Steve & Heidi BalSwing

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Bal-Swing with Steve & Heidi

Steve Garrett and Heidi Salerno are not teaching weekly classes together as Steve lives in Glendale and Heidi lives in San Diego. However, they still travel to teach together and teach specialty workshops. Steve and Heidi each teach private lessons (for any level and any swing dance) for individuals, couples and small groups at their respective home studios by appointment.

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  • For 2006 Swing Dance Hall of Fame finalists & results Here
  • For 2005 National Jitterbug Championship results click Here
  • For 2003 California Balboa Championship results click Here

    Please check website regularly for updates.
  • Steve & Heidi are the
    2005 National Jitterbug Champions
    2005 International Bal-Swing Champions
    2003 California Balboa Champions
    California Swing Dance Hall of Fame Rising & Nova Stars!

         Steve has been teaching Swing since 1998, learning directly from the old timers who danced the dance in the 30's and 40's and is a Master in Kung Foo San Soo.

         Heidi has been teaching Swing since 2001, is a trained dancer with decades of dance and teaching experience, also mentored by many old timers!

    Together they can teach you how to Swing Dance!

    Already know how?

         They can give you New Moves, Better Technique & Awesome Footwork!

    UPCOMING 2010 SPECIAL EVENTS with Steve & Heidi
    Teaching Location Date Event
    Where they are teaching next:
    Int/Adv Bal-Swing Workshop in San Diego, CA
    May 21, 2011

    All Day Workshop
    Aerials Workshop in Pasadena, CA June TBA, 2011

    Teaching All Day
    A gift for any occasion: the gift of dance. With 8 amazing Swing Dance Instructional DVDs to choose from and, Gift Certificates are always on sale for any occasion, including Christmas & Chanukah, and Steve's dance related artwork is now available!

  • To find out if Steve & Heidi will be in your home town,
    click here for their travel schedule.
    with Steve & Heidi

    "If you haven't had a chance to take classes from Steve and Heidi yet, sign up now!
    I had the privilege of taking classes with them ...
    and they [are] some of the best teachers and most entertaining..."

    Class Schedule
    7:00-8:00 pm: TBA
    8:00-9:00 pm TBA
    7:30-8:30 pm: TBA

    Please check website at beginning of each month for time and location changes
    Tuesday Night
    Individuals: $48 for one 4 week series, $75 for both series.
    Couples: $75 for one 4 week series, $125 for both series.
    Thursday Night
    Admission to Lindy Groove plus $5 paid directly to Steve.
    Bal-Rueda Workshop
    $18 per person.
    Tuesday Night
    Classes held at:
    Pasadena Senior Center
    85 E. Holly Street
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    Tuesday Night
    Free parking lot, street parking and close to public transportation.
    Please see our directions/parking page.
    Thursday Night
    Classes held at:
    Lindy Groove
    200 S. Euclid Ave.
    Pasadena, CA 91101
    Thursday Night
    Free parking in the multilevel parking structure on the southeast corner
    of Euclid and Cordova. The entrance is on the south side of Cordova.
    Private Lessons: Private lessons are by appointment, which are taught in our home studio,
    unless, of course, we are traveling to teach and not at home in which case
    the private will take place at the camp, depending upon availability.
    If the camp does not provide space, the student will be responsible for floor fees.

    The Series:
    The Beg. and Int. Balboa Swing Series are progressive, normally lasting 4 weeks. If you are new to swing dancing, please start the Beginning class at the start of the series as we will build on material throughout the series. If you have experience in Bal-Swing, please do take our Int. series and consider the Beg. as working on basics will always make you a better dancer.

    Every now and again we will offer Special 2 Hour Workshop ranging from Int./Adv. Lindy Hop, Dean Collins' Shim Sham, Big Apple and Partner Charelston, June 29th is the next exciting special workshop.

    Balboa is a closed position swing dance with no break aways that was started in the early 1930's by dancers in the Los Angeles area. The dance was named after Balboa Island in the Newport Beach area which was the location of the Rendezvous Ballroom. The dance is known for its romantic closeness, fast and fancy footwork and effortless flow. This is a dance you perform to songs as slow as Tuxedo Junction or as fast as White Heat! Some of the great L.A. Balboa dancers were Dean & Nancy Raftery, Ed & Inez Thompson, Ernie & Elsie Rubin, Bob & Marge Steinbrenner, and Gordon & Mary Almas, to name just a few.

    As L.A. dancers began to get the JitterBug spirit they started to add L.A. Swing Dancing to their Balboa, adding turns, slides and other break away moves, and from this Bal-Swing, as we now call it, was born. Some of the great L.A. Baboa Swing dancers were Maxie Dorf, Willie Desatoff, Hal Takier, Harry Berlin, Marie Fido, Anne Mills, Bart Bartolo, and Natalie & Tony Esperza, to mention but a few.

    JitterBal is what Steve & Heidi call their smooth and seamless transitions between Balboa, L.A. Style Swing and Lindy Hop. We've taken the joy of the Jitterbug and added it to the finesse of Balboa.

    Beg. Balboa Swing:
    Beg. Balboa/Bal-Swing is a beginning Balboa & Swing class where you will learn the 5 Fundamentals: the basic, transition, come around, inside turn and back to closed, as well as various outside turns and Pure Bal moves and some basic L.A. Style Swing moves. You will learn the Balboa feel, and how to lead and follow these fundamental and fun basics.
    No partner or experience needed.

    Int. Balboa/Bal-Swing:
    In this very fun class you will take all of your basics from Balboa, Balboa Swing and Lindy Hop and learn how to expand your style, focus on technique and really learn to social dance all three exciting forms of swing.

    You will learn more complex combinations, fun Pure Balboa ad lib steps, fancy footwork, and, the really cool part, is learning how to put it all together with Lindy Hop using smooth and seamless transitions to get you really Jitterbuggin'!

    If the this class is something that sounds interesting to you, please do make sure you know the 5 Fundemantals of Balboa/Balboa Swing and all the 6 and 8 count Basics of Lindy Hop. If you do not know them or are a bit rusty, please take one series of the Beg. Balboa/Bal-Swing courses to get ready for JitterBal. We also have DVDs for sale, which you can use to learn the Lindy Hop basics in order to join our JitterBal series.
    No partner necessary.

    Lindy Hop:
    Lindy Hop is the granddaddy of swing dancing, it's where East Coast and West Coast swing orginated from. While there are many stories about where and when Lindy Hop began, we do know that Lindy Hop started off when dancers began to "break away" from closed position. There is evidence that the first break aways were done as early as the 1900's in the Barbry Coast. The 8 count swingout, or whip or Lindy Basic, whatever you like to call it, is the very heart of this dance. The beauty of Lindy Hop is that it is comprised of both 8 and 6 count moves so that you find yourself dancing over the 8 count swing music, allowing dances to be musical and fun.

    If you have any questions about the classes, or to set up a private lesson, please click here to send us an email.

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