Instructors

valeriedanceValerie & Jacob

One of America’s busiest Lindy and Balboa teachers, Valerie has a reputation for her finesse on the dance floor. She emphasizes musicality and connection regardless of the style of swing.
Valerie is enthusiastic about passing on her love and passion for dance and she brings a fresh, interesting, and lighthearted attitude to both the dance floor and the classroom. Valerie teaches all over the United States, Canada and Europe and runs a dance studio in her hometown of Cleveland, OH.

Jacob is famous for his fast Pure Balboa footwork and his large repertoire of unique spins and turns when he’s in the spotlight. As a teacher he enjoys using a mix of humorous (in both his and our opinion!) analogies and serious instruction to create a fun and exciting learning environment.


14691376_10100215890231128_5294059431967341964_oAnnabel & Bobby

Annabel is known far and wide for her huge grins and prodigious laughter on the dance floor. Always a student of music and a lover of swinging jazz, she was addicted to the communication and spontaneity of Lindy Hop upon her first exposure to it in 2003 at her alma mater, Colgate University. She continued to pursue the dance at Penn State where she was also introduced to Balboa, Blues dancing, and Collegiate Shag. Over the years, she has enjoyed the challenge and camaraderie of competition, taking home top prizes in such events as the International Lindy Hop Championships, All Balboa Weekend, and the California Balboa Classic. She feels equal enthusiasm for teaching, having become a swing dance instructor and curriculum developer in her local scenes beginning in 2006. In her teaching, Annabel emphasizes technique and critical thinking to give students the tools to explore their own abilities, inspire their partners, and have a good time! Currently, she resides in Washington, DC where she teaches regularly at the Jam Cellar and the DC Bal Club.

Bobby White
is known worldwide for his individual dance style, expressive teaching methods, and floppy hair. He is a passionate dancer of Balboa, Lindy Hop, and Solo Jazz and has won many national and international championship placements in those dances, which he teaches all over the world. His welcoming nature and humorous personality are complemented by his passion for the dance and in-depth instruction.
He is dedicated to exploring the art form and history of swing dance, as shown through his well-read blog, Swungover, and the story-telling talks that he delivers at events. He is the emcee of Lindy Focus and other events.


1461549200757Olga & Andreas

Olga was born into a family of teachers (language and music) and since early years has been an energetic live wire – studying music, doing athletics, martial arts and gymnastics. In 2007 she was introduced to Lindy Hop and this is where the real passion story begins. She got dance hooked and started to explore more of the dance world by getting into Blues and later Balboa. She has been actively travelling the globe in pursuit of more opportunities to dance, learn and compete. In 2013 she began to share her love for swing music and dance by teaching. At her classes Olga pays a lot of attention to getting the students interested and involved by giving challenging and fun tasks, working both on technique and musicality and infecting them even more with the passion for dancing.

Andreas was introduced to Lindy Hop in 2001 and a few years later to Balboa. Andreas teaches dance because he loves to see students learn and improve. As Andreas sees it, teaching is inspiring since it offers a possibility to contribute to the ever-changing dance style and scene.  Andreas claims to be the unchallenged record holder (so far!) of most hours spent on social swing dance floors in Stockholm. He is an energizer bunny, and only takes a break to change into another colorful bow tie or t-shirt with a funny print!
He has been placed in a number of prestigious competitions in both Lindy Hop and Balboa around the world with a number of well known swing dancers.


Adam_Sanna_Vintage_Look_2014Sanna & Adam

Sanna and Adam have been dancing and teaching swing together for the past eight years. During this time, they have become well known for the joy and skill that they bring to the social dance floor.
Mostly partial to Balboa J & J competitions, they have taken numerous titles individually at events such as The Snowball and Balboa Castle Camp, as well as placing in various events in Europe and the US during the past several years.
In the classroom, they emphasize a solid mix of technique and playfulness resulting in a dynamic and personalized approach to musicality and movement that is accessible to all dancers.
They have very successfully taught the first ever Leading for Follows Track  and are a pleasure to have around.


Jo & Melmelandjo

Mel and Jo are dance enthusiasts who dedicate their time to encourage swing dancing in the United Kingdom. Being familiar with lindy hop and blues, their current passion is mastering Balboa and Bal-swing – a journey of continuous learning. They started salsa dancing in Singapore and after moving to the United Kingdom in 2000 began their journey in swing dancing. After dancing lindy hop, charleston and blues for several years they then fell in love with Balboa and became dedicated to learning this dance from 2008. However, they still love and continue dancing all styles to this day. Jo has been athletic since she was a teenager and currently holds a brown belt in Xen-Do Martial Arts. Mel, who also accomplished medals in various sports, was a break-dancer and a DJ in his younger years. From this personal experience, they apply the techniques of physical motion to help them understand and master the nature of dance movement. Currently, you can find them social dancing and competing at various events across Europe and the United States. They also teach Balboa/Bal-swing and facilitate pilot sessions throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Their “down-to-earth” and positive attitude helps to make the classes they teach not only informative but also very enjoyable. Mel still continues his love for music as a DJ and Emcee at major events across Europe and the United States. Their aspirations to be balboa ambassadors stems from their drive to continuously learn and share the passion and knowledge of dance to enthusiasts alike.


 1462140229Masha & Albert

Masha is the headliner of balboa in Russia. She is finalist and winner of numerous Russian and international competitions. She has been teaching regular classes in Moscow since March 2007, while constantly conducting workshops all over Russia. Masha tries to expand and enrich her dance experience through all other swing dances (especially lindy hop and blues) plus salsa and argentinian tango. While teaching, she practices an individual approach to each student, strives to pay attention to detailes and excersize precision in technique, and most of all – to inspire musicality, creativity and personal style in her students.

Albert has been dancing balboa since 2005 trying to grow the balboa scene in Barcelona and also teaching internationally since 2011, having developed his own style with a particular way to combine pure bal and balswing. He won balboa international titles like Eurobal cup 2011 and BOTP classic open 2013 or Easter balboa championships 2013.