Online Balboa Dance Lesson Video: Balboa Basic
This lesson covers everything you need to know to get started with Pure Balboa; a dance great for a wide range of tempos and crowded dance floors. Breakdown includes timing details, a helpful explanation of when exactly the basic begins, body positioning for both partners, and some tips about how connection works in this close-embrace dance.
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