Q: I'm new to swing dancing. Where do I
A: Welcome! You're in the right place. Check out our How It Works page
for a detailed description of our class progression and which class
to start with.
Q: Do I need any dance experience to take classes or
attend social dances?
A: None whatsoever! Most often we teach people with no previous
dance experience. If you're interested in weekly group classes, our
Swing 1: Intro
to Swing class is the best way to get started. Or, stop by our
social dance, Lindy Jam, where we offer a quick crash
course for new attendees starting at 9pm every Wednesday. We also
teach free 1-hour beginner lessons before all of our monthly
dances, our Groove Juice Specials. There
are plenty of opportunities to learn!
Q: Do I need a partner to take classes or attend social
A: You do not need a partner for either. However, you are
welcoming to bring one. In our classes, we rotate partners often.
This gives everyone a chance to meet new people and also experience
how everyone leads and follows differently. It is easy to develop
bad habits when dancing with only one person.
Q: What if I do have a partner and we want to work
together. Do we have to rotate?
A: We highly suggest rotating partners in classes so that you
don't develop bad dancing habits. You will learn faster and also
get to meet new people if you rotate! However, we will not force
you to rotate if you wish to only work with the partner you
Q: If I have taken some basic swing dance classes before,
where should I start?
A: Since many dance schools teach swing differently, we recommend
you start from the beginning with us by taking our Swing 1: Intro to
Swing class and go from there. There is no harm in going
back to basics! However, if you feel you would like to start at a
higher level, please email us for an evaluation.
Q: What kind of shoes are appropriate?
A: In general, as long as your shoes don't have extra grip or
traction on the bottom you'll probably be fine. We're lucky to have
a very nice, slick wood floor at our regular venue (the Historic
German House) so most shoes will allow you to move and pivot
easily. We also recommend not starting out in heels. Popular shoes
for swing dancers include Keds, which have a smooth rubber sole, or
shoes with suede or hard leather bottoms.
Q: What type of attire is appropriate for lessons and
For our classes and weekly dances, casual and comfortable clothing
is recommended. Many people wear jeans and t-shirts. You don't want
your clothes to be too restricting.
For our monthly dances we like to get
a little dressed up! Many of our dances have themes (like the
roaring 20s and masquerade balls), but in general we try to look
nice, like the dancers back at the Savoy Ballroom did! However,
there is no dress code enforced, so ultimately it is what you feel
Q: What types of dances do you teach?
A: Groove Juice Swing offers classes in many dance styles,
including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Blues, Solo Line Dances
(Shim Sham, Big Apple, etc.), Collegiate Shag, and even Soul
Dancing. We try to stay as authentic as possible - dancing (for the
most part) the way they did back in the 1920s-1940s.
Q: How physically demanding are these
A: You do not need to be in great physical shape to take our
classes, but you will get a slight workout from them sometimes! If
you are able to be on your feet moving for a full hour you'll do
fine in our classes.
Q: The registration forms ask me if I am a leader or a
follower - which am I?
A: As with most partnered dances, Lindy Hop has two roles
coming together to make everything work. The leader does things
like give a basic form and structure of the dance, confidently
deciding where to take the partnership. The follower interprets all
these forms, structures, and directions and fills them with the
style and expression that makes the dance shine. There is a lot of
overlap between the two roles - everyone has a chance to add style
and flair or take the dance in their own direction. All of the
Groove Juice Swing instructors practice both roles, and we
encourage you to try both during your dancing! For our classes, we
ask that you pick the role that sounds fun to you, and stick with
it for the duration of that class.
Q: When I see videos of swing dancing, there are all sorts
of tricks, jumps and flips. Will we be doing these?
A: We call these kinds of moves aerials, or air-steps, and no, we
will not be doing them in our classes or at social dances. In fact,
we have a strict no aerials policy at the ballroom. While these
steps are certainly fun to watch and are a part of the dance, they
are only used for performance and competition. Also, only
experienced dancers execute them after training with professionals
and proper safety technique.
Q: How long does it take to get good at these
A: It depends! You will be able to get out on the social dance
floor after just one lesson. After a few months you will be
swinging out with more confidence and ease. If you want to master
the dance, that can take several years. It all depends on how much
you dedicate yourself to the dance, practice, and travel to
workshops and events.
Q: What age groups typically attend classes and social
A: Our dance community is made up of everyone from high school age
to people who remember these dances from their childhood! We pride
ourselves on being welcoming to people of all ages and
Q: Do you allow drop-ins students for
A: For most of our classes we do not allow drop-in students in the
later weeks of a class session. Walk-ins are welcome at the start
of the first class in the session. You must register and pay for
all four weeks of the session before it begins. However, there are
some classes (like Cardio Charleston) where we allow drop-in
students, and it will be noted on registration page for that
Q: Do you offer private lessons?
A: Instructors are available for private and small group lessons.
Please email us if
you are interested. Prices vary based on number of students and
instructors, but are generally $40/hr for one student/one
instructor, or $75/hr for two students/one instructor.
Q: What is your make-up policy?
A: If you need to miss a class, please email us to arrange a
30-minute make-up class. We must charge a small fee for the
instructor's time and effort, but we try to keep it
Q: What's your refund policy?
A: Refunds on class registrations may be issued at the
instructors' discretion before the start of the first class.
Refunds for online payments will only be considered up to 30 days
after payment is received. Please email us for clarification or