Blues Workshops with Noah & Savanna


What: Multi-Level Blues Dance Workshops followed by our Saturday social dance

WhenSaturday, June 22nd, 2024

Where: RVA Swing, 6114C Lakeside Ave, Henrico VA

Cost: Sliding Scale of $10 - $45

Instructors: Savanna Baltero & Noah Stovall

Format: This is a Rotating Partner format workshop. No partner is needed to sign up.

Pre-requisites: no experience needed for Workshop 1, Workshop 2 assumes prior experience with Blues dancing

Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Registrations must be accompanied by payment to reserve a spot in class.


Schedule

12:30pm - doors open 

1pm - Getting Started with Blues

3pm - 30 minute break

3:30pm - Keep the Blues Going

5:30pm - doors close for dinner break

6:30pm - doors re-open for the social dance

7pm - Beginner Swing lesson w/RVA Swing instructors (included with registration)

8pm - Jumpin' at the Lakeside social dance (included with registration)

10pm-ish - dance ends, doors closed


About the Workshops

Workshop 1: Getting Started with Blues

Level: Open Level

Pre-requisites:  none, but some partnered dance experience of any kind is always helpful. 

Cost: Sliding Scale $10 - $25 (choose your price at registration)

In this 2 hour workshop, students will get an introduction to Blues dancing, including basic partnership skills, simple moves, and how to connect to the music.

Workshop 1 is almost sold out! Do not wait to pay at the door, as you might be out of luck.🧐

Space Remaining in Workshop 1:

Follows: 1

Leads: 2



Workshop 2: Keep the Blues Going

Level: Intermediate 

Pre-requisites: must have previous experience with Blues dancing. Is this your first time learning Blues? Then you must take Workshop 1 in order to take Workshop 2.

This 2 hour workshop will delve deeper into Blues and the differences between Jukin and Ballroomin. What makes a great dance? Cool moves are great, for sure, but having a conversation through dance is even better.

Cost: Sliding Scale $10 - $25  (choose your price at registration)

Space Remaining in Workshop 2:

Follows: 4

Leads: 7


Meet Your Instructors

Savanna Baltero

My name is Savanna, and I’m a lifelong lover of dance and currently a social dance teacher and community organizer for Tidewater Blues in Norfolk, VA. Hesitating to name any one style of dance as my ‘main dance’, I’m an enthusiastic student of all styles! My training in ballet while growing up in Hawai’i, my professional instruction and competition experience in American Ballroom, Latin and Swing social dances, and my study and over a decade of dance experience of the Black and African-American dances, like Lindy Hop and Blues, have shown me that no matter the style there is beauty in every dance!

As a teacher, I like focusing on slow, grounded movement, and never forgetting the third dance partner: THE MUSIC! Weaving all the musical elements in a playful banter with your partner is something I love to explore in teaching and on the dance floor. I am a forever student who loves to learn and help others learn. No matter the song, style, or place, if there is music playing, grab me for a dance (because I’m probably already dancing).





Noah Stovall 

After seeing the video “Hellzapoppin’(a Lindy Hop Scene in 1941) in history class in high school, I was inspired to dive into the world of dance: Lindy Hop, Blues, Ballroom, Latin, and beyond! My 10yr+ dance journey has taken me to college classes and community dance-a-thons for 2+ years, professional instruction and competitions for 4+ years, to today: helping to build the local dance community by teaching and DJing local dance events and organizing for Tidewater Blues, Norfolk’s Blues dance scene since February of 2023.  

As a teacher I enjoy engaging new dancers to any style of dance and tapping into a thoughtful partnership while maintaining individuality. As I continue to learn more about the history and heritage of the African-American dances I hope to rediscover the love, origin, and aesthetics of Blues dancing and Lindy Hop. I’ve made it my mission to give people a place to find connection within oneself, your partner, the community, and the history of Black America using social dancing as the medium. 



Register Online

Advance pre-paid registration is strongly encouraged for single-day workshops
Planning to pay at the door? At-door signups are only available if we have space left. Check the website before you leave to avoid disappointment and arrive at least 10 minutes before class time!






Cancellations & Refunds:

Cancel your registration by emailing RVAswing@gmail.com no later than 12pm on June 22nd in order to receive a full refund.