Um... It's Sylvia Sykes ok? What else needs to be said?

Sylvia is California's premiere Swing Dance Instructor and Choreographer.

Sylvia, an internationally recognized authority on most types of Swing Dance, has been teaching and judging for over 30 years throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Sylvia studied with the great swing dancer Dean Collins, and was a member of his last dance troupe. She studied Balboa with Maxie Dorf and spent years learning from the greatest Southern California Balboa dancers. Sylvia is an inductee into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame, as well as the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. She is a U S Open champion, was the NASDE top point winner, two time California Balboa Champion, took third place in the National Carolina Shag Dance Championships, and has won many Strictly Swing and Jack & Jill dance contests through the U.S. in Lindy, Balboa and West Coast Swing. She was twice voted Swing Dance Teacher of the Year, and is a 4 time Feather Award winner as Best Female Lindy Dancer in the U.S.

She has performed with Count Basie, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Artie Shaw, and Les Brown, and appeared on many television shows such as American Bandstand and Gotta Dance for the American Movie Channel.

A "teacher's teacher", Sylvia instructs teachers worldwide in Balboa and Lindy ...come study with the best!

Nick Williams has embodied the traditionalist style of swing dancing since 1998. He is known for his "fast and fancy" footwork. His understanding of Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, and Balboa come from learning from the original masters. His accomplishments thus far include: 2001 Jitterbug Jam, 2002 and 2003 National Jitterbug Championships, and the 2003 American Lindy Hop Championships. His inspiration for the dances comes from a desire for accurate authentication, and can be seen in his great lines, general presence and command on the dance floor. Above all, he exhibits musicality, creativity, and continuity. Nick is a true leader for the next generation of swing dancers, as well as an accomplished choreographer. He is also co-founder of The Rhythm Rollers.

David currently resides in Maryland, dancing and teaching full-time in Maryland, Virginia, and the Washington, DC metro area. He has competed and placed at the National Jitterbug Championships, the American Lindy Hop Championships, and the North Atlantic Dance Championships, to name a few. He is also an avid collector of vintage Lindy Hop and Balboa footage on film. David learned to dance and continues to develop his understanding of dance through extensive research, collaboration, and social dancing around the country.

The French call her "le talon du chocolat," and refer to him solely as "Booby." Such praise only begins to describe this couple who teach classes in everything from balboa to hand-to-hand lindy combat. Together they took 2nd place medals at the American Classic Balboa Championships in 2006 and, with the cunning use of chloroform and an Ayn Rand paperback, were also able to get one of the first place trophies. (Sorry, David). Kate is also the Intergalactic Balboa Champion 2005 and Bobby the ACBC Jack and Jill Balboa Champion 2005. They are happiest, however, in the class room or on the social dance floor. When they aren't falling down, Kate spends her time stealing follower's footwork variations and climbing trees, and Bobby continues to work on a novel about a vampire that goes to college.

Mickey - as a professional Tough Guy, Super Hero and Spelling Bee Champion, finding time for dance was not easy for Mickey Fortanasce, nor was it an accepted activity among his fellow Crime fighters. But having defeated most evil doers in the New York City metropolitan area and having and become bored with their monotonous monologueing coupled with their stubborn refusal to except his superior skill and ability, he made his way down a different path.

In search of more powerful adversary Mickey Fortanasce began dancing THE lindy hop and THE balboa in the Summer of '99. For years he competed and worked tirelessly towards a goal he could neither see nor reach. Battling opponents whose dorkdom surpassed even his own. Completely unprepaired and surrounded by people who probably wanted to kick his ass, Mickey was certain he'd found his way back to high school.

It wasn't until 2004 Mickey while walking the dark and dusted streets of New York that Mickey bore witness to an freak accident when a Mac truck collided with a two men carrying a large pain of glass. At that moment a Vat of glowing green ooze toppled from the truck and onto a unsuspecting super-model. Remembering the well known Vat of ooze to Super Hero ratio, Mickey decided to ask the girl to join him on his quest only to find out later that in fact, she had been given the super human power of Dance Ass Kicking.

Together MIckey and Kelly have competed and won numerous competitions in Lindy Hop and Balboa, including most recently receiving the prestigious title of 'BEST DANCERS EVER' at the 'Mickey wins Everything Invitational 2008'. Mickey and Kelly have taught accross the US and in Europe and have also been featured in dance articles in Time Out New York Magazine, The New York Times and Performed freestyle swing demo on Good Day New York and been interviewed and filmed for a story on balboa aired on HDTV.

Kelly - Kelly Arsenault is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and she has been dancing as long as she can remember. As a child she took ballet and jazz, but she was especially drawn to modern dance. At age 11, Kelly joined the Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble. She was with the modern dance company for 6 years, performing around the globe including Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Kelly attended the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) from 1997-2001, during which time she was a member of the UT Dance Company. One highlight from those days was being chosen to perform with the company at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in 1998. Her time in college opened her eyes to a variety of modern dance styles and techniques including Graham, Horton, and Limon. Even after graduating, Kelly came back to perform with UTDC and she was commissioned to choreograph a piece for the company in 2003.

Following college Kelly joined Circle Modern Dance Company for which she was a dancer and choreographer. She also joined the Knoxville Swing Dance Association and took workshops whenever she had the chance. Finally in 2003, Kelly decided to bite the bullet and pursue her dance dreams in New York.

