Dance Movement 101

What: 3-week "pre-Beginner" level class series - "Dance Movement 101"

WhenMondays at 6pm until 6:45pm, May 2019, beginning on May 6th
            Class dates:  May 6th, 13th, 20th (No class on Memorial Day, May 27th)

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

Instructor: Erica Vess

Pre-requisites: None!  This class is especially for anyone who thinks they have 2 left feet, anyone who wants some practice with basic movement before they try a partnered class, or anyone who just feels intimidated by the idea of a dance class.

Cost: $20 per student for the 3-week series if you register online
          $30 per student for the 3-week series if registering at the door

Drop-in Policy: Single class drop-ins will be available in this series only if space permits. Pre-registered students have a guaranteed spot in class.  For the best learning experience, we encourage you to register for the entire series.

IMPORTANT: Our studio space is limited and some classes sell out ahead of time. We strongly encourage online registration, both to ensure your spot in larger classes as well as meet class minimums in smaller classes. Once all the spaces in a class have been sold online, at-door registration will no longer be available for walk-ins. (See availability below)

About the Class

Are you convinced that you have 2 left feet? Have you taken a dance class before and had trouble keeping up? Are you scared to try a dance class because you feel nervous, uncoordinated, or embarrassed? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this class is for you!

Over the course of 3 weeks, Erica will introduce students to the most basic concepts of dance movement: balance, brain/body coordination, stepping on the beat, being in control of our foot placement/weight shifts, and understanding where our bodies are in space.  We will also explore simple dance movements that will help build confidence with these skills.  Students who are interested in our Intro to Swing courses, but would like additional practice with footwork patterns and basic coordination first will find this series very helpful.

 Erica's teaching style is organized, positive, and fun-loving, and she creates a supportive & judgement-free classroom environment.  She firmly believes that anyone can learn to dance if they can only conquer their fears and learn to be kind to themselves.

Register Online

Current availability for the May series:

This total was last updated at 1pm on 5/6/19 and may lag behind actual registrations.

11 spaces available

Click here to register 

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 (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 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

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 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. :)