1920's Charleston



What: 3-week beginner-plus swing dance series "1920's Charleston"

When:  Mondays at 6pm, 3 week series begins on Sept 13th, 2021
Class dates: Sept 13th, 20th, 27th

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

Instructors: Erica Vess & Ryan Lemar       

Format: Dedicated Partner.  Students register with a partner and remain with that partner.

Cost: Sliding Scale of $30 - $60 per partnership for the 3 week class (choose your price)

COVID safety: all students must provide proof of full vaccination, masks are also required

Some basic swing dance experience will be helpful in this series.

All students must register and pre-pay online. (No walk-ins)




About the class:

Done some 6-count or Lindy Hop and want to add some 1920's flavor? This class is for you!

Taken a few Charleston classes but still lack confidence on the social floor, would like a review, or want to try the other dance role? This class is for you, too!


In this 3-week unit, we will introduce students the basic rhythm & footwork used in Charleston, as well as how to transition to and from Lindy Hop/6 count swing.  Some basic swing dance experience is recommended. The focus in this session will be on learning common patterns both alone and with our partner, connecting with the music, and having fun,

Because each class will build on the material in the previous class, registration is for the whole series only. New students without prior experience in this specific dance style must attend the 1st class in order to participate in subsequent classes.

A note on dance partners:  to be extra COVID-conscious, we are offering this class in a "dedicated partner" format.  This format requires students to register with a dance partner and we will not rotate partners during class as we normally would.  

Swing dancing is basically a team sport consisting of two players. This means your dance partner does not have to be your romantic partner, nor do partnerships need to be male/female. So grab a (fully vaccinated!) friend and come dance.

This class series is all about getting out of the house and trying something new with a friend or loved one. Please note that, since you are only dancing with your partner, this class will not satisfy the prerequisites for any upper level Rotating Partner classes when we return to our regular curriculum.


Social Distancing & Safety for In-Studio Classes


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

--This class will be limited in size to give students more personal space.

--In-person classes are limited to vaccinated students only and, due to the delta variant, masks are also required.

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).


Additional safety measures: our studio is now equipped with 4 brand new 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 Online:

registration is now closed


All studio classes require proof of vaccination prior to registration & our registration form is password protected. If you have not yet verified your status with the studio, please email RVAswing@gmail.com and provide:

- a photo or scan of your vaccination card (name & dates must be legible)
- your name, if you go by something different than the name on the documents (trans friends, don't worry, we got u ❤)

RVA Swing will delete your images once we have added you to our vaccinated students list and you'll be all set for any future vaccine-only classes & events.  We will not share, disclose, or disseminate your information to any 3rd party.  If you're brand new to the studio, please be prepared to show ID at your first class or event so we can match it with your vaccine info.

Providing falsified or misleading vaccine information will result in a lifetime ban from all RVA Swing events. 


Registered studentsOur registration system sends out an almost instant confirmation email with all your information. 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).

If you experience any errors being re-directed to PayPal (or if you just derp and navigate away), you can always use the "return to this booking" link in your RVA Swing confirmation email to complete your payment. The more you know! :)

You'll also receive an email from us the day before the first class with everything you need to know. 





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 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.