Originally called Pure-Bal, Balboa is a dance which originated from Southern California from 1920s to 1930s. Since then, the definition of this dance has evolved greatly. It is characterized by smooth and tight footwork paired with a lot of shuffling. The position of dancers is called chest to chest”, close dancing position. It has an 8-count basic and is danced with music featuring fast and lively tempos (around 300 beats per minute). However, it is said that a good Balboa dancer can showcase Balboa at any tempo. When danced to the tune of slow music (100 beats and below per minute), Balboa dancers can add a variety of intricate footwork

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