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Shani Brown

Shani is a Balboa and Swing dancer from sunny southern California. She is best known for her syncopated Balboa footwork, musicality and enthusiasm for following any move or rhythm thrown at her. As an instructor, she strives to make dancing simple and effortless with a strong emphasis on rhythms, efficient technique and connection to develop each person’s body awareness and confidence to innovate.

For over 15 years, Shani has dedicated herself to learning, preserving and sharing her love for Balboa and other vernacular jazz dances. She began swing dancing in San Diego in 1998 before moving to Orange Countywhere she discovered a vibrant world of vintage lifestyles, clothing, footage and social swing dancing. She was immediately attracted to the fast footwork of Balboa and began frequenting the dance floors of first-generation Southern California Balboa and Swing dancers. She is honored to have honed her social dance skills and footwork under the guidance of legendary dancers Willie Desatoff, Hal Takier, Bart Bartolo and many others. And although she has competed and placed in several national competitions, she mainly enjoys social dancing.


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