October 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, even if you have filled it out before we have made some changes and need your updated answers.  The survey results affect decisions on issues such as the class calendar and music so take a moment and share your thoughts.
In October our smooth/standard dance is American/International Tango and the latin/rhythm dance is Cha-Cha-Cha.

American/International Tango

Tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1880s along the River Plata, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay, and soon spread to the rest of the world.  Early tango was known as tango criollo (Creole tango). Today, there are many forms of Tango danced in the US. Popularly and among tango dancing circles, the authentic tango is considered to be the one closest to the form originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay.

Tango is an iconic dance, that's why you see it in Bond movies, Scent of a Woman, and many others - even the Addams Family! The walking movements exhibit a variety of different characteristics expressed by the couple and are unlike the walks of other ballroom dances. Movements are sometimes slow and slithery, and other times sharp and staccato, such as a quick foot flick or a sharp head snap to promenade position.


The Cha-Cha-Cha, aka Cha-Cha, is a dance of Cuban origin.  The dance consists of three quick steps (triple step or Cha-Cha-Cha) and two slower steps on the one beat and two beat. The Cha-Cha-Cha is in 4/4 time with the rhythm being counted as 2 3 4 & 1, the '4 & 1' are recognized as being the familiar Cha-Cha-Cha triple. Note that the last beat of the triple is the first beat of the next bar. Cha-Cha's continued popularity can be heard in the music of Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Carlos Santana. The name of this dance is said to arise from the sound of sandals slapping against the floor in the cha-cha chasse.

We have the ballroom all Fridays and Sundays in October. The Halloween Dance party is on the 27th and will be hosted by Stephen Showers - our intermediate class instructor.

On Party Night, we will have at least two mixers and a fun lesson.  We invite you to bring finger food snacks on disposable platters.  We are grateful to everyone who make the effort!
Social dance mixers
The mixers have generated many positive comments and we are happy to see new attendees easily join the fun, we would like everyone to join in even if you only know a few steps. GENTLEMEN, the LADIES APPRECIATE it when you participate - be gallant join the mixer line so everyone gets a chance to dance!  Asking someone new to dance helps the club keep newcomers and is a great way to make sure everyone has a good time.  

Top Compliment for Men:  "He makes an effort to dance with as many different ladies as possible and is patient with newcomers".
Top Complaint: "Arm yanking and stepping on toes!".
Things to know
In Mid-October we will begin membership renewal efforts.  If your last name, address, email or phone number has changed please write down your NAME and new information on a suggestion slip form and put it in the BLUE suggestion box on the entry table.  Please, please remember to give us your will make its way to membership and make the line move FASTER!  

Every week we post information on what dances and/or schedule changes on the bulletin board placed in the foyer.  We also have the yearly schedule on the entry table for you to browse.  This material has most of the information you might need, after reading the material if you still have questions don't hesitate to see the club president.

If you have lost your nametag, a new one is available for $2.00 to cover costs.  If you are patient and can wait until we issue new tags for new members, we sometimes have empty slots and can provide a new one at no charge.  Write your request on a piece of paper and put in the suggestion box.

**If your card has an issue with the barcode, the paper label can be removed with a coin edge and a little effort.  Barbara/membership has goo-b-gone to manage this effort, leave your membership card with the cashier and we'll get your card repaired or issue another one at no charge.
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.
Waltz & Such Halloween Festival
One of our sister clubs is hosting a HALLOW-FEST at the Balboa Park Club on Saturday, Oct 7 • 11am - 9:30pm.  They invite you to join them in celebrating the transition from Oktoberfest season to Halloween in vintage style, click below for further details:

There will be Vintage Dance Costume Sales and Vintage Dance Workshops.
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.