Abigail Browning and Adam Speen
Beginning in 1998, Abigail Browning fell in love with the grace and athleticism of swing dancing, and has pursued the art and history of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Charleston ever since. With an upbringing in classical piano, she dances to express the intricacies and joy of jazz as an art form. A poet with an MFA in Creative Writing, Abigail enjoys using metaphors as she teaches. She fosters creativity and musicality for follows and leads through technique, and emphasizes body control through isolation, repetition, and balance while having fun and understanding the historical background of the dance.
As well as teaching and organizing, Abigail is a passionate DJ, having spun at weekly dances and at national events from Lindy Focus in Asheville, North Carolina to Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden. She has since taught and DJed in Washington, DC at The Jam Cellar, and now lives and teaches locally in North Carolina.
Adam strives to provide a unique perspective combining classic swing dance technique with a modern ideology. Partnership and playfulness are the focus for Adam on the dance floor, creating a “yes and” environment for his partners and himself. He brings the same positive environment to the classroom where conditioning drills, visual media, and demonstrations by students are commonplace.
Adam loves having the opportunity to travel and teach so many amazing students but you will find him his happiest on the social dance floor. When not dancing, Adam is pursuing a doctorate in Toxicology at UNC.
Erica Vess has been a local favorite in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia since teaching her first class series in 2013. Together with her husband, Ryan Lemar, she owns and runs RVA Swing, a dance studio focused entirely on vintage dance, including Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz and (of course) Balboa. She’s also the creative force behind I *Heart* Balboa and all those inexplicable laser cat shirts. Specializing in teaching beginner dancers, Erica enjoys creating a supportive classroom environment with a focus on partner dynamics (and a healthy dose of physical comedy and terrible puns). This is her first year at Lollies & Lemonade and she couldn’t be more thrilled to get the beginners shuffling down the road of Balboa awesomeness.
Robert David Jemian
Robert David started teaching with AUSDA out of necessity, but quickly discovered that he absolutely loved it. When he made the move to Atlanta, he was a part of the monthly teacher rotation for Down South Swing. Now that he’s back in Auburn, he’s been teaching for workshops around the Southeast; most recently in Huntsville, Auburn, Pensacola, and Atlanta. His unique way of eliminating confusion with clear and precise technique breakdowns, and keeping his students at ease with a little humor is what sets him apart. He loves exploring the connection two people can create on the dance floor, and firmly believes that anything is possible with the right connection.
Kadie and Joe Pangburn
Kadie & Joe are known for their cuddly, partner-centric dancing. With a strong passion for connection and communication, they strive to make every dance a two-way conversation that promotes both individuality and collaboration between each other and the music.
For the past 7 years, the two have been passionately studying, preserving and sharing their love of Balboa, both as local teachers/mentors and as regional instructors. They are the creators and organizers of Bal-Ast Off and also operate a bi-weekly balboa practice group out of their home.
A regular finalist at national and international Balboa competitions, Joe recently won 1st place in the 2016 AM J&J at All Balboa Weekend and together they have been participants of the Balboa Experiment for the past 4 years, where they were honored in 2017 as Honorary Fellows.
As instructors they are known for their ability to break down complex concepts into easily understood ideas. They enjoy sharing their love for balboa by bringing fun, laughter and the occasional spontaneous song into the classroom.