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Venn Diagram #4: “Balboa/Blues”

February 7, 2012

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  1. February 7, 2012 7:14 pm

    For some reason, I now want to motorboat somebody.

  2. February 7, 2012 7:16 pm

    LOL – you could substitute West Coast for Blues too.

    • Katie permalink
      February 29, 2012 8:57 pm

      Except West Coast isn’t actually swing, soooo…

      • Tony permalink
        March 29, 2013 11:29 pm

        i agree with katie here, west coast isn’t swing

      • tupelofg permalink
        September 10, 2016 8:37 pm

        And blues is?

  3. Zabette permalink
    February 7, 2012 7:22 pm

    Ha ha, I’m one of those people in that little sliver.

  4. February 7, 2012 7:31 pm

    When there’s a bouncy blues track, I find myself doing balblusing. It’s strange, fun, but most of all, it kind of works.

  5. February 7, 2012 8:01 pm

    LOL. I will take this graphic opportunity to comment that I think following blues and following bal feel more similar to each other than either feels to following lindy. And it further seems to me that bal nerds transition to blues more naturally than your average lindy hopper, being more comfortable with close embrace and, for lack of a better word, subtlety.

    • February 8, 2012 1:10 am

      I’d have to agree with you, Christina. I wonder why there is not a much bigger overlap since it seems so easy to convert Bal movements into Blues movements when the music gets slow.

      • Mark permalink
        May 4, 2012 3:01 pm

        regarding the lack of crossover btwn blues and balboa: i think it has more to do with the feeling of the music. people who like to dance to swing or charleston music tend to not like to dance to blues (especially modern blues). to me, the feeling of balboa is more “vintage” swing than bluesy. bal-blues is scary stuff….just sayin’

    • Yossef permalink
      February 8, 2012 5:11 am

      That might be true on some levels, but I’ve also danced balboa with several blues follows that connect in a strange and unhelpful way. It probably has much to do with some of those other dances or styles or dialects or whatever-you-want-to-call-them under the “blues” umbrella.

      It might also be more fair to compare bal nerds to lindy hop nerds rather than average lindy hoppers.

      • Zabette permalink
        February 8, 2012 3:59 pm

        I agree – although both are in close embrace, the posture is totally different, the blues follow molding herself more to the leader and allowing her hips to disconnect, and the bal follow keeping her own poster and only connecting with the lead at a certain point or points, almost like a fulcrum and not allowing her hips to disconnect.

    • Victoria permalink
      February 12, 2012 6:24 pm

      I totally agree christina and have been saying that for years! I agree that the posture and embrace is different but as a follow the overall ‘feeling’ is the same. The emotional connection and the the follow headspace is very similar (for me anyways!) I have been desperate for someone to start running “bal & blues” nights for ages!

  6. February 7, 2012 9:15 pm

    Hah!! Look, there’s my house! ; )

    • Devona permalink
      February 7, 2012 10:47 pm

      indeed. we are neighbors.

  7. Josh permalink
    February 8, 2012 12:02 am

    I suppose that I am both then too!

  8. Scott permalink
    February 8, 2012 7:10 am

    The Balboa is a dance that people do. Blues “dancing” is a way of behaving on the dance floor, but it is not a dance. No basic+no dance.

  9. February 8, 2012 3:31 pm

    Well they both begin with ‘B’ and there’s an ‘L’ in there; there’s a strong focus on weight shifts but after that (for me) they’re different animals in a different habitat dancing to a different drum – hence the ‘tiny’ overlap.

  10. Louise permalink
    February 9, 2012 12:14 am

    Exited to see this post posted here. Love both dances so much, but cannot compare the shit I get for being a Blues dancer to being a Balboa dancer. I have always thought how much my Balboa helped me to become a better Blues dancer. Agree on that they are more closely related to each other than to Lindy.

  11. February 10, 2012 4:48 pm

    Poor Balbluesers indeed… I’m curious, I suppose a majority of the dancers in the grey bit are also lindy hoppers. In my scene, you can have non-lindy blues dancers, but most of the hardcore bal dancers started out with lindy initially… Is there anyone out there that is a non-lindy, balboa-blues dancer?

    Off topic of Balboa and Blues (sacrilege, I know!). But this is important: you have a Tardis netbook?! What is that, and where would I get one?!

  12. andrewsouthpaw permalink
    February 17, 2012 6:09 am

    Also: People who have Twice as Much Fun! Mmmm… slow Balboa…

  13. Sam C2 permalink
    March 1, 2012 12:35 am

    HAHA fell over laughing because I couldn’t agree more. I love both and the shit I get comes left, right and centre. The major difference for me is that balboa dancers have better fashion sense.

  14. December 13, 2012 11:47 pm

    Yikes. That would be me!


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