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Perth’s only Balboa Exchange

September 14th & 15th

We're back! Apparently you all quite enjoyed the Shuffle last year so we've decided to give another go! A full weekend dedicated to balboa.

For our second year we're excited to announce that Julia and John Wharington will be coming back! These two amazing dancers and teachers won our hearts with their classes last year and now they're invested in our little Bal scene and coming back to give us more!

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Pass details

Full pass (8 classes and the Saturday night social) = $193 (Early bird sale until the 24th of Aug $168)
Half Pass (4 classes and the Saturday night social) = $112
Individual class = $25 *Door sales only
Saturday night social = $30 *Door sales only


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Workshops and Events

Classes will be held in the Morley studio (remember we are the last studio down the ally way) at 23 Rudloc Rd, Morley WA 6062. The 8 balboa workshops will be running from 10am until 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. These will include a variety of themes to give you the skills and concepts to be a well rounded balboa dancer.

Social dance on Saturday night will be held in Shenton Park Community Centre at 240 Onslow Rd, Shenton Park WA 6008.

On Sunday we will be going for food and a drink at Henry on 8th in Maylands after class. Everyone is welcome :)


Your Instructors

John WHARINGTON

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Meaningful play is all about getting into the zone, which Balboa delivers in spades. John has been teaching Balboa regularly since 2007 with a focus on creative teaching techniques, distilling the dance to its essence, and bringing an infectious enthusiasm to his classes. He has taught numerous workshops throughout Australia, travels to the USA annually for Balboa, and is a keen competition dancer, with six Australian Balboa Championship titles under his belt.  John has an analytical approach to the dance, loves to explore the frontiers, and is highly motivated by seeing his students’ progress. Incorporating games frequently into classes, John loves teaching with Julia to be memorable and rewarding for everyone. Photo credit: Michael Collins


Julia WHARINGTON

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While Julia has been dancing some form of partner dancing since she was a young teenager, she found her passion for all things swing in 2008, and has never looked back since. She is a true all-rounder, happily dancing Balboa, Lindy Hop, Shag, or Slow Swing, depending on the song and mood. Balboa will always have a special spot in her heart, because she met her husband John on a Balboa dance floor (naaaaawwwww). Together they are four-times Australian Balboa Champions, and they haven’t been doing all that shabby at the major competitions in the US either. Julia’s biggest international successes have been winning the CalBal Open Jack & Jill in 2016 and placing in the IBC comp at All Balboa Weekend 2017 (1st place) and 2018 (2nd place). 

Julia has been teaching Swing dancing since 2011, both in her hometown Melbourne, as well as at various events around Australia. It gives her immense joy to provide the students with a fun learning experience, with her favourite times being those little success moments, when she sees big smiles around the room because the students get the hang of something that is being taught. Photo credit: Michael Collins

With Their Powers combined:

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John and Julia Wharington are passionate about Balboa, and they love sharing their love for the dance with dancers at any level. For the last decade, they have taught numerous Balboa workshops, troupes and classes in Australia and overseas. From their classes you can expect to receive a solid grounding in the foundations of Balboa all the way to challenges that get you thinking out of the box, all bundled in a fun and unique package. Their aim is to get you up and dancing on the social dance floor, dancing Balboa comfortably and looking good in no time.

John and Julia have won many Australian Balboa Championships, and also have won or placed in various Balboa competitions in the USA. They are experts in their field, who focus on creative teaching techniques and bringing an infectious enthusiasm to their classes. Together they run Australia’s only Balboa and Shag festival, ‘All the Cats Join In’ in Melbourne. Photo credit: Michael Collins