Stompology 2017

Groove Juice Swing: Swing Dancing in Rochester, NY

Classes

Groove Juice Swing offers classes on a broad range of Jazz Age and Swing Era dances: swing dance, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, vernacular jazz dance, and more.   Not sure where to start out?  Check out our How It Works or FAQ pages!

Preregistration for classes online (here!) closes at 1am the morning of the first class of the series. We hope this encourages you to register early!

July

 

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Cardio Charleston (All Levels)

Begins Tuesday, December 29, 2015
  • One class for $8 or buy a 6 class punch card for $40.
  • Dates: Every Tuesday.
  • Time: 6:00-7:00pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $8 preregistered. At-door registration price is $8 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

For both guys and girls—finally, a swing dance class that is focused on fitness. Join us once a week for an hour of dancing minus the starting, stopping, rotating, and waiting around. We will teach fundamental solo jazz and Charleston steps, integrating them into a fast-paced class to make sure you get a fun and energetic workout. If you've never tried solo jazz, this is a fantastic way to get started! All levels of dancers are welcome.

Swing 1: Intro to Swing Register Online Swing 1: Intro to Swing (4 weeks / Beginner)

Begins Wednesday, July 5, 2017
  • Dates: July 5, 12, 19, & 26
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Whether you are new to swing or it’s your first time partner dancing, this class will teach you all you need to have fun on the dance floor! You’ll start out with some easy and fun moves that will have you smiling right away, and then progress through some foundational skills that will prepare you for future Lindy Hop classes and the wide world of swing dancing!

Charleston: Kickin' up a Storm Register Online Charleston: Kickin' up a Storm (4 weeks / Intermediate)

Begins Wednesday, July 5, 2017
  • Dates: July 5, 12, 19, & 26
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Previous Charleston experience.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Ready for some more Charleston? In this class, you’ll progress through some of the many different Charleston positions such as tandem, face to face, and hand to hand, in addition to some cool new variations and higher tempos. You will leave the class with confidence and a strong vocabulary of moves to work with on the social dance floor.

Swing 4: Lindy Hop and Beyond Register Online Swing 4: Lindy Hop and Beyond (4 weeks / Intermediate)

Begins Tuesday, July 11, 2017
  • Shim Sham class July 18th
  • Dates: July 11, 18, 25 & Aug 1st
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 3: More Lindy Hop
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Rhythms, partnership, musicality, and more. This class will continue to build on solid foundations and present some more challenging steps and concepts that will expand your Lindy Hop repertoire!

Shim Sham Register Online Shim Sham

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
  • This class is Week 2 of Swing 4, but folks are welcome to drop in just this week to learn the Shim Sham!
  • Dates: July 18
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

The most popular and well-known solo jazz choreography out there, Frankie Manning's Shim Sham is danced all over the world. It is based on the original tap dance Shim Sham which was choreographed by Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant. It features classic jazz steps such as the Tackie Annie, the Half-Break, the Boogie Back, and the Shorty George.

Swing 3: More Lindy Hop Register Online Swing 3: More Lindy Hop (4 weeks / Intermediate)

Begins Tuesday, July 11, 2017
  • Dates: July 11, 18, 25 & Aug 1st
  • Time: 8:30-9:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 2: The Lindy Hop
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Refine your swing out and a whole range of variations on this theme that you will never get tired of! This class will take you to the next level with new rhythms and a set of new vocabulary.

Swing 2: The Lindy Hop Register Online Swing 2: The Lindy Hop (4 weeks / Beginner)

Begins Monday, July 10, 2017
  • Dates: July 10, 17, 24, & 31
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 1: Intro to Swing
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

The Lindy Hop is the original high-energy partnered jazz dance, invented during the late 1920s in Harlem and popularized in the '30s and '40s. During this four-week series you will apply the skills learned in Swing 1 as a basis for Lindy Hop. This class will focus on the fundamentals of the dance, swing outs and other classic moves that made Lindy Hop so popular.

Summer 2017 Drop-in Series: Tap Jam Register Online Summer 2017 Drop-in Series: Tap Jam

Monday, July 31, 2017
  • Part of our Summer Drop In class series; One night dance classes to improve and expand your dancing!
  • Dates: July 31
  • Time: 8:30-9:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Basic Tap Skills
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Improvisation is an important part of all jazz dancing, and Tap Dance is no exception. Students who have learned the basic steps in Tap are welcome to participate, whether you have just taken a basic class or whether you've been tapping for years. There is often a bit of anxiety in putting yourself out there and inventing your own rhythms; this session aims to help us all overcome those feelings and find the joy in jamming!

Advanced Balboa 2 Register Online Advanced Balboa 2 (4 weeks / Intermediate/Advanced)

Begins Monday, July 10, 2017
  • Dates: July 10, 17, 24, & 31
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Previous Balboa Experience Required.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

We are continuing with advanced Balboa classes for July! In this session you'll learn techniques on how to dance to faster tempos from 200 BPM and up. We'll also increase the energy with momentum and connection in order to add new variations and styling to you dancing.

Summer 2017 Drop-In Series: Lindy Hop Steals Register Online Summer 2017 Drop-In Series: Lindy Hop Steals

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
  • Part of our Summer Drop In class series; One night dance classes to improve and expand your dancing!
  • Dates: July 11
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 1 and 2 or equivalent experience.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Become a ninja on the dance floor! You've seen it in the jam circle: one couple is dancing, a third person wants to join in, and the dancing ninja gracefully (or stealthily) sneaks in and steals one of the unsuspecting dancers! In this class we'll practice those steals so you can be a ninja on the dance floor, too!

Summer 2017 Drop-In: Inspiration from Al Minns Register Online Summer 2017 Drop-In: Inspiration from Al Minns

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
  • Part of our Summer Drop In class series; One night dance classes to improve and expand your dancing!
  • Dates: July 25
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Albert Minns (1920–1985) was an influential Lindy Hopper and Jazz Dancer who began his career in Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. He was a member of the famed Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, had a touring career with fellow teammate Leon James, and partnered with Sugar Sullivan during his later years. His film credits include Hellzapoppin', Hot Chocolate, The Spirit Moves, and many others. In this class we will watch some of Al's original clips and incorporate his solo and partnered movement into our own dancing!

 

Future Classes

Generally, classes are 4 weeks long and begin the first week of each month. They become open for registration when they are posted on this page, at least 2 weeks before their start date. If you have special requests or would like more information about classes, send us an email at info@groovejuiceswing.com.

About Us

Groove Juice Swing, established in 2004, is based in Rochester, NY and specializes in Lindy Hop, the original form of swing dance from the 1920s and 1930s. Groove Juice Swing offers dance classes, weekly social dances, live band dance events, performances, and dance workshops throughout the year. Staff members and instructors are passionate about all things Lindy Hop, traveling all over the world to compete against and learn from the very best Lindy Hoppers. They bring that same commitment and enthusiasm to the dance community in Rochester.

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