Groove Juice Swing: Swing Dancing in Rochester, NY

Artem "Art" Pugachev



Born to a family of two self-taught musicians, from a young age Art was surrounded by music. What started off as listening to his dad's classic rock CDs and his mom's favorite musicals grew into a love for music of all kinds. Eventually, he discovered a particular affinity for blues and jazz which led to him joining RIT's Brick City Boppers, where he fell in love with Lindy Hop and hasn't been able to stop dancing since. In the following years, he traveled and danced at events such as CLHC, O-Town Showdown, DCLX, PittStop Lindy Hop, Stompology, and Swing Out New Hampshire. He has also picked up a love for finding jazz music he likes, categorizing it, and sharing it with his friends. In 2022, he joined up with Groove Juice Swing as a DJ Coordinator, and now works to enable others to discover and share the joy of jazz.

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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