Balboa Crash Course with Dee Mathews


What: Balboa Workshops & Social Dance

When: Saturday, August 20th, 2022 

Where: RVA Swing, 6114C Lakeside Ave, Henrico VA

Cost: Sliding Scale of  $10 - $25 per workshop

Format: This is a Rotating Partner format workshop. 

COVID Safety:  Proof of boosted vaccination required prior to registration. Masks required. 

Advance registration is required (no walk-ins)


1:00pm: Workshop 1 - Intro to Balboa

3:30pm: Workshop 2 - Basics of Bal-Swing

(dinner break)

7pm: Beginner Swing Lesson w/RVA Swing 

8pm: The Full Vax Hop 

Admission to the dance & 7pm beginner lesson is included with any workshop registration

About the Workshops

Workshop 1: Intro to Balboa

Level: Open 

Balboa is a style of swing dancing that originated on the tightly packed dancefloors of southern California.  Danced in a close embrace, this original form of Balboa features small, intricate footwork and rhythmic variations.

In this 2 hour workshop, you'll get an overview of close-embrace Balboa, including partnership, connection, and basic steps & patterns.  Perfect for dancers new to Balboa, for Balboa dancers interested in exploring the opposite role, or for anyone wanting to shake the rust off of their Balboa.

No previous Balboa experience is needed for this workshop.  

Cost: Sliding Scale of $10 - $30 (choose your price at registration)


Leads: 11 of 12 spaces remaining

Follows: 10 of 12 spaces remaining

Workshop 2: The Basics of Bal-Swing

Level: must have previous Balboa experience or have taken Workshop 1

Bal-Swing refers to the hybrid moves that Balboa dancers incorporated from other swing dances, and generally refers to any open-position move.

In this 2 hour workshop, we'll open up our partnerships to add kicks, turns, and more! This workshop is for dancers with prior Balboa experience (and motivated beginners who took Part 1) who want to learn or review Bal-Swing moves like lollies, toss-outs & out-and-ins. 

Cost: Sliding Scale of $10 - $30 (choose your price at registration)


Leads: 9 of 10 spaces remaining

Follows: 8 of 10 spaces remaining

About Your Instructor

Dee Mathews is a balboa and lindy hop instructor based in Greensboro, NC. They learned balboa in 2010 both as a lead and a follow working with Randy Maestretti and Kara Britt, who taught them a love of pure balboa and the original dancers. 

Since then they have danced, taught, and competed all over the world. They have won balboa contests at California Balboa Classic, All Balboa Weekend, and the International Lindy Hop Championships, as well as been a mentor at The Balboa Experiment.

 Dee is invested in balboa as a dance of connection, playfulness, and dynamism. They are excited to explore the fundamental mechanics of the dance and help students find new ways to be musical, listen to their partner, and find new ways to enjoy balboa.

Register Online

To simplify our COVID safety protocols, advance registration is required (no walk-ins).

The registration forms for vaccine-restricted events are password protected.  Once you have verified your boosted vaccine status with the studio, you will be provided with the password to access the registration forms. (If you're already on our 2022 verified list, you already have the password: no need to show us your card again) 😘

Verify your vaccination status by emailing with a photo of your vaccination card. We'll add you to our list, send you the password, and delete your photo for your privacy. 

Cancellations & Refunds:

Cancel your registration by emailing no later than August 19th to receive a full refund.  Due to our COVID safety protocols, workshop registrations are not transferrable to another person.