Intro to Balboa

August 2015: Intro to Balboa!

What: 4-week series "Intro to Balboa"

When: Thursdays at 7:30pm, August 2015:  beginning on August 6th

Where: The Dance Space, 6004-A West Broad St, Richmond VA.

Instructors: Erica Vess & Ryan Lemar

Cost: $20 if you register online (use the PayPal links below) or $25 at the door (if space is still available). Yes, for real: it's $20 for the whole 4 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 Balboa?

Balboa is a specialized style of swing dancing that evolved in Southern California in response to the tightly packed dance floors and fast-paced music. Often danced in a close embrace, this dance typically features fast, intricate footwork and emphasizes partner connection over visually flashy moves.

Balboa is also cool. Really, really cool. Check it out!

About the class:

New to Balboa? This class is for you!

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

No partner or previous Balboa experience required.

In this special 4-week unit, we will introduce students to the fundamentals of Balboa and Bal-Swing.  The focus this month will be on learning common moves and patterns, 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.

Special note for this series: While total beginners are welcome to take this special unit, they should be aware that this dance utilizes a "close embrace" partner connection (much like a hug).  We recommend at least one prior month of any sort of partner dance experience for optimum student comfort and success.

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

Questions? Email us at (Please do not call the Dance Space; they will be unable to answer your questions as we merely rent space from them.)

Register Online:

--Please sign up below using the PayPal button that corresponds to the role you wish to take, as this keeps our class roster correct and in order.  If you are brand new to dancing, generally girls will often sign up as follows and guys will often sign up as leads, but you can choose either role as long as you commit to staying in that role for the entire series. (We totally encourage everyone to learn both roles eventually.)

--If you are paying for multiple registrations, you can now add each one to your shopping cart and pay in a single transaction. Less work, more awesome!

--Please be sure to fill out the "Student's Name" box before you click "Add to Cart", especially if you are paying for multiple registrations! :)

--If you experience any errors or difficulties with the PayPal checkout, or do not receive a confirmation email from us within 24-48 hours, please contact us at

(Psst, have a "discount code"? That's awesome! Put it in the Discount Code field, and I'll send your discount in the formal of a partial rebate after checkout.)


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Registered students: We'll send you a confirmation email to the address that you used with PayPal to confirm your registration and your role selection (this is not automated, so please allow 24 hours, and perhaps a bit longer on weekends/holidays).

You'll also receive an email from us the day before the first class with everything you need to know (again, sent to the email address you used with PayPal, so be sure to check that account) . In the mean time, 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 month, but will happily transfer your registration to another month (please contact us at to set this up) . No credit is given for unused classes (ie if you miss one week out of 4).


  1. Where are the classes located?

  2. The Dance Space, 6004-A West Broad St, Richmond VA.

  3. When I click "Buy Now" it takes me to the paypal homepage. I think I need an email to purchase?

  4. Anna- Nope, I just goofed when I pasted in the code! Thank you for letting me know! It's all fixed now. You don't need a PayPal account to purchase (look near the bottom of the PayPal screen for a link that says "Don't Have a PayPal Account")