Shim Sham Workshops


What: solo jazz workshops exploring the classic Shim Sham line dance routine

When: Saturday May 21st at 2pm
Where: RVA Swing, 6114C Lakeside Ave, Henrico VA 23228

Pre-requisites: No dance experience needed for Workshop 1 

Instructors: Erica Vess & Alyssa Kelly

Cost: Sliding Scale Pricing $5 to $20 per person per workshop

About the workshops

Workshop 1: Learn the Shim Sham
2pm - 3:15pm
Instructor: Erica Vess
Cost: Sliding Scale of $5 - $20 per person (choose your own price at registration)

We're celebrating Frankie Manning's birthday by teaching his version of the classic line dance, the Shim Sham.  This short routine is a great intro to Vernacular Jazz and is appropriate for all levels, including brand new beginners.  

In this workshop, Erica will teach the choreography and break down each step, so that no prior jazz dance experience is required.

Spaces remaining in this class:
In-person: of 15 spaces remaining
This total is manually updated and may lag behind actual registrations.

Workshop 2: Shim Sham Variations
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Instructors: Erica Vess & Alyssa Kelly
Cost: Sliding Scale of $5 - $20 per person (choose your own price at registration)

This intermediate level workshop will explore different ways to adapt the Shim Sham to fit your personal style & expression. Erica & Alyssa will share their favorite variations and encourage students to explore their own.

Students taking Workshop 2 need to be familiar with the Shim Sham routine and basic jazz moves.

Spaces remaining in this class:
In-person: of 15 spaces remaining
This total is manually updated and may lag behind actual registrations.

Bonus! Your registration for either workshop also includes admission to that evening's Full Vax Hop social dance (8pm) and beginner swing dance lesson (7pm).

About your instructors

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.

While Alyssa began dancing Lindy Hop in 2013, she fell in love with swing dancing long before that (specifically, while watching Swing Kids in her high school World History class). Since then, it has gloriously taken over her life, and she's pretty happy about that. 
An educator by profession, Alyssa knows that it takes more than technical skill to be an effective teacher. She is adept at meeting people where they are and encouraging growth from any skill level. As a teacher, Alyssa is candid, adaptable, and the right amount of goofy.

Outside of the classroom, you can find Alyssa solo dancing in most situations-- whether it's improvising on the social floor, practicing drills in the studio, or choreographing and performing with her teammates. If you really want to get her going, ask Alyssa about her favorite version of Splanky.

(photo credit: Jerry Almonte)

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)

-- All students must verify their vaccination status with RVA Swing in order to take classes in person. 

--Wear a face mask that covers both your mouth & nose during your entire studio visit. 

Masks are required 100% of the time while inside the building

Bandannas, neck gaiters, and plastic face shields are not acceptable substitutes for a mask. (Disposable masks will be available should you forget to bring your own)

Additional safety measures: we have 4 HEPA/UVC air purifiers to help keep the air refreshed for you!

About Sliding Scale Pricing

Our sliding scale is about making dance more accessible to everyone, while also making sure our instructors are paid fairly for their time & labor.  Those in a position to pay a little more can choose to do so & help to support our community and sustain our studio space.  

Supporter/Sustainer Prices: you easily meet your own needs and have plenty of expendable income

Standard Price: you meet your own needs and have some expendable income

Discounted Price: you struggle to meet your needs and/or don't have much expendable income

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