We love Slow Bal. That is why we started our own Studio for slow swing dancing in Rotterdam.
About Slow Bal
The best known swing dances are Lindy Hop, Charleston and Balboa. They are danced all over the world. Slow Bal, short for Slow Balboa, is a relatively unknown dance currently practiced by small communities the world over. However, times are changing and Slow Bal is a growing phenomenon in the swing dance world. Balboa is in the name, but Slow Bal is a dance on its own. There are some similarities with Balboa, and some of the shapes are derived from this dance, but the flow and the feeling of the dance are quite unique. An obvious distinguishing feature is that Slow Bal is danced to much slower music.
It is said that Slow Bal is just as old as the other swing dances. Unfortunately, there is no ‘evidence’ of this. There are no videos from back in the day. Luckily, the dance survived thanks to some old timers who taught it to a lucky few. While Slow Bal is an old dance, in a way it is also a new dance. The ‘basic’ and some of the old timers’ shapes that we know are used, but a new generation of Slow Bal dancers brought their imagination and skill to the dance, and new shapes and figures were created.
Slow Bal is really an umbrella name for different styles on slow music. Ray Cunningham danced what’s called Laminu, whereas we also refer to Dean Raftery’s Slow Bal, based on how Dean would dance with his wife Nancy in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Like with the other swing dances, different places and different people generate different styles.
Since we started our training, many teachers have inspired us. Mickey and Kelly, Anni and Gasper and Mike and Ruth improved our dancing and it is just beautiful to watch them dance!
Slow Bal is
Healthy body and happy mind
Great jazz music
Creative and fun
Body awareness, balance and improvisation