Back to Balboa

In the winter of 1957-58, Stan Kenton took his band back to Balboa’s Rendevous backfrontBallroom. He leased the ballroom, lavished money on renovating its run-down furnishing and installed a brand-new, high-tech sound system. With a weekly local TV programme, regular coast-to-coast broadcasts on NBC, and the backing of Capitol Records, the band had high hopes. The return became known as ‘Kenton’s Folly’, not enough people came to see them and all that came out of it was a refurbished ballroom and this album. (Ironically, this is not a great album for balboa)

In the winter of 2012-2013, we had to take an enforced break from teaching Uzand dancing Balboa and Balswing.  This is the record of our return after the hiatus. It started today with a major set-back when we found we’re not quite ready to return in the way we hoped, by joining The Balboa Gathering in Newcastle, UK from 26-29 September 2013. We were there last year, bought the tickets for this year and we already got the T shirt. Now we can’t go and are trying to find a buyer.  For us, for the time being, it’s watch DVD’s and a few gentle steps in the kitchen.

But we’re very definitely on the way back so save us a dance and see you soon.

Harry & Svetlana


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