Jo and Mel are dance enthusiasts who dedicate their time to encourage swing dancing in the United Kingdom. Being familiar with lindy hop and blues, their current passion is mastering Balboa and Bal-swing - a journey of continuous learning.

They started salsa dancing in Singapore and after moving to the United Kingdom in 2000 began their journey in swing dancing. After dancing lindy hop, charleston and blues for several years they then fell in love with Balboa and became dedicated to learning this dance from 2008. However, they still love and continue dancing all styles to this day.

Jo has been athletic since she was a teenager and currently holds a brown belt in Xen-Do Martial Arts. Mel, who also accomplished medals in various sports, was a break-dancer and a DJ in his younger years. From this personal experience, they apply the techniques of physical motion to help them understand and master the nature of dance movement.

Currently, you can find them social dancing and competing at various events across Europe and the United States. They also teach Balboa/Bal-swing and facilitate pilot sessions throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Their “down-to-earth” and positive attitude helps to make the classes they teach not only informative but also very enjoyable. Mel still continues his love for music as a DJ and emcee at dance events across Europe and the United States. Their aspirations to be balboa ambassadors stems from their drive to continuously learn and share the passion and knowledge of dance to enthusiasts alike.

Mel & Jo's social dance Barcelona Balboa Weekend 2019


Mel extends his love for music and dance in being a disc jockey. He began spinning vinyl records as a teenage mix-master, dj’ing dance music (hip-hop, house, EDM, pop, etc.) at night clubs, weddings and house parties in Canada.

After moving to the United Kingdom, Mel now devotes his DJ’ing to Jazz, Soul and R&B music. He specialises in 1930-1960’s big band but also mixes in some other genres and local talent to keep things interesting. For over 15 years Mel has been a guest, regular and head DJ, emcee and co-ordinator for various events and organisations throughout Europe and North America.

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photography by Sandra Polo