What kind of shoes should I bring to class?
Always bring a clean pair of shoes — we live in New England, so you all should know better, but many of the dance spaces we use also require you to change shoes so you don’t damage their floors.
Cleanliness aside, we recommend that you bring shoes that have a non-sticky sole. Hard-leather or sueded-leather soles are good choices. You want to be able to shuffle your feet on the floor and pivot without having them stick. Because, Ouch! Knees!
In Balboa, many followers also choose to wear shoes with at least a small amount of heel because it makes it easier to keep your weight over the ball of your foot while still allowing your heels to rest on the floor. It’s often difficult for newer dancers to maintain this balance without engaging their calves.
What kind of music do you recommend for dancing Balboa?
Some thoughts on this topic coming soon.
For now, here are a few of the songs we use in class and their beats per minute (bpm):
|145||Jacquet in the Box||Jonathan Stout & His Campus Five||AmazonMP3|
|155||Savoy Blip||Jonathan Stout & His Campus Five||AmazonMP3|
|160||A Mellow Bit of Rhythm||Andy Kirk & His Twelve Clouds of Joy||AmazonMP3|
|178||Stealin’ Apples||Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra||AmazonMP3|
|180||Woodchopper’s Ball||Woody Herman & His Orchestra||AmazonMP3|