Level 2 Balboa - Pure Bal Laboratory

Photo by Steve Kim

What: 4-week Level 2 Balboa swing dance series

When: Tuesdays from 7pm until 8pm, April 2018 (beginning on April 3rd)
            Class dates:  April 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th

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

Instructors: Erica Vess & Ryan Lemar
Prerequisites: Completion of our Intro to Balboa series or comparable experience (see below).

Cost: $30 if you register in advance online or $40 at the door (if space is still available).

IMPORTANT: This is a small studio and class size is limited. Classes have sometimes sold out in the past. We highly encourage you to register online well ahead of time to ensure that you get a spot in popular classes, as well as to hit class minimums for special topics. Once all the spaces in the class have been sold, there will be no at-the-door registration available. 

What is Balboa? What is Pure Bal? What is Bal-Swing?

Balboa is a specialized style of swing dancing that evolved in Southern California in response to the tightly packed dance floors and fast-paced music. Often danced in a close embrace, this dance typically features fast, intricate footwork and emphasizes partner connection and communication over visually flashy moves. "Pure-Bal" refers to the dance as it was originally danced: movements are in closed position or close embrace. "Bal-Swing" refers to moves danced in a more open partner position.

This is our favorite of all the swing-era dances and we are excited to share it with you!

About the Class

Took our recent "Intro to Balboa" class series? This class is for you.

Taken Balboa before and can already demonstrate a Balboa basic? This class is for you.

Taken some Balboa in the past & would like a review? Perfect! This class is for you, too.

In this special 4-week unit, we will build on our Intro class and explore additional closed-position "pure bal" moves like crabwalks & serpentines as well as explore different ways to do our basic and personal stylings to add to our dancing.

No partner required.

Because each class will build on the material in the previous class, registration is for the whole series only.

(No single class drop-ins without prior instructor approval.)

Questions? Email us at RVAswing@gmail.com. It's the best way to get in touch!


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 we have their name and email. Thanks!)

Current availability for this class series:
These totals were last updated at 9am on April 3rd and may lag behind actual registrations.

Follows: 6 spaces left
Leads: 6 spaces left

registration is closed

Have any questions or issues? Email us at RVAswing@gmail.com

Registered students: Our registration system sends out an almost instant confirmation email with all your information. (You will also get a PayPal receipt, sent from PayPal).

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 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.