August: Balboa Slow Jams Workshop

Location: Triangle Dance Studios

We are very excited about having a local workshop August 6, 2016 followed by the Triangle Swing Dance Society’s booking of Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five!

Balboa Slow Jams Overview

to Adam and Abigail will be offering a workshop of Balboa Slow Jams instruction at the Lindy Lab in Durham. The material is designed to reinforce the fundamentals while expanding vocabulary and practical skills. Each class will be up to 1hr and 15min.

Description: Balboa and Bal-Swing, originating in southern California in the 1930s was danced to all tempos of jazz music. In this workshop we will explore some of the techniques used by the original dancers at the Rendezvous Ballroom as well as how practiced control over the basic angular momentum and stretch in Bal-Swing can be incorporated into other styles of dance. We will be specifically playing with and exploring how slower tempos change the shape and options of patterns in the dance.


Note: We encourage all types of dancers — from Blues, Shag, Swing, Salsa, Contra, to Tango–to join us and share in the similarities and differences of styles!  This is an all-levels/intermediate workshop, but experience in some partner dancing is recommended.

Workshop Schedule:

1:15: Check in and Registration
1:30-2:45pm – Workshop 1: Slow Jam Balboa Basic Rhythms and Variations
3:00-4:15pm – Workshop 2: Circular Momentum and Contra Body
4:15-5:30pm – Workshop 3: Stretch it Out

Registration Information:

First 20 spots – $50 for all 3 classes
Online Pre-reg – $60 for all 3 classes
A La Carte or At the Door – $25 per class (space permitting)

*New! We’re partnering with Tobacco Road Blues Exchange! Full registrants of TRB will be offered a $5 discount on registration.  You must be registered and have with TRB to receive the discount.

Workshop Location: Triangle Dance Studios



Stay in the RDU area after the workshop for awesome dancing to Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five brought to you by the Triangle Swing Dance Society (not included in workshops). Find more information at