Groove Juice Swing: Swing Dancing in Rochester, NY

Level 1: Swing

Swing Basics (Level 1A)

If you've never been introduced to swing dancing, or if it's been a while, then this is the class for you! In this four-week series, students will learn basic Swing and Charleston moves, and how to feel comfortable on the social dance floor.

Swing Expansion (Level 1B)

In this four-week series students will expand upon skills learned in our Swing Basics class. This includes new moves to add to your repertoire, Charleston and turn variations, and a fun routine. Students will also improve their technique and musicality skills, preparing them for an easy transition to Lindy Hop!

Beginning Tap

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. This four week session will get you started with the fundamental techniques of Rhythm Tap Dancing. Starting with shuffles and flaps, and moving on to paradiddles and maxi-fords, 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.

Sugar Pushes!

Sugar pushes are one of the most important moves of the modern swing dancer. They may look simple, but they have a lot of depth and they can feel really great when you get the connection working right. Come on out to learn one of the most influential Lindy Hop moves of the modern era!

Tap 2

So, you can shuffle and flap, and you're ready for more! This tap class will build on what you have learned in Beginning Tap by continuing to refine your technique through more quintessential tap steps as well as some more complex patterns inspired by the classic hoofers of the early part of the 20th century.

Coles & Atkins Softshoe Tap Routine

Come learn one of the most quintessential tap routines of all time. Charles Coles and Cholly Atkins choreographed and performed this classic soft shoe tap routine to a solo piano version of "Taking a Chance on Love." It's most defining characteristic is that it is very slow. The steps themselves are relatively simple, however doing them with accurate rhythm and clarity is surprisingly challenging. Tap dancers of all levels are welcome to take this class, as long as you can shuffle and flap. See you there!

Swing 1: Intro to Swing

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! Students will learn moves that are fun and easy and will make you smile from the first day. You'll learn a basis for the Lindy Hop, the original high-energy partnered jazz dance invented during the late 1920s in Harlem.

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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