Instructors & guests:
follows 1st name alphabetical order)
Hirsch (San Francisco)
Lindy Hop & Collegiate Shag Old Timer!
Spunky barely describes this youth from the heyday of swing! This
Legendary Lindy Hopper and 1930's-40's silver screen featured
dancer will dance, tap and talk his way into your heart!
Hirsch pictured above dancing with Judy Garland & here as
Mickey Rooney plays drums.)
Few Films he is featured in are:
1939-Blondie Meets The Boss
just to name a few...
Arsenalt & Mickey Fortanasce
2007 North American Balboa Swing Champions
2006/2007 International Bal-Swing Champions
2007 Canadian Balboa Champions (Fast Bal)
2006 Strictly Lindy Champs (Boston Tea Party)
(more info below...)
dance partner of the late great Willie Desatoff.
Fixture in the Southern California swing dance community as a "mid-timer"
learning from Dean Collins and other greats!
Clip of Lila & Willie dancing with Willie commentary:
Organizor of the SF Bal Fest, Swingdependance Weekend, North American
Open & Northern California Open Swing Championships. MORE BELOW!
Nor Am Balboa Jack Champion
2006 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame Inductee's
2005 National Jitterbug Championships (Pro Bal)
2005 1st International Bal-Swing Champions
Our inspiration for the Festival! You got
to see them to believe it!
American Lindy Hop, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, & National
American Classic Balboa Champs
All Balboa Pro Jack Champion
& Emily McLaughlin
2009 Jack & Jill Seattle Balboa Festival
2008 She was First in Nor Am Same Sex Champion
Oregon Dance Fair’s Lindy Champs
& Tertia Miyashira
2008 North American Balboa Champions, SF Bal Fest
1999 Jitterbug Jam Champion (Nate)
2002 National Jitterbug Championships, 2nd place.
2004 California Balboa Championships, 3rd place
2005 International Balboa Jack Champion
2005 Nor Cal Bal, 2nd place, SF Bal Fest
2005 Nor Cal Lindy, 2nd place, SF Bal Fest
2005 Favorite Balboa Swing Dancers, SF Bal Fest Audience Ballot
2005 American Classic Balboa Championships Jack, 2nd place 2002-2003
Nate was a member of the Rhythm Rollers, a high energy Balboa troupe
based out of L.A.
Tertia is currently recognized by the state of California Commission
on Teacher Credentialing as a seasoned educator of visual &
Vo & Katie
Mae Anderson watch utube
2008 Nor Am Lindy Champion
2008 World Swing Dance
2008 Winners of the Viejas $10k Swing Challenge.
“Dancing with the stars”.
Jonas Brother music video “Love Bug”
Katie Perry’s music video “Thinking of You”
1st Cal Bal Champion (3 times winner with Corina Acosta)
Harlam Jazz World Lindy Champ (twice)
with teaching partner Katie Anderson
2008 World Swing Champion
2005 National Jitterbug Champion
2004 Ultimate Lindy Showdown Champ
2003 American Lindy Hop Champion
& an amazing Shagger too!
member of Kairos DanceCompany and Art Impact Dance. Specializing
in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and
Irish dance, Katie has studied under Tap masters and dance legends.
Organizor of the SF Bal Fest, Swingdependance Weekend, North American
Open & Northern California Open Swing Championships.
Burnie is well versed in many styles of Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa
Swing, Collegiate Shag, Carolina Shag, Saint Louis Shag, Salsa,
and bunches of Ballroom dances. (Lindy Hop is shortened to Swing
2009 Teacher Swingn with the Stars, Phoenix, AZ
2009 Teacher & Head Judge in Buenos Aires, Argentina (LHIAF)
2000-2009 Swing, Salsa & Ballroom Teacher classes in studio
@ Live Art Gallery.
2000-2009 Choreographer for Troupe.
2009 Tabulator International Balboa Championships, Bal Rendevous.
2008 SFLX committee member.
2008 Teacher Istanbul to Ankara, Turkey @ Vintage Swing Workshops
2008 1st to compete in International Lindy Champonships (ILHC) w/same
2008 California Same Sex Lindy Hop Champion.
2008 Lindy Hop Teacher University of California San Francisco.
2008 Troupe class teacher, Tuesday Night Jump Verdi Club.
2008 Teacher Swing'n with the Stars, Phoenix, AZ.
2007 1st North American to teach Bal plus Head Judge in
Buenos Aires, Argentina at Lindy Hop International Argentine Festival
2007 American Same Sex Swing Champion.
2007 Swing Performer Sutter Health.
2007 Teacher & trainee Vima Dance Ballroom, San Francisco.
2006 Swing Performer Sutter Health.
2006 Nor Cal Same Sex Balboa Champion.
2005 California Same Sex Swing Champion.
2005 Judge Team Challenge Swing Central, Redwood City
2002-2005 Various California Same Sex Dance Champion titles...
