Balboa 2 - Intro to Bal-Swing

Photo by Steve Kim

What: 4-week "beginner plus" level swing dance series "Intro to Balboa"

When: Tuesdays from 8:15pm until 9:15pm, August 2017 (beginning on August 1st)
            Class dates:  August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd. (No class on August 29th)

Where: RVA Swing Dance Studio
              6114 Lakeside Ave, Suite C

Instructors: Erica Vess & Ryan Lemar
Prerequisites: Basic experience with close-embrace Balboa.

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

IMPORTANT: This is a small studio and class size is limited. These classes have sometimes sold out in the past. 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 Balboa? What is Bal-Swing?

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 and communication over visually flashy moves. "Bal-Swing" refers to moves danced in a more open partner position.

This is our favorite of all the swing-era dances and we are excited to share it with you!

About the Class

Took our July "Intro to Balboa" class? This class is for you.

Can do a Balboa basic and some simple close-embrace patterns but want to branch out into bal-swing combos? This class is for you.

Taken some Balboa or Bal-Swing in the past would like a review? Perfect! This class is for you, too.

In this special 4-week unit, we will build on our beginner level class and branch out into open-position moves and turns.

No partner required.

Because each class will build on the material in the previous class, registration is for the whole series only.

(No single class drop-ins without prior instructor approval.)

Questions? Email us at It's the best way to get in touch!


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!)

Current availability for this class series as of 12pm on August 1st:
These totals are manually updated, and may lag behind actual registrations.

Follows: 5 spaces left
Leads: 5 spaces left

Click here to register online

Have any questions or issues? Email us at

Registered students: Our registration system sends out an almost instant confirmation email with all your information. (You will also get a PayPal receipt, sent from PayPal).

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 start of a series.

--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.