We created this move and call it the “California Adventure.” It is a variation on the “sling shot” which was done by original LA Swing dancers back in the day. We even recently saw Gil Bradey(seen in the clip “Don’t Knock the Rock”) doing this move at Rock that Swing 2013! We were inspired by the momentum and quick turn around and used it to create a fun aerial sequence. Hope you have as much fun with it as we do!!
Recently, Jeremy Otth and Laura Keat taught at Rock that Swing in Munich, Germany 2013 and decided to visit the historical Glockenspiel. We wanted to share our Love for Balboa in front of the Old Town Clock. These concepts for partner footwork and styling evolved from 3 optional connection styles with which we like to experiment with in closed position balboa. We hope to inspire you and get you to think more creatively and musically as you grow in your love for Balboa.
We love incorporating classic Jazz movements into our Lindy Hop. Our inspiration for choosing this movement came from a short film called “Tabby the Cat” where Dean Collins is a featured dancer and from his version of the Shim Sham. The great thing about this move is it involves precise timing and body control to accomplish its unique aesthetics.
This Balboa move was created by Balboa masters Christian Thompson and Steve Garrett. The novelty of this move was that it was one of the first original LA-Swing/Bal-Swing moves that came about in the revival of Balboa in the late 90’s. It received its name from a ‘dream’ that Christian had one night about doing a new move and then was further built upon by Steve Garrett. At the time, most of the “new” generation of balboa dancers were doing moves that they had learned from watching movie clips or from the original old timers. The uniqueness that this move presented was that it gave new dimensions to the dance because it involved doing Lollies ‘behind the back’ rather than just facing your partner. And therefore helped spearhead modern creativity in Balboa and Bal-Swing that was “outside the box”.