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 is the best way to get started. Another great
option is to stop by our weekly social dance where we offer
a quick crash course for new attendees. We also teach free 1-hour
beginner lessons before all of our monthly dances. 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 classes or dances, however,
you are welcoming to bring one. Our social dances try to keep in
the spirit of social dancing in the Swing Era, where dancers would
ask many partners, both old friends and new faces, to dance
throughout the event. 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, plus we find it is easy
to develop bad habits when dancing with only one
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 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
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), and 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
For the comfort of all our attendees, we ask that everyone
arrives reasonably clean and free of odor. We know everyone wants
to smell their best, but it's also possible to go too far with
cologne, perfume, and other frangrances. Some people are sensitive
to excessive fragrance, so please keep the comfort of everyone in
mind and use fragranced products sparingly.
Q: What types of dances do you teach?
A: Groove Juice Swing offers classes in many dance styles,
including 6-count swing (or "East Coast Swing"), Lindy Hop,
Charleston, Balboa, Blues, Solo Line Dances (Shim Sham, Big Apple,
etc.) and even Soul Dancing. We try to stay as authentic as
possible - dancing (for the most part) the way they did back in the
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! If you are
able to go for a walk around the block, you'll do fine in our
Q: The registration forms ask me if I am a leader or a
follower - which am I?
A: In Lindy Hop, both leaders and followers make creative choices
and influence the dance's direction. We like to say that the dance
is a conversation; both partners have something to say! We often
describe the leader's role as one of starting an idea (like a shape
or direction) and the follower's role as one of finishing the idea
(or creating something new based off of it). 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. We don't associate genders with dance roles
in our scene. Everyone can lead and everyone can follow, and many
people do both! 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
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 used only for performance and competition by experienced
dancers after extensive training with proper tools like crash mats
and other safety tools that we cannot provide.
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: We welcome people of all ages to attend our events! We have
regular attendees from high school age all the way up to 90+ years
old! We pride ourselves on being welcoming to people of all
ages and backgrounds. Some of our monthly special
events involve a cash bar, and of course can only be utilized by
attendees 21 years of age and older.
Q: Do you allow drop-ins students for
A: For most of our classes we do not allow drop-in students. A
'drop-in' or 'walk-in' student is someone looking to attend just
one week out of a multi-class series. You must register and pay for
all four weeks of the session before it begins. However, there are
some classes (like Cardio Charleston, or a class that is
only one night long anyway) where we allow drop-in students, and it
will be noted on registration page for that class.
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