Beginner Classes

September 2016: Intro to Lindy Hop!

What: 4-week beginner swing dance series "Intro to Lindy Hop"

When: Thursdays from 7:30pm until 8:30pm, Sept 2016
            Class dates:  Sept 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th
            Please note there is no class on Sept 1st. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

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

Instructors: Erica Vess & Ryan Lemar                

Cost: $20 per student if you register online (use the PayPal links below) or $30 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 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 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!

Been taking our current Beginner Swing series and would like to add some 8-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 learning common 8-count moves, mixing 6 & 8-count rhythms, 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. Please do not call the Dance Space; they will be unable to answer your questions as we merely rent space from them.

Register Online:

We are trying out a new, hopefully more stream-lined registration system this month! 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 their name and email. Thanks!)

Click here to register online

Registered studentsOur new system sends out an almost instant confirmation email with all your information. (You will also get a PayPal receipt, 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, 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.