Intro to Swing Dancing

What: 6-week beginner-level swing dance series

When:  Thursdays at 8:15pm starting April 18th, 2024
Class dates: April 18th, 25th, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

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

Instructors: Sydney Bernstein-Miller & Jordon Chan

Format: Rotating Partner.  Students will change partners throughout class. No partner is needed to sign up.

Cost: Sliding Scale of $30 - $90 per person for the 6 week session (choose your price at registration)

All students must register and pre-pay online. (No walk-ins for this series)

What is Swing? What is Lindy Hop?

Lindy Hop is the original swing dance (and often the terms "Swing" and "Lindy Hop" are used interchangeably).  It was invented by Black Americans in Harlem's Savoy Ballroom in the 1920s and 30s and reflects the energy and excitement of the hard-driving swing music popular at the time. 

About the class:

In this 6-week unit, students will get an introduction to the history of Lindy Hop while they learn partnering skills, basic footwork, and common Lindy Hop moves.

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.

This class is aimed at new dancers with little or no dance experience.  No partner is required to sign up.

A note on dance partners:  we are offering this class in a standard Rotating Partner format.  Students will change partners throughout class (even those who come with a partner).  This helps everyone learn the art of social dancing and provides all students with equitable access to dance partners.  If you want to dance only with your partner,  you may wish to look into private lessons.

A note on dance roles: Swing dancing is basically a team sport consisting of two players.  You'll be asked to choose whether you'd like to learn as a "follow" or as a "lead" at registration. This is to help us make sure we have a good lead/follow balance in the class.  If you don't have a strong role preference, you can indicate that also, and we can assign you a dance role when you arrive, based on the balance of the class.  Both roles are equally fun, and also equally challenging.  Learn more about dance roles in this handy video!

About your instructors

Sydney Bernstein-Miller
 & Jordon Chan have taught Lindy Hop for RVA Swing since we opened our doors in 2016 & are a fan-favorite with students. Jordon's smooth style & Sydney's boundless energy make them a dynamic duo, both in the classroom and on the social floor.

About Sliding Scale Pricing

Our sliding scale is about making dance more accessible to everyone, while also making sure our instructors are paid fairly for their time & labor.  You can choose from 4 prices at registration. Those in a position to pay a little more can choose to do so & help to support our community and sustain our studio space.  

Supporter/Sustainer ($75/$90): suggested for those who easily meet their own needs and have plenty of expendable income. These registrations offset the discounted registrations from folks with fewer resources.

Standard ($60): suggested for those who meet their own needs and have some expendable income

Discounted ($30): suggested for those who struggle to meet their needs and/or don't have much expendable income

Register Online:

this session is full

Registered studentsOur registration system sends out an almost instant confirmation email with a copy of your registration form. Didn't receive one? Please check your spam folder first, then contact us at (If you paid with PayPal, 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! :)

Venmo payments should go to @Erica-Vess within 24 hours of registration. Use 3132 if prompted to verify your payment. :)

You'll also receive an email from us the day before the first class with everything you need to know. 

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 before the 1st class of the series by emailing  

We can only issue refunds or class credits to students who notify us directly of cancellations before the 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 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 in our waiting area.

-- Please wear suede or leather-soled dance shoes (that have not been worn outside) for classes and dances.

-- If you don't own dance shoes, please bring a clean pair of flat shoes with non-marking soles to change into for classes/dances. This will help us keep grit and dirt off the floor.

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.  Please use our Google Maps business listing for directions.