Low Pressure Lindy Hop


What:  movement & body mechanics class for beginners

WhenTuesdays at 7pm starting February 20th, 2024
             Class dates: Feb 20th, 27th, March 5th, 12th

Where: RVA Swing studio 6114C Lakeside Ave 

Instructor: Mike Herring & Cate Rauschenberger

Cost: Sliding Scale $20 to $60 for the 4 week class series

Advance prepaid registration is required.

About the class

Learning to dance shouldn't be stressful! 

Learning any new dance can be daunting, especially for those who have never taken a dance class before or who have not been physically active for some time. This nice-and-easy class will not only teach you the basics of Lindy Hop but will also slow down and take the time to understand to take a dance class - how to hear the music, move with intention, maintain your balance, and understand concepts like weight and momentum. 

This is an ideal class for anyone who has felt overwhelmed in other beginner classes, physically unable to keep up, or for intermediate dancers who simply want to have a better understanding of body mechanics.

NOTE: This class does not fulfill the prerequisites for Lindy 2. Those wishing to continue on to Lindy 2 should sign up for the next Intro to Lindy Hop class after this class is over

Lindy Hop is a partnered dance, but we'll mostly be focusing on learning how to move our own bodies in this class. There may be some partnered exploration as well, but no partner is needed to sign up.

About your instructors:

Mike Herring
 is a tap and swing dancer, instructor, and choreographer with 30 years of experience. He started out doing shows in his living room at age 6 after watching the chimney sweep scene in Mary Poppins too many times. 

Since then he has performed with the Boston Tap Company, DrumatiX, Ash Lawn Opera, the Charlottesville Ballet, Wilson School of Dance, the Greater Boston Stage Company, SwingCville, ACME Swing Mfg. Co, and Boston Lindy Hop. He has taught at many regional events such as Jammin on the James and The Process, as well as being a featured performer at Lindy Focus.

Cate Rauschenberger started ballroom dancing in Georgia in 2006, but it wasn't until 2014 that the music, community, and capacity for expression of lindy hop stole her heart. 

She is passionate about the multi-directional aspect of communication in partner dancing-- the conversation between musicians and dancers through the music, between a couple and anyone observing them, and between the lead and follow themselves. 

She loves and strives for balanced connections, playful improvisation, and musically-inspired movement in her dancing. As a teacher, she enjoys breaking things down, building them back up, and seeing those joyful, dance "aha!" moments.

Questions? Email us at RVAswing@gmail.com. We do not have a studio phone, so this is the best and fastest way to contact us.

Register for Class:
Registration is now closed. 

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 RVAswing@gmail.com. (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.

Venmo payments go to @Erica-Vess (use 3132 if prompted). Please make a note of what class it is for.

You'll also receive an email from us the day of class with everything you need to know.  Meanwhile, take a look at our studio policies here.

We can't wait to meet ya!

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. :)