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. Preregister to get a discount, or sign up at the door the first day of class! If a 4 week series isn't for you, we encourage you to drop-in at the door to either our  Cardio Charleston fitness class, or our free beginner swing dance lesson. The free lesson is held every Wednesday at 9pm during  Lindy Jam, our weekly social dance.July

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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

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 2018 Drop-In: Drags (Intermediate)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Instructors: Evan and Rebecca
  • Dates: July 18th
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Advanced: We require at least 1 year active social dance and class experience, or instructor approval.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Drags are a classic move in a lot of dance styles, and Lindy Hop is no exception! It's a versitile movement suitable for both the slowest of tunes and a lightning fast jam circle! Come learn this tricky but rewarding movement with Rebecca and Evan.

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Intro to Balboa Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Intro to Balboa

Monday, July 23, 2018
  • Instructors: Mike and Joanna
  • Dates: July 23
  • 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

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.

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Jam Circle Throwdown Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Jam Circle Throwdown

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Instructors: Doriel and Jasmine
  • Dates: July 25
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Intermediate. Solid grasp of swing outs, familiarity with tandem Charleston, and comfort dancing at faster tempos suggested.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

You've seen it before: the band is playing a high energy song and the dancers have created a big circle around one partnership in the middle of the dance floor. It's a jam circle - the perfect time to throw down on the dance floor with your partner! Join Doriel and Jasmine during this workshop to get the scoop on jam circle etiquette, how to create combos of moves to use during one, and just why Lindy Hoppers all over the world love this high-energy dance floor phenomenon. Put it all into practice with jam circles during class! Jam circles aren't just for advanced dancers. Anyone can jump in!

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Harlem Charleston Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Harlem Charleston

Monday, July 30, 2018
  • Instructors: Corinne and Ross
  • Dates: July 30
  • Time: 7:00pm-8:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Intermediate. Must have solid understanding of partnered Charleston, especially face to face connection.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

In the 1920s, before there was the Lindy Hop, there was Charleston! In this class, Corinne and Ross will teach you a whole new way to connect in your dancing: Harlem Charleston. This position a variation on face-to-face Charleston, and encourages both leaders and followers to improvise some cool footwork. They’ll lead you through the basics, then show you how to weave Harlem Charleston in with all the other Charleston connections you already know!

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

Begins Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Instructors: Evan and Jasmine
  • Dates: Aug 6, 13, 20, & 27
  • 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 it’s your first time partner dancing or you're adding swing to your repertoire, 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 3: Lindy Hop Expansion Register Online Swing 3: Lindy Hop Expansion (4 weeks / Intermediate)

Begins Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Dates: Aug 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: Lindy Hop & More
  • 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.

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

Begins Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Instructors: Corinne and Greg
  • Dates: Aug 8, 15, 22, 29
  • 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 Lindy Hop
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

During this four-week series you will apply the skills learned in Swing 1 as a basis for new footwork patterns in your dancing, such as 6 count. Then you’ll progress through some foundational skills that will increase your comfort and fun on the dance floor while preparing you for future Lindy Hop classes and the wide world of swing dancing!

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Swing Out Intensive Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Swing Out Intensive

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Instructors: Evan and Jasmine
  • Dates: August 8
  • 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 1-3 or equivalent experience.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

You know that feeling when you're dancing and a swing out feels just right? It's like magic! We'll be working on our swing out a lot in this workshop, and want everyone to walk out with new ideas and practice tips! In this drop-in class, Evan and Jasmine will help you refine your swing outs, work on your connection, add in some variations, and even start bumping up the tempos!

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Solo 1920s Charleston Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Solo 1920s Charleston

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
  • Instructor: Jasmine
  • 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: Intermediate - familiarity with twisty 20s Charleston highly suggested. Some solo jazz experience helpful.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

1920s Charleston is one of the most distinctive vernacular jazz dance styles out there. Join Jasmine for this workshop and start off with some techniques to take your basic 20s Charleston to new twisty levels! We'll learn moves like cowtails, lollies, black bottom, and fall off the log - all with that 20s flavor. Learn a mini routine to combine everything together!

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Who's Sailing This Ship, Anyway? Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Who's Sailing This Ship, Anyway?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
  • Instructors: Doriel and Jasmine
  • Dates: August 21
  • 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 1-3 or equivalent experience. Experience in other intermediate classes helpful.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Leaders initiate and followers respond. But during a dance, followers also initiate, and leaders respond. In this workshop, Doriel and Jasmine break down this idea of a dance as a conversation - