Instructors

We are pleased to announce our instructor line-up for 2019!

Heather Ballew & Javier Johnson
Chelsea & David Lee
Kadie Pangburn & Joe Pangburn
Jennifer Barnett



Heather Ballew



Heather Ballew hails from the lovely, landlocked city of Denver where majestic mountains tower over the skyline, sunny days are plentiful, and the name "Mile High City" has several meanings. A participant of the 1990’s swing renaissance, Heather Ballew traveled and competed for many years with Denver swing dance troupe, 23 Skidoo and was a lucky early participant at The Balboa Experiment. In the classroom, she strives to help her students gain confidence and realize their full potential on the social or competition floor but her biggest goal is to open up new avenues for creativity and communication within the partnership. She loves dancing with people of all levels and she is known for her connection, footwork and playfulness. She can be found teaching around the United States and abroad, talking passionately about scene-building, and starting zany and sometimes thoughtful Facebook discussions


Javier Johnson


Javier Johnson is a rocket scientist by trade and he brings a powerful analytical sense which joins the mechanics of dance and the soul of expression. He is well versed in all the swing dances, but specializes in Balboa and soul. As an international swing dance instructor, he’s traveled around the world sharing his joy of teaching and his passion for jazz dances.





Chelsea & David Lee



Chelsea has been dancing since college, when she decided it would be a bright idea to begin lessons in seven kinds of ballroom dancing at the same time. Since 2007, she has immersed herself in the world of swing, where she dances and teaches numerous swing dances including Balboa, Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Charleston, and St. Louis Shag. She is known for her infectious smile and creativity on the dance floor, and in the classroom she brings a knack for breaking down the basics and providing opportunities for both leaders and followers to learn to their maximum potential. She has won awards at events including All Balboa Weekend, the International Lindy Hop Championships, the Eastern Balboa Championships, and Hot Rhythm Holiday and is proud to have earned the distinction of Distinguished Fellow at The Balboa Experiment for her work there as a guest mentor. She teaches at her local venue, The Jam Cellar, in Washington, D.C., and has also taught at events nationally and internationally, including the Eastern Balboa Championships, Balboa Castle Camp, The Process, and Hot Rhythm Holiday. Chelsea also edits the swing dance blog Swungover.

David has been passionate about swing dancing since he first started in 2006 and has yet to meet a dance he doesn’t love. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, St. Louis Shag, Charleston, and numerous other swing dances with every person he meets. He is known for his musicality and creativity on the dance floor, and in the classroom he excels at breaking down mechanics in a way that is accessible to dancers of all levels and learning styles. His dance accomplishments include placements at All Balboa Weekend, the International Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy Focus, and Hot Rhythm Holiday, and he has also earned the distinction of Distinguished Fellow at The Balboa Experiment for his work there as a guest mentor. He teaches at his local venue, The Jam Cellar, in Washington, D.C., and has also taught at events nationally and internationally, including Atlanta Varsity Showdown, Balboa Castle Camp, The Process, the Eastern Balboa Championships, and Hot Rhythm Holiday.




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.




Jennifer Barnett



Known for bringing a little math and science into the ballroom (don’t worry, just a little), Jen began tap dancing in pre-school and continued dancing and later teaching through high school. After putting aside dance to focus on chemistry in college, Jen was happy to return to dance through the vintage swing dance of Balboa during graduate school. During that time, Jen began teaching and promoting, co-running beloved Philly events such as the Saturday Night Fish Fry, Philly Bal Night, and Bal Jam ’08. She now calls New York City home and enjoys teaching locally at You Should Be Dancing! and dancing at White Heat among other favorites.

Jen teaches and competes in Balboa on the international stage, having won the All Balboa Weekend J&J five times, more than any other follow. She has also won or placed in strictly competitions at the All Balboa Weekend, California Balboa Classic, Camp Hollywood, and the Eastern Balboa Championships (R.I.P.) and teaches around the world. In addition to competing and teaching, Jen also enjoys performing. (What can you say? She’s an only child.) She can be seen dancing real fast in NYC’s own AmazeBals as well as at private events. Jen’s favorites have been smack dab in the middle of the Museum of Natural History right under the giant blue whale and, of course, Lincoln Center!

As a teacher, Jen tries to balance her straight-forward manner and high expectations with lots of love, humor, and support for her students. She’s known for being able to teach truly multi-level classes where everyone is challenged to push their best a little farther. Never forgetting to address both follows and leads, Jen blends a clear, technical presentation with the creativity and improvisational spirit that make swing dancing so enjoyable.