About The Dance

The original Balboa dance (Pure Balboa, Balboa Shuffle) is a style of dance which began taking shape in the late 20’s & early 30’s in Orange County, California to the big band swing music of the day. Specifically, it’s birthplace is said to have been in the Balboa Pavilion and around the Rendezvous Ballroom on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach, California, thus giving the dance it’s original name.

The Newport Beach “island clubs” in Southern California, such as the Rendezvous Ballroom (1928-1966) which was directly across from Balboa Island (the island was established in 1905,) and the older Balboa Pavilion started having ‘swing dance night’s’ (meaning music style rather than dance) in the early 1930’s that continued well into the mid 1980’s, however originally, the older Pavilion did not allow Jitterbug dancing due to structural problems which indirectly lead to a popularity of the Balboa.


Early Balboa Map Circa 1950

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