November NewsNotes
Please take the time to respond to our survey. The club board is always interested in suggestions and comments that improve your dancing experience. To that end we are conducting an electronic survey, please use the following link and help us be a better club:
Balboa Park Survey Page.
If you have not responded to the survey please take the time to share your opinions, even if you have filled it out before we have made some changes and need your updated answers. The survey results affect decisions on issues such as the class calendar and music so take a moment and share your thought.
We had a terrific Halloween ballroom party. Here are some photos, click on the photos to see the full gallery.

The plans to start renewing in October went awry when our membership director took ill.

For your convenience we have sent online renewal invitations to those members that have a valid email address in our records.

On Sunday the 4th Barbara will be present to start accepting renewals. This process is important because we need to submit a substantial roster list before January 1st 2019 as part of our relationship with the city, permitting us to use the ballroom. You can speed this process by having $20 in cash and your membership card handy.

Regarding the economy of the club. While our board are all volunteers, your admission fees and dues pay staff, operating expenses, insurance and supplies. Without the membership we would not be able to use the fabulous Balboa Park Club ballroom.
In November our smooth/standard dance is Foxtrot and the latin/rhythm dance is Samba. The Foxtrot is a great dance for beginners and works with a wide range of music. Samba is a lively and fun dance that really exercises the body's cardio system.


The foxtrot is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. It is danced to big band (usually vocal) music. The dance is similar in its look to waltz, although the rhythm is in a 4/4 time signature instead of 3/4. Developed in the 1910s, the foxtrot reached its height of popularity in the 1930s and remains practiced today.

The Foxtrot was the most significant development in all of ballroom dancing. The combination of quick and slow steps permits more flexibility and gives much greater dancing pleasure than the one-step and two-step which it has replaced. There is more variety in the fox-trot than in any other dance, and in some ways it is the hardest dance to learn!


The international ballroom version of Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance with elements from Brazilian Samba. It has recently been exposed to the American public in television programs such as Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars. It differs considerably from the original samba styles of Brazil, in particular it differs from Ballroom Samba in Brazil itself. In many other ways it though been influenced by the Brazilian version of samba, in particular maxixe, and subsequently developed independently from Samba in Brazil.

As a ballroom dance, the Samba is a partner dance. Ballroom Samba, even more than other ballroom dances, is very disconnected from the origins and evolution of the music and dance that gives it its name. Most steps are danced with a slight downward bouncing or dropping action. This action is created through the bending and straightening of the knees, with bending occurring on the beats of 1 and 2, and the straightening occurring between. However, unlike the bouncing of, e.g., Polka, there is no considerable bobbing. Also, Samba has a specific hip action, different from that in ballroom Latin dances (Rumba and Cha-Cha-Cha).

We have a canceled night on Friday the 2nd.

There is no party night in November due to the scheduling of the Halloween party late last month and upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations.
The club 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.