Jingle Bal * 2018 DJS

DJs to Inspire You to Get Your Shuffle On,

From the standards and small group recordings of the era that did it best, to the new spin on old favorites in the present, we have much love for this music. After all, it’s the music that moves us. Saturday night’s social dance features djs with heart (and extensive mp3 libraries).



Our DJ for Friday Night’s Slow Bal & Chill Dance Party has experience in engaging dancefans of slow jazz and close embrace dances. In addition to teaching and dancing slow balboa, she and Joe also spearheaded the Snugglebug Weekend.

Kadie fell in love with jazz and the world of swing through her childhood obsession with old black and white movies from the 1930s and 40s. For her, music, especially jazz, is all about emotion and story telling and dancing is about getting the chance to express those emotions and stories through our bodies and experience them with another human being. Her music is filled with moody minor keys, passionate solos, energetic rhythms, mystery and most importantly, drama. Favoring swing tunes from the 1930s and 40s, some of her favorite musicians include Artie Shaw, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.



Our Saturday Night DJ, hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Emily Schuhmann’s been inspiring dancers to find their voice and connection with music that is as playful, spirited, intelligent, and conversational as she is!

She loves a good mix of tunes tailored to the event and the dancers from lindy to balboa, Charleston, lindy, and maybe even a spice of tra-jazz or jug. She’s been absolutely obsessed with vintage music, dance, and fashion since the early 2000’s and brings that passion for authentic voice to her song selections.

You’ll find her infectious smile and love of dance coming across on the floor and also adding a bounce to the music you’ll enjoy when she’s in the booth!

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Joe Helfenberger

Our DJ for the Sunday Tea Dance is Joe Helfenberger, whose DJ-ing resume includes Hawkeye Swing Festival, Hawkeye Lindy Exchange, Spring Fling Balboa Weekend, and LAFLX.

Your local balboa enthusiast from Indianapolis joins us at Jingle Bal to play some of his favorite music for you. It has been said that he loves Balboa more than butter pecan ice cream, which is saying a lot because it’s his favorite flavor. Joe started DJing in 2013 in Iowa and became obsessed with swing music ever since. His favorite go-to swing artists include Ella Fitzgerald / Chick Webb, Artie Shaw and Lionel Hampton. He loves to geek out over swing music, come start a conversation!

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