Beginner Jazz Dance

Photo by Devon Rowland

What: 4-week beginner dance series "Beginner Jazz Dance"

When: Tuesdays at 6pm in January 2019 (beginning Jan 8th)
            Class dates for this series: Jan 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Where: RVA Swing Studio 6114C Lakeside Ave, Henrico VA

Pre-requisites: None.

Instructor: Erica Vess

Cost: $25 per student for the 4-week series if you register online or $35 at the door (if space is still available).

Drop-in Policy:  Single class drop-ins are allowed in this series if space permits. Pre-registered students will have a guaranteed spot in class.  For the best learning experience we recommend registering for the entire series.

IMPORTANT: Class size is limited and classes do sometimes sell out. We encourage you to register online ahead of time to ensure that you get a spot in popular classes, and to meet class minimums for smaller classes.  Once all the spaces in the class have been sold, there will be no at-the-door registration available for walk-ins. 

What is Vintage Jazz? What is Solo Jazz?

Short answer: "Vintage jazz" refers to the music of the 20's & 30's and to the dances typically done to that music.  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.

About the class:

Never danced at all before? This class is for you!

Taken partnered dance classes but want to try some solo movement? This class is for you!

Done some other types of dance, but want to explore the jazz dance seen in old Hollywood films? This class is for you!

No previous dance experience required.

In this 4-week unit, Erica will introduce to students to basic jazz movements used in vintage routines and combine them into short, simple combinations so that you can practice transitioning from move to move.  (We will not be learning a complete song-length choreography in this unit, so that students can spend more time gaining confidence with basic movements and building a library of moves).

This class is intended for adults but is also open to ages 15 and up. Students under 16 must be accompanied by an adult in every class and all minors must have an adult present at the first class.

Questions? Email us at This is the best and fastest way to contact us.

Register Online:

Current availability for this series:

10 spaces available
This total was last updated at 2pm on 1/5/19 and may lag behind actual registrations.

Click here to register online

Registered studentsOur registration system sends out an almost instant confirmation email with all your information to the email address you supplied on the registration form. Didn't receive one? Please check your spam folder first, then contact us at (You will also get a PayPal receipt once your payment is complete, sent from PayPal). Payment didn't go through? Please visit our PayPal Help page or email us before submitting a duplicate registration form.

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  

We can only issue refunds or class credits to students who notify us directly of cancellations before the class series 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 suede or leather-soled 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. :)