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FRIDAY SHUFFLE SHOPS

WHAT IS A SHUFFLE SHOP?

Back for their second year at Balast Off!, Shuffle Shops are essentially small group classes on a very specific subject in a more intimate environment with one instructor.  These are not included in your enlistment and will be available to you as add-ons during your enlistment process. Think of it like agreeing to take a group private lesson with several of your close friends where you all agree on the subject matter you want to explore beforehand.

Each Shuffle Shop has a twenty recruit maximum, lasts for a total of one hour and features a different focus.  This year we will be featuring five different shuffle shops with foci on: Teaching Balboa, Following, Pure Balboa, Competing & Musicality.  All Shuffle Shops will take place on Friday and run back to back (not concurrently), so you are free to sign up for one, or for all five.  

HOW MUCH ARE THEY?

$25 Per Shuffle Shop

LET'S MAKE A CONNECTION

SHUFFLE SHOP FOCUS: PURE BALBOA

INSTRUCTOR: SHANI BROWN

Known around the world for her unique connection, which has been described by many as a "warm hug," during this shuffle shop Shani will be sharing her secrets with you for creating a deeper, richer partner connection in Pure Balboa! Then using these principals, she'll help guide you on a journey to discover the unique set of variables and textures this rich connection allows you to now explore & experience with your partner!

FRIDAY AUGUST 2ND: 11AM - 12PM  • SOLD OUT

CRAFTING A PARTNERSHIP

SHUFFLE SHOP FOCUS: COMPETING

INSTRUCTOR: NICK WILLIAMS

While there are lots of talented dancers in the world, there are relatively few couples who have crafted dedicated partnerships over the years.  Partnerships where it appears as if each movement was crafted together, each line complementing the other, each choice made coming from the same mind.  Luckily we know a guy named Nick who has a bit of experience with this and can help break down how to go about crafting and refining your own partnerships!

NOTE: Since this shuffle shop will focus on building a unified partnership between two specific people, recruits will need to sign up with a dedicated partner with whom they will work with for the entirety of this shuffle shop to create a more unified partnership with that individual.

Due to this, the cost of this shuffle shop will be $50 and cover both you and your partner's admission into the shuffle shop. Only one partner needs to register to claim a spot for you both.

FRIDAY AUGUST 2ND: 12PM - 1PM • 4 PARTNER SPOTS AVAILABLE

HELLO NATALIE ESPARZA

SHUFFLE SHOP FOCUS: FOLLOW

INSTRUCTOR: KATE HEDIN

Original-era Swing and Lindy dancer Natalie Esparza was one of the most influential follows for modern Balboa instructors today. In this shuffle shop, Kate will break down Natalie's unique style and share some of her most iconic movements that helped inspire a whole new generation of Balboa follows.  Don't know who Natalie is? Click HERE to see a compilation of Natalie's dancing!

FRIDAY AUGUST 2ND: 2PM - 3PM • 6 SPOTS AVAILABLE

LIVIN' LA VIDA JITTERBUG

SHUFFLE SHOP FOCUS: MUSICALITY

INSTRUCTOR: JEREMY OTTH

There are few dancers who have truly embraced the exuberant, innovative and expressive heart of the Jitterbug Spirit in the way that Jeremy Otth has, and in this shuffle shop he'll be sharing his secrets with you!  From his unique relationship with the music, to creating new movements and seamlessly blending between styles, Jeremy will share how he moves fluidly between different dance forms, never breaking from a vintage aesthetic, and how that often allows him to invent creative, surprising new movements on the fly!

FRIDAY AUGUST 2ND: 3PM - 4PM • SOLD OUT

BALBOA PEDAGOGY & TEACHER TRAINING

SHUFFLE SHOP FOCUS: TEACHING

NSTRUCTOR: DAVID REHM

During this shuffle shop David will be answering questions and sharing his personal tips, tricks, wisdom and insights for best practices on teaching Balboa from his 17 years as a professional international Balboa instructor for greater success in your own teaching.

FRIDAY AUGUST 2ND: 4PM - 5PM  • 5 SPOTS AVAILABLE