Chicago, August 18-20, 2017

Shani Brown

Shani is a Balboa and Swing dancer from sunny southern California.  She is best known for her syncopated Balboa footwork, enthusiasm for fast music and passion for pure balboa.  As an instructor, she strives to make dancing simple and effortless with a strong emphasis on rhythms, basic technique and connection to develop each person’s body awareness and confidence to innovate.

For over 10 years, Shani has dedicated herself to learning, preserving and sharing her love for Balboa and other vernacular jazz dances.  10267763_10152392100867888_2685055620860830715_n-200x300She began swing dancing in 1998, but became obsessed after moving to Orange County in 2000.  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, Dean Raferty and many others.  And although she has competed and won several national competitions, she mainly enjoys social dancing.