Teni Lopez-Cardenas Lindy Hop & Balboa Instructor & Performer
My full-length bio: Graceful and fiery. Feminine yet dynamic. Known for her swivels. Teni Lopez-Cardenas is an accomplished competitor, teacher, and performer, and has the pleasure of working with many well-known leads and teams. In the classroom, Teni maintains a fun and accessible attitude while focusing on the importance of connection, body awareness, and technique. Her passion for the dance shines through in her teaching, and she strives to instill a sense of playfulness while encouraging her students to develop their own personal style. To achieve these goals, she makes a lot of sound effects, draws pictures in the air, makes faces, and generally just makes a fool of herself.
Teni is happiest when dancing her heart out, both socially and in competitions and performances; she has performed for events such as All Balboa Weekend, the Great Southwest Lindyfest, and Camp Jitterbug’s Jump Session Show. On the competition circuit, Teni is one of the few unpartnered follows who consistently places in top Lindy Hop and Balboa divisions at many prestigious events including the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, American Classic Balboa Championships, American Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy Focus, Eastern Balboa Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, and Lindy on the Rocks.
My abbreviated bio: Teni Lopez-Cardenas is a dynamic yet feminine balboa and lindy hop dancer who has the pleasure of working with a variety of top leaders. Through an accessible and fun teaching style, Teni focuses on the importance of connection while maintaining personal expression. She is happiest when dancing her heart out, both socially and in competitions. In the competition circuit, Teni has made a name for herself as one of the few unpartnered follows who consistently places in top balboa and lindy hop divisions at many prestigious events, including ILHC, ABW, EBC, and Camp Jitterbug.