Weekend Overview

California Balboa Classic 2019
January 18–21, Newport Beach, California

As of 2019, California Balboa Classic is located at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, just minutes from the original location of the Rendezvous Ballroom—the birthplace of Balboa.

New for 2019

  • Classes: We’re adding a whole new class track—for a total of eight tracks—to create smaller class sizes and more tailored class content for everyone.
  • Bands: We’re featuring full orchestras with Jonathan Stout on Friday and Saturday night and Jonathan Stout’s Grand Slam Sextet on Sunday night.
  • Contests: We’re adding a new contest to feature the world’s best Balboa dancers. We’re also increasing the top prizes in all divisions, up to $1000 per couple.
  • New electives: We’re adding daytime electives covering topics like swing music, So Cal swing dance styles, the old-timers, and the history of the geography of Balboa and Southern California swing dancing.

Thursday, January 17

Time Event Location
7:00pm–10:00pm Early Check-In Hyatt Hotel Lobby
8:30pm–12:00am Pre-Weekend Dance at Lindy Groove (not included in weekend pass) Pasadena Masonic Temple

Friday, January 18

Time Event Location
11:00am–10:00pm Check In & Registration Hyatt Hotel Palm Room
12:30pm–3:50pm Balboa and Swing Elective Workshops Hyatt Regency Plaza Ballroom
4:15pm—5:30pm Amateur Classic & Pure Bal Competitors’ Meeting and Contest Prelims Hyatt Regency Plaza Ballroom
8:00pm—12:00am Evening Dance with Live Music from the Jonathan Stout Orchestra & Contest Finals Hyatt Regency Plaza Ballroom
12:00am—1:00am Cocktail Hour Hyatt Regency Lobby & Garden
12:00am—5:00am Late Night Dance Hyatt Regency Terrace Room

Saturday, January 19

Time Event Location
10:00am–4:00pm Level Check & Daytime Workshops Hyatt Regency Workshop Classrooms
12:45pm–1:30pm The Classic – Competitor’s Meeting and Prelims Hyatt Regency Plaza Ballroom
1:15pm–2:15pm Track Level Complaints Office Hyatt Regency Plaza Ballroom
4:30pm–6:15pm Open Mixed Couples and Amateur Mixed Couples Competitor’s Meeting and Contest Prelims Hyatt Regency Plaza Ballroom
8:00pm–12:00am Evening Dance with Live Music with The Jonathan Stout Orchestra & Contest Finals Hyatt Regency Plaza Ballroom
12:00am–1:00am Cocktail Hour Hyatt Regency Lobby & Garden
12:00am–5:00am Late Night Dance Hyatt Regency Terrace Room

Sunday, January 20

Time Event Location
10:15am–5:45pm Daytime workshops Hyatt Regency Workshop Classrooms
6:15pm–7:00pm Amateur Mixed Couples Contest Finals Hyatt Regency Plaza Ballroom
8:00pm–12:00am Evening Dance with Live Music from the Grand Slam Sextet & Invitational Contest Hyatt Regency Plaza Ballroom
12:00am–5:00am Late night dance Hyatt Regency Terrace Room

Monday, January 21

Time Event Location
Morning–Afternoon Add-On Electives—stay tuned for add-on electives in and around the community of Balboa! Balboa Island and Balboa Pennisula
2:00pm–Sunset Balboa Beach Dance Balboa Pier, Balboa Peninsula
Evening Evening social hour with friends. Balboa Island