This workshop will be aimed at beginners or those who want to brush up on their basic Balboa skills. For those who took the last beginner workshop, this class will include different moves than last time after reviewing the basics. No prior Balboa experience is required.
Balboa, also known as "Bal", is a swing dance that originated in Southern California during the 1920s and enjoyed huge popularity during the 1930s and 1940s. It's a style that can be mixed with your Lindy Hop and is easy to do with fast music without expending too much energy.
1 pm: Workshop 1
2:15 pm: Workshop 2
$35 for both workshops
$20 for single workshop
In-person at The Dance Hall, 7 Walker St. Kittery, ME or remotely on Zoom. Class recording will be made available to anyone who registers for both workshops.
This class will be taught in an "everybody leads, everybody follows" format. Don't be scared; it's going to be awesome!
About Guest Instructor Nelle Cherry
Nelle Cherry has been a dancer her entire life with professional training in ballet, tap and jazz. However, it wasn’t until she was introduced to swing dancing, particularly balboa, in the spring of 2006, that dancing truly became a passion. Soon after diving into the follower role, she also pursued a clearer understanding of the leader role.
Competitively she has won, placed, and made finals around the world in both strictly and mix and match competitions. Within the classroom, she shares her passion and experience with her students, encouraging partnership, musicality and generating a improvisational atmosphere. Nelle also values partnership by co-teaching with a range of partners within both roles.
While not on the dance floor, she lives in Northeastern Massachusetts and works within the Mental Health field, with over a decade of experience in this career. Since the world experienced a pandemic, she's also rediscovered her love of tap dancing and began classes at a local dance studio again! A recent passion in dancing has been to not only to advocate for finding your own voice in the dance, but evolving with that changing voice.
If you'd like to see a recent clip of Nelle in action, check out this video.
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