Groove Juice Swing: Swing Dancing in Rochester, NY

Lindy Hop Workshops with Rafal in Rochester March 24

Join us for a day of Lindy Hop workshops with Rafal in Rochester on Saturday, March 24!

We welcome the Boilermaker Jazz Band from Pittsburgh, PA to the German House for a masquerade-themed evening swing dance, 8-11pm.


Best value: $60 for all classes + dance (preregistered by Friday, March 24)
All your other options:
- $75 for all classes + dance at the door
- $15/hour for classes at the door
- $20 for the evening dance at the door

10-11am Solo Jazz: Rafal will share his inspiration from the original dancers, and work on jazz steps with a tap dancing mentality.
11:15-1:15pm Rhythm & Technique: Let's break down the mechanics of our basic Lindy Hop rhythm. What else can you do with with rock steps and triple steps? Rafal will share not only his own interpretation of the building blocks of Lindy Hop, but also how Frankie Manning did them
2:30-3:30pm Flow & Musicality: How can you use 6-count rhythms while dancing to 8-count music?  Going from one move or rhythm to the next can be tricky, but Rafal has some tips and tricks on how he keeps the dance flowing!
3:30-4:30pm Lefty Handshake: There are many different ways to connect with your partner in Lindy Hop, and Rafal's got a few fun ones up his sleeve! For the last workshop of the day, he'll share some of the creative moves he's excited about.

7-8pm: Free beginner lesson with GJS
8-11pm: Dance to the Boilermaker Jazz Band.

Rafal Pustelny is a vibrant young dancer and teacher who is passionate about all things dance! After relocating to NYC in 2010 from Poland with his family, Rafal became addicted to the authentic American Jazz dance forms Lindy Hop, Charleston and Balboa, and quickly established himself in NYC as a top social dancer. Seven years later, his wide knowledge and skill in various styles placed him top in international competitions and opened many opportunities to teach all over the states. Rafal works with several regional performance groups including "Roddy Caravella's Canarsie Wobblers," as well as dancing with the "Amazebals," the "Big Apple Lindy Hoppers," the "Lindy Hop All-Stars," and the "Vanaver Caravan." A Frankie Manning Foundation Ambassador, he also teaches and performs with "You Should Be Dancing" studios and The Harlem Swing Dance Society.

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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