Instructors

We are pleased to announce our instructor line-up for 2018!

Nelle Cherry & Adam Speen
Abigail Browning
Annabel Quisao & Michael Quisao
Kadie Pangburn & Joe Pangburn



Nelle Cherry


Nelle has been a dancer her entire life with professional training in ballet, tap and jazz. But it wasn’t until she was introduced to social dancing, particularly balboa, in the spring of ’06 that dancing truly became a passion. Since ’06 she’s trained under the most notable teachers from around  the world. Competitively she has won, placed and made finals in competitions around the world, helping keep the classic aesthetics of the dance alive. Teaching allows her to share this passion and experience with other like-minded dancers, as she strives to continually be inspired and inspire others through social and competitive dancing and travel.

She currently resides in Northern Massachusetts where she works as an In Home Therapist when she isn’t dancing.


Adam Speen


Adam strives to provide a unique perspective combining classic swing dance 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. He brings the same positive environment to the classroom where conditioning drills, visual media, and demonstrations by students are commonplace.

Adam loves having the opportunity to travel and teach so many amazing students but you will find him his happiest on the social dance floor. When not dancing, Adam is pursuing a doctorate in Toxicology at UNC.

Abigail Browning


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. A poet with an MFA in Creative Writing, Abigail enjoys using metaphors as she teaches. She fosters creativity and musicality for follows and leads through technique, and emphasizes body control through isolation, repetition, and balance while having fun and understanding the historical background of the dance.

Annabel Quisao & Michael Quisao


Annabel Quisao 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.


Kadie Pangburn & Joe Pangburn



Together, Kadie & Joe have taught balboa to dancers from all over the southeastern United States, 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 regional community.