Tracks & Organisation

We will offer 4 tracks. They are based not only on your current level of dancing (Intermediate or Advanced), but as well on your learning speed (Comfort or Challenge track). We are not offering beginners tracks – if you are new to Balboa please start taking classes in your home town and join us next year!

Please read our descriptions carefully. We won’t have auditions and trust your own decision on what level and track you sign up. When in doubt please ask your dance friends/partners, which level and track they think would suit you.

The first class on Saturday morning will be a level check done by teachers and organizers. If we feel you don’t fit the level you are placed, we will ask you to change the level. This decision is binding and must not be discussed.

Please note that we have 2 levels (Intermediate and Advanced) that each can be chosen with a different teaching pace (Comfort or Challenge).  The Comfort class will be more leisurely and will provide everyone participating with a sense of achievement quite easily, while the Challenge class is more for the ambitious dancers who are not afraid of some frustration while dealing with rather difficult exercises that require your full attention.

Depending on the number of registrations we might have to close tracks at some point in the registration process, and/or need to re-assign you to a different track according to your second best choice stated in the registration form.

As a special we open the Intermediate Comfort level for advanced Lindy Hop dancers who want to have a speedy introduction to Balboa. You need to be dancing actively Lindy Hop for at least 3 years (you take at least one class per week plus social dancing on all occations) and learning fast.

Intermediate – Comfort (Strawberry)

You have taken regular weekly classes for at least 6 months to 2 years and have been dancing socially. Maybe it is still a challenge for you to ask for dances and/or accept invitations from unknown dancers. But you are enthusiastic about Balboa and search for an opportunity to be part of an (maybe even your first) international workshop in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. You know how to lead or follow basic upholds and downholds  and can mix it, you can lead or follow Lollie Kicks, Out and Ins, Throw Outs, Come Arounds, Shuffles, Swivels, cross over steps and Promenades,  different pure bal rhythms and a couple of classic moves, like Maxi’s Stop Step. You should feel comfortable to do this repertoire in medium Balboa tempo.

You like to have a relaxed time and don’t want to be stressed in class, and/or you already know that you are not a very fast learner regarding new moves and technical details. In the comfort class teachers take a lot of time to answer all questions, give you individual feedback, and help you to fully understand and master the topic of class. Teachers will start at the same point like in the Challenge track, but there will be less learning material, more room for questions and a slower teaching speed.

We open this level for advanced Lindy Hop dancers who are keen to learn the basics of Balboa fast and efficient – but be prepared to have smokey feet and brain after! We will brush up all basic techniques in this track, to give you more confidence in your dance and to take the Lindy Hopper on the Balboa train. The focus of the track will be more on Bal Swing than on Pure Bal.

 

Intermediate – Challenge (Apple)

You have taken regular weekly classes for at least 6 months to 2 years and have been dancing socially. Maybe it is still a challenge for you to ask for dances and/or accept invitations from unknown dancers. But you are enthusiastic about Balboa and search for an opportunity to be part of an (maybe even your first) international workshop in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. You know how to lead or follow basic upholds and downholds  and can mix it, you can lead or follow Lollie Kicks, Out and Ins, Throw Outs, Come Arounds, Shuffles, Swivels, cross over steps and Promenades,  different pure bal rhythms and a couple of classic moves, like Maxi’s Stop Step. You should feel comfortable to do this repertoire in medium Balboa tempo.

You like to be challenged in class, and if you don’t get that footwork/turn/rhythm in the third attempt you are still really motivated to get it done any moment. You don’t mind a high teaching speed and you are able to work through problems without getting frustrated.  In addition to that you already know that you are a fast learner regarding new moves and technical details. In the challenge class teachers try to answer all questions, but might not stay on the details for too long. They will try to give you individual feedback, but will move on if most people got it. Teachers will start at the same point like in the Comfort class, but there will be a lot more material to work on at a faster teaching speed.

This class is not suitable for Lindy Hop dancers without prior classes in Balboa.

Advanced – Comfort (Cherry)

You are dancing more than 2 years, and dancing socially is a general habit of you. You feel more than comfortable dancing with unknown leads/follows and you are a known and well asked dancer in your local scene. But still Balboa is a relaxing hobby for you and you don’t take it too serious. You should be able to easily lead/follow all the above mentioned (Intermediate) moves and patterns, plus Brushes, Slides, lead and unlead footwork variations, digs and stops, hesitations, follower initiated/changed moves. You know some less often danced classic moves, like Hals role. You should feel comfortable to do this repertoire in fast Balboa tempo, without loosing your flow and connection.

You like to have a relaxed time and don’t want to be stressed in class, and/or you already know that you are not a very fast learner regarding new moves and technical details. In the Comfort class teachers take a lot of time to answer all questions, give you individual feedback, and help you to fully understand and master the topic of class. Teachers will start at the same point like in the Challenge track, but there will be less material, more room for questions and a slower teaching speed.

 

Advanced – Challenge (Pear)

You are dancing more than 2, better 3 years, and dancing socially is a general habit of you. You feel more than comfortable dancing with unknown leads/follows and you are a known and well asked dancer in your local scene. You take Balboa rather serious. You should be able to easily lead/follow all the above mentioned (Intermediate) moves and patterns, plus Brushes, Slides, lead and unlead footwork variations, digs and stops, hesitations, multiple spins, follower initiated/changed moves. You know some less often danced classic moves, like Hals role. You should feel comfortable to do this repertoire in fast Balboa tempo, without loosing your flow and connection.

You like to be challenged in class, and if you don’t get that footwork/turn/rhythm in the third attempt you are really motivated to get it done any moment. You don’t mind a high teaching speed and you are able to work through problems without getting frustrated.  In addition to that you already know that you are a fast learner regarding new moves and technical details. In the Challenge class teachers try to answer all questions, but might not stay on the details for too long. They will try to give you individual feedback, but will move on if most people got it. Teachers will start at the same point like in the Comfort track, but there will be a lot more material to work on at a faster teaching speed.

Auditions

We won’t have a formal audition. In your registration we ask you a couple of questions regarding your prior experience with Balboa classes and workshops. This helps us decide where to place you. We will write you in your acceptance/invitation e-mail the level we placed you. Additionally in the first class on Saturday our teachers will take a closer look at the level of all our participants. After the first hour they will address the organizers. Eve from the organizing team will talk to you after the first class, if the teachers feel that it is better for you and the group if you change tracks (both up and down). With your registration you agree that the judgement of the teachers is not questionable and must not be discussed.

If you feel the need of changing the level yourself, please talk to Eve anytime but no later than after the first class. If class size and role balance is not affected too badly we are happy to help you re-organizing your schedule to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Please Note: To provide the best learning environment and a preferably homogeneous level within the groups, eventually the level you dance in will not only depend on your self-evaluation, but as well on the level of most of your fellow class mates.