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Beginners Balboa Boot Camp

Learn the foundations of Balboa – a classic swing dance that originated in Southern California in the 1930s!

Learn to dance Balboa. We teach you the basics in three 75 minute sessions. No experience required.

This workshop is ideal for those who want to start dancing and don’t know where to begin. A great taster session, before you commence regular Balboa classes, and ahead of next year’s All The Cats Join In 2018 – A Balboa & Shag Affair.

Join us for this special BALBOA edition of our popular Beginners Boot Camp program, and take your first steps in Balboa, tune-up your technique, or explore the “opposite” role for enhanced understanding of the dance.



Date: Sunday 22 October 2017

Venue: DUTI Studios, Suite 6/82-84 Enmore Rd. Newtown NSW



Session 1: 11.30am – 12.45pm
Introduction to PURE BALBOA
Rhythm and footwork – How to glide across the floor with your partner using quick and slow steps inspired by the music.

30min break

Session 2: 1.15pm – 2.30pm
Introduction to BAL-SWING
Elastic action and reaction – Building, storing and releasing energy to achieve turns and dynamic effects.

30min break

Session 3: 3.00pm – 4.15pm
The art of social Balboa
Learning the art of social dancing Balboa, mixing Pure Balboa and Bal-Swing combos.
If you’ve taken a few Balboa classes previously, and have some basics under your belt, feel free to join the social class. Otherwise, you’ll learn everything you need by taking the first two classes.



Option A: Online pre-booking
$25 per session per person
$60 per person for the full day
$120 Pair Pass (1 Lead & 1 Follow – full day)
Registrations will close at 5pm on the Thursday 19 October.

Bookings now open!
Book now

Option B: Casual attendance, pay cash on the day
$30 per session per person
$70 per person for the full day
Pay cash at the door – no need to register.

Places for casual attendees only available if workshop is not fully booked.
Online registration is the best way to secure your place.


Fine print

It’s all in the name – this is Boot Camp for Beginners. It’s an intensive one day course teaching three elements of the swing dance, Balboa. You will sweat, you will be exhausted and exhilarated, mind and body. If you’d like to take it a little easier, try booking for one or two sessions only. Please note that no refunds, credits or IOUs will be issued if, on the day, you don’t attend all sessions for which you have registered.



* This workshop is suitable for anybody, regardless of your level of dance experience. Aimed at total beginners, or swing dancers who are new to Balboa.
Note that the prerequisite for Session 3 is Sessions 1 & 2 or some Balboa experience (including an understanding of the basic rhythm and footwork, and lead & follow principles.)

* We will be teaching lead & follow partnered Balboa dancing, so you will need to elect to dance as a Lead or a Follow. You don’t need to register with a partner or bring one with you. We rotate partners throughout the sessions – a great way to meet new people, all sharing the same fun learning experience.

* If you’re registering online for you and a friend, make sure you register Leads and Follows separately – please don’t book 2 Follow tickets for a Follow and a Lead. Pair Passes (for 1 Follow & 1 Lead) are available for full-day attendees.

* What do I wear?
Shoes that are comfortable for dancing. Leather or suede soles are good for Balboa, as you’ll want ease of movement without sticking to the floor. Follows often dance in a moderate heel, but this is personal preference. Flat shoes might be preferable if you’re not accustomed to dancing in heels. Comfort should be the key.
Comfortable clothing that you can really move about in.

* What do I bring on the day?
Water bottle, lunch, snacks, mints, deodorant, spare t-shirt, small towel, band aids – swing dancing is exercise, and you may well break a sweat, so be prepared.
And bring a smile and lots of energy!

* Refund Policy:
Please select your ticket purchase carefully.
Where applicable, a refund of 50% of ticket price may be issued up to close of registration.
After close of registration, no refunds will be issued.

* Any other questions?
Any questions, email info@swingpatrol.com.au




Derek and Trish have a great passion for Balboa and have been dancing it since 2005. They have won/placed several state and interstate competitions (AJC, ASDC, SJC, BOTR) and had the opportunity to teach locally, interstate and internationally.
The first Australians to be accepted into the renowned Balboa Experiment, they teach with a focus on technique, rhythm and style with an emphasis on natural and fun movement.
Derek and Trish are two of the founding anchor teachers at the Sydney Shuffle Club and are looking forward to spending some time with you.

Watch Derek and Trish in action:

Derek Carruthers Bio

Trish Carruthers Bio