Balboa - Where To Dance
Where To Dance

Dance Style - Balboa


Balboa is a captivating swing dance, born in Southern California. It's celebrated for its close embrace and rapid, precise footwork, aligning beautifully with energetic jazz music.

Historical Background

Originating in the Balboa Peninsula, this dance flourished in the early 20th century, especially in crowded settings where its compact style was advantageous.

Characteristics of Balboa

  • Close Embrace: The dance is characterized by a tight hold, enabling dancers to perform quick and subtle movements.
  • Footwork: Known for its rapid and intricate steps, executed in a limited space.
  • Musicality: Dancers skillfully match the swift rhythms of jazz music.
  • Social and Competitive Dance: A favorite in both social and competitive swing dance circles globally.