Monica’s first exposure to swing dance was in a college social dance class in the early 90’s, though she had previous dance experience through performing and teaching colorguard (marching band pageantry) during high school, college, and beyond. Re-visiting East Coast Swing in the late 90’s inevitably lead to West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, which was all over Santa Cruz at the time!
Once bitten by the Jitterbug there was no going back, so it eventually lead to dancing in San Francisco, Southern California, Ohio, Seattle, Phoenix and even London. She’s had the privilege of dancing with and learning the Shim Sham from Lindy Hop Legend Frankie Manning. Through the early 2000’s she took from swing champs of that era: Shawn and Debbie, Erik and Slyvia, Kim and David and Slyvia Sykes, eventually discovering** Balboa. She loves all things swing–the music the fashion the movies; even the cars–but her dance passion is Balboa. She has been privileged to meet some of the original Balboa dancers as well as “Old Timers” from movie clips; it has truly been an adventure.
Monica has long-dreamed of sharing her love of Balboa to the Santa Cruz community, and is so grateful for this new swing dance venue! It’s great to see the Jitterbug take a bite of new dancers, and to reconnect with dancers from way back.
**Monica did not actually discover Balboa.