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Published on Feb 15, 2006
Born in the 1930's in Southern California, on Balboa Peninsula at the Pavillion and soon after, the Rendevous Ballroom. The Balboa is known for it fast footwork, style and "chest to chest" close dancing position. It was said you were not allowed to break-away (from "chest to chest") and the Balboa dancers were the ones who dressed up and didn't want to sweat. So you had your Balboa dancers on one side of the ballroom and the crazed Lindy/Swing dancers on the other. Soon the Balboa-Swing came along, which used the same basics as Balboa but added the spins, drops, turns... of swing dancing. The term, Balboa-Swing, didn't actually come around till much later. But, this increased energy level was made famous by "Ray Rand Swingers" of Southern California. The Bal- and Bal-Swing is well suited for fast tempos, though it was said a good Balboa dancer could Balboa at any tempo.