Corey & Susan Manke
Corey and Susan Manke are Balboa and Swing dancers from Nashville, Tennessee. While Lindy Hop was their first passion, they soon discovered their true love of Balboa in 2004 fascinated with its connection, rhythms and partnering. They have spent over a decade studying the dance with many international instructors.
Corey and Susan are particularly drawn to the aesthetic, connection and feel of the original dancers. They strive to implement these elements into their own dance style and reference these dancers in their teaching in order to preserve the original dancers’ contribution to the dance floor.
They have been participants of The Balboa Experiment every year since 2010, where they have served as Guest Mentors, awarded “Honorary Fellows,” and became “Distinguished Fellows” in 2016. Corey and Susan have been instructors at All Balboa Weekend, Bal-ast Off, California Balboa Classic, Eastern Balboa Championships, Minor Swing and invited to teach at other regional, national and international events.
Corey and Susan have received placements at All Balboa Weekend, Bal-ast Off and are regular finalists in several national competitions. However, they enjoy the aspect of social dancing the most.