Balboa developed during the 30s and 40s in the crowded ballrooms of the Balboa Peninsula, California. It has smooth, tight, simple footwork, which makes it particularly suited to fast music. ‘Pure balboa’ is danced in a very close hold: when you break out of this hold to do turns, slides and other variations, you are said to be dancing ‘bal-swing’.

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