Learn the Dean Collins Shim Sham

What: 7 week jazz choreography series

WhenThursdays from 6pm until 6:45pm starting April 6th
Class dates: April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th
Where: RVA Swing (6114C Lakeside Ave)

Pre-requisites: some dance experience is recommended, but all levels are welcome

Instructor:  Erica Vess

Cost: Sliding Scale of $30 - $90 for the whole 7 week series 

COVID safety: proof of up-to-date vaccination required, masks optional

What is Vintage Jazz? What is Solo Jazz?

"Vintage jazz" refers to the music of the 20's & 30's and to the dances typically done to that music.  As swing dancers, we often refer to anything you dance to jazz music without a partner as "solo jazz."

Swing dancing, jazz dance, and jazz music are all art forms created by Black Americans in the early decades of the 20th century.  Swing dancing is richly intertwined with solo jazz and both forms of dancing influence each other greatly.

In the modern Lindy Hop community, we seek to honor & learn both facets of the dance and consider solo jazz to be an integral part of the broader canvas of partnered dancing. These dances weren't created in a vacuum and so we seek to include the history and social context of swing and jazz dance in our lessons at RVA Swing.

About the class & the routine:

Learn the iconic Dean Collins Shim Sham in this extended series.  This is a super cool, calm, & collected Shim Sham, but it is hella intricate, so we're scheduling plenty of time to learn at a gentle pace.  Some previous dance experience is recommended, but your teacher will break down every step used in the choreography, so that all levels can participate.

Our studio is small & so advance registration is required (no walk-ins at this time).

About your instructor:

Erica Vess owns & operates the RVA Swing studio & has been teaching Lindy Hop, Balboa & Jazz in Richmond since 2012. Known for her patient, clear instruction and A+ joke skills, her primary goal is creating a safe, fun, & supportive learning environment for all students.

COVID Safety for In-Studio Classes

-- All students must be pre-registered and pre-paid at least 1 hour before class. (Absolutely no walk-ins)

--Students taking class in person must provide proof of up-to-date COVID19 vaccination

To verify your vaccination status, email a photo of your card to RVAswing@gmail.com (We'll delete your image once we'd added to you to our verified vaccinated list).

--masks are now optional, starting with April classes, but we do still recommend them!

Additional safety measures: our studio is equipped with 4 HEPA/UVC air purifiers to help keep the air refreshed for you!

Questions? Email us at RVAswing@gmail.com. This is the best and fastest way to contact us.

Register For Class:

Spaces remaining in class: 12

New students must confirm their recent vaccination status by emailing RVAswing@gmail.com in order to access the registration form. Card must show a 2022 or 2023 dose to be accepted.

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.

You'll also receive an email from us on the day of 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 with questions at RVAswing@gmail.com

We can't wait to meet ya!