During her four-year residency in NY, Kelly joined two modern dance companies: Von Ussar Danceworks and MAD About Dance. She was also fortunate enough to meet her amazing dance partner Mickey Fortanasce. Mickey and Kelly have taught accross the US and in Europe and have also been featured in dance articles in Time Out New York, The New York Sun and Performed freestyle swing demo on Good Day New York and been interviewed and filmed for a story on balboa aired on HDTV.

Kelly continues to pursue her love of dance and teaching in her new home city of Washington, DC.

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Holly is know for her grace and strength in lugging Chris around the floor due to his sack of potato style of dance. Chris is known for his sack of potato style of dance. They have competed and taught across the country and are your hosts for EBC. For more information or booking, please click over to:

JOEL PLYS began his swing dance career in the summer of 1998 on a date in Chicago. He learned very quickly from countless workshops and non-stop dancing and brought his skills to Cleveland, OH.

Joel taught swing full-time out in Cleveland, OH for 4 years (1999-2002) and started Get Hep Swing, LTD He co-created the very first All Balboa Weekend with Valerie Salstrom (June 2001) He moved to San Diego in 2002 and taught all over the world with Alison Scola. Joel continues to travel the globe sharing his love of Swing dancing.

Joel has a high quality, energetic approach to the dance that makes every lesson with him and any partner a blast! As a regular teacher at major events all over the world, his down to earth, enthusiastic attitude is contagious. He has taught all over the US (26 states and counting) as well as Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Scotland and Sweden.

He has a full knowledge of various styles from years of study that he shares in his instruction of Balboa, Lindy, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Jazz Movement, and Pre-Swing dances (Texas Tommy, One Step, etc)

To 'preserve' a dance, you must understand the technique and characteristic fundamentals of that dance. For a dance to 'evolve', you must be open to everyone adding creative elements to that dance. Joel encourages students to study and be open to "differences" so that they can make the dance their own.

He embodies these qualities in his instruction and dancing while remembering the true reason we dance - for FUN!

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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.

Since 1998, Matt has been honing his dance skills; starting with East Coast, he quickly moved into Lindy Hop and other Swing-era dances--with a very short detour into Ballroom. He's been heavily influenced by Jeremy Otth, Marty Lau, and Peter Strom; has studied under Steven Mitchell, Frankie Manning, Carla Heiney and Valerie Salstrom, Nick Williams and David Rehm. In addition to teaching for Valerie for the past four years, he's helped choreograph Hustle and award winning Swing routines. He strives to bring solid fundamentals and just-the-right amount of connection to Lindy Hop and Balboa while creating room for musicality and follows to play. Matt has been an instructor at Boogie By The Bay, the Eastern Balboa Championships, Canadian Balboa Championships, and Dance Renaissance. He competes regularly in Balboa and Lindy Hop. He was also a stand-in for Kevin Bacon in Footloose.

Despite Susan’s desire to learn balboa, Corey first hated the dance until he saw it done in all its glory one fateful year at Camp Hollywood, and together, they have been learning & dancing it for 7 years. They are one of the few balboa instructors in the southeast and have been teaching workshops & private lessons for several years. Their focus is to spread balboa like a plaque across the country…but in a good way…starting with organizing the Nashville Balboa Experience. They are most comfortable on the social dance floor, teaching & participating in workshops, instigating late night shenanigans and occasionally competing. Most notably, they took 3rd place in the American Classic Balboa Championship 2009 Amateur Strictly and Corey took 1st place in the 2010 Amateur Jack & Jill. Corey also holds the highly coveted EBC "Jackass" award for 2008 and 2009….which he would be happy to pass on to someone else this year.

Corey and Susan were honored to be participants of The Experiment in 2010 and 2011, dancing and learning with their balboa peers from across the world. As a constant student of balboa, their strength is relating their own dance struggles (and accomplishments), so students will experience success sooner in their own dancing and create their own personal style.

They are honored to be a part of this year’s EBC instructor line-up, along with some of their personal dance mentors, and look forward to dancing with you.

Heather Ballew has studied all things swing dance 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 (San Diego), Provence Swing Festival (Aix, France), Beantown Summer Camp (Boston), Rock That Swing (Germany), Twin Cities Balboa Festival (Minneapolis), and Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout (Denver).

Chad started swing dancing in 2008. He disliked swing music when he started because he only new neo-swing. However the joy of dancing, learning, and helping others to grow attracts him to swing dancing in a big way. Chad was elated to find tons of swing music to enjoy along his swing dancing journey. Chad regularly teaches in Texas for three different swing organizations including BalAustin. Chad values learning and social dancing over competing, but does have the following accolades.

Second place - Balboa Jack and Jill - Dance Manhatten, New York 2011 Finals - Balboa Jack and Jill - LindyFocus 2010 Third place - Amateur Balboa Jack and Jill - Twin Cities Balboa Festival 2010

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Since 2007 David and Chelsea have crafted a dance partnership dedicated to Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Lindy Hop. They are especially known for their boundless enthusiasm, musicality, and creativity on and off the dance floor, and they excel at breaking down mechanics in a way that is accessible to dancers of all levels and learning styles. Their dance accomplishments include 1st place at the 2010 Amateur ACBC at All Balboa Weekend, finalists at the 2010 Eastern Balboa Championships Open Classic and Intergalactic, 1st place at the 2009 Canadian Shag Championships, as well as many Jack & Jill placements in Balboa and Shag. They have taught at events such as the Canadian Balboa Championships, Hot Rhythm Holiday, Shag Explosion, and others. They reside in Washington, DC.

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