Balboa residential weekend in Bournemouth


Two full days of workshops taught by top international teachers.


Workshop Level

Intermediate and above Balboa dancers will be able to select from a range of options 

These workshops will be geared towards dancers confident in intermediate and above level workshops. You will need to have danced Balboa regularly for at least 2 years, and be able to confidently lead/follow a wide range of moves on the social dance floor, including throw outs from many different positions, out and ins, lollies, swivels, Texas Tommy. You should be comfortable social dancing to a wide range of tempos, adding spice with your own variations....

 "Fundamentals" stream...

  • The perfect beginning for those with little or no Balboa experience
  • A useful refresher for those returning to Balboa after a prolonged break
  • An opportunity for more experienced Balboa dancers to improve their underlying technique

Intermediate and above - Choose between the following options:

  • Intermediate and above Balboa. This stream will not include any ELEF or Follower Influence
  • Pick and Mix between any/all of the following:
    - Intermediate and above Balboa (taught by Zack & Vanessa and/or Nejc & Fancy)
    - ELEF taught by Zack & Vanessa and/or Nejc & Fancy
    - Follower Influence taught by Albert & Neus

Pick and Mix options

In addition to "normal" Balboa, taught by Zack & Vanessa + Nejc & Fancy as above, should you so wish you can choose either or both of the following

ELEF (Everybody Leads, Everybody Follows) - as the name suggests you will spend an equal amount of time in class learning in both the lead and follow roles allowing you to explore shapes and technique from both sides. These classes are aimed at people who normally dance just one role, adding another dimension to your dancing, although if you are new to Balboa this is also an excellent way of learning this lovely dance. In addition, it will help you gain a deeper understanding of the dance. as well as improve your technique (in both roles). Zack & Vanessa + Nejc & Fancy will ensure that you have a huge amount of fun throughout.

Follower Influence - Albert and Neus will create a lively environment in which to explore greater participation and influence for followers without "back-leading". Leaders will learn to "listen" to followers and adapt to subtle influences that followers may wish to bring to the dance, improving communication between both partners. Entertaining and informative for everyone.

More information will be added as and when details are firmed up. 


Workshop Schedule (provisional)

The timings for the workshops are likely to be along the following lines:

10:30– 11:30


11:30 – 11:45

Water break

11:45 – 12:45


12:45 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:15


15:15 – 15:30

Water break

15:30– 16:30

Workshop (+ video recap)

Please not that the ELEF Stream will start 30 minutes earlier on Saturday and end 15 minutes later in order to accommodate the extra class.

"Normal" Balboa stream

4 hours with Albert and Neus on the Saturday and 4 hours of workshops with Zack and Vanessa on Sunday

ELEF stream 
to include 1-2 hours of ELEF (Everybody Leads, Everybody Follows) as below

The "ELEF" stream will have 5 hours of workshops with Zack and Vanessa on the Saturday, and 4 hours with Albert and Neus on Sunday. We have not yet finalised exactly what will happen on the Saturday, but it is likely to be on the following lines:

1st hour: "Taster"
2nd hour: (optional) for those who would like to do 2 hours, as well as anyone only requesting the Taster who would like to carry on. You can decide on the day as we don't have to balance lead/follow numbers for this workshop!
3rd hour: “Normal” roles but including a bit of exploring how ELEF has improved our normal roles
4th and 5th hours also in our normal roles


Friday Dance

20:30 - midnight


Saturday Dance

20:30 - late


Sunday Tea Dance

16:30 – 18:00 Sunday Tea Dance

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Click here for more details about BalBreak 2022

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a whole weekend of Slow Bal

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Click here for more details about Slow Bal 2022