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The monetary unit of Panama. It is divided into 100 centesimos. It was introduced in 1906, and is permanently at par with the US dollar. It is named after the explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa, who first gazed out at the Pacific Ocean from the heights of Panama.

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The Balboa is an 8 count dance perfect for songs you'd consider too fast for Jitterbug or Lindy Hop. Unlike swing, leader and follower dance chest-to-chest in a closed position making the dance very intimate. The basic Balboa steps are easy to learn too. For the leader, you start with your left foot... Left foot back, right foot together, left foot step forward then step back so that it's next to the right foot... then step forward with the right foot, bring the left up so that both feet are together, then step back with the right foot and then bring the right foot back together next to the left foot.

Leader steps (followers: do the opposite):
back (L), together (R), forward (L) back (L), forward (R), together (L), back (R) together (R)

Repeat, leaning in with your chest against your partner's chest. You should both be pressing up against each other and your feet should be moving underneath you. Balboa is all about footwork and intimacy. Enjoy!

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