Balboa Workshops


What: Balboa Workshops & Social Dance

When: Saturday,  January 20th 2023 

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

Instructors: Erica Vess & Ryan Lemar

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

Format: This is a Rotating Partner format workshop. 


10:30am: Doors open

11am - 1pm: Workshop 1 - Intro to Pure Bal (open level/beginners welcome)

----- Lunch Break (studio open) -----

2pm - 4:30pm: Workshop 2 - Pure Bal: Everybody Leads Everybody Follows (not intended for students who are new to partnered dancing)

----- Dinner break (studio closed)  -----

6:30pm: Doors re-open

7pm: Beginner Swing Lesson with RVA Swing (included in workshop registration)

8pm: Jumpin' at the Lakeside social dance (included in workshop registration)

About the Workshops

Workshop 1: Intro to Pure Bal (11am)

Level: Open

Pre-requisites:  none 

In this 2 hour workshop, students will get an introduction to close-embrace Balboa (aka "Pure Bal").  We will cover connection and partnership concepts and well as common footwork rhythms used in Pure Bal. This class is open to those new to Balboa as well students who are new to swing dancing in general.

Cost: Sliding Scale of $10 - $25 (choose your price at registration)

Workshop 2: Pure Bal: Everybody Leads Everybody Follows (2pm)

Level: Novice/Intermediate

Students taking this class should either already know a little bit of close-embrace Balboa in one role.  

In this special 2.5 hour workshop, you'll get the opportunity to learn both roles at once! We'll be exploring a lot of the material from Workshop 1 (plus some extra goodies) but from a more advanced perspective, in both roles, and at a faster pace. We'll also focus heavily on how our partnerships function & feel, vs learning patterns.

This workshop is NOT recommended for brand new beginner dancers, even if you took Workshop 1, it might melt your brain!  

Intermediate dancers in other styles who took Workshop 1 are welcome to register for Workshop 2 as well.

Cost: Sliding Scale of $10 - $25 (choose your price at registration)

About Your Instructors

Erica Vess & Ryan Lemar own & operate the RVA Swing studio.  They have been teaching Lindy Hop, Balboa & Jazz in Richmond since 2012. Known for their patient, clear instruction and A+ joke skills, their primary goal is creating a safe, fun, & supportive learning environment for all students.

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Cancellations & Refunds:

Cancel your registration by emailing by January 19th to receive a full refund.