GreenBal 2019 is coming to The Spinning Jenny on Saturday, April 27th. Get your dancing shoes and prepare for an evening of energetic, exciting swing dancing.
If you don’t know how to dance, don’t worry. There will be a one-hour lesson designed specifically for beginners at 7:00 p.m. followed by the main dance from 8:00-11:00—plenty of time for you to begin using your new dance moves.
So, what exactly is GreenBal 2019? It’s a celebration of Balboa dance in the Greenville area being held at different locations from April 26th-28th. If you’re new to dancing, you may be asking yourself, “Just what is Balboa?”
Good question. I’m glad you asked.
As you may have already guessed, the Balboa is a form of swing dancing. Swing dancing began in the 1920’s and remained particularly popular through the 1940’s, fueled by the music of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Count Basie. If you’re familiar with the Charleston or the Lindy Hop, then you have a pretty good idea of what swing dancing looks like.
Swing dancing is a broad term that encompasses a number of specific styles like the Charleston, the Lindy Hop, and the Balboa.
The Charleston is typically characterized by a bouncy step-and-tap pattern with the couple moving backing and forth in time with the music. Usually this style involves lifting the feet fairly high giving the Charleston it’s distinctive look. The Lindy Hop usually incorporates a lot of toss-outs and twirls, and the couple will often step in and out from each other throughout the dance. In both of these forms of swing dancing, the couple is usually holding hands, but they are not typically dancing close to each other.
The Balboa is characterized by the couple holding hands and staying in close contact, touching their torsos together as they move around the dance floor. Instead of relying on toss-outs, twirls, and throws, the close body contact of the couple means that most of the fancy footwork is done below the knees.
Like all forms of dance, the better you get at the basic steps, the more you start to incorporate other techniques, and soon your Balboa will have some twirls, lifts, and toss-outs. But in dancing the Balboa, you’ll always return to that close body position and swift footwork.
So whether you want to learn a new dance, or you’re already a practiced swing dancer, come down to The Spinning Jenny on April 27th, and have some fun with the Balboa. Register now, and get ready to swing the night away.