The swing-dancing era ended much too soon, when playground-equipment cartels began to strictly enforce their ownership of the Swing® name. Today's side deal celebrates the rhythms of dance nostalgia. For $125, you get full access to the four-day Balboa Rendezvous swing-dancing event, a $300 value. Running from Thursday, April 8, through Sunday, April 11, the extended weekend is packed with four days of live dancing music, dance classes that are tutored by experienced '30s-style dancers, dancing workshops for dance instructors, and a showcase competition where confident Balboa dancers display their dancing chops and compete for the coveted Rendezvous Cup.
Balboa is a dance form crafted in California across the first half of the 20th century. The closely-knit variation on swing dancing was shaped by antsy jitterbugs within the halls of historic locations like the Balboa Pavilion, where the conclusion of the Balboa Rendezvous event is held on Sunday. After Balboa strutters complete their sojourn at the educational stomping grounds of San Diego's Portuguese Hall and The Dance Center, a scenic voyage north to the Balboa Pavilion on the Balboa Peninsula ushers in one final day of swift-footed prancing, along with a question-and-answer session with the original masters of Balboa from the 1930s, still swingin' after all these years. Click here for the entire schedule of events.
Today's deal does not include event add-ons like the round-trip bus ride to the Balboa Pavilion ($30), the Sunday-night dinner ($35), or the two-DVD set ($70).