2002 Balboa Swing & Collegiate Shag teacher Metronome Ballroom.
2001 Dance Teacher Training College.
His mom says he was conceived on Balboa Island (eeww)
scheduled Instructors & Guests
(mostly by follows 1st name alphabetical order)
Sykes & Jonathan Bixby
The folks whose names are synonymous with Balboa!
Inductee into our Dancers Choice-International Swing Dance Hall
Inductee into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame
Two-time Southern California Balboa Champion
Jonathan was the first to perform Lindy Hop at the first Gay Games!
Freda says she has danced at every nightclub and ballroom in Southern
California since the 1930's including the Balboa Pavilion Freda
is still active today in the swing dance community and goes to Balboa
Rendevous and Camp Hollywood frequently! She says she has won over
a thousand swing dance contests over the years and has been a featured
dancer in many swing movies in the 1940's and 1950's. Freda's main
partner was George Christopherson, but say's she never really had
a regular partner.
A Few Films she is featured in are:
1944-Four Jills in a Jeep
1946-Junior Prom, Teenagers At The
1954-Living It Up
1956-Rock Around The Clock
1956-Don't Knock The Rock
1956-Bundle Of Joy
1959-Juke Box Rhythm
1982-Bobby McGee's Dance Party (TV)
One of the True Masters of the Dance who danced
at Balboa Pavilion in the 1930's. Having been coerced into teaching
at many current day Balboa Events he keeps the energy of swing alive!
He continues to dance in Southern California and never misses the
Scola & Joel
2004 American Lindy Hop Champion Fast Dance
Him: Organizer of the Balboa Rendezvous
home of the International Balboa Championships & Balboa Followers
Villa & Jofflyn Valencia
2005/06 Nor Cal Charleston Champs
Founders of Bobbysocks Brigade!
2007-2008 Nor Am Same Sex Swing Champ
2007 1st place Bal Jill @ SF Bal Fest
Original Swedish Swingers responsible for
bringing Frankie across the globe and original Rhythm Hot Shots
American Lindy Hop, U.S. Open, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Virginia
State Open, Georgia State Open, and Swingin' New England Champion
& Gabriella Cook
(Seattle & Denver)
She: 1st International Balboa Champion (Gabby with Joon)
Nor Am Balboa Jill Champion
He: National Jitterbug Champ
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Champ
Midwest Lindy Fest Champ
Reno Dance Sensation Champ
Rhythmic Arts Festival Champ
Co-founded, choreographed and coached 23 Skidoo!
& Rebecka DecaVita
from Uppsala, Sweeden!
several competitions both together and individually (i.a. Stockholm
Open & Sweden Balboa Weekend to name a few). Perform in 'Swingkatten'
and 'Swedish Swing Society', the two largest swing dance associations
in Sweden. Teach Black Bottom, Breakaway,
Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Swing, Shag, Big Apple & more info
Keat & Jeremy Oth
2007 US Open "Fast Dance" Champs
2007 North American Lindy Champs
2006 Northern California Bal Champs
Lebeau & Zack Richard
2007 Strictly Balboa Champions-Canadian Swing
2004, '05, '06, '07 Showcase-Canadian Swing Championships
Six national tours encompassing: Lincoln Centre’s
Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Centre, Arthur Fiedler
and the Boston Pops in an appearance on PBS Television, Candid Camera
appearances, a White House performance for President Ford. Worked
with Jim Hansen and Frank Oz!
Choreographer and performer: Copa Cabana Club, Waldorf Astoria,
Hilton, Plaza Hotels, NYC and appeared on PBS television special
with Gegory Hines! Studied & performed with Tap masters and
Kang & Ben Yau
(filling in when they can...)
2005 National Jitterbug Showcase Champions
2005 ALHC qualifier-NE Lindy Hop Champions
Northern California Lindy Hop Champions
2009 National Jitterbug Championships, Camp Hollywood,
amateur jill, 1st place
by the bay, jill, 1st place