Beginner Swing: Intro to Balboa


Photo by Kadie Pangburn

What: 6-week beginner swing dance series "Intro to Balboa"

When:  Tuesdays at 7pm, 6 week series begins on January 8th, 2019
              Class dates: Jan 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th & Feb 5th, 12th

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

Instructors: Erica Vess & Ryan Lemar              

Cost: $45 per student for the 6-week series if you register online or $55 at the door (if space is still available). No single class drop-ins allowed in this series without advance permission from the studio.

IMPORTANT: Class size is limited and some classes do sell out ahead of time (especially for follows attending without a partner). We strongly encourage you to register online in advance to ensure that you get a spot in the role of your choice. Once all the spaces in the class have been sold, there will be no at-the-door registration available. 



What is Balboa?

Balboa is a specialized style of swing dancing that evolved in Southern California in response to the tightly packed dance floors and up-tempo music. Often danced in a close embrace, this dance typically features small, intricate footwork and emphasizes partner connection & communication over large, visually flashy moves.





About the class:

New to swing dancing in general? This class is for you!

Done other forms of swing dance, but are new to Balboa? This class is for you!

Taken a few beginner Balboa classes but still lack confidence on the social floor, would like a review, or want to try the other dance role? This class is for you, too!


No partner or previous Balboa experience required.


In this special 6-week unit, we will introduce students to the fundamentals of Balboa.  The focus in this session will be on learning basic rhythms, common moves and patterns, 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 without prior experience in this specific dance style must attend the 1st class in order to participate in subsequent classes.

(No drop-ins without prior instructor approval. If you are a new student, or have never done any Balboa before, you must attend the first class in order to participate in the series. Seriously. For really realz, y'all.)



Register Online:

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 our class roster is correct).

Don't understand what "lead" and "follow" mean? Read about dance roles, as well as what to expect in a beginner dance class here.


Current availability for this series:
These totals were last updated at 9am on 11/21/18 and may lag behind actual registrations.

Follows: 11 spaces available
Leads: 12 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).

If you experience any errors being re-directed to PayPal (or if you just derp and navigate away), you can always use the "return to this booking" link in your RVA Swing confirmation email to complete your payment. The more you know! :)

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 or our Info for New Dancers page, please don't hesitate to contact us with questions. We can't wait to meet ya!





Refund Policy:  

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

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

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 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 beuno!

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