Groove Juice Swing: Swing Dancing in Rochester, NY

Roaring 20s Party & Charleston Workshops

Roaring 20s Party & Charleston Workshops

This page is for workshop registration only.

Come experience the dance that the 1923 New York Times calls "the most exciting steps of the season", and 1926 Theatre Magazine calls a "wriggling vulgarity." Put on the ritz and your dance shoes and come be a part of one of Groove Juice Swing's most beloved parties of the year: The Roaring 20s Party!


We will be featuring FOUR DJs plus a Charleston performance by Jo Monroe. A free beginner 20s Charleston lesson will also be held before the dance for anyone who wants to learn the basics for the first time or brush up on their skills, "wriggling" optional.
Guests are encouraged to dress in period style and experience one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history. We will have a candid photographer as well as themed selfie station! Drop by at 7pm if you would like to join the beginner 20s Charleston lesson, or arrive at 8pm to come in time for the first DJ to start their set!


In addition to the party, Groove Juice Swing is hosting a series of workshops during the day!

No previous experience is necessary. Come with or without a partner. 


$70 preregistered. At-door registration price is $20/workshop ($80 for all) if space is available.
For workshop registration, see our Classes page or click here. All payments for entry to the dance will be accepted at the door.

Workshop Schedule


Class Title

Class Description

11:00am - 12:00pm

Solo Charleston Technique

Do you wish your Charleston looked more relaxed and easy? Does Charleston still feel awkward and clunky in your body? Are you brand new to solo Charleston? In this class, we'll break down our Charleston down to the building blocks again, and explore classic jazz steps in a new way. We'll work on incorporating our full body to honor the roots of the dance and breathe new life into our movement. This class will be a great introduction for dancers new to Charleston, and will be a challenge for more experienced dancers as well.

Prerequisites: None, but more experienced dancers will be challenged as well.

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Solo Charleston Improvisation

You're at a social dance, a great Charleston song comes on, and you're inspired to try out some of your solo moves. What happens next? In this class, we'll explore how to create variations on the fundamentals of solo Charleston. By riffing on familiar rhythms, incorporating full body movement, and making jazz steps feel new again, we'll work on developing skills that translate directly to solo movement improvisation. No more running out of moves halfway through a song!

Prerequisites: some Charleston experience, or attending the Solo Charleston Technique workshop.

1:15pm - 2:30pm

Lunch Break

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Tandem Charleston Basics

Come learn one of the most distinctive styles in Charleston dance - Tandem! This position places the two dancers in line facing the same direction, with lot's of the kicking and movement like you've come to expect from Charleston. We'll show you how to integrate this unique position into your dancing and help you get comfortable with it.

Prerequisite: Partnered Charleston 1 or equivalent experience.

3:45pm - 4:45pm

Tandem Charleston Entries and Exits

Stick around for more Tandem! You'll learn new, cool ways to get into and out of Tandem Charleston as well as fun moves and variations on the position that will add dynamics to your dancing.

Prerequisite: attending the Tandem Charleston Basics workshop.

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.

Groove Juice Swing is a grateful recipient of the Monroe County JumpstARTS Grant Program.

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