M I C K E Y & K E L L Y
Mickey Fortanasce and Kelly Arsenault have been teaching, dancing and competing together since 2005. In the past decade their innovation and showmanship coupled with their love of both dance history and theory have led them to become internationally recognized Balboa teachers and competitors.
While competing together Mickey and Kelly have achieved victories at numerous competitions including Balboa Rendezvous' International Balboa Championship (2006, 2007 and 2010) as well as All Balboa Weekend's American Classic Balboa Championship (2008) and routine division (2011). Other winnings include first place in the Balboa divisions at both the International Lindy Hop Championships (2010) and the European Swing Dance Championship (2011) and 1st and 2nd place last years California Balboa Classic Invitational Balboa Jack and Jill.
Mickey and Kelly have taught extensively all over the world and have been featured in newspapers and magazines like Time Out New York, The New York Sun, Good Day New York and on television programs like Good Day New York and NBC's 1st Look.
Mickey and Kelly both help keep the love of balboa alive running balboa scenes in their respective cities Knoxville, TN and New York, NY. They also provide an extensive series of online Balboa programs through their website
Kelly, from Knoxville, TN, has been dancing as long as she can remember. As a child she took ballet and jazz, but she was especially drawn to modern dance. At age 11, Kelly joined the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble. She was with the modern dance company for 6 years, performing around the globe including Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia.
Kelly attended the University of Tennessee from 1997-2001, during which time she was a member of the UT Dance Company. She was also a dancer and choreographer for Circle Modern Dance Company. In 2003, Kelly moved to New York City where she continued her modern dance career performing with Von Ussar Danceworks and MAD About Dance. When she met Mickey in 2004, she discovered her love for balboa and lindy hop; and so began their amazing friendship and partnership.
Mickey began swing dancing in Los Angeles in '99. A year later he was teaching local swing classes at NYU. After graduating he worked with local teams in New York including Varsity Swing and Hop Swing and a Jump and later started running his weekly dance White Heat (something he's been meaning to start up again).
Mickey and Kelly Arsenault have been dancing and competing since about 2005. During this time, their innovation and showmanship, coupled with their love of dance history and theory, have led them to become internationally recognized teachers and competitors in both Lindy Hop and Balboa. Together their winnings include repeat victories at the Balboa Redezvous for 2006, 2007 and 2010. They are 2008 ABW American Balboa Classic Champions as well as winners of the 2010 ILHC and ESDC Balboa Strictly division. Mickey and Kelly have taught extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, Korea, and Australia.