Stompology 2017

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. We hope this encourages you to register early!

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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

For both guys and girls—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.

Summer 2017 Drop-in Series: Tap Jam Register Online Summer 2017 Drop-in Series: Tap Jam

Monday, July 31, 2017
  • Part of our Summer Drop-In class series; One night dance classes to improve and expand your dancing!
  • Dates: July 31
  • Time: 8:30-9:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Basic Tap Skills
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Improvisation is an important part of all jazz dancing, and Tap Dance is no exception. Students who have learned the basic steps in Tap are welcome to participate, whether you have just taken a basic class or whether you've been tapping for years. There is often a bit of anxiety in putting yourself out there and inventing your own rhythms; this session aims to help us all overcome those feelings and find the joy in jamming!

Summer 2017 Drop-In: Inspiration from Al Minns (All Levels)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
  • Part of our Summer Drop-In class series; One night dance classes to improve and expand your dancing!
  • Dates: July 25
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Albert Minns (1920–1985) was an influential Lindy Hopper and Jazz Dancer who began his career in Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. He was a member of the famed Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, had a touring career with fellow teammate Leon James, and partnered with Sugar Sullivan during his later years. His film credits include Hellzapoppin', Hot Chocolate, The Spirit Moves, and many others. In this class we will watch some of Al's original clips and incorporate his solo and partnered movement into our own dancing!

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

Begins Monday, August 7, 2017
  • Dates: August 7, 14, 21, & 28
  • 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 2: The Lindy Hop
  • 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.

Summer 2017 Drop-In: How To Practice Register Online Summer 2017 Drop-In: How To Practice (2 weeks / Intermediate/Advanced)

Begins Wednesday, August 23, 2017
  • Part of our Summer Drop-In class series; 2 week special class! Come back on Sept 6th for a follow up. If you can only attend the first week, feel free to drop-in for $15.
  • Dates: August 23, Follow Up September 6
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $25 preregistered. At-door registration price is $30 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

We've all heard the adage: "practice makes perfect!", but how exactly does one go about learning Lindy Hop and jazz dance in an effective & enjoyable way? In this class, Doriel & Rebecca will share some strategies to structuring your dance practice time.Much like practicing scales and arpeggios on an instrument, we'll work through some drills and rhythms to practice often that will improve your Lindy Hop. We'll spend time evaluating what type of learning styles work best for you, and try out these learning techniques to break down and practice a challenging new step seen in a video clip. Doriel & Rebecca will share tips and stories about successful and not-so-successful times they spent practicing in the studio, such as by interleaving or blocking skills, building creativity with a practice partner, and choosing practice music wisely.Whether on your own at the studio, with a partner at Lindy Jam, or during class with your classmates and instructor there to guide you, we hope you'll find a venue to apply these practice skills!

Summer 2017 Drop-In Series: European Inspirations Register Online Summer 2017 Drop-In Series: European Inspirations

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Part of our Summer Drop-In class series; One night dance classes to improve and expand your dancing!
  • Dates: August 16
  • 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

Calling all Rochester Lindy Hoppers! Doriel & Rebecca would love to share with you some fresh inspiration straight from Europe. After spending two weeks dancing with people from all over the world at Herräng Dance Camp, they have new rhythms, techniques, moves, and perspectives to work with!

Balboa 1 Register Online Balboa 1 (4 weeks / All Levels)

Begins Monday, July 31, 2017
  • Dates: Jul 31, Aug 7, 14, 21
  • Time: 8:30-9:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

This four week series is your chance to get up to speed in Balboa & Bal-Swing even if you have never danced before. Balboa originated in Southern California during the 20's and increased in popularity until World War II, and is named for the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California where the dance was invented. The close embrace makes it perfect for fast tempos and crowded spaces, and the intricate footwork makes this dance exciting and seriously addictive! This class is open to dancers of all levels (beginner to advanced) who are looking to learn Balboa or brush up on the fundamentals.

