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Learn To Dance In A Day – Balboa

Balboa – Learn the foundations of this fun vintage swing dance in one day!
Never danced before? Looking for something new?
Take your first steps in Balboa, tune-up your technique, or explore the “opposite” role for enhanced understanding of the dance.
This workshop is suitable for anybody, regardless of your level of dance experience. Aimed at beginners, or swing dancers who are new to Balboa.



We’ve got a program of beginner Balboa workshops scheduled throughout the year. Choose your preferred date and book in advance. Fancy doing the workshop again? – go ahead, you’ll consolidate what you’ve already learned.

2020 workshop dates and locations
Sunday 16 February: Russian House (downstairs) – 118 Greeves St Fitzroy VIC 3065 (crn Gore St)
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Saturday 4 July: Next Level [downstairs Studio 1] – 325 Victoria St, Brunswick VIC 3056
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More dates and locations to be announced later in 2020.



Sun 16 Feb
12.15pm: Check in
12.30pm – 1.30pm The ins and out and ins of Balboa
Rhythm, connection and lead-follow dynamics with Bal-swing.
15 min break
1.45pm – 2.45pm Peeling away the layers
Building lead and follow skills using Pure Balboa, creating and directing energy.
15 min break
3.00pm – 4.00pm Throwing it all together with throw outs.
Transitioning between moves and expanding our repertoire.



Online registration:
$60 per person for the full day
$120 Pair Pass (1 Lead & 1 Follow – full day)

Participants are strongly recommended to register online. Casual attendance on the day only permitted if not sold out.
Registrations will close at 12pm on the day prior to the workshop.

Bookings now open for all dates!
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FOLLOW places are closed for 16 Feb workshop.
In order to keep the Lead:Follow ratio workable for a partner dancing workshop, we cannot take any more Follow registrations until more Leads sign up.

If you’re registering for you and a friend, make sure you register Leads and Follows separately – please don’t book 2 Follow tickets for a Follow and a Lead. Or you can buy a Pair Pass in one single transaction (for 1 Lead and 1 Follow.)

Casual attendance, cash at the door:
$70 per person for the full day
correct money only, no change given
* Casual attendance on the day only permitted if not sold out. *



Our Dance in a Day workshop will teach you some introductory moves and technique that will allow you to build your confidence and take your dancing to the social floor.



Comfortable shoes (swing dancers wear flat shoes or a modest heel), water bottle, snacks, mints, deodorant, spare t-shirt, small towel, band aids – swing dancing is exercise, and you may well break a sweat, so be prepared. We suggest you BYO lunch – while there are lots of eateries in the vicinity, there is no time for a restaurant/cafe meal.


No partner required

No need to register with a partner. We rotate partners throughout the workshop – a great way to meet new people, all sharing the same fun learning experience.

Want to know more?
In most Swing Patrol classes and workshops, we change partners frequently throughout the lesson, so everyone gets the chance to dance with different people, for a taste of lead & follow social swing dancing. So bringing a partner is not necessary.
We do ask people to join in the rotation and dance with everyone. It can be beneficial to the learning experience to feel what it’s like to lead or follow a move with a variety of people, of different sizes, strengths, abilities etc. Not only is it lots of fun, dancing with lots of people accelerates your learning hugely. Of course, the key focus of any Swing Patrol class is having fun and enjoying yourself, so if you’re really not keen to change partners, it’s a good idea to mention it to the teachers so they can accommodate.


Lead or Follow?

This is a partnered dance so you will need to sign up as either a Lead or a Follow. We don’t mind which role you do!

Want to know more?
Swing dancing is a partner dance, in which there’s a Lead and a Follow. The Lead “directs” the dance, indicating the moves and the direction. The Follower responds to the lead, but has room to add personal styling/embellishments. Like jazz/swing music, it’s seen as a “call & response” partnership.
If you equate it to something you may be familiar with, such as Waltz or Quickstep (like Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers), then the male is usually leading and the female following.
At Swing Patrol, we do make every effort to encourage people not to choose which role they learn simply based on their gender, and many people do dance both the lead and follow roles. Even then, it’s still probably more common for men to lead and women to follow.

Please email if you have any questions about these roles.

Cancellations and Refunds

Some of our venues have a fixed capacity so we close off places for participants at a set point. For this reason, cancellations and refunds are not possible without 24 hours notice as we may have turned away other dancers. Thanks for understanding.
Where applicable, a full or partial refund (less administration fee) may be available up to close of registrations. Contact
After close of registration, no refunds will be issued.
We are pretty friendly and approachable so send an email and hopefully we can assist you!


Learn To Dance In A Day is a great first step on your swing dance journey.
After the workshop we’ll add you to our newsletter so you can get a sense of what we offer and where to take your next steps as a dancer.

See also:
Learn To Dance In A Day – Collegiate Shag
Learn To Dance In A Day – Lindy Hop