This event is by Balboa dancers, for Balboa dancers, and we know that the music, whether live or DJ'd, is key to a great event.  We will be serving up only the finest Balboa-tastic tunes for your shuffling pleasure!

 The Mint Julep Jazz Band

With their little big band lineup of 4 horns, rhythm section, and vocalist, the Mint Julep Jazz Band recreates the hot jazz sounds of the 1920′s, 1930′s, and early 1940’s through arrangements based on original recordings from the jazz age and swing era.

It's no exaggeration to say that they are one of the most slammin' bands for Balboa dancers and we are beyond thrilled to welcome them back to I *Heart* Balboa 2017 to play the Saturday evening dance!


Michael Quisao

Michael Quisao hails from Dallas, TX and is currently based in Washington, DC. After growing up as a wallflower at school dances, Michael took his first Lindy Hop lesson in 2006 and has been captivated by jazz ever since. His love of swing music and social dancing has taken him across the country to dance, compete, and DJ swing music; he strives to share the joys of swing dance and swinging rhythm with everybody he meets.

Qui Nguyen (aka DJ Q-J)
Long before setting foot on her first dance floor, Qui has always     been in search of good music. From scouting out local shows, to digging through dusty record store crates, her motto has always been "if it moves you, it's good music". So it was quite natural for her to fall in love with swing music and dancing. A lover of the music first, and the movement a close second, you can always catch her listening to and dancing close by the bandstand at any number of swing, balboa or blues events. You might even find her behind the DJ booth, spinning tunes at local dances and at various events throughout the region. She is super excited to be representing Richmond at I *Heart* Balboa this year, and can't wait to dance with everyone! (...yes, literally everyone! Please ask me to lead and follow! <3 )   

Jon Tigert

Jon Tigert has been DJing almost as long as he's been dancing, and doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon. He has DJed all over the world, including Montreal, Croatia, Switzerland, all over the US, and most recently as the co-Head DJ at Herrang Dance Camp. Jon also teaches swing dancing full time, at various festivals and events around the world. When not travelling, he hangs his hat in Baltimore where he is a regular at The Mobtown Ballroom.

Erica Vess
With a penchant for dinosaur jokes almost as strong as her dance shoe addiction, Erica combines the grace & elegance of Balboa with several sticks of butter and a large helping of vanilla extract. She will never try to pass off oatmeal raisin cookies as chocolate chip, and she will always keep you dancing. Erica has been a featured DJ at Jammin' on the James, The Lindustrial Revolution and Beantown Camp as well as a covert ops DJ in the Balboa room at Lindy Focus.  No one was spared; not even the children.
Erica is running this crazy show, but she might still play some tunes for you!