UK Swing Dance event | The Balboa Gathering 2012

Levels

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There will be 3 levels at The Balboa Gathering 2013.

Level 1 - Improver - Intermediate*
Level 2 - Intermediate - Advanced*
Level 3 - Invitational

There will be a level test on Saturday morning for ALL levels. The teachers will judge the level test and determine which level you are in for the weekend. They will make their decision based on the standard of dancers that participate at the event. This benefits you by ensuring the optimum learning experience for all our attendees.

After the test if you feel you are at the upper or lower end of a level and wish to appeal the teacher's decision and move to another group, there may be an opportunity to do this.

Due to the high standards expected at the event there will be no beginner level although there may be some beginner classes on Friday evening. Please refer to the level descriptions below so you know what to expect as a Balboa Gathering 2013 participant:

Level 1

Dancers will need to be comfortable with all Balboa basics, come arounds, throw-outs (toss-outs), lollies, swivels, outs and ins (crossovers) and progressions (walks, scoots, paddles.) This level will teach you each teacher’s interpretation of the fundamentals in Balboa, so you will benefit from a wide variety of viewpoints and different styles and technique. This level is also suitable for more accomplished dancers learning from these teachers for the first time. Prepare to be challenged!!!

Level 2

More than comfortable with the Balboa fundamentals, you have a solid understanding of Pure Balboa and Bal-Swing. You are at ease with any move (led or followed) and can transition between moves with fluidity and style. You are inspired by many. A frequent attendee at Balboa events, nothing can stop you learning more!

Level 3

You grace the social dance floor with supreme style, you can syncopate and play with musicality and your basic IS a variation. A key quality of being in this level is being aware of your partner and his/her role in this dance. For you, Balboa isn't just a dance, it's a way of life!! The class will have a limited capacity so dancers benefit from personally tailored tuition. Dancers in this level are of an extremely high standard, therefore entry into this level is at the discretion of the judges during the level test. If invited to Level 3, you are required to pay an additional £40 as you will be benefitting from a smaller class size and higher level dancers in your group.

To participate in the audition for this level you MUST have received an invitation from The Balboa Gathering promoters. You can request to audition for this level by ticking the box on the registration form but be aware that spaces are strictly limited and this does not guarantee entry into Level 3.

*Please note the TBG promoters are not held responsible for your interpretation of the level names and descriptions. These are here purely as a guide.

Schedule

This is the event schedule and is subject to change.
Everyone at The Balboa Gathering gets 8 hours of tuition.
4 hours on Saturday, 4 hours on Sunday, with one teaching couple each day for 1 hour 20 mins each.

Venue addresses:

Thursday night: Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE1 6SF.
Friday night onwards: The Beacon, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE4 9PQ.

Thursday 26th September 2013

Time Event Information
7pm - 1am Official TBG PreParty DJed music at Hoochie Coochie
9pm Live Band Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra!

Friday 27th September 2013

Time Event Information
7.30pm Venue opens Registration, The Balboa Gathering 2013 begins!
DJed music from 7.30 - 1am
8 - 9.30pm Beginner Classes in side room with Janet Davis and Chris Riddick
1am Bal Bed Time

Saturday 28th September 2013

Time Event Information
9.00am Venue opens Arrival, Registrations
9.30 - 10.30am Level Testing Everyone must attend
11am - 12.20pm Workshop 1 Level 1: Jeremy and Laura
Level 2: David and Marie
Level 3: Bobby and Kate
12.20 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 2.50pm Workshop 2 Level 1: Bobby and Kate
Level 2: Jeremy and Laura
Level 3: David and Marie
2.50 - 3pm Break
3.00 - 4.20pm Workshop 3 Level 1: David and Marie
Level 2: Bobby and Kate
Level 3: Jeremy and Laura
4.20 - 8pm Free time
8pm - 1am The Bal Ball Saturday night party and competition
9.30pm Live band Djangologie

Sunday 29th September 2013

Time Event Information
10.30am Venue opens Arrival
11 - 12.20pm Workshop 1 Level 1: Jeremy and Laura
Level 2: David and Marie
Level 3: Bobby and Kate
12.20 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 2.50pm Workshop 2 Level 1: Bobby and Kate
Level 2: Jeremy and Laura
Level 3: David and Marie
2.50 - 3pm Break
3.00 - 4.20pm Workshop 3 Level 1: David and Marie
Level 2: Bobby and Kate
Level 3: Jeremy and Laura
4.30 - 5.15pm Practice time Slower DJed music for you to practice to
8pm - 1am Last chance to Bal Party! Jams, Snow-bals, Teacher's demo

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