What’s Around Town During Jingle Bal?

Out of Towners, swing dancers, we are ready to welcome you to Jingle Bal!

If you get a chance while you’re in town for Jingle Bal, you might try to visit Casablanca Vintage. It’s 10 minutes from the Contemporary Dance Theater.
Plenty of local swing dancers and lovers of vintage style have unearthed treasures there. They regularly have suit pants and coats,vintage ties, bowties, and suspenders, and leather shoes for men and women, and hats.


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The stock is always changing.

Up the street from Casablanca Vintage is a vinyl records store is Shake It Records. If you’re a vinyl fan you may want to check out what they have.

This area is called NORTHSIDE, and there are plenty of restaurants down here as well. Some are pricey and some are less pricey. Arcade Legacy is a hotdog stand/arcade across the street from Casablanca vintage which won’t break your bank and you can play your favorite 80’s games in the cabinets, like the Simpson’s, Rampage, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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Nearer to the Contemporary Dance Theater are several restaurants, including Swad Indian, which delivers. Red Rose Jems is good but not quick sit-down Italian. I have not been to, but also nearby are, Brink Brewing, Rasheedah’s Café,and Chung Ching Chinese.

Also 15 minutes to the east of the Contemporary Dance Theater is Talk of the Town, on Reading Rd. They are a Vintage/Costume shop. You might find a 20’s style vest on the second floor, and come back downstairs for a pirate costume on the first floor.

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Balboa Fall Outlook and Jingle Bal Countdown

I love this time of year. I love the Halloween season, and I can’t believe that Jingle Bal is 2 short months away!

Our 2018 Local + Nearby Events Calendar

OCT
10/10 Glenn Miller Orchestra plays Music Hall
10/13 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)
10/17 Balboa Meetup (tentative)

NOV
11/10 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)
11/24 SMORGASBOARD OF SWING Workshop Dance

DEC
12/07 – 12/09 is Cincinnatti’s Own JINGLE BAL
12/07 Friday : Slow Bal & Chill Welcome Dance Party, with slow balboa lesson and DJ Kadie Pangburn with music for Slow bal, Blues, and Low tempo lindy.
12/08 Saturday : (DAY) Balboa Workshop Classes with our fabulous instructors, and (NIGHT) Saturday Night Social Dance featuring Dave Greer & the Classic Jazz Stompers
12/09 Sunday : Balboa Lessons, and Sunday Afternoon Tea Dance featuring The Faux Frenchmen

Are you excited for Jingle Bal? There are 67 days to go, and we will be dancing with our balboa friends from all over the region. Today we have confirmed dancers representing 10 states! Mapture

Registration is LIVE! Click Here!

WEEKLIES
*Thursdays: SwinGallery at Leapin’ Lizard in Covington
*Sundays: Sunday Weekly Dances at College Hill Town Hall

MONTHLIES
*First Fridays at Molly Malone’s in Covington
*Second Tuesdays in Columbus for Balboa

#allthebalboas, #swingdance, #balboa

Where to find Balboa, June to December 2018

Where can I dance balboa?
Our 2018 Local + Regional Events Calendar

JULY
07/05 (Thurs) the JAZZ COASTERS at SwinGallery (Leapin’ Lizard in Covington)
07/13 – 07/15 CINCY HOP EXCHANGE WEEKEND
07/14 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)
07/21 Swingtime Big Band plays York Street Café (Newport)
07/22 DAYTON BALBOA PRACTICE 2-5PM (Dayton)

AUG
08/03 BAL-ASTOFF BALBOA WORKSHOP EVENT (Huntsville, AL)
08/11 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)
08/29 7pm Balboa Meetup at the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society’s Jazz Jam and Dance (at King Avenue 5, in Columbus)

SEPT
09/08 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)

OCT
10/13 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)

NOV
11/10 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)
SMORGASBOARD OF SWING (DATE TBA)

DEC
12/08 – 12/09 is Cincinnatt’s Own JINGLE BAL in it’s 3rd Year.

WEEKLIES
*Thursdays: SwinGallery at Leapin’ Lizard in Covington
*Sundays: Sunday Weekly Dances at College Hill Town Hall

MONTHLIES
*First Fridays at Molly Malone’s in Covington
*Second Tuesdays in Columbus for Balboa

All Balboa Is Nigh

The Annual All Balboa Weekend (the oldest, biggest, awesomest balboa workshop on the planet) is upon us. Once more shall we sallyforth on our musical pilgrimage to get the shuffle on with our fellow balboans. And lo, we shall return to our wage-slaving on Monday, and struggling mightily with burning feet and utter exhaustion, wrestling, indubitably, to understand how we can have undertaken this strange and joyous adventure together only to end up back at the mundane desks and screens of the real world. And we mark off our calendars for next year.

I’m so pleased people from the Cincinnati Swing Dance community, as well as the greater Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky swing dancing communities, will be attending this year.

Some unfortunate health circumstances had left me wondering if I could attend. There’s nothing special about marking ten years since one’s first balboa workshop. But it is, to me. My All-Bal Tennial is kinda special to me. I’m glad to say I’ll be there this year, with my friends and fellow dancers, fantastic musicians, and people who try their darnedest to community-build, to create music, to preserve the arts, or those who contribute by simply asking people to dance. My people. ❤

I'm coming for #allthebalboas.

2018 Balboa Info

Where can I dance balboa?
Our 2018 Local + Regional Events Calendar

JAN 
01/04 (Thurs) the JAZZ COASTERS at SwinGallery (Leapin’ Lizard in Covington)
*Update!* 01/06 the FAUX FRENCHMEN will play at the Hilton Netherland Plaza at 9pm
01/13 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)
*Update!* 01/13 the MIDWESTERN SWING will play at the Hilton Netherland Plaza at 9pm
01/20 SPEAKEASY NIGHT w/ MICKEY JAMES and the Queen City Crew at the SouthGate House Revival

FEB
02/01 SparX 2018 in Cleveland
02/10 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)

MAR
03/01 (Thursday) the JAZZ COASTERS at SwinGallery (Leapin’ Lizard in Covington)
03/10 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)

APR  
04/11 (Wednesday) is
the HARRY JAMES ORCHESTRA at Music Hall
04/14 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)

MAY is WARBIRDS month!  (TBD)
05/12 CINCY BALBOA Second Saturdays Practice Session (College Hill)

JUNE
06/14-16 is
ALL BALBOA WEEKEND!
in Cleveland

WEEKLIES
*Thursdays: SwinGallery at Leapin’ Lizard in Covington
*Sundays: Sunday Weekly Dances at College Hill Town Hall

MONTHLIES
*First Fridays at Molly Malone’s in Covington
*Second Tuesdays in Columbus for Balboa

That’s a Wrap for Jingle Bal * 2017

Jingle Bal, Cincinnati’s Balboa Workshop Event, took place this past weekend.

The instructors were roundly praised, the dancing was a blast, the volunteer staff was fantastic.  A big thank you to all who made this event possible, and made it a genuinely fun and welcoming event.
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Cincy Balboa’s next practice session is Saturday January 13th.

Pre-Registration Ends 12/03

Have you registered for Jingle Bal?
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It’s almost time for Cincy Balboa’s JINGLE BAL! This year’s workshop and social dance event is bigger and better, and if you ever wanted to learn balboa, or if you love balboa, then there’s no more friendly and affordable event out there!

Register Here!

Learn more about Jingle Bal and the balboa workshop classes and dances here.

See you soon!

#balboa #allthebalboas #balbeliever #swingdancing #danceworkshop