Mel and Jo are dance enthusiasts who dedicate their time to encourage swing dancing in the United Kingdom. Being familiar with lindy hop and blues, their current passion is mastering Balboa and Bal-swing - a journey of continuous learning.
They started salsa dancing in Singapore and after moving to the United Kingdom in 2000, they began their journey in swing dancing. After dancing lindy hop, charleston and blues for several years they then fell in love with Balboa and became dedicated to learning this dance from 2008. However, they still love and continue dancing all styles to this day.
Jo has been athletic since she was a teenager and currently holds a brown belt in Xen-Do Martial Arts. Mel, who also accomplished medals in various sports, was a break-dancer and a DJ in his younger years. From this personal experience, they apply the techniques of physical motion to help them understand and master the nature of dance movement. Both of them also currently practice Tai Chi martial arts to help with body conditioning and training.
Currently, you can find them social dancing and competing at various events across Europe and the United States. They also teach Balboa/Bal-swing throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Their “down-to-earth” and positive attitude helps to make the classes they teach not only informative but also very enjoyable. Mel still continues his love for music as a DJ and emcee at dance events across Europe and North America.
Their aspirations to be balboa ambassadors stems from their drive to continuously learn and share the passion and knowledge of dance to enthusiasts alike.
JENN LEE started swing dancing in 2001 and has loved being a part of this amazing community ever since. If there is great jazz music playing you’ll find her there, dancing until the wee hours with the most contented smile on her face.
Her devotion to swing dancing was first as a student, then later as an avid competitor, organizer, advocate, and now as a popular instructor. Her teaching style reflects her creativity and playfulness. She has a strong music background and uses this along with a collaborative approach in her classes.
Jenn is one of the few professional follows who did not develop her craft with a dedicated partner, as a result she has a dance style that works with many people and is able to work with multiple dance partners for teaching and collaboration. Her film titled “One Girl and Two Boys” won the Jazz Dance Film Festival, and she holds many titles including 1st place titles from the California Balboa Classic, All Balboa Weekend, the Eastern Balboa Championships, Hot Rhythm Holiday, the Snowball and, Lindy Focus.
Jon and Cris began to dance together in 2007 and started to give classes as a team in Barcelona in 2012. They have travelled the world to learn and train in many different styles of dance and their specialty is Swing. They teach Balboa, Slow Balboa, Lindy Hop, Blues & Slow Dance, Rock & Roll, Solo Jazz and Dances of the 50s-60s among other things. They want their students to dance and to be able to dance with anyone and everyone, they believe in social dancing. They are easy to approach and communicate with and their classes balance technical aspects and fun. They make difficult things easy. Both Jon and Cris are continually investigating new ways of teaching and coaching, taking inspiration from the past so that we can all be our own dancers now and in the future. As dancers they mix a cocktail of musicality, elegance and enjoyment with a pinch of craziness.
They gave their first classes in Zaragoza in 2013 and created the project "Swing & Co" in 2017. Their dance school Swing & Co opened its doors in 2018 in Zaragoza, the Spanish city which they now both call home. They combine management and regular weekly classes in Swing & Co with travelling to many different cities to give weekend workshops. They have won several Balboa competitions in Europe and have also placed at the Great Lakes Balboa Escape 2017 in Chicago and All Balboa Weekend 2019 in Cleveland.