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.

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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, August 6, 2018
  • $5, or FREE if you're taking a class during the week of the practice night you attend!
  • Dates: Every Monday
  • Time: 7:00-8:30pm
  • 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.)

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Who's Sailing This Ship, Anyway? Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Who's Sailing This Ship, Anyway?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
  • Instructors: Doriel and Jasmine
  • Dates: August 21
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 1-3 or equivalent experience. Experience in other intermediate classes helpful.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Leaders initiate and followers respond. But during a dance, followers also initiate, and leaders respond. In this workshop, Doriel and Jasmine break down this idea of a dance as a conversation - with both partners listening and contributing. Leaders, work on listening and adapting to your partner's ideas. Followers, learn to communicate your movement ideas with conviction and intention. Everyone leads, because every partner can take the dance in new direction. And everyone follows, because we're all following the music!

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Dips Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Dips

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • Instructors: Evan and Rebecca
  • Dates: August 22
  • 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. 1 year active social dance and class experience, or instructor approval required.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

If you've been looking for exciting new ways to end a dance or accent that unique moment in a song, come learn some dips from Rebecca and Evan! You'll learn techniques to safely and confidently add this type of movement to your dancing. This class will focus on how to request, give, and refuse weight sharing within your dancing to allow for greater options of expression while keeping you and your partner on your feet!

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Collegiate Shag Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Collegiate Shag

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Instructors: Rebecca and special guest instructor Devon
  • Dates: August 28
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Collegiate shag is an exciting partner dance primarily done to uptempo swing and traditional jazz music. This introductory class will focus on the fundamentals of the dance and basic moves. Come learn an energetic dance that's in the midst of a resurgence in the swing community!

Swing 1: Intro to Lindy Hop Register Online Swing 1: Intro to Lindy Hop (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 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!

Intro to Solo Jazz Register Online Intro to Solo Jazz (4 weeks / All Levels)

Begins Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Instructor: Jasmine
  • Dates: Sept 4, 11, 18, & 25
  • 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

Solo jazz dancing grew out of tap dancing and Lindy Hop, alongside jazz music of the 20s and 30s. Now it's a popular way for Lindy Hoppers all over the world to explore creativity and musicality! In this class, we'll learn the foundations of basic solo jazz vocabulary and aesthetics, all while developing our own solo jazz style. Along the way, we'll combine our new vocab into a mini routine to work on transitions and phrasing. No solo jazz or Lindy Hop experience required!

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

Begins Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Instructors: Rebecca and Greg
  • Dates: Sept 5, 12, 19, & 26
  • 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.

Six Count Focus Register Online Six Count Focus (4 weeks / Intermediate)

Begins Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Instructors: Corinne and Mike
  • Dates: Sept 5, 12, 19, & 26
  • 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 1-2 or equivalent experience
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

For this 4 week class, we'll be focusing on a bunch of new options for your dancing while working with six count footwork patterns. More than just basics and change places, six count footwork can bring a whole range of fun new shapes and options for musicality to your dancing.

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

Begins Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Instructors: Evan and Jeselle
  • Dates: Sept 10, 17, 24 & Oct 1
  • 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!

Whitey's Big Apple Register Online Whitey's Big Apple (4 weeks / All Levels)

Begins Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Instructors: Corinne and Jasmine
  • Dates: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: May be more challenging for beginners with no solo jazz experience, but we welcome dancers at all levels.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

The Big Apple is a high energy circle dance of traditional jazz steps that was popular in the late 1930s. In 1938, Frankie Manning choreographed a version for a fantastic team of dancers, Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, to be featured in the film Keep Punching. Today, swing dancers around the world know the choreography and often break into dance when the catchy tune comes on during any old social dance. We're so excited for Rochester to learn it!

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

Begins Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Instructors: Evan and Corinne
  • Dates: Oct 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, October 3, 2018
  • Dates: Oct 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.
  • 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!

Lindy Hop Routine Class Register Online Lindy Hop Routine Class (6 weeks / Intermediate)

Begins Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Choreographers/Instructors: Rebecca Boerman & TBD
  • Dates: Oct 30; Nov 6, 13, & 27; Dec 4 & 11; Plus performance Dec 15th.
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $75 preregistered. At-door registration price is $85 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 3 or equivalent experience.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Got the performance bug? Want to show off your skills in a fun new routine? Come join us for a six week choreography class, and learn a routine to perform at the Red Hot Holiday Ball on December 15th! This class will focus on a fun and accessible routine , and you can plan to pick up some performance tips and tricks along the way! Learn how to work in formations, perform partnered and solo choreography, all while working together as a team. No partner or performance experience necessary.

Balboa Choreography Register Online Balboa Choreography (6 weeks / Intermediate)

Begins Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Choreographers/Instructors: Joanna and Mike
  • Dates: Oct 31; Nov 7 , 14, & 28; Dec 5 & 12; Plus performance Dec 15th.
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $75 preregistered. At-door registration price is $85 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Balboa 2 or equivalent experience
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Calling all Balboa Dancers! We have a fun routine planned for you with lots of formations and musicality. Joanna and Mike will be heading up this routine, so you know it'll be great! This number will be performed at our Holiday Ball in December!

Shim Sham Register Online Shim Sham

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
  • Dates: November 7
  • 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

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!

 

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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