Groove Juice Swing: Swing Dancing in Rochester, NY

Policies

Code of Conduct

Groove Juice Swing is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of workshops or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated at any event venue, including dances, workshops, competitions, Twitter, Facebook, and other online media. 

We hope that our dances, classes, and events will provide a chance for you to engage in social situations and learn new skills, pushing you outside of your artistic comfort zone. No other behaviors, speech, or actions that make our patrons feel uncomfortable, threatened, or harassed will be tolerated. Please do not offer unsolicited advice to other students in class out of respect for their learning environment. 

We reserve the right to take any action we deem necessary to deal with harassment. This includes verbal warnings, asking people to leave the event immediately without refund, banning individual(s) from all Groove Juice Swing events and contacting law enforcement officials. 

Alcohol Policy:

While many of Groove Juice Swing's events are alcohol free, occasional dances will involve the presence of alcohol. Please drink responsibly, which means committing to never drive a car under the influence and reflecting seriously upon your personal limits and how you may act while under the influence. Inebriation is not an excuse for harassing behavior. Underage drinking or providing alcohol to those under 21 years will absolutely not be tolerated and may result in being banned from Groove Juice events.

Reporting Harassment

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of Groove Juice Swing or our event staff immediately. If you notice any harassment occurring on or around the premises of our events please also bring this to our attention. You can contact us by: 

  • Emailing us at info@groovejuiceswing.com
  • Approaching any member of the Groove Juice staff
  • Reaching out to a front desk volunteer
  • Leaving a note in our Suggestions Box

Groove Juice Swing is happy to help participants contact venue staff or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe and all complaints will be kept in strictest confidence. Additional resources are available at http://www.cityofrochester.gov/domesticviolence/ and at http://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-central-western-new-york/restore.

Privacy policy

Information collected by Groove Juice Swing from visitors to our website or from their computers will remain private and confidential. Groove Juice Swing may collect phone numbers, email addresses, or mailing address information from visitors, but that information will never be used for any purpose other than distribution of information to those visitors about Groove Juice Swing, our classes and events, or a visitor's registration for those classes and events.

Groove Juice Swing will never release any personal information submitted from a website visitor to any outside party, nor will we distribute any submitted email addresses to any outside organization or group. Should Groove Juice Swing be requested to release any information collected from a visitor to our website, that visitor will be notified and the decision to forward addresses or information will lie in his or her hands.

If a visitor registers for a Groove Juice Swing class or event via our website, we will require that visitor to supply an email address for our records and for distribution of class notices and special announcements. This includes a verification of the visitor's registration as well as any welcoming messages that we may have for our future students.

Safety policy

Lindy Hop is an athletic, high-paced style of dance, often involving acrobatic displays. For safety, Groove Juice Swing prohibits execution of air-steps, flips, other acrobatic maneuvers during its classes and events.

Class and event attendees assume all responsibility and liability for any injuries they might suffer or cause during, and/or as a result of their participation in Groove Juice Swing events. Groove Juice Swing does not assume responsibility for injury to attendees' due to their personal behavior.

Class policies

The refund, retake and referral policies below apply only to weekly Groove Juice Swing class sessions, and do not apply to workshop events such as Northeast Girl Jam, Stompology, or Slow Dance Soiree.

Our refund policy

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. Contact us at info@groovejuiceswing.com for clarification or questions.

Our retake policy

In the interest of providing the best dance education possible to its students, Groove Juice Swing's policy is to allow students to retake any core curriculum class (Swing 1-4, Bal 1-2, Charleston 1-2) at 1/2 normal price at any time.

To be eligible for any discount, students must have taken and completed a full session in the specified class, in whichever role they plan to retake that class. Leaders planning to retake the class as followers (and vice versa) are expected to register and pay for the class normally.

Should a student decide to retake an intro level class, he or she has two options for registration:

  • Mail-in registration: Students should print out and mail in the registration form as is the normal procedure. Do not include payment; in the "additional info" section at the bottom of the form the student should include a note indicating that he or she is retaking the class. Any balance will be collected at the door.
  • Online registration: Students should follow the link for online registration, complete the online form and "Submit" as is the normal procedure. Do not continue to the payment procedure via PayPal; the student should send an email to info@groovejuiceswing.com after registering to indicate that he or she is retaking the class. Any balance will be collected at the door.

Students should be aware that first-time, full-paying students are the group's priority. In the eventuality of students needing individual attention from teachers, whether inside or outside of class, paying students will be given first priority before any student taking advantage of the retake policy.

Although there is no official policy that limits the number of times a student may retake a certain class, the group may decide to deny a student the retake opportunity if it feels the student will not be able to gain any additional experience from the class.

Our refer-a-friend policy

We are always excited to have new students. Groove Juice Swing offers a discount to students who sign up a friend and "spread the love".

Any student who refers another will receive a $5 discount off the price of any one class session. We can only offer this discount once per student per class session; there are no additional discounts for referring multiple friends.

To be eligible, a student (and the student's friend) must make it known at the time of registration that he/she is taking advantage of this policy, and both must be registering for a scheduled upcoming class session. There are two options for doing this:

  • Mail-in registration: Students should print out and mail in the registration form as is the normal procedure. In the "additional info" section at the bottom of the form the student should include a note indicating the name of the friend that he or she is referring, and submit the modified payment amount.
  • Online registration: Students should follow the link for online registration, complete the online form and "Submit" as is the normal procedure. Do not continue to the payment procedure via PayPal; the student should send an email to info@groovejuiceswing.com after registering to indicate the name of the friend that he or she is referring. Groove Juice Swing will contact those students registering in this manner with payment instructions. 

Refer-a-friend for Swing 1

Any student who has already completed Swing 1 may retake it for free when a friend of theirs pays in full for the same session. We can only offer this discount once per student per class session; there are no additional discounts for referring multiple friends. To claim this offer, email us after you and your friend are both registered (your friend pays, and you should not).

Class size policy

In the case where there are 3 or less students signed up for a class, we will hold the first class of the series as planned, but may cancel the remaining weeks (usually 3) and refund 75% of each student's payment for the series. This choice will be up to the descretion of the class instructors at the time.

Due to space limitations, classes are capped at 50 people. In the case where more than 50 people sign up, we may split into two smaller groups.

Snow policy

We do our best to hold class as normal throughout this snowy season. However, if roads are dangerous and class needs to be canceled and rescheduled, we will email students and post on social media by  noon the day of class. For this reason, please make sure to provide an accurate email so we can reach you on these occasions.

Make up/review classes

For Swing 1, we offer $5 half-hour group review sessions directly preceding each class, weeks 2, 3 & 4. This is for students who miss a week to make up the material, and also for those who want a little more time with the instructors. RSVPs are requested via email to each class session's instructors.

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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