Get ready for sets by Mimi Liu, Michael Quisao, Adam Speen , Erica Vess, Omar Meyers and Qui Nguyen!
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)
Partnership and playfulness are the focus for Adam as a social dancer, creating a “yes and” environment for his partners and himself. As a DJ Adam strives to bring the same positive environment to the entire dance floor. Although he has a penchant for the great band leaders of the 30’s Adam’s set lists champion variety. The playfulness and variety of Jazz means every style and recording year is fair game. Adam loves having the opportunity to travel, teach, and play music for so many amazing people but you will find him his happiest on the social dance floor. Play any version of King Porter Stomp and just try to hold him back.
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)
Omar has been collecting music for Blues, Swing, and Soul since he was a lil dude. It wasn’t until after he started Lindy Hop did he decide to start getting people to dance. He began DJing in 2010. Since then, he has left-clicked tunes all over the world, in such locations as, Barcelona, Stockholm, and Seoul. Currently, he is a regular DJ in the DC/Baltimore area.
Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Qui Nguyen has always been in search of good music. From digging through dusty record store crates, to deep dives down the YouTube/Wikipedia rabbit hole, her motto has always been “if it moves you, it’s good music”. You can always catch her listening to and dancing close by the bandstand at any number of swing, balboa or blues events. You might even have danced to her DJ sets at various events such as Rhythm Is Our Business, GVLX, Jammin’ on the James, KLX, ATLX, I Heart Bal, or Dirt Cheap Blues. Not a stranger to the organizing side of swing events, Qui is also one of the master minds behind Richmond Lindy Exchange, and is super excited to be slinging some tunes alongside all of these excellent DJs!