Get ready for sets by Mimi Liu, Michael Quisao, Erica Vess, Qui Nguyen and more!
A little background on our talented staff:
After the Lindy bug bit her good in 2010, swing, jazz, and blues have found permanent residences in Mimi’s heart and she likes it that way! She plays music that inspires you to move and brings out the creativity in you, making sure you’re feeling all sorts of good by the end of her set! (photographer credit: Steve Kim)
Michael Quisao hails from Dallas, TX and is based out of Washington, DC. After growing up as a wallflower at school dances, Michael took his first swing dance lesson in 2006 and has been captivated by swinging jazz and social dancing ever since. His love of swing music and social dancing has taken him across the country to dance, compete, teach, and DJ for dancers; 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. Michael has DJ’d for dancers at All Balboa Weekend, Lindy Focus, DCLX, I *Heart* Bal, The Balboa Experiment, and is the Head DJ at the Jam Cellar in Washington, DC. (photographer credit: Voon Chew)
Artist, DJ, studio owner, and the mastermind behind I *Heart* Balboa, Erica Vess wears many hats (literally and figuratively), but her most important job is keeping you on the dance floor. With an ear for danceability, a keen sense of pacing, and a heapin’ helping of good-time nerdiness, Erica’s musical Kung Fu is strong. In addition to spinning tunes at Richmond’s regular weekly dances, she has been a featured DJ at Lindy Focus, Jammin’ on the James, The Lindustrial Revolution, and Beantown Camp. Erica loves to take dancers on a journey: her idea of the perfect set is a cross between a swingin’ speakeasy and a rockin’ juke joint, with an all-you-can-eat buffet of awesome on the side. Hey y’all, pass the gravy! (photographer credit: Jordan Justus-Herring)
Long before setting foot on her first dance floor, Qui has always been in search of good music. From scouting out local shows, to digging through dusty record store crates, her motto was, if it moved her, it was good music. So, it was quite natural for her to fall in love with swing music and swing dancing. A lover of the music first, and the movement a close second, you can always catch her listening and dancing close to the bandstand at any number of swing, balboa or blues events. You might even find her behind the DJ booth, either in her hometown of Richmond, VA, or at dance events throughout the region.