All Levels Solo Jazz - Learn the Gangbusters Routine



What: 4-week All-Levels Solo Jazz Series - "Learn the Gangbusters Routine"

When: Tuesdays at 8:15pm until 9:15pm, Feb 2018, beginning on Feb 6th.
            Class dates:  Feb 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th

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

Instructor: Erica Vess

Pre-requisites: This class is open to all levels (including new dancers). Students will find some basic dance experience of any kind to be helpful, but it is not required.

Cost: $30 per student for the 4-week series if you register online
          $40 per student for the 4-week series if paid at the door

Drop-in Policy: No single-class drop-ins are allowed without advance permission from the studio.

IMPORTANT: Class size is limited and classes sometimes sell out ahead of time. We strongly encourage online registration. Once all the spaces in a class have been sold, at-door registration will no longer be available for walk-ins. (See availability below)



About the Class

Over the course of 4 weeks, students will learn tons of fundamental jazz & Charleston moves as they work their way through the Gangbusters routine. This fun, high-energy routine was choreographed by internationally renowned dancer Abigail Browning and we are pleased to present it as part of our studio curriculum with her permission.

This is an all-levels class, and Erica looks forward to sharing this awesome routine with both new & experienced dancers alike.  Erica's teaching style is organized, supportive, and fun-loving, so that even those new to jazz dancing will feel right at home!



What is Solo Jazz? What is Gangbusters?

Short answer:  most anything you dance to jazz music without a partner is called "solo jazz."

Long answer: swing dancing is richly intertwined with vernacular (street style) solo jazz and both forms of dancing influence each other greatly.  (The original lindy hoppers from Harlem's Savoy Ballroom were also highly accomplished solo dancers.)  In today's modern lindy hop community, solo dancing is seen as an integral part of the broader canvas of your partnered dancing. Plus, it's super fun!

Gangbusters is a wonderfully energetic and musical piece of choreography, danced to The Cats & The Fiddle song "Gangbusters" from which it gets its name.  On first look, this routine may seem complex, but Abigail taught it to us in just 90 minutes and Erica will take a whole 4 weeks to get you through it.




Register Online


Current availability for this series:

This total was last updated at 2pm on Jan 6th and may lag behind actual registrations.

9 spaces available

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 RVAswing@gmail.com. (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, please don't hesitate to contact us at RVAswing@gmail.com with questions. We can't wait to meet ya!





Refund Policy:  

Registered for a series and can no longer attend? Please let us know ASAP by emailing RVAswing@gmail.com.

Please make sure to give us  24 hours notice of cancellations in order to receive a full refund.

We can only issue refunds or class credits to students who notify us directly of cancellations before the class begins.

--Cancellations made at least 24 hours before the 1st class of a series are eligible for a full refund or class credit (please indicate your choice when you notify us of your cancellation).

--Cancellations received on the day of the 1st class are considered “late cancellations” because these spaces can be difficult to fill with short notice.  Late cancellations made at least 4 hours before class starts are eligible for a 50% refund or a 50% class-credit  towards a future series.  Please indicate your choice when you notify us of your cancellation.

--Last-minute cancellations received less than 4 hours before a class series begins, as well as no-shows,  are not eligible for any refunds or class credits.

-- Did you have an emergency? Email us up to 24 hours past class start and let us know and you can still get your partial 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 bueno!

No tap shoes. These shred the floor. Any tap classes in our studio 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. :)