Lindy hop, sometimes called jitterbug or swing, is an upbeat partner dance which is danced to jazz and swing music. The dance originates from 1930’s New York. Many associate lindy hop with a high tempo but the tempo can actually vary from very slow to very fast. The acrobatic part of the dance is usually only used in choreographed routines. The dance is free and built on improvisation, the music and the connection between the two dance partners, the leader and the follower.
Balboa is a swing dance from the same era as Lindy Hop. The name comes from the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach (Orange County, California, USA) where they danced at the Balboa Pavillion on the beach and later at the dance hall Rendezvous. The dance was called the “Balboa Shuffle” by some, due to a characteristic shuffle of the dancer’s feet on the dancefloor.
Balboa is divided into two types: Pure bal, where the dance couple always hold contact with each other at the chest, and Bal swing, where the couple sometimes part for different turns. Many dancers mix the two dance types together on the dance floor. Compared to Lindy Hop, Balboa is danced in a more upright posture and requires far less space on the dancefloor. Balboa’s focus on footwork and small moves leads to a lot of dancers dancing it to high tempo music, but it is also suitable for moderate tempo music.
Balboa is danced to the same type of swing music as Lindy hop and is perfect to dance at Lindy hop evenings, especially to the faster tunes.
Authentic Jazz is referred as an individual dance to traditional swing music. The genre is stylistically and historically represented best through Hollywood films produced mainly during the 30s, 40s and early 50s.
During Authentic Jazz courses we focus on rhythm and traditional jazz steps that were developed during the era. Authentic Jazz is a great addition to Lindy Hop since these dance forms are close to each other and moves from each can be applied to the other.
Focus of this dance is on slow jazz and blues music as well as some songs from other genres, for example soul.