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Dancing in Balboa Park

 

 

 


Class Schedule

Fridays: 7:30 pm & 8:20 pm
Sundays: 7:00 pm & 7:50 pm

Doors open at 6:45 pm both nights.

Special Dance Times
See monthly schedule for dates when our dance space will be closed or dances held at an alternate location.

Click HERE for the
Class Schedule

 

"Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals." - Charles Baudelaire

Balboa Park Dancers Ballroom Dance Club

San Diego, California

 

Balboa Park Dancers  meet weekly on Friday and Sunday nights at the historic Balboa Park Club in Balboa Park.  We provide an inspiring environment and huge hardwood dance floor for learning and improving dance skills. 

 

Couples and those without partners are welcome.  Lower-heeled, closed-toe and closed-heel shoes are recommended for dancing.  For more tips, check our Ballroom Etiquette page.

 

Each night we teach group lessons in 3 levels of instruction, beginning, intermediate, and advanced, in one smooth or standard ballroom dance and one rhythm or Latin style, changing dances monthly.  Both lessons cost only $3 for members, $5 for non-members, $3 for active military with ID, and $3 for full-time students with ID.  During the year, we cover ballroom dances and more:  Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Rumba, Samba, Cha-cha, Hustle, Viennese Waltz, Bolero, Salsa, Eastcoast and Westcoast Swing.  Our teaching generally follows the  USISTD Syllabus.

 
The second Friday of each month is usually a party night of social dancing and mixers with only one special lesson provided by our Host/DJ.  The entrance fee for members is free; non-members pay just $5.  Occasionally a party night may include live music or performances.  Check the schedule to see where and when we are dancing.

Dancers are encouraged to change partners during class and during general dancing sessions, so it is not necessary to arrive with a partner.   Switch out those two left feet!  Have fun, get some exercise, and meet your fellow dancers.

 

To receive email updates, please sign up for our free  NewsNotes  listed on the left hand side of this page.   All dancers must subscribe to receive these updates.

 

Annual Dance Calendar

 

Jan: Viennese Waltz, Nightclub Two Step

July: Foxtrot, Salsa

February: Tango, Cha-Cha-Cha

August: Quickstep, Bolero

March: Foxtrot, Salsa

September: Waltz, East Coast Swing

April: Quickstep, Rumba

October: Tango, Cha-Cha-Cha

May: Waltz, Nightclub Two Step

November: Foxtrot, Samba

June: Tango, Hustle

December: Waltz, West Coast Swing

 

Your Board of Directors


President & Board Chair:  Tim Waldowski

Immediate Past President:  Jim Beaver

Vice President:  Riny Legerwood

Membership Chair and Trustee: Barbara Waldowski

Secretary: Luis Leon

Treasurer - Books:  Maria Sandstrom

Treasurer - Cash:  Tammy Ying

IDA Delegate:  Dorothy Jenison

IDA Delegate:  Karen du Fau

IDA Delegate:  James Wang


Contact Us: president.bpd@gmail.com

 


September Schedule

In September we are teaching Waltz and East Coast Swingo.  The monthly party is on the 9th and will be hosted by Stephen Showers.  Remember the party is a potluck affair, we ask attendees to bring finger foods - sweet and savory - in disposable containers ready to serve.


Announcements

Some items were left in the ballroom over the last four weeks and they are in our lost and found.  If you forgot something please pick it up.


NewsNotes

To receive an email announcing our monthly schedule, plus immediate notification of any cancellation or move to another building, select NewsNotes on the left hand side of this page.

 

If you are a member and we don't have a current email addess you man not get these last minute notifications.



What we teach


Whether it be ballroom, latin, swing or nightclub dancing,   Balboa Park Dancers Ballroom Dance Club has something for you!


We meet twice a week, on Friday and Sunday evenings and hold two lessons per evening.  We have beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes running at the same time so yu advanced at your own pace.

Both lessons cost only $3 for members, $5 for non-members, and $3 for students and military. 

Memberships are $20 per 12 month period  (January through December), and include free admission to monthly Party Nights.


Memberships are available from our Membership Chair and our Cashiers, just inside the ballroom.  We accept cash, or checks only with approved ID.


Click HERE to see the Class Schedule of what we are teaching this month

 

Who invented pointe shoes? Though "toe dancing" was popular in London as early as the 1820s, it is believed that the first ballet dancer to dance en pointe with modified shoes was Marie Taglioni in the ballet La Sylphide in 1832. The first pointe shoes were little more than soft slippers, heavily darned at the toes. Today, pointe shoes are made of multiple layers of burlap, paper and glue. The hardened glue gives pointe shoes their stiffness.