Instructors

We are pleased to announce our instructor line-up for 2017!

Kelly Arsenault & Mickey Fortanasce
Chelsea Lee & David Lee
Annabel Quisao & Michael Quisao
Kadie Pangburn & Joe Pangburn



Kelly Arsenault & Mickey Fortanasce


Mickey Fortanasce and Kelly Arsenault have been teaching, dancing and competing together since 2005. In the past decade their innovation and showmanship coupled with their love of both dance history and theory have led them to become internationally recognized Balboa teachers and competitors.

Mickey's and Kelly's accomplishments include victories in numerous competitions over the years at various events: Balboa Rendezvous' International Balboa Championship, All Balboa Weekend's American Classic Balboa Championships, International Lindy Hop Championships, the European Swing Dance Championships, and the California Balboa Classic.


Mickey and Kelly have taught extensively all over the world including US, Canada, Europe, Korea, and Australia, and they provide an extensive series of online Balboa programs through their website www.kellyandmickey.com


Chelsea Lee & David Lee



Since 2007, David and Chelsea Lee have crafted a partnership dedicated to teaching and dancing Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag. They are especially known for their enthusiasm, musicality, and creativity on and off the dance floor, and they excel at breaking down mechanics in a way that is accessible and empowering to dancers of all levels and learning styles.

Their dance accomplishments include placements in Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag at events such as All Balboa Weekend, the International Lindy Hop Championships, and Lindy Focus. They can't wait to see you on the floor!


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.



Check out our instructors in action:




(David and Chelsea's spotlight is at the 10:09 mark).