The original Balboa is a form of swing dance that gained popularity in the 1930s and ’40s in Southern California. In addition to the original Balboa style, Balboa also now refers to a fusion of dances that originated from that era.

Balboa is a partner dance led with full-body connection and danced primarily in close embrace. 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”.

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 or to slower music, which allows more time for intricate footwork and variations.

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