The word “balboa” was first heard in the 20’s to recall the homonymous island positioned south of Los Angeles and Newport Beach, where this dance was born. It is not easy to understand which kind of dances influenced balboa. However, fox trot, charleston and collegiate shag had a share in the birth of this dance, together with other southern California popular dances of that period.
The original balboa is danced in a very close and intimate position, it was perfect for crowded and small dance floors and for fast music. The bal swing is a more dynamic and rich-of-variations version of balboa. Even if there are not so many information about balboa, it was passed on until now and it is ready to be learnt because we don’t want to lose track of it.

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