What is Balboa?
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Balboa (original Balboa or Pure-Bal) is a dance that originated in Southern California during the 1920s and 1930s. Balboa also now refers to a fusion of dances that originated from that era.

The original Balboa dance is a form of swing dance that started as early as 1915 and gained in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s. It is danced primarily in close embrace, and is led with a full body connection. The art of Balboa is in the subtle communication between the lead and follow, including weight shifts, which most viewers cannot see. As a result, Balboa is considered more of a “dancer’s dance” than a “spectator’s dance”. Its exact origins are obscure, especially as most of the original Balboa dancers have since died. Balboa is danced to a wide variety of tempos. Because the basic step takes up such a small space, Balboa can be danced to fast music (over 300 beats per minute). Balboa is also danced to slow music (under 100 beats per minute), which allows more time for intricate footwork and variations. *Information sourced from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balboa_(dance)
Class Levels
Address: 32 Riddings St, Coorparoo (driveway entrance on cnr Harries Rd & Wakefield St) Times: Level 1 6:30pm, Level 2 7:30pm, Foundations 8:45pm
Level 1 - Fundamental Balboa
  • Never danced swing before.
  • Taught in an 8 week block
  • Best class to brush up on your basics & make you an AWESOME dancer!!!
Level 2 - Progressive Balboa
  • Have completed Level 1 Balboa
  • Have an awareness of Uphold basic, Downhold basic, Out & Ins, Throwouts & Lollies
  • Able to Lead or Follow basic movements with in Balboa
  • Taught as a weekly drop in class
  • Classes are designed to give you fun exciting moves that you can add into your social dancing vocabulary.
Level 2+ Extended Balboa
  • You want more of a challenge in class, but you are not ready for Experimental
  • You want to know more about the concepts of the dance
  • Taught as a weekly drop in class
  • Classes are at a higher level to help you to get into the advanced classes
  • No current Extended Balboa Classes
Level 3 - Experimental
  • Ready for a challenge in your dancing
  • You have been dancing for at least 6 months* at a progressive level
  • Able to confidently Lead or Follow all the basic moves from Level 1
  • Have a greater awareness to the connection within the dance.
  • Ask your regular teacher if this class is right for you.
  • No current Experimental Balboa Classes
(*This time frame is only a guide.)
Weekly Classes at Coorparoo Bowls Club - Cnr Harries and Wakefield St Monthly Social at Woolloongabba - Cnr Junction and Oxford St
Day Location  Time Class
Tuesday Coorparoo 7:00–8:00pm Level 1 – Fundamental Balboa
8:15–9:15pm Level 2 – Progressive Balboa

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Upcoming Start Dates for Fundamental Balboa
Day Date Venue Teachers
Tuesday 24th May 2016 Coorparoo Steve & Leigh
Tuesday 19th July 2016 Coorparoo Steve & Leigh
Tuesday 13th September 2016 Coorparoo Steve & Leigh
Tuesday 8th November 2016 Coorparoo Steve & Leigh