Level Descriptions

Please read the level guidelines thoroughly before registering for the event. As you choose your level, please bear in mind that "experience" and "skill" are two distinct words. Experience refers to the amount of exposure you have had to a thing. Skill refers to your ability to do a thing well. Please choose your level based on your skill, not merely your amount of experience.

When you register, you will indicate the level which you feel is most appropriate for you.  This does not necessarily guarantee placement in that level.

Based on available classroom space, Levels A and C will be smaller than Level B.  If you are interested in either of those levels, please consider registering early.

If the level you want is already full, please feel free to register for the next level down and send us a message. We will let you know if a spot opens up in your desired level. Do not sign up for a higher level than is appropriate for your skill set. This will negatively affect the learning experience of other students and is basically a crappy thing to do. Don't be crappy.

New for 2017: we are adding a Beginner Crash Course!

There will be a brief level test/audition for track C on Saturday morning.  This will be mandatory for participation in track C (ie: You don't show up? You are now in track B).  Again, this will just be a quick reality check, so please make sure to still choose your level mindfully, rather than counting on the level check to move you.

Levels A, B, & C will get a chance to work with every set of instructors throughout the day.
The Beginner Crash Course will be taught by Kadie & Joe Pangburn.

Beginner Crash Course

New for 2017, the Beginner Crash Course is a 4-hour workshop aimed at students who have never done any Balboa, students who've taken a few classes but don't yet meet the requirements for Level A, or for anyone who wants to re-learn this dance from the ground up.

The only skill requirement for the Crash Course is the courage to walk in the door!

Level A

Minimum skill requirements for Level A:

- can execute a solid, consistent Balboa basic (either downhold or uphold, maybe both!)
- basic familiarity & comfort with close embrace connection
- basic familiarity with some of the more common pure Balboa steps (progressives, side scoots, etc)
- basic familiarity with some common Bal-Swing figures like lollies, out & ins or toss-outs

Consider this level if you identify with 2 or more of these statements:

-  I have begun to study Balboa in the past year, or I do not study it consistently.
-  I study Balboa consistently, but need to refine my fundamentals.
-  I have taken a few Balboa classes in my home scene, but this is my first event.
-  It's been a while since my last Balboa class.
-  I have studied Balboa for a while, but still struggle with toss-outs, out & ins, transitions, etc.
-  I have studied Balboa, but feel more successful when I dance Lindy Hop or 6-count swing.
-  I feel successful in a classroom setting, but often less so when social dancing.
-  I often have to stop & restart/reset a dance when something goes wrong.
-  I can dance comfortably with some partners, but not with others.
-  Toss-outs, man; how do they work?
-  I could easily dance all the moves I know to this song, but this song is a little fast for me, or at the top of my range.

Goals for a student in Level A might include:

- improving your overall ability to dance Balboa socially
- expanding your repertoire of moves (or your ability to follow a variety of moves)
- smoothing out the transitions between movements
- improving the clarity of your leading or the sensitivity of your following

Level B

Minimum skill requirements for Level B

- everything from Level A (above)
- must be able to successfully execute a solid, consistent toss-out/throw-out (this is an absolute must)
- can consistently & successfully execute other fundamental Bal-Swing figures such as lollies, out & ins, cross-overs, etc.
- can consistently & successfully demonstrate additional pure-Bal steps such as crabwalks, paddle turns, serpentines, etc.

Additional skills for Level B

- you probably also know other Bal-swing moves like swivels, etc.
- you probably know a couple different types of toss-outs (side-arm, behind the back, etc)
- you are probably comfortable leading/following multiple turns
- you are probably already adding stylings to common movements & exploring rhythm variations

Consider this level if you identify with at least 5 of these statements:

-  I have been studying Balboa in-depth for a while now.
-  I dance Balboa socially on a regular basis.
-  I travel to Balboa events.
-  I have zero trouble dancing an entire song using only pure-Bal/Bal-Swing vocabulary.
-  My social dances are generally successful and comfortable for both me and my partner.
-  I can dance comfortably with many different partners of varying skill level.
-  I am equally comfortable with Bal-Swing figures as I am with pure Bal.
-  I could easily dance all the moves I know to this song, but this song is perhaps a little fast for me, or at the top of  my range.

Goals for a student in Level B might include:

- finessing transitions between moves & exploring new entrances and exits
- exploring personal styling and variations
- structuring your dancing to fit or react to the music
- increasing your sensitivity to/communication with your partner
- improving the overall look and feel of your Balboa

Level C

Minimum skill requirements for Level C:

- everything (including additional skills) from Levels A & B, executed beautifully at a wide variety of tempos (ie to every song, including the fastest, listed in the level descriptions for A & B).

Additional skills for level C:

- you can execute a wide variety of variations for common moves
- you can watch a move and break it down without much explanation
- you can add things like triple steps, slides, etc without disrupting the dance
- you can react to (and compensate for) mishaps/mistakes without disrupting the dance
- you can dance with almost anyone, of any skill level, and adjust your dancing to make the partnership successful

Consider this level if you identify with this statement:

- I anticipate being in the top 20% of all dancers attending classes at this event.

Boom. There it is, y'all.

Goals for a student in Level C might include:

- exploring nuanced concepts such as stretch, compression, connection, body mechanics, etc
- finessing the execution of a move/styling
- exploring new ways to approach a  move/styling
- improving the quality of your dancing, rather than collecting a series of new moves