Balboa Workshops with Annabel & Michael Quisao

Photo credit: American Vernacular/Braden Nesin

What: Multi-Level Balboa Workshops & Social Dance

WhenSaturday, March 25th 2023

Where: RVA Swing, 6114C Lakeside Ave, Henrico VA

Cost: Sliding Scale of $10 - $55

Instructors: Annabel & Michael Quisao

Format: This is a Rotating Partner format workshop. No partner is needed to sign up.

Pre-requisites: These workshops require prior experience with Balboa. See description for details.

COVID Safety:  Proof of 2022 or 2023 vaccination required prior to registration. Masks required. 

Advance registration is required (sorry, but no walk-ins for workshops)


11:30am - doors open

12pm - Explorations in Pure Bal

1:30pm - 30 minute break

2pm - Explorations in Bal Swing

3:30pm - open floor time/guided practice with Erica

4:30pm - doors close for dinner break

6:30pm - doors open for the dance

7pm - Beginner Swing lesson w/RVA Swing (included with registration)

8pm - Jumpin' at the Lakeside social dance w/DJ Qui Nguyen (included with registration)

10pm-ish - dance ends, doors closed

About the Workshops

Workshop 1: Pure Bal Exploration

Level: Novice and up

Pre-requisites:  must have prior experience with Pure Bal (close embrace Balboa). This is NOT a beginner class and will not be appropriate for those with no prior Balboa experience. If you are in our current Intro to Balboa class, this would be a good workshop for you!

Cost: Sliding Scale $10 - $30 (choose your price at registration)

In this 90 minute workshop, students will expand their knowledge of Pure Bal and starting thinking outside the box!  Learn how to listen to your partner and how to add subtle textures to your Pure Bal.


Leads: 9 of 12 spaces remaining

Follows: 9 of 12 spaces remaining

Workshop 2: Adventures in Bal-Swing

Level: Intermediate and up

Pre-requisites: must have previous experience with Bal-Swing (open position Balboa) including turns, lollies, out&ins, toss-outs, etc.  (Novice Bal dancers & students from our Intro to Balboa class: please note that Workshop 1 will NOT prepare you to take Workshop 2.)

This 2-hour workshop will focus on open-position "Bal-Swing" figures & concepts.  Students will learn how to utilize stretch & rotation to create effortless, dynamic movements with their partner. 

As in Part 1, Annabel & Michael want to strike a balance between teaching moves & technique and allowing students to work with their partner to explore their own personal expression of the dance.

Cost: Sliding Scale $10 - $30  (choose your price at registration)


Leads: 7 of 10 spaces remaining 

Follows: 7 of 10 spaces remaining

About Your Instructors

Annabel Quisao is known far and wide for her huge grins and prodigious laughter on the dance floor. Always a student of music and a lover of swinging jazz, she was addicted to the communication and spontaneity of Lindy Hop upon her first exposure to it in 2003 at Colgate University. She continued to delve into swing dancing while at Penn State where she was also introduced to Balboa, Blues dancing, and Collegiate Shag. Through the years, she has social danced, taught, and competed in equal measure. She enjoys the challenge and camaraderie of competition, taking home top prizes in such events as the International Lindy Hop Championships, All Balboa Weekend, and the California Balboa Classic. Her enthusiasm for teaching began even earlier, first as a music theory instructor, and then as a swing dance instructor and curriculum developer in her local scenes from Penn State to Memphis to Boston to Washington, DC. In her teaching, Annabel emphasizes technique and critical thinking to give students the tools to explore their own abilities, inspire their partners, and have a good time!

After growing up as a wallflower at school dances, Michael Quisao went to his first swing dance in 2006 and has been captivated by social dancing ever since. His love of swing music and social dancing has taken him across the country to dance, compete, and DJ swing music; he strives to share the joys of swing dance and swinging rhythm with everybody he meets.

Michael believes that the music is the heart of the dance and that attentive partnership and comfortable technique are the keys that unlock the door to exhilarating and creative dances.

Register Online

advance registration is required for workshops

Workshop registration will close at 10am on Saturday March 25th

New students must verify their up-to-date vaccination status by emailing with a photo of your vaccination card. Card must show a dose dated 2022 or 2023 to be accepted
We'll add you to our list, send you the registration password, and delete your photo for your privacy. 

(If you've already sent us your card showing a dose in 2022 or 2023, you should already have the password: no need to show us your card again) 😘

Cancellations & Refunds:

Cancel your registration by emailing no later than March 24th to receive a full refund.  Due to our COVID safety protocols, workshop registrations are not transferable to another person.