Whether you’ve never stepped foot in a Balboa class before or have attended a few lessons but don’t feel super confident in your basics yet, this is the track for you! Our instructors will build you from the ground up and get you out on the dance floor in no time.
Class Block 1:
The Basic Recipe (Erica and Robert David):
What basic ingredients do you need to dance Balboa? We’ll explore a couple variations, footwork, and partnering in the context of Balboa for this first class.
All About Flavor (Erica and Robert David):
You’ve gotten a taste for some basic Balboa patterns, now let’s up the intensity and add some flavor. Just how much juice can we squeeze out of one lemon?
Class Block 2:
Strawberries? (Erica and Robert David):
We’ll spend this hour changing everything you thought you knew about Balboa before we bring it all back together.
Test Kitchen (Erica and Robert David):
This is a chance for you to practice what was taught during the first three classes. We’ll work with you to set some goals and give you the tools to meet them.
Class Block 3:
When Life Hands You Lemons (Erica and Robert David):
Did your basics feel a little sour on the dance floor? Were you missing that rotational stretch-sweetness on your toss outs? Ever get stuck in an endless pattern of lollies? We’re going to address any issues you may have encountered on the social floor and help you tweak your recipe.
Make Lolly-ade (Erica and Robert David):
We’re diving right back into Lollies with some fun turns and variations.
Class Block 4:
Induce Some Juice From This Produce (Erica and Robert David):
At the heart of Bal-Swing is the Out and In. We’re spending this hour introducing you to this concept. 2 people, 3 steps, 4 beats, endless possibilities. Let the juice flow.
Practice anything that was taught over the weekend and get some personal feedback from your beginner track instructors. We’ll be goal setting and helping you meet those goals.
If you’ve attended a few Balboa classes, maybe even a workshop or two, have a solid grasp on all of your Bal Basics, and have started to feel comfortable social dancing Balboa more often, this is the track for you! Our instructors will be there to guide you on your adventure into the world of Balboa, but it is up to you to choose your path.
In this track, you must be comfortable with the following moves:
- Basic step
- Come Arounds
- Out and Ins
- Toss Outs (aka throw outs)
Listed below the class descriptions for the weekend:
Class Block 1:
A-Peeling Musical Analysis (Abigail and Adam):
We dance because of the music but understanding the music isn’t always so simple. This class will take us back to the beginning by analyzing how jazz music works and what applied movements will best serve to match it. The beat doesn’t act just like a metronome so we will also spend some time listening to the same arrangement played by various artists and talk about how the differences in energy, tempo, and style informs how we dance to it including specific variations, textures and timings.
Flow Like Lemon Juice (Kadie and Joe):
Flow is what gives the Balboa dancer their power. It’s an energy field created by all moving things. It surrounds us. It moves through us. It binds our dancing together. Learn to embrace its power! But seriously, what is flow and how do you use it in your dancing!? During this class we’ll unlock the flow in your movements and demonstrate how utilizing this one concept can drastically elevate the level of your dancing and take the ordinary to extraordinary.
Class Block 2:
Squeeze The Day! (Abigail and Adam):
Today is the day for self-reflection and improvement. This class will help each student determine their own individual movement style through practice of the basic movements in Pure Balboa and Bal Swing (Basic, Lollies, Out and Ins, Throw outs, Swivels). In order to know thy self-consistency and making deliberate decisions while dancing are key and we’ll review some fundamental drills to help you get more in tune with your true Balboa dancer.
Pure Bal, with Zest! (Kadie and Joe):
Combine one follow, one lead, a smooth floor, closed position and fantastic music. Add four parts listening skills, scramble together rhythm, timing, and texture. Top with musicality zest. Let chill for 3 minutes and enjoy. (In other words, this class will be focusing on musicality in pure bal and exploring a variety of ways dancers can better interact with each other and with the music in close embrace. We’ll work on uping our listening skills within our partnership and identifying minute changes while introducing you to a bunch of new rhythms, textures timing variations!)
Class Block 3:
Slip, Slide & Hit It Leonard! (Kadie and Joe):
This. Class. Is. All. About… PUNCTUATION! and injecting a bit of fancy pants flash & fun into your dancing! During this 2hr block, we’ll be focusing on exploring a collection of super fun slides and musical hits that leads and follows alike can utilize in their dancing to not only better respond to the music, but also use as a vehicle to interact more playfully within their partnership.
Sweet or Sour: Expanding your Comfort Zone (Abigail and Adam):
Expand your dynamic range in the context of momentum. We will work on some specific drills and examples on how to make both subtle extreme changes to the basic movements of Pure Balboa and Bal Swing including the changes to Rotation/Linear momentum, High/Low tension, Flat/Contrabody motion, axis and orientation, orientation to your partner. We’ll also discuss how these changes are communicated to a partner and what options we have in responding.
Class Block 4:
Lemon Pie, Lemon Cake, Lemon Cookies, Lemon Bars… (Kadie and Joe):
How many different recipes can you make with a single lemon? Can you do the same thing with a toss-out? In this class, we’ll be working to refine our partnership skills in order to lead/follow subtle variations in momentum, direction, and orientation that will allow us to turn a single toss-out into 25 uniquely different movements. We’ll then explore the inherent set of options and opportunities for response that each variation provides.
Pulp Fiction: No Two Songs are the Same (Abigail and Adam):
In this class, we’ll explore examples of how different dancers/troupes interpret the same song. Learn how to connect to the narrative arc of a song and commit to taking risks and being a truely artistic and vulnerable dancer. Expect improvisational drills and come prepared to be creative and collaborative both with the music and your parter.