Blue Ridge Bal

June 30-July 2nd 2017

Balboa Workshops * Amazing Music * Tubing

Instructors


We are excited to offer FOUR tracks this year- for the Bal-Curious (beginner), Bal-Enthusiast (intermediate), Bal-Accomplished (Advanced) and Bal-Accelerated (fast-track 'beginner' class for advanced lindy hoppers who want to learn bal).

Kelly Arsenault and Scott Angelius

In her travels, Kelly has taught some of the best-of-the-best swing dancers in the world. Meanwhile Scott helped build the Austin swing dance community into one of the best dance scenes in the country and trained up many raw beginners into traveling dancers. Together they have taught thousands of people how to dance. 

Kelly has been dancing as long as she can remember. Growing up, Kelly danced in the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, the University of Tennessee Dance Company, and Circle Modern Dance Company. Kelly met her swing dance partner Mickey Fortanasce in 2004 and began traveling to teach starting in 2006. They have taught extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, Korea and Australia. Kelly has won awards at just about every major swing dance competition there is, including: Balboa Rendezvous' International Balboa Championships, All Balboa Weekend's American Classic Balboa Championships, California Balboa Classic, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, International Lindy Hop Championships, and the European Swing Dance Championships. 

Scott started dancing in 1998, when swing was in just about every bar, club, and music venue in the country. Months later he started teaching local swing classes at The University of Texas, where he met his first dance partner, Evita Arce. After graduating in 2001, he began teaching with a swing dance group, Four on the Floor. In 2006 he founded his own dance company, The Lindy Project, with Laura Glaess and Mike Roberts. Scott is the co-founder of Lone Star Championships which has now joined forces with Lindyfest to make one of the biggest Lindy Hop events in the country. In 2010 he was awarded the Austin Swing Syndicate Lifetime Syndie Award, for contributions to the Austin dance community. Scott has competed in and won numerous Swing and Lindy Hop competitions and was a member of the award winning team Lindy Hoppers Dozen. Scott has also competed and won numerous titles in the West Coast Swing community. 


Abigail Browning and Adam Speen

Microbiologist by day and Dancer for the rest of his waking hours, Adam strives to provide a unique perspective combining classic swing technique with a modern ideology. Partnership and playfulness are the focus for Adam on the dance floor, creating a “yes and” environment for his partners and himself. Evidence comes in the form of Adam’s various Jack and Jill and Strictly Swing victories; not to mention the innumerable social dances. He brings the same positive environment to the classroom where conditioning drills, visual media, and demonstrations by students are commonplace.

Beginning in 1998, Abigail Browning fell in love with the grace and athleticism of swing dancing, and has pursued the art and history of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Charleston ever since. With an upbringing in classical piano, she dances to express the intricacies and joy of jazz as an art form. Abigail is known for creating classrooms that value partnership, individual growth, and out-of-the-box thinking. She fosters creativity and musicality for dancers through skill-based drills for everyone, and emphasizes body control through isolation, repetition, and balance while having fun and understanding the historical background of the dance.

Corey & Susan Manke

Corey and Susan Manke are Balboa and Swing dancers from Nashville, Tennessee.  While Lindy Hop was their first passion, they soon discovered their true love of Balboa in 2004 fascinated with its connection, rhythms and partnering.  They have spent over a decade studying the dance with many international instructors.

Corey and Susan are particularly drawn to the aesthetic, connection and feel of the original dancers.  They strive to implement these elements into their own dance style and reference these dancers in their teaching in order to preserve the original dancers’ contribution to the dance floor. 

They have been participants of The Balboa Experiment every year since 2010, where they have been students, served as Guest Mentors, awarded “Honorary Fellows” and became "Distinguished Fellows" in 2016.  Corey and Susan have been instructors at California Balboa Classic, All Balboa Weekend, Bal-ast Off, Eastern Balboa Championships, Minor Swing and invited to teach at other regional, national and international events. 

Corey and Susan have received placements at All Balboa Weekend, Bal-ast Off and are regular finalists in several national competitions.  However, they enjoy the aspect of social dancing the most. 


Kadie and Joe Pangburn

Hailing from Huntsville, Alabama, Kadie loves a good mystery, old Star Trek reruns and swing dancing. As a little girl she fell in love with actors like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rodgers and Vera Ellen. She would prance around her living room creating improv routines to old movie soundtracks, and that’s where she still draws many of her dance inspirations from to this day. For her, dancing is about sharing a deep, personal connection with another human being for those three minutes on the floor and creating something magical together. With a bachelor’s degree in the study of creativity and how human beings can function to their highest creative potential, Kadie brings a unique perspective - and a good dose of geekery - to all her classes.

Also hailing from Huntsville - because they’re married - Joe Pangburn loves running, writing, the Denver Broncos, anything baseball… oh, and swing dancing. The latter to the point that he works on his flow with his rolling chair in his cubicle at work. (Try it! You’re welcome.) He loves musicality, flow, and the minutiae of balboa mechanics and fundamentals. As a competitor, Joe is a regular finalist in national and international balboa competitions at events such as All Balboa Weekend and Music City Shuffle. With a degree in communication and 16 years of teaching/coaching experience, he has a passion for helping people achieve their beyond their goals.

Together they’ve taught balboa to dancers from all over the southeast, and are known for their ability to break down complex concepts into easily understood ideas. They enjoy sharing their love for balboa by bringing fun, laughter and the occasional rap into the classroom and are passionate about growing Balboa in the southeast. To that end, they are the creators and organizers of Bal-Ast Off; operate a bi-weekly balboa practice group out of their home; and are regular instructors in their local community.


Brennan DeVoe & Alex Haley

Brennan DeVoe and Alex Hale specialize in Balboa, Dean Collins style Lindy Hop, and slow dance. Together, they have a combined twenty years of social dance, scene building, and event running experience. Brennan and Alex focus their dancing and teaching on connection mechanics. They want every student to connect with their partner in the most comfortable and efficient manner possible. Both coming from musician backgrounds, they enjoy showing their students how to break down the elements of each song and 'hear beyond the eight.' Brennan and Alex love the history of social dancing, and strive to preserve the spirit of each dance.


In their free time, Alex is a dog mom, while Brennan swings hammers near fire.