Balhalla 2017

Welcome to balboa heaven in Seattle! Join us for some amazing live music, great local venues, and world class teaching! Wondering what you get at Balhalla Weekend 2017??

Live music every night with bands tailoring their charts for balboa!

Competitions – Balboa Shuffle, Strictly, and Invitational!

Beginner, intermediate, advanced, and master level classes!

All venues located conveniently in the heart of Seattle

Questions? balhallaweekend@gmail.com

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Music

The Greg Ruby Quartet plays in the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s Quintet du Hot Club de France. Formed in 2010 to record an album of all original compositions by Greg Ruby, the ensemble has performed at venues including the DjangoFest NW, the Western North Carolina Jazz Society, and the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts.

Slipped Disc plays the dynamic, swinging music of 1940s-era small group jazz. Influenced by the Benny Goodman Sextet and Artie Shaw’s Gramercy Five, this ensemble features a front-line trio of clarinet, vibraphone and guitar over tight and swinging rhythm. Since 2008, the Vancouver-based group has been delighting listeners and dancers alike with their unique blend of simple, catchy swing riffs, driving rhythms, and tight ensemble arrangements.

Competitions

Your Balhalla Competitions

Balboa Shuffle!

We invite dancers of all levels to join us for the Balboa Shuffle! No partner necessary! Competitors* will select to compete as one role, either lead or follow, and maintain this role throughout the  duration of the competition. Dancers will be paired, at random, with several different dancers of the opposite role and have an opportunity to show off their skills to several songs of different tempos as described below.  Bring your best pure bal and bal-swing moves and show us what you got!

please see level descriptions and use your judgement to chose your level placement. choose wisely!
cost: $15 per competitor

 

Novice Balboa Shuffle

This competition is designed for dancers new to balboa competition, and those competitors who have not yet placed in a novice level competition. Music for this division will range from 170-200 bpm.

Advanced Balboa Shuffle

This competition is designed for dancers who have previously placed in novice level competitions, or those who have been dancing for some time and consider themselves to be advanced level competitors. Music for this division will range from 180-230 bpm.

Invitational Balboa Shuffle

This level of competition is for our cream of the crop dancers and is available by invitation only. Top dancers, pros, teachers, performers, and those who regularly place in advanced level competition will be invited to judge one another, as well as themselves, as they show their skill set! If you have not received an invitation but would like to be considered for the invitational division, please contact us by email at balhallaweekend@gmail.com with a short bio giving insight to your dance background and at least one video that you feel best demonstrates your skill level.

Balboa Strictly!

We invite competitors of all skill levels to join us for the Balboa Strictly! Find a partner with whom you would like to compete and sign up for the level that best suits your dance/competition experience! Competitors will dance to three songs for approximately 90 seconds each, during which couples will show off their best improvised social dancing to their adoring fans!

PLEASE SEE LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS AND USE YOUR JUDGEMENT TO CHOSE YOUR LEVEL PLACEMENT. CHOOSE WISELY!
COST: $30 per couple

Novice Balboa Strictly

This competition is designed for dancers new to balboa competition, and those competitors who have not yet placed in a novice level competition. Music for this division will range from 170-200 bpm.

Advanced Balboa Strictly

This competition is designed for dancers who have previously placed in novice level competitions, or those who have been dancing for some time and consider themselves to be advanced level competitors. Music for this division will range from 180-230 bpm.

*All competitors must be weekend pass or dance pass holders for Balhalla Weekend 2017. Dancers not registered for the event  may not participate in competitions. Thank you!*

Classes

Classes

Balhalla Weekend will feature 8 hours of classes for each of our track levels! Unsure of which level is right for you? See below!

**interested in participating in our master level track? awesome! please see instructions below. failure to follow instructions may result in being denied admission to the class**

Beginner/Intermediate:

Got the basic steps down and want to brush up on or truly master the fundamentals of bal and bal-swing? This is the track for you!! We’ll get you solid in the basics as well as a few fun moves to get you feeling confident and have you shuffling on that social floor in no time!

Intermediate-Plus:

You’ve got a solid foundation, have taken many classes, and have been working on balboa for some time. You’re primary dance goal now is acquiring some new moves to add to your dance vocabulary, being exposed to some styling ideas and concepts, and maybe playing with rhythm and musicality. In this track, we’ll give you the tools you need to bring your Bal to the next level!

Advanced:

You’re very comfortable with your Balboa, and have probably been at it a while. Maybe you’re teaching locally and competing. You feel free and comfortable to improvise and explore new movement on your own, you regularly explore rhythm, personal styling, and musicality on the social dance floor. Your primary dance goal is to explore advanced concepts in movement and connection, rhythm and musicality, and finding your personal voice as a dancer.

Masters:

You are one of the most advanced dancers in your scene. You have been dancing for many years, know your personal style well, and feel you are a true master of the dance. You compete regularly at an advanced level, travel to events on a regular basis, and are looking for new concepts and inspiration, as well as a chance to learn from other master dancers from scenes other than your own. Does this sound like you? Please indicate on the registration form that you would like to be considered for this track and send an email to balhallaweekend@gmail.com with a description of your dance experience and a short video that shows off your balboa skills! (Please note, admission to the master level track will be determined at the discretion of the instructors. Instructors reserve the right to adjust a dancers track level to best accommodate their skills)

Instructors

Jacob Wigger

Shani Brown

Heather Ballew

Javier Skeets Reyes Johnson

Taylor Stender

Travis Whetman

More Instructors to be announced soon! Please check back for teacher bios and full list of instructors!