Providing Balboa & Balswing dance classes in Leeds, Balboanorth was the first place in the city to teach this historic American swing dance. Beginners classes every Wednesday from 8pm - 8.45pm with improvers/intermediate from 9.15pm - 10.00pm. Social dance/practice to 10.30pm. You can find us at our beautiful new venue which is just 1.5 miles and 4 minutes by car from the old one:
The Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Community Centre311 Stonegate RoadLeedsLS17 6AZ (see map)
The cost is £5.00 (Student concession £4.00) - a partner is useful but not vital as we always rotate partners to improve your lead and follow skills. The venue has a cafe which will stay open until 9.15pm on Wednesdays and you can bring your own water. There is on-site parking and you can also park in the streets nearby.
What is Balboa?
An authentic American swing dance which evolved in the 1930‘s in the crowded dancehalls of Orange County, California. Originally danced to Big Band swing, it can be done to slow, medium or fast music from any era. Balboa/Balswing is currently one of the fastest growing dance forms enjoying a huge revival in the USA, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Australia and the UK. In fact if you go to a swing dance anywhere in the world, you're probably going to see someone doing Balboa. If you've never seen it before - take a look at this clip of Jeremy Otth & Laura Keat at The American Classic Balboa Champions 2013.
Who are the stars of Balboa?
Significant names from the history of Balboa include the late Willie Dessatoff and his partner Lila, Dean Raftery, Bart Bartolo, Maxie Dorff, Hal & Marge Takier. Contemporary stars include Nick Williams, David Rehm, Jeremy Oth & Laura Keate, Marty Klempner, Andreas Ollson & Teni Lopez-Cardenez, Valerie Salstrom, Bobby White & Kate Hedin, Anne Helene & Bernard Cavassa, Adam Speen & Nelle Cherry, Micky Fortanasce & Kelly Arsenault and the undisputed ‘Queen of Balboa', Sylvia Sykes. In the UK Mel & Jo Calanglang, Janet Davis & Chris Riddick, Jean Harper, Brian and Sue Anthony and of course Dan Guest, co-founder with Christi Rankin of the annual London Balboa Festival.
Please remember that dancing is a physical activity and if you are unsure, please consult your GP. Balboanorth will take every reasonable precaution to maintain your health and safety but cannot be held responsible for any loss or injury if you have agreed to take part.