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.
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