Beginner Charleston

November 2016: Intro to 1920's Charleston

What: 3-week beginner swing dance series "Intro to 1920's Charleston"

When: Thursdays from 7:30pm until 8:30pm, Nov 2016, beginning on Nov 3rd
            Class dates:  Nov 3rd, 10th 17th (No class on Thanksgiving Day) 
Where: The Dance Space, 6004-A West Broad St, Richmond VA.

Instructors: Erica Vess & Ryan Lemar                

Cost: $15 per student if you register online (use the PayPal links below) or $25 at the door (if space is still available). Yes, for real: it's $15 for the whole 3 week series. BOOM!

IMPORTANT: Class size is limited and these classes often sell out (especially for ladies/follows). We highly encourage you to register online well ahead of time to ensure that you get a spot! Once all the spaces in the class have been sold, there will be no at-the-door registration available. 

Psssst......To those coming to this page from The Dance Space calendar: this page represents the current and correct information for the upcoming session, regardless of what is listed on their calendar.

What is Charleston?

Charleston is the precursor of Swing & Lindy Hop and began in the 1920's as the music of the day changed from sweet n' croony to hot and jazzy.  When you think roaring 20's and flappers, this is the dance you want! High energy, silly and full of fun, Charleston can be danced by yourself or with a partner.

About the class:

Never danced before? This class is for you!

Taken a few beginner classes but still lack confidence on the social floor? This class is for you, too!

Been taking our current Beginner Swing series and would like to add some Charleston to your repertoire? This class is also for you!

No partner or previous dance experience required.

In this 3-week unit, we will introduce students to the fundamentals of basic 1920's-style Charleston. This special unit will involve both solo and partnered dancing. The focus this month will be on learning simple, common Charleston patterns as solo movements first and then adapting them for partnered dancing. We will also focus on connecting with the music, developing good partnering skills and, most importantly, having fun!

Because each class will build on the material in the previous class, registration is for the whole series only. New students must attend the 1st class in order to participate.

(No drop-ins without prior instructor approval. If you are a new student, or have never done any Charleston before, you must attend the first class in order to participate in the series. Seriously. For really realz, y'all.)

Questions? Email us at This is the best and fastest way to contact us. Please do not call the Dance Space; they will be unable to answer your questions as we merely rent space from them.

Register Online:

You can register for yourself or for yourself and a dance partner in the same transaction.  (If you are registering a friend of the same dance role, please complete a separate registration for them, so that we have all their info and also so that our class roster is correct)

Current availability for this class series as of 8:30am Oct 20th:
Follows: 13
Leads: 13
These numbers are manually updated and may lag behind actual registrations.

Click here to Register Online

Registered studentsOur registration system sends out an almost instant confirmation email with all your information. Didn't receive one? Please check your spam folder first, then contact us at (You will also get a PayPal receipt once your payment is complete, sent from PayPal).

You'll also receive an email from us the day before the first class with everything you need to know. In the mean time, if there is something not already answered on this page or our Info for New Dancers page, please don't hesitate to contact us with questions. We can't wait to meet ya!

Refund Policy: Cancellations made before the 1st class of a series are eligible for a full refund. (Just please let us know ASAP if you know that you no longer can attend, so that we may offer that spot to someone else.) Once the series has begun, we are unable to refund you if you need to cancel for the entire month, but will happily transfer your registration to another month (please contact us at to set this up).

Once you start a series, no refund or credit is given for class absences.