September 2013 Curriculum: Balboa and Macro-Musicality


Brief Overview

Class Dates: September 5, 12, 19, 26

Our September 2013 Lindy Academy Curriculum we venture into the world of Balboa and how Balboa and Lindy can work together for awesome macro-musicality!

Here is an overview of what’s going on:


Here are the details:

First…What is Balboa?

Briefly, it is a swing dance that originated right here in Southern California in the 1920′s and 1930′s. Fusing in various ballroom dances into swing dancing, Balboa was born. It is done in “tight quarters”, usually in closed position (a.k.a. Pure Balboa) with some open variations as well (a.k.a. Bal-Swing). A lot of great close body connection, footwork, and finesse as a result.

Second…Why Balboa?

Many good reasons!

  • First, it’s a BEAUTIFUL dance in its own right.
  • It is also practical because in closed position it takes up less room on the floor if it’s crowded.
  • PLUS it’s practical (part 2) because if the music is very fast, it gives you a respite from swingouts.
  • And lastly: cross training is always a good thing. Athletes do it all the time. As a great example, while we are Lindy Hoppers at heart, Balboa has been a fantastic dance for us to learn: giving us new ideas on connection as well as a new repertoire of moves and techniques to infuse into our Lindy Hop

For Lindy 1 the first two weeks are “start from scratch” for Lindy Hop. Our “latter week” variations (beyond week 2) will include Balboa “inspired” moves. We will not be studying Balboa itself, we will stay in the Lindy context but teach moves inspired by Balboa and Bal-swing.

For Lindy 2 we will be doing 2.5 to 3 classes of Pure Balboa. No Balboa experience is required BUT you need to be at a Lindy 2 level so we can move fast. You should be able to pick up technique, footwork, and steps at an intermediate level (those class taking muscles will need to be in “full swing”)

The last 1 to 1.5 classes we will work our Pure Balboa into Lindy Hop and introduce our idea of Macro-Musicality

Lindy 1 Theme: Fundamentals, Balboa Inspired moves

Fundamentals Study, and Balboa Inspired moves (utilizing technique from Balboa for some Lindy variations)

  • Week 1:Lindy Basic, Free Spin, Outside Turn, Inside Turn
  • Week 2:Lindy Over-Rotated Outside Turn to an Inside Turn Basic
  • Week 3:Circular Connection, Over-Rotation, Pop Turns
  • Week 4:More Pop-Turn Fun

Lindy 2 Theme: Pure Balboa!

We’ll be doing the first 2.5 to 3 classes of Pure Balboa. No Balboa required, but you need to be at an intermediate level of learning and absorption of footwork and technique

  • Week 1:Pure Balboa: Basic, Come Around, Technique
  • Week 2:Pure Balboa: More on the Basic, Forward Paddles, Back Paddles
  • Week 3:Pure Balboa: Serpentine, Shuffles, Crab Walks
  • Week 4:Macro-Musicality, Transitions In and Out of Balboa

See you!

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Comments & Responses

2 Responses so far.

  1. Yvonne Pinero says:

    I’m planning on coming tomorrow night, 9/19. What is the fee for your classes? Okay to join in? (I’m intermediate Bal)
    I assume you have a fee for the monthly series, but do you allow someone to start midway?
    Thanks Ben & Sheri. Love that you support the dance community!

    • Lindy Academy says:

      Hey Yvonne! Thanks for the compliments :) Much appreciated! I’m familiar with your dance level: Yes, you can jump in! Just check our video reviews so you know what’s going on and that you feel you can jump in.

      http://lindyacademy.com/category/class-notes/

      Cost for single class is $16 and includes your LindyGroove admission so that splits to $8 for LindyGroove and $8 for the Lindy Academy class.

      Thanks!
      -Ben

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