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. Preregister to get a discount, or sign up at the door the first day of class! If a 4 week series isn't for you, we encourage you to drop-in at the door to either our  Cardio Charleston fitness class, or our free beginner swing dance lesson. The free lesson is held every Wednesday at 9pm during  Lindy Jam, our weekly social dance.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

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

Begins Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Instructors: Evan and Rebecca
  • Dates: July 9, 16, 23, & 30
  • 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 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.

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Intro to Tap Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Intro to Tap

Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Instructor: Caroline
  • Dates: July 9
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $15 preregistered. At-door registration price is $12 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Tap Dancing is a very close relative of Lindy Hop. They both developed in parallel with the jazz and swing music of the early part of the 20th Century. In this class, Caroline will get you started with the fundamental techniques of Rhythm Tap Dancing. You'll be a regular Fred Astaire in no time! No prior dance experience (Tap or Lindy Hop) required. Come with or without tap shoes.

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

Begins Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Instructors: Mike, Meghan, and Jasmine
  • 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.

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

Begins Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Instructors: Corinne and Dominic
  • Dates: July 11, 18, 25 & Aug 1st
  • 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!

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Solo Jazz 101 Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Solo Jazz 101

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Instructor: Jasmine
  • Dates: July 11
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Do you know how to Suzie-Q? How about Fall of the Log? Or Shorty George? Learn authentic jazz steps that originated in the 1920s and 30s with instructor Jasmine Mead! During this intro to solo jazz class, Jasmine will break down classic solo jazz and Charleston moves so that dancers of all levels can master the technique and aesthetic of the dance. No previous experience with jazz dance is expected.

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Steal Jams Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Steal Jams

Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Instructors: Corinne and Ross
  • Dates: July 16
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Intermediate. Solid grasp of swing outs, plus basic understanding of common patterns in both 6 and 8 count footwork
  • 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 2018 Drop-In: Drags Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Drags

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Instructors: Evan and Rebecca
  • Dates: July 18th
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Advanced: We require at least 1 year active social dance and class experience, or instructor approval.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Drags are a classic move in a lot of dance styles, and Lindy Hop is no exception! It's a versitile movement suitable for both the slowest of tunes and a lightning fast jam circle! Come learn this tricky but rewarding movement with Rebecca and Evan.

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Jam Circle Throwdown Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Jam Circle Throwdown

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Instructors: Doriel and Jasmine
  • Dates: July 25
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Intermediate. Solid grasp of swing outs, familiarity with tandem Charleston, and comfort dancing at faster tempos suggested.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

You've seen it before: the band is playing a high energy song and the dancers have created a big circle around one partnership in the middle of the dance floor. It's a jam circle - the perfect time to throw down on the dance floor with your partner! Join Doriel and Jasmine during this workshop to get the scoop on jam circle etiquette, how to create combos of moves to use during one, and just why Lindy Hoppers all over the world love this high-energy dance floor phenomenon. Put it all into practice with jam circles during class! Jam circles aren't just for advanced dancers. Anyone can jump in!

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Harlem Charleston Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Harlem Charleston

Monday, July 30, 2018
  • Instructors: Corinne and Ross
  • Dates: July 30
  • Time: 7:00pm-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Intermediate. Must have solid understanding of partnered Charleston, especially face to face connection.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

In the 1920s, before there was the Lindy Hop, there was Charleston! In this class, Corinne and Ross will teach you a whole new way to connect in your dancing: Harlem Charleston. This position a variation on face-to-face Charleston, and encourages both leaders and followers to improvise some cool footwork. They’ll lead you through the basics, then show you how to weave Harlem Charleston in with all the other Charleston connections you already know!

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

Begins Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Dates: Aug 6, 13, 20, & 27
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • 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!

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

Begins Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Dates: Sept 4, 11, 18, & 25
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • 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!

 

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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