Beginner Swing

March 2017: Beginner 6-Count Swing

What: 4-week beginner swing dance series "Intro to 6-Count Swing"

When: Tuesdays, 8:15pm until 9:15pm March 2017, beginning on March 7th
            Class dates:  March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Where: RVA Swing Studio 6114C Lakeside Ave, Henrico VA

Pre-requisites: None.

Instructors: Erica Vess and Ryan Lemar            

Cost: $30 per student if you register online or $40 at the door (if space is still available).

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. 

What is Swing? What is Lindy Hop?

Lindy Hop is the original swing dance (and often the terms "swing" and "Lindy Hop" are used interchangeably).  It originated in Harlem's Savoy Ballroom in the 1920s and 30s and reflects the energy and excitement of the hard-driving swing music popular at the time. Swing dancing/Lindy Hop is made up of both 6 & 8-count moves: we split these topics into two separate units (to minimize brain explosions) but they are all part of the same dance. You can start with either beginner series, as long as you start on week 1.

Check out some high level dancers bustin' out some fun dance moves in this great video! (There is a lot of fancy stuff going on in this video here, because these are masters-level dancers. Rest assured, our intro series will be a gentle introduction designed for those with no previous experience! We will give you some basic building blocks to have fun on the social floor.)

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!

Already taken our Beginner Lindy Hop series and would like to add some 6-count moves to your repertoire? This class is also for you!

No partner or previous dance experience required.

In this 4-week unit, we will introduce students to the fundamentals of swing dance/lindy hop.  The focus this month will be on building comfort with basic rhythms, learning common 6 count moves, 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 swing/lindy hop 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.

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 our class roster is correct).

Current availability for this class series as of 9am on Feb 20th:
These totals are manually updated, and may lag behind actual registrations.

Follows: 5 spaces remaining
Leads: 8 spaces remaining

Click here to register online

Registered studentsOnce you hit submit, our 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:  

Registered for a series and can no longer attend? Please let us know by emailing  We can only issue refunds or class credits to students who notify us of cancellations before the series starts.

--Cancellations made at least one day 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.)

--Cancellations received on the day of the 1st class are eligible for a refund, minus a $5 late-cancel fee per registration cancelled OR a class credit for a future series. Please indicate your choice when you notify us of your cancellation.

--In the case of no-shows with no cancellation notification, no refunds or class credits will be issued. (Did you have an emergency? Email us up to 24 hours past class start and let us know and you can still get your class credit or partial refund.)

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

Shoe Policy

We spent over a month building our dance floor and we want it to stand the test of time! Help us keep it nice by following these basic guidelines:

--Please remove your street shoes right away (before you come inside, if you can).

-- Please wear suede or leather-soled dance shoes for classes and dances.

-- If you don't own proper dance shoes, please bring a clean pair of sneakers with non-marking soles to change into for classes/dances. This will help us keep grit and dirt off the floor.

The following types of shoes are absolutely prohibited inside the RVA Swing studio:

NO stilettos or other spiked heels. Not only are these inappropriate and dangerous footwear for swing dancing, they also tend to gouge and dent wood floors.

No home-made duct tape soles.  Yeah these might work great for a bit, but as you dance, you wear through the tape and leave sticky adhesive gunk for everyone else to dance on. No beuno!

No tap shoes. These shred the floor. Any tap classes will be soft-shoe only. :)

How to find us

The RVA Swing studio is located inside the Lakeside Towne Center, at 6114 Lakeside Ave.  There is tons of free parking in the lot adjacent to the Farmer's Market pavilion, as well as behind the Towne Center building.  Enter through the Towne Shops door under the RVA Swing sign and head down the hallway! 

Please note that some GPS systems will send you about 2 blocks away.  You want the parking lot by the Farmers Market and the CVS. :)