May NewsNotes

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Balboa Park Survey Page.
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In May our smooth/standard dance is Waltz and the latin/rhythm dance is Nightclub Two Step. These are two great starter dances because they are easier to learn and useful for both formal and informal dancing.


Waltz is a dance born in the suburbs of Vienna and in the alpine region of Austria. As early as the seventeenth century, waltzes were played in the ballrooms of the Hapsburg court. The weller, or turning dances, were danced by peasants in Austria and Bavaria even before that time. Many of the familiar waltz tunes can be traced back to simple peasant yodeling melodies. Today Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise & fall. Graceful and elegant, Waltz dancers glide around the floor almost effortlessly. The American style is punctuated with lavish open movements, underarm turns, and solo spins. At 28-30 measures per minute, the tempo is slow at best, but the expressive quality of the music often invites very powerful and dynamic movement from dancers. Waltz is the one of the easiest ballroom dances to learn so don't hesitate and join our classes and be ready for the holiday dances this months.

Nightclub Two Step

Nightclub two step (NC2S, sometimes disco two step or California two step) is a partner dance initially developed by Buddy Schwimmer in the mid-1960s. The dance is also known as "Two Step" and was one of the most popular forms of contemporary social dance as a Disco Couples Dance in 1978. It is frequently danced to mid-tempo ballads in 4/4 time that have a characteristic quick-quick-slow beat. A classic example is the song Lady In Red.

The dance position for nightclub two step is with a more relaxed hold, or "what people tend to do without lessons". The lead rocks back on their left foot, the follow on their right, for one beat. The Nightclub Two Step is a great alternative for dancers who want to go beyond a simple slow dance with their partner. It.s a great dance to learn how to dance to slow music.


We have a full schedule in May with no canceled classes at this time The party is on May 11th hosted by Yolanda Vargas.

On May 27th the park is hosting an Ethnic Food Fair 10am-6pm in the International Cottages - those are the small buildings across from the Balboa Park Club. There may be extra traffic, plan accordingly.

Remember to check the calendar in case there are last minute cancellations. Click the calendar image to view the online calendar.

Club Dance Party - May 11th

The party will be hosted by Yolanda Vargas.

Popular dance teacher Yolanda Vargas developed a passion for dance and has studied and won many top-level competitions in Latin and Ballroom. Yolanda has both trained and taught top professionals, as well as organized and hosted countless ballroom, West Coast Swing, and Salsa events.

Yolanda teaches beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes and is the proud owner of Infinity Dance Sport Center in Kearney Mesa. She invites you to come see the facility and join the fun. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student there is something for you at Infinity Dance Sport Center.

We play music for a variety of dance styles, from classic ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango) to Rhythm and Latin Dances (Salsa, Rumba, Cha-Cha, swing). We also take requests for your favorite song. There will be snacks and cool drinks in the foyer. During the course of the evening we will have a mixer or two and Yolanda will teach a short lesson that will be really fun and will get everybody on the floor.

Our parties are a potluck affair, we ask attendees to bring finger foods - sweet and savory - in disposable containers ready to serve. The club will be providing extra sumptuous snacks in the way of savory foods

General Membership Meeting

The club is required to hold general membership meeting at least twice a year. The next scheduled meeting will be on June 3rd.
The club now has a Facebook group page. We invite you to join the page to allow the cub to better communicate and allow you to engage with your fellow dancers. Our instructors will be posting tips and special events to improve your dancing and the board will post last minute calendar changes and parking warnings.

Tim Waldowski
President, Balboa Park Dancers
Phone (outgoing message only) 858-859-1926.