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.

 

Classes starting soon!

Solo Jazz Vocab (All Levels)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • This class is ONLINE. Preregister and you will be sent a link to the online classroom.
  • Dates: April 1
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: The Lindy Compound [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $ if space is available.

In this class we'll break down and explore a few of the most fundamental solo jazz moves that you see at Lindy Jam, in your classes, and that make up our favorite routines like Shim Sham, Tranky Doo, the Jive and more! This is a stand-alone class but is a great introduction into the routine classes later in the month.

Shim Sham Register Online Shim Sham

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
  • This class is ONLINE. Preregister and you will be sent a link to the online classroom.
  • Dates: April 8th
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: The Lindy Compound [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $ if space is available.

The most popular and well-known solo jazz choreography out there, Frankie Manning's Shim Sham is danced all over the world. This Lindy Hop line dance can be seen regularly at events and we'd love to have you join in! 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. This class is a great intro to solo jazz dancing, and is open to everyone from first-timers to experienced Lindy Hop dancers!

"Doin' The Jive" Workshop Register Online "Doin' The Jive" Workshop

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
  • This class is ONLINE. Preregister and you will be sent a link to the online classroom.
  • Dates: April 15th
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: The Lindy Compound [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $ if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: May be more challenging for beginners with no solo jazz experience, but we welcome dancers at all levels.

Learn a cool, expressive, and fun Solo Jazz routine: "Doin' the Jive"! This is a call and response routine, meaning the lyrics of the song will tell you what to do but you decide how to do it! This routine was choreographed by Kelly Porter, Joshua Welter, and Michael Faltesek to the song "Doin' the Jive" by the Careless Lovers. It was first brought to Rochester by Mike Faltesek in 2012 at Stompology.

Tranky Doo Workshop Register Online Tranky Doo Workshop

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • This class is ONLINE. Preregister and you will be sent a link to the online classroom.
  • Dates: April 22nd and 29th
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: The Lindy Compound [map]
  • Cost: $25 preregistered. At-door registration price is $ if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: May be more challenging for beginners with no solo jazz experience, but we welcome dancers at all levels.

The Tranky Doo is a solo jazz dance routine choreographed by Savoy Ballroom dancer Pepsi Bethel during the 1940s. It first appeared on film in the documentary The Spirit Moves and features classic and challenging jazz steps like the fall-of-the-log, hallelujah rocks, and shouts. Lindy Hoppers of today still love to perform this routine! Come learn it in this workshop and add it to your jazz dance repertoire.

 

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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