilbao? Or Bilbo? No, it is Balboa!
But what is Balboa?

Balboa is a partner dance, born in the overcrowded ballrooms of California, sometime in the 1910s to 20s to swing, ragtime and jazz music. Balboa is a lead partner dance, but also allows the follower to play with variations and interpret both the music and the lead from her partner. There are three equal components to Balboa, the leader, the follower and the music. There is nothing better than dancing to live music.

Mickey and Kelly in Edinburgh, dancing to Swing 2013

Balboa is actually a mix of two dances, which have come to be known as Pure-Bal and Bal-Swing. Coming from the overcrowded ballrooms, Pure-Bal is danced in a close hold with the emphasis on footwork. Growing up alongside Lindy Hop, Bal-Swing incorporates more open moves with spins and turns.

Anne-Helene & Bernard Cavasa, dancing Pure-Bal and Bal-Swing

Balboa can be danced to a wide range of tempos from slow to fast. If there is a dance with no speed limit, Balboa is it.

All Balboa Weekend 2012: Showcase Competition 1st Place – Mickey & Kelly

We hope we have given you a taste of what Balboa is. If you would like to know more please contact us or come along and give it a try! Check our Events page for the next workshop. Also, regular classes are held in Edinburgh at Edinbop on Wednesdays in the Counting House.

All Balboa Weekend 2011: Open ACBC Winners – Jeremy Otth & Laura Keat

So come Balboa and keep shuffling!