Wednesday Night Balboa
Please notice, we're running our Balboa nights on Wednesdays instead of the usual Thursdays, with slightly different timings to tie in with Lindy Hop classes next door.
@ Upstairs at The Emperor: 21 Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1NW
7.30pm – 8.30pm
All levels class in Balboa partner dancing
8.30pm – 10.30pm
9.00pm - 10.30
Join the intermediate Lindy Hop class at St Paul's if you like. Just pay an extra £1 if you paid for the Balboa class earlier (we'll give you a stamp to show there before you head over)
£6 (non-members) / £5 (members)
We also run a monthly Balboa social at The Emperor!
Beginners are welcome
No partner needed! You'll get to dance with everyone
No need to sign up in advance. Just join us on the day
What to bring?
Hard-soled shoes if you have them (but don't worry if not!)
Avoid wearing jewellery as it can scratch and get broken
Cash for the entry
A Smile! We're a friendly bunch :)
What is Balboa?
What we call Balboa today is a mix of a few different styles of dancing from Southern California, including dancing in close hold with a full body connection and breaking away in to more open movements. It’s hard to give an accurate definition because the original dancers that the modern scene takes inspiration from were so varied in their styes.
The classes we run try to embrace this variety by giving you some tools to dance to swing music with a partner, and encouraging you to enjoy dancing to the music and find your own style.
This blog post about the history of dancing in Southern California is great if you want to find out more: Swing History 101
Not danced much Balboa before?
… Great! We’d love to introduce you – we can get you dancing the basics in your first class and enjoying some great Swing music! Classes are friendly and informal and you don’t need to bring a partner.
Already know some Balboa?
Awesome, come and be a part of our scene, learn something new, and enjoy some social dancing after class.
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