Acknowledging the roots of swing dances and jazz music.

What is Balboa?

Balboa is a partnered swing dance that originated in the 1930s in Southern California, particularly in the beachside resort named Balboa.

Back in the day, crowded dance halls often had strict rules which prohibited the Charleston and other exuberant dances, so a dance which required very little space naturally evolved. Nowadays, this subtle, close position dance is known as Pure Balboa. Meanwhile, in L.A., some adventurous dancers were using more open connections to introduce spins, turns, dips, tricks, and even air steps into their dancing. This style is now known as Bal-swing. A second generation of dancers fused these two styles together, and thus modern Balboa was born, a dance capable of both great finesse and great excitement. The choice is yours.

Swing Patrol holds regular weekly Balboa classes at Fitzroy Balboa & Shag on Tuesdays and a fortnightly Friday Balboa Class and social at Club Maxie’s.
Many other Swing Patrol class venues will occasionally teach a short season of Balboa – check with teachers what’s in store.

In our classes you will learn a combination of Pure Balboa and Bal-swing.
Balboa, with its economy of movement, is very well suited to moderate or fast music, but it can be danced to all tempos. Indeed, there is a special form of Slow Balboa with unique footwork patterns, stylings and moves, full of old world grace and elegance. Slow Balboa is regularly taught at the Richmond Balboa venue.


Have a look at Balboa in action… Enjoy!

And Balboa doesn’t have to be fast ….