Balboa Workshop

RENDEZVOUS RAFFLE WEEKEND:
Congratulations to Chris Evans on winning the 2011 Rendezvous Raffle!

This good fortune has brought Ottawa the chance to learn balboa from a famous, fabulous globetrotting instructor. We are privileged to have a fantastic teacher coming here to share his love and knowledge of Balboa dancing from October 28-30 2011*. He’ll be teaming up with our very own Andrea Pelletier!

See his website for the detailed schedule and to register.


Is this the workshop for you?

Yes it is! If you’ve never danced balboa before – or even if you’ve never danced before! – he will have you well versed in the foundation of the dance before the weekend is over. And if you already know and love balboa, he has a couple of classes aimed squarely at breaking your brain!

We believe that intermediate-advanced dancers would also enjoy and benefit from taking the whole weekend. After all, the more experienced you get as a dancer, the more you realize that it’s perfecting the basics that allows you to turn the dance into an experience of yummy goodness!


I've never danced balboa before - why would I want to?
  • Ever wondered what to do when those really fast songs come on? Balboa is a great option, and not nearly as exhausting as busting out your Charleston or lindy!
  • While the music tends to be bouncy and happy, the dance itself is smooth, elegant, and often quite relaxing;
  • The best excuse ever for a long, warm hug :) – the comfortable close embrace of balboa is just like a gentle hug for the duration of a song
  • Elegant and sexy! The dance lends itself to graceful hip movements in which the ladies get to show off their flippy skirts;

Still not convinced? Need to see more? Watch for our balboa demonstrations after the announcements at OSDS Friday night dances. We’ll show you how much fun it can be!


Pricing

This is the best part! Because this workshop is a raffle prize that he puts on to promote Balboa dancing, the price for the workshop is only large enough to cover the cost of the venue and the travel. You get all of this amazing instruction for just $50! How can you turn that down? A normal workshop would run between $120 and $160 – or even higher!

Please note that the evening dances are priced separately - the Friday night dance is our traditional $5 and the Saturday night dance with a band will be $10.

Don't wait too long to register! We're limiting this event to 25 couples, so we're expecting to sell out - but even if we don't, the price goes up to $75 at the door!

See his website for the detailed schedule and to register.


Registration

The easiest way to register is to go to his website for this event, where you can register and pay via Paypal. It is also possible to register and pay in cash at the OSDS on Friday nights.

See his website for the detailed schedule and to register.


Schedule and Dances:


Friday Night Dance:
Join us at our regular Friday night dance at All Saint's Church, 317 Chapel St., corner of Laurier., from 8:30 to 12:30. (entrance fee includes a 1 hour introduction to swing dancing). Oh! and please bring an extra pair of clean, indoor shoes(Google Map) 
$5 per person - at the door only (no pre-sale)

Saturday Schedule:
Join us at our regular venue; All Saint's Church, 317 Chapel St., corner of Laurier.
As per usual, please bring an extra pair of
clean, indoor shoes(Google Map) 

11:00 - 11:30 – CHECK-IN / REGISTER
11:30 - 12:30 – TRACK CLASS 1:  Basics (footwork & connection)
12:45 - 1:45 – TRACK CLASS 2:  Break Time/Turn
  1:45 - 3:15 – LUNCH BREAK
  3:15 - 4:15 – TRACK CLASS 3:  Break Turn to Lollies
  4:30 - 5:45 – INT/ADV WORKSHOP I ***

Saturday Night Dance:

Join us at our regular venue; All Saint's Church, 317 Chapel St., corner of Laurier. (Google Map) 

The doors will open at 9:00pm, with the dance starting at 9:30pm. Please be aware that we will not be having a beginner lesson for this special occasion.

As per usual, please bring an extra pair of
clean, indoor shoes.
We'll be having a special guest band - Django Libre!
 
Django-Libre was founded in 2007 by a group of musicians from Ottawa that wanted to learn and promote the music and style of Gypsy Jazz. Gypsy Jazz was created in the 1930's by the legendary two-fingered guitarist Django Reinhard and blends American big band swing with the exotic sounds of European gypsy folk songs. Django-Libre approaches this style with creativity, technique, and love for this music. Their passionate compositions and improvisations reward both listener and dancer alike.
 
Members:
Christian Flores Guitar
Steven van Dijk Guitar
Jose Arocena Bass
Andrew Tesolin Guitar 
 
If you want more information on Django Libre, check our their website and this review!
$10 person - at the door only (no PRE-SALE)

Sunday Schedule:
Join us at Alana's studio, Suite 13 - 1800 Bank St, corner of Alta Vista. As per usual, please bring an extra pair of clean, indoor shoes. (Google Map) 

11:00 - 11:30 – CHECK-IN / REGISTER
11:30 - 12:30 – TRACK CLASS 4:  Transition Step & Comearound
12:45 -   1:45 – TRACK CLASS 5:  Throwouts
  1:45 -   3:15 – LUNCH BREAK
  3:15 -   4:15 – TRACK CLASS 6:  Crossovers & Putting it all together
  4:30 -   5:45 – INT/ADV WORKSHOP II ***

*** PLEASE NOTE that the INT/ADV workshops will be taught at a quick pace and a high level
*** There will be an INT/ADV rotation
*** Beginner dancers are welcome to attend these classes staying in a beginner rotation

Billeting

If you are interested in billeting guests or being billeted, please contact swingottawa@gmail.com and indicate your situation (if you are looking for a place to stay, please include information about the number of people who would like to stay together, whether you have a car, if there are any concerns about allergies, and that sort of thing).


*Acknowledgement:

There is a wonderful Lindy Hop exchange going on in Montreal at Cats Corner on October 28-30. Unfortunately we weren’t able to avoid scheduling our workshop on the same weekend due to timing factors beyond our control. We’ve been in touch to make our apologies to the organizers in Montreal, who have been very understanding. The upshot? If Balboa is absolutely not your thing, get on your dancing feet and do the Lindy instead!




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