HEATHER BALLEW (usa) and JAVIER JOHNSON (usa)
Heather and Javier are known around the world for brilliant musicality, razor-sharp technique, and super-fun classes.
As a participant of the 1990's swing renaissance, Heather Ballew swears she learned everything the wrong way first and has relearned and refined every bit of her dancing over the years. Because of this, Heather has a keen eye for what works and what doesn't. She believes that swing dancing should look good and feel great but most of all it should be fun. She loves social dancing with people of all levels and she is most known for her connection, footwork and playfulness.
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. He was the founding member of Lindy Circle (now Hartford Underground) back in 2007. He wanted to create a space where folks could get down and have some serious fun.
Nelle Cherry (USA) and adam speen (USA)
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 2006 that dancing truly became a passion. Since 2006 she’s trained under the most notable teachers from around the world. Teaching allows her to share this passion and experience with other likeminded dancers, as she strives to continually be inspired and inspire others through social and competitive dancing and travel.
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 but you will find him his happiest on the social dance floor.
Jennifer lee (USA) and Freddie Karlbom (sweden)
Jenn Lee was taken to a swing dance during school and has loved dancing every since. She is lucky to have Seattle, Washington, as her home dance scene, although you can find her traveling all over the world for Balboa events. As an instructor, her focus is on creativity and partner communication. Also, she is known as an avid social dancer and is often one of the last dancers to leave the dance floor.
Her film titled “One Girl and Two Boys” featuring the Mint Julip Jazz Band won the Jazz Dance Film Festival.
Freddie started swing dancing in 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden. Between 2009 and 2012 he was part of Swedish Swing Society’s performance troupe Shout ’n’ Feel It and since 2010 he has been teaching Balboa and Lindy Hop at Swedish Swing Society in Stockholm, as well as workshops around Sweden and Europe. Since summer 2017, he resides in Berlin.
While social dancing, he loves taking inspiration from his partner and letting that influence his dancing, making each dance a unique experience. As a teacher, he focuses on giving both roles the ability and opportunity to express their voices within the partnership of the dance.
SANNA LEINONEN (Finland) and ADAM LAMONTAGNE (Usa)
Sanna and Adam have been dancing and teaching swing together for the past ten years. During this time, they have become well known for the joy and skill that they bring to the social dance floor.
In the classroom, they emphasize a solid mix of technique and playfulness resulting in a dynamic and personalized approach to musicality and movement that is accessible to all dancers.