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, Collegiate Shag, 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.

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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.

Public Practice Night (All Levels)

Begins Monday, January 7, 2019
  • $5, or FREE if you're taking a class during the week of the practice night you attend!
  • Dates: Every Monday Night!
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: At-door registration price is $5 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Come out on Monday nights for public practice nights! Practice what you've learned in class, bring new ideas and moves to work on, or just come dance and hang out with friends. Bring some music and dance Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Solo Jazz, or Shag! Admission is $5, or FREE if you're taking a class during the week of the practice night you attend! (Example: If you enrolled in a four week class, or if you're taking a drop-in class in the same week you attend practice.)

Fast Lindy Hop Register Online Fast Lindy Hop (4 weeks / Improver)

Begins Monday, March 4, 2019
  • Instructors: Evan and Jasmine
  • Dates: Mar 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.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 1-3 or equivalent experience
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

We're bumping up the beats per minute! Practice swinging out fast and get comfortable dancing to quicker tempos in this class. We have a bunch of exercises and tricks to help solidify your technique so that you can Lindy Hop at any tempo! We’ll also work on variations and stylings that work best for faster songs.

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

Begins Monday, March 4, 2019
  • Dates: Mar 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 it’s your first time partner dancing or you're adding swing to your repertoire, 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 3: Lindy Hop Expansion Register Online Swing 3: Lindy Hop Expansion (4 weeks / Beginner)

Begins Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Dates: Mar 5, 12, 19, & 26
  • 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: Lindy Hop & More
  • 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: Lindy Hop and More Register Online Swing 2: Lindy Hop and More (4 weeks / Beginner)

Begins Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Dates: Mar 6, 13, 20, & 27
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 1: Intro to Lindy Hop
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

During this four-week series you will apply the skills learned in Swing 1 as a basis for new footwork patterns in your dancing, such as 6 count. Then you’ll progress through some foundational skills that will increase your comfort and fun on the dance floor while preparing you for future Lindy Hop classes and the wide world of swing dancing!

Collegiate Shag 2 Register Online Collegiate Shag 2 (4 weeks / Improver)

Begins Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Guest Instructor Devon with Rebecca
  • Dates: Mar 6, 13, 20, & 27
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Collegiate Shag 1
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Continue learning Collegiate Shag during this follow-up class. In this class we'll continue to build on your up-tempo basics while adding new moves and shapes that focus on balance and momentum. Expect to see new moves like collegiate kicks, camel hops and shag saw.

Balboa 2 Register Online Balboa 2 (4 weeks / Improver)

Begins Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Dates: Mar 6, 13, 20, & 27
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Intro to Balboa
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

This four week series is a continuation of our popular Intro to Balboa Class. In it, we will solidify your understanding of the basics, delve into variations that can make your Balboa more interesting, and go into a number of fancy Balboa moves that will make you look great on the dance floor.

Dancing to Slow Music Register Online Dancing to Slow Music (4 weeks / Improver)

Begins Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Instructors: Mike and Joanna
  • Dates: Apr 1, 8, 15, & 22
  • 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 1-3
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

This class will teach you what to do when the music is too slow to swing out. We will be working on footwork, new rhythms, call & response, and moves that work well to slower tempos. Whether you are dancing to a gritty New Orleans tune or a jazz ballad, we have the moves for you!

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

Begins Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Dates: Apr 1, 8, 15, & 22
  • 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 Lindy Hop
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

During this four-week series you will apply the skills learned in Swing 1 as a basis for new footwork patterns in your dancing, such as 6 count. Then you’ll progress through some foundational skills that will increase your comfort and fun on the dance floor while preparing you for future Lindy Hop classes and the wide world of swing dancing!

Swing 3: Lindy Hop Expansion Register Online Swing 3: Lindy Hop Expansion (4 weeks / Beginner)

Begins Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • Dates: April 3, 10, 17, & 24
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 2: Lindy Hop & More
  • 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.

Charleston 1: 1920s Basics Register Online Charleston 1: 1920s Basics (4 weeks / Improver)

Begins Wednesday, April 3, 2019
  • Dates: April 3, 10, 17, & 24
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Social dance experience is encouraged but not required.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Come learn the basics of the dance that inspired the Lindy Hop! Charleston was one of the original swing dances, beginning in the early 1920s. Not only is it energetic and exciting in and of itself, but it's lots of fun to integrate into other forms of swing such as East Coast and Lindy Hop. No partner required.

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

Begins Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • Dates: May 1, 8, 15, & 22
  • 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 it’s your first time partner dancing or you're adding swing to your repertoire, 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!

Solo Jazz 1: Vernacular Jazz Basics Register Online Solo Jazz 1: Vernacular Jazz Basics (4 weeks / Improver)

Begins Tuesday, May 7, 2019
  • Instructor: Jasmine
  • Dates: May 7, 14, 21, & 28
  • 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

During this class, we will cover the basics of dancing to swinging jazz without a partner. Explore musicality and self expression, learn techniques and classic aesthetics, and expand your swing dance vocabulary! No previous experience with jazz dance is expected.

 

Future Classes

Generally, class sessions are 4 weeks long and begin the first week of each month. Each class session generally consists of 1 class night per week. 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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