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Balboa

Balboa is danced to the fast music and partners are in very close contact. The main focus is on improvisation and leading-following.

Balboa dance

Balboa is a fast couple dance, mainly in the closed position “chest to chest”. You can often hear that this is a “lazy” dance because most of the dance takes place inside the pair. From the side it may look as if the partners are simply treading on the spot but the nuances of interaction and understanding between partners in this dance are revealed, perhaps, as in no other.

It cannot be certainly said but it is believed that the earliest forms of Balboa appeared at early 1915, which makes it one of the oldest swing dances. According to one version, the dance came to us from Southern California from the Balboa peninsula, which is near the city of Newport Beach. Someone thinks that Balboa was primarily a mixture of Foxtrot and Charleston, others believe that Balboa is the son of Shag, and still others – that it came from Rumba and other Latin dances, but the influence of other popular dances of that time is undisputable.

Primarily Balboa was a very simple dance. There were no turns, sharp feet swings and any break of contact between partners. Such specificity was largely dictated in places where it was danced - with small ballroom and cadence - up to 300 beats per minute. Over time, new dancers came to dance and the dance developed, also under the influence of other styles. Appeared open positions, turns and even jumps.

Now the popularity of Balboa is growing around the world, along with the popularity of swing dancing in general. Keeping roots, such as the opportunity to dance literally on a patch of land by the rabid rhythms, a deep immersion in the leading-following and a close position of partners, Balboa is actively developing and acquiring new facets.