July Announcements

Please take the time to respond to our survey. The club board is always interested in suggestions and comments that improve your dancing experience. To that end we are conducting an electronic survey, please use the following link and help us be a better club:
Balboa Park Survey Page.
If you have not responded to the survey please take the time to share your opinions.  The survey results affect decisions on issues such as the class calendar and music so take a moment and share your thoughts.
In July our smooth/standard dance is Foxtrot and the latin/rhythm dance is Rumba.


Foxtrot is a smooth dance, traveling around the line of dance. The long walking movements involve a subtle rise & fall action. Turning movements are similar to Waltz, but with a more moderate rise and fall, and more length-wise action. Foxtrot is danced in a closed ballroom dance position hold. In closed position, the man and lady stand in front of each other, slightly offset to the left. The lady's right hand and man's left hand are joined in an upper-hand clasp at approximately the lady's shoulder level. The man's right hand is placed on the lady's shoulder blade, with the lady's left arm resting on his right.

Foxtrot is extremely versatile and can be danced to a variety of musical styles and tempi. Foxtrot music has a tempo of 29 to 34 measures per minute.


American Rumba was modified from a popular Cuban “Bolero-Son” dance, incorporating small steps of the dancers and the hip movements as a result of the bending knees. Because of the movie industry, rumba became even more well-known during the 1930’s. It began to represent the essence of Latin American dance through its romantic subtleties and rhythmic body motions.

The dancers of rumba usually embody a sassy, smooth, and sensual demeanor. The movement is very particular in the details but the most important feature is keeping a connection with your partner. The toes should be at a slight diagonal to allow the dancer to achieve the distinct movement, Cuban motion, just like in Salsa.
We will be dark on Friday July 21st.

The June ballroom party is on the 14th and will be hosted by John Nagel - our beginner class instructor.  During the course of the evening we will have at least two mixers and a fun lesson.  We invite you to bring finger food snacks on disposable platters.
Things to know
Please try to use small bills when paying the class entrance fee.  We only have a small amount of cash to make change at the beginning of the evening.  When you try to pay with a $50 or $100 you slow down the line and make it difficult for the cashiers to do their job.

Parking in June was more difficult on a few nights because of the summer events occurring elsewhere in the park.  It would be a good idea to arrive a little early until these activities diminish.
The club now has a Facebook group page.  We invite you to join the page to allow the cub to better communicate and allow you to engage with your fellow dancers.  Our instructors will be posting tips and special events to improve your dancing, the board will post last minute calendar changes and parking warnings, and we will have photos and videos of special events like the showcase at the San Diego County Fair. We would also like you to post your music suggestions and get comments from other club members.


Tim Waldowski
President, Balboa Park Dancers
Phone (outgoing message only) 858-859-1926.