BALBOA! Course with Alex & Melanie Han

Thursdays Dec 21, 28, Jan 4


Alex and Melanie Han are coming to Hong Kong for all your beginner Balboa needs!

Curious about Balboa? Traditionally it is a fairly fast, close-to-your-partner dance with a fancy footwork in limited space. The name Balboa refers to a dance tradition emanating from the Balboa peninsula outside of Los Angeles. The dance form has in recent years experienced a remarkable revival, both within the already established Lindy Hop scene as well as living an independent life in its own right.

Origin: southern California (U.S.) in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Music: classic big band music of the swing era – so you can dance to all the music at our swing socials!
Synonym: Bal, Bal-swing and Swing
Clips: Venice Beach (1938) , Anne-Helene & Bernard

Experienced teachers and swing dancers (and old friends of HK Swings!) from California, Alex and Melanie will guide you in this three part series from cautious to comfortable on the social dance floor when those fast songs start playing. We will be teaching both pure Bal — characterized by its emphasis on close partnership, smoothness and intricate footwork, and Bal-swing — a more open, dynamic and eye-catching dance! We’ll be covering the basics of both dances, techniques that will help you dance easier at all tempos, and exciting moves to liven things up.

Dates: Thursday Evenings, Dec 21, 28, Jan 4.
Time: 8pm-10pm (8-9.30pm class, 9.30-10pm practice)
Place: 7/F, Tak Cheung Building, 22-24 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
Full Course of 3 Workshops: HK$600, or $500 if you come with an opposite-role partner
2 Workshops: HK$500, or $400 if you come with an opposite-role partner

Each class will build on skills from the previous lesson.

The venue is just one left turn from Sheung Wan’s Exit A2, and a short walk (less than 100 metres) down to Tak Cheung Building!

Sign up below, and bring your cash on the day!