November Announcements
Halloween Party Photos
Like last year we are collecting photos taken at the Halloween party.  Please send any pictures you took to the president at

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 November our smooth/standard dance is Foxtrot and the latin/rhythm dance is Samba.


Behind the waltz, the Foxtrot is the second most popular ballroom dance. 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. Given the variety of music you can dance to this is a great dance to learn as the holidays approach.


The international Ballroom version of samba is a lively, rhythmical dance with elements from Brazilian samba. It has recently been exposed to the American public in television programs such as Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars. It differs considerably from the original samba styles of Brazil, in particular it differs from Ballroom Samba in Brazil itself. In many other ways it though been influenced by the Brazilian version of samba, in particular maxixe, and subsequently developed independently from samba in Brazil.

In the US, Samba evolved into a couple's dance performed in most ballroom and was standardized as a ballroom dance in 1956. Samba is a fun, upbeat, lively dance that progresses counter-clockwise around the floor.  It is characterized by its syncopated timing, bounce, rolling hip action and pelvic tilt and a great deal of rhythm is expressed throughout the torso.


There are no classes on 11/3 and 11/10.  Due to the Halloween party being held late in October and the canceled Fridays there will be no party in November.  Remember to check the calendar in case there are last minute cancellations. Click the image to view the online calendar.
Membership Renewal
The renewal drive is in process.  On most class nights between now and January a table will be set up in the Balboa Park Club foyer between 6:45pm and the first class.  A BPD board member manning the table will be accepting payment of $20 cash/check or $21 credit card for the 2018 membership.  Membership for new members will commence in late December.

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!  

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.
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.