July and Stan at the 2017 California Balboa Classic
Photo courtesy of Sal Perez
Stan & July co-founders, co-conspirators-in-chief
Despite both parents being ballroom dancers, it wasn’t until 1997 that a convoluted series of events led Stan from an unhealthy obsession with the Squirrel Nut Zippers to an unhealthy obsession with swing dancing. He attended his first Balboa workshops sometime in the early aughts, but only became completely obsessed with the dance after attending All Balboa Weekend in 2008. He loves the connection aspects of the dance — between the lead and follow and between the dancers and the music — playing with musicality and sharing the joy of the dance with each new partner. When he’s not obsessing about his connection, Stan enjoys running, chasing after flying plastic discs in an organized team environment, and standing on buoyant boards as they are propelled on water by natural tidal forces. Preferably in tropical climates.
July is an unrepentant nerd who loves science fiction, food, lindy hop and Balboa, not necessarily in that order. She started dancing around 2000, went to her first exchange in 2001, and has never looked back. She came to swing dancing late in life, without athleticism or dance experience, and hopes that she can use that experience to her students’ benefit as a teacher. She married Stan even though at the time he didn’t dance Balboa.
They founded Boston Balboa in 2010 to build a local Balboa community so they could dance with more people at home.
Cassie & Kayla co-coordinators, captains of sass and sweetness, suppliers of snacks
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