Balboa is a swing dance that originated in Southern California (on the Balboa Peninsula) in the 1920s.

Unlike most kinds of swing, which have lots of variations in open position, Balboa is mostly danced in closed position.


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» Come Around
» Down Hold

» Toss Out
» Lollies
» Lollies to Toss Out
» Ochos


Balboa can be danced to any uptempo swing tune.

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For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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