One of the more sophisticated swing dances, Balboa originated in the 1920s and was named after the place it all began, the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach California. Balboa is danced in a close embrace position and is led therefore with a full body connection. The dance relies on subtle communications between partners, and tuning in to often unseen weight shifts, these minute movements are key to success in Balboa. The close embrace and small movements of this style, meant Balboa gained its popularity in the 1930s when the rise of swing dancing created overcrowding on dance floors. Bal-Swing is the term used to describe a more open style of Balboa, where partners have more space, allowing for dynamic movements, turns and spins for one or both partners. As the style uses tighter steps it is danced to fast upbeat music tempos of over 200 beats per minute.

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