Rent Party Workshop - Collegiate Shag

photo by Jerry Almonte


What: Rent Party Workshop - Collegiate Shag with Chelsea & David Lee

When: Saturday, July 21st 2018

Where: RVA Swing dance studio, 6114C Lakeside Ave

Instructors: Chelsea & David Lee

Pre-requisites:  varies by workshop, please see individual workshop descriptions below

Cost: Workshop 1 - $25 earlybird/$30 advance/$35 at the door
          Workshop 2 - $35 earlybird/$40 advance/$45 at the door
          Both workshops - $50 earlybird/$60 advance/$65 at the door
          All workshops include admission to the RVA Rent Party Dance on 7/21


About the workshops


Workshop 1 - Intro to Collegiate Shag
1pm - 2:30pm

Pre-requisites for Workshop 1 - basic experience with 6-count swing will be very helpful, but is not required.

In this 90-minute workshop, students will learn the basics of this fun, high-energy form of swing dancing. Not to be confused with slow & groovy Carolina Shag, Collegiate Shag is danced to uptempo music and features hops, kicks and fast turns that are sure to keep you on your toes!

Current Availability for Workshop 1

Follows: Sold out. Join our wait-list to be notified of any cancellations
Leads: 5 spaces remaining




Workshop 2 - Intermediate Collegiate Shag
3pm - 5:30pm

Pre-requisites for Workshop 2 - students taking the Intermediate workshop must take the Intro workshop or be able to already correctly demonstrate all of the following: a 6-count Shag basic in both closed and open position, outside turns in closed position, change of places in open position with or without turns.

In this 2 and a half hour workshop, Chelsea and David will get into more complex patterns and turns to challenge intermediate dancers. Bring a water bottle and be prepared to sweat!

Current Availability for Workshop 2

Follows: 4 spaces remaining
Leads: 6 spaces remaining


About the Instructors

Chelsea Lee

photo by American Vernacular
Chelsea has been dancing since college, when she decided it would be a bright idea to begin lessons in seven kinds of ballroom dancing at the same time. Since 2007, she has immersed herself in the world of swing, where she dances and teaches numerous swing dances including Balboa, Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Charleston, and St. Louis Shag. She is known for her infectious smile and creativity on the dance floor, and in the classroom she brings a knack for breaking down the basics and providing opportunities for both leaders and followers to learn to their maximum potential. She has won awards at events including All Balboa Weekend, the International Lindy Hop Championships, the Eastern Balboa Championships, and Hot Rhythm Holiday and is proud to have earned the distinction of Distinguished Fellow at The Balboa Experiment for her work there as a guest mentor. She teaches at her local venue, The Jam Cellar, in Washington, D.C., and has also taught at events nationally and internationally, including the Eastern Balboa Championships, Balboa Castle Camp, The Process, and Hot Rhythm Holiday. Chelsea also edits the swing dance blog Swungover.


David Lee


photo from Northwest Balboa Fest
David has been passionate about swing dancing since he first started in 2006 and has yet to meet a dance he doesn’t love. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, St. Louis Shag, Charleston, and numerous other swing dances with every person he meets. He is known for his musicality and creativity on the dance floor, and in the classroom he excels at breaking down mechanics in a way that is accessible to dancers of all levels and learning styles. His dance accomplishments include placements at All Balboa Weekend, the International Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy Focus, and Hot Rhythm Holiday, and he has also earned the distinction of Distinguished Fellow at The Balboa Experiment for his work there as a guest mentor. He teaches at his local venue, The Jam Cellar, in Washington, D.C., and has also taught at events nationally and internationally, including Atlanta Varsity Showdown, Balboa Castle Camp, The Process, the Eastern Balboa Championships, and Hot Rhythm Holiday.


See them in action (doing both Balboa and Shag) during the instructor's jam at Hot Rhythm Holiday:




Register Online:


Online registration is now closed.
 We have walk-in spaces available for leads in both workshops


Early bird discounts available until July 1st.
Online registration will close at 8pm on July 20th.







Refund/Cancellation Policy

Since we are bringing in special guest instructors from out of town, we require 5 days notice of cancellations in order to give a full refund (so, for this workshop, notify us no later than Monday July 16th).

Cancellations received July 17th through July 19th are considered late cancellations and are eligible for a 50% refund only.

Cancellations received after July 19th are not eligible for refunds or credits.

Please email RVAswing@gmail.com to notify us of cancellations.