Balboa was born when the dance halls filled up with swing-enthusiastic dancers and the space on the dance floors was no longer sufficient to dance like Lindy-Hop. In addition, the music was always wild and faster, which required a dance that requires only small steps, but fine technology.
Balboa, named after the Balboa Peninsula in California, is a dance in close dance position. There are two forms, the pure bal and the bal swing, the latter being a slightly more open dance position.
Some of the great Balboa dancers often said: "we can't tell you how to dance balboa, but we can tell you when you are not dancing balboa." (Source: Wikipedia)
Compared to Lindy-Hop, Balboa is even faster, the music is wonderfully dirty and the dance itself is thrilling. You think that Balboa is only for older semesters? You then have not experienced the dynamics of Balboa yet ...
Slow Balboa, or simply Slow Bal, is still a relatively unknown variant of Balboa, but is danced worldwide. The group of Slow Bal dancers is still very, very small, but steadily growing.
Compared to Balboa, the Slow Bal, as the name implies, is danced to slow music. The feeling and the flow are nevertheless similar to Balboa.
It is said that Slow Bal is just as old as Balboa, but that's not proven. There are no videos from the old days, but a few shots of the "old-timers" who have passed on their knowledge to the new generation. Therefore, Slow Bal is an 'old' but also a 'new' dance that is constantly changing.
Slow Bal is danced to different types of slow music. Ray Cunningham's style is known as 'Laminu'. Another Slow Bal style is called 'Dean Raftery's' Slow Bal, named after how Dean danced with his wife Nancy in the late 80's and early 90's. As in all other swing dances, the Slow Bal also applies to other places, other people, other styles.
Today we are inspired by dancers like Mickey (her with Anna-Maria) or Anni & Gašper.