Swing 1: Intro to Swing Register Online Swing 1: Intro to Swing (4 weeks / Beginner)

Begins Tuesday, August 1, 2017
  • Dates: August 1, 8, 15, 22
  • 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 you are new to swing or it’s your first time partner dancing, 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!

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

Begins Wednesday, August 2, 2017
  • Dates: August 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: Swing 1: Intro to Swing
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

The Lindy Hop is the original high-energy partnered jazz dance, invented during the late 1920s in Harlem and popularized in the '30s and '40s. During this four-week series you will apply the skills learned in Swing 1 as a basis for Lindy Hop. This class will focus on the fundamentals of the dance, swing outs and other classic moves that made Lindy Hop so popular.

Summer 2017 Drop-In: Balboa Flair and Footwork Styling Register Online Summer 2017 Drop-In: Balboa Flair and Footwork Styling

Monday, August 14, 2017
  • Part of our Summer Drop-In class series; One night dance classes to improve and expand your dancing!
  • Dates: August 14
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Balboa 2
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

We'll be adding some flair to your Balboa in this one-day workshop. In this class both leaders and followers will gain the power to express their own creative styling. Some of what we'll cover includes foot fans, clocks, invent-your-own rhythm variations, and how to incorporate them into your dancing.

Summer 2017 Drop-In: Connection and Redirection Register Online Summer 2017 Drop-In: Connection and Redirection

Monday, August 7, 2017
  • Part of our Summer Drop-In class series; One night dance classes to improve and expand your dancing!
  • Dates: August 7
  • Time: 7:00-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 3
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Connection is key! Come out and learn to enhance your connection with your partner through fun moves that redirect movement and momentum to allow surprise and delight on the social dance floor. Stephanie and Evan will guide you through how to make your moves feel smooth but clear, utilizing the momentum you both give and receive in your dancing. You’ll start with variations on the humble tuck turn and expand into much more, including variations for your swing out.

Summer 2017 Drop-In: Dips and Drags Register Online Summer 2017 Drop-In: Dips and Drags

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
  • Part of our Summer Drop-In class series; One night dance classes to improve and expand your dancing!
  • Dates: August 2
  • 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 3
  • 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 and drags 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 2017 Drop-In: Connecting More with Live Musicians Register Online Summer 2017 Drop-In: Connecting More with Live Musicians

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
  • Part of our Summer Drop-In class series; One night dance classes to improve and expand your dancing!
  • Dates: August 9
  • Time: 7:15-8:30pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $20 preregistered. At-door registration price is $25 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 2
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Join Michael Sherman, the Vintage Jazz Collective, and Doriel and Rebecca for a presentation of musical and rhythmic hooks that swing musicians use in their music. The Vintage Jazz Collective will present common musical themes, rhythms, and melodies, and Doriel and Rebecca will prepare you to dance to them! Once you are aware of these legendary musical devices, you will be able to anticipate what’s ahead in your dancing.

Summer 2017 Drop-In: DJ Meetup Register Online Summer 2017 Drop-In: DJ Meetup

Monday, August 21, 2017
  • Dates: August 7, 14, 21, & 28
  • Time: 8:30-9:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $5 preregistered. At-door registration price is $5 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Calling all swing music lovers! Whether you are an experienced DJ looking to expand your collection and talk shop, or just starting your collection, come out to our DJ Meetup! Our goal is to dive into the music: Lots of listening, lots of sharing details about artists, albums, song titles. Everyone is encouraged to bring their collection, whether it is large or small, and be prepared to share some songs, ask questions, and brainstorm. Tips for how to handle common DJ tasks like selecting songs for birthday jams, snowballs, and performances will be discussed. You'll also learn some concepts for how to select music that suits varying levels of dancers, and varying styles such as Balboa, Charleston, and solo jazz, in addition to Lindy Hop.

 

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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