Chicago Autumn Balboa Weekend 2014
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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 travled around the world sharing his joy of teaching ans his passion for jazz dances.
Heather has studied Balboa since 2000 and is continually refining her teaching, always looking for better ways to explain moves and concepts. Since 2007 she has directed and choreographed for balboa dance teams The Grabtown Grapplers and Ballyhoo.
Past teaching credits include Balboa Rendezvous, Provence Swing
Festival, Rock That Swing, EBC, and Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout. She is
known for her personal investment in her students’ success and is a popular
instructor for Lindy Hop, Blues, and Balboa.
Javier - sites.google.com/site/hartfordunderground/staff/Javier
Heather - heatherballew.com
Photo: Richard Springs (http://acapturedimage.fotki.com/)
One of America's busiest Lindy and Balboa teachers, Valerie has a reputation for her finesse on the dance floor. She emphasizes musicality and connection regardless of the style of swing. Since 2002 Valerie has taken home the 2003 National Jitterbug Championships (NJC) Grand Slam Championship, became both the 2004 NJC Balboa Champions and the 2004 American Lindy Hop Championships (ALHC) American Showcase Champions and most recently, (in 2005) she returned to ALHC to place 2nd in the same competition.
Valerie is the organizer of the 'All Balboa Weekend' held annually in her home town of Cleveland. This Weekend event first started in 2001 and was the first major dance camp dedicated solely to Balboa. It features the American Classic Balboa Championships (ACBC), one of the nations most respected and sought after Balboa competitions. www.AllBalboa.com.
Valerie is enthusiastic about passing on her love and passion for dance and she brings a fresh, interesting, and lighthearted attitude to both the dance floor and the classroom. Valerie teaches all over the United States, Canada and Europe and runs a dance studio in her hometown of Cleveland, OH.