Music

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 Bal-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 and original tunes inspired by that time period.  The Mint Julep Jazz Band is based out of Durham, North Carolina and is led by trombonist Lucian Cobb and vocalist/swing DJ Laura Windley, who have put their collective knowledge and love of swing music together to create an ideal dance band for swing dancers.

We are thrilled to welcome them back for 2019, this time for 2 nights of live music to celebrate our 5th year!




----2019 DJs ----

Javier Johnson
Javier 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.

Javier will also be providing great tunes for you during band breaks and on Sunday. You won't want to leave the floor for a second!






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 again this year, and can't wait to dance with everyone! (...yes, literally everyone! Please ask me to lead and follow! <3 )   




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 to fill in the gaps!