August NewsNotes

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Now that full summer is upon us remember our etiquette advice: The best cologne is soap and water, but it needs to be used!

In August our smooth/standard dance is Quickstep and the latin/rhythm dance is Bolero. The Quickstep is a more difficult dance but is very fun. The Bolero is a Latin dance and is suited for songs with a slow rhythm.

Quickstep is a progressive dance that travels fast around the floor, the Quickstep is a favorite dance for ballroom aficionados. Quickstep and Foxtrot share some patterns, but Quickstep adds runs, kicks, polka points, and speed. Its often danced to music that you can also dance a fast East Coast Swing.

The Quickstep, with its roots in Ragtime, was developed in the 1920.s in New York from a combination of Foxtrot, Charleston, Peabody and the One-Step. Originally it was danced solo . away from the partner, but later became a partner dance. It was originally given the name .Quick Time Fox Trot. but eventually that name was changed to Quickstep. The dance traveled to England and was developed into the dance that we know today, and was standardized in 1927. In a basic form Quickstep is a combination of walks and chasses but in an advanced stage hops jumps & many syncopations are utilized. It is an elegant and glamorous dance and closed position maintained throughout the dance.


Bolero is a slow-tempo Latin dance that has been described as Latin-ballet. The basic timing is "slow, quick, quick", where the quick-quick counts are the rock steps. The Bolero Basic Movement consists of two measures of music, the first a step to the side followed by a back rock, and the second a step to the side followed by a forward rock. Because the lady is facing the man, she has the natural opposite, starting on the opposite foot with the second half of the movement. A unique characteristic of the Bolero is the elevation and lowering of the body. It is often compared to the rise and fall of Waltz, although it is generally less pronounced. The elevation in Bolero can include foot rise, but does not have to, with the majority of the elevation being a result of the bending and straightening of the knees.


We have one cancellation in August on Friday the 17th. The activities surrounding Food Truck Friday impacts the main parking lot but most attendees report that they quickly get a space as people leave, check our hints page for additional parking if you just want to get a space right away. The party is on the 10th.

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

Club Dance Party - August 10th

Our August party will be hosted by Stephen Showers.

For more than two decades, Stephen Showers has won acclaim as a professional dance instructor in both Arizona and California. Fred Astaire trained and certified, Stephen is accomplished in American and International styles for all of the Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Nightclub dances. Stephen welcomes students who desire to become confident social dancers, competitive dancers, or anywhere in between.

Originally from Tucson, Stephen is one of the few instructors in San Diego who has competed in nearly every style of dancesport. His experience as a teacher and competitor has helped him to develop a unique style of teaching that makes learning to dance easy. He teaches our intermediate level class.

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 Stephen will teach a short lesson that will be really fun to 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. Too many people bring sweet items such as cookies and cakes, unless you have an overwhelming sweet tooth think about bringing chips, pretzels, crackers, or vegetables instead.

Balboa Park Dancers at the Del Mar Fair
The gallery page for the showcase performance at the San Diego County Fair is up on our server. You can click the image to visit the complete gallery.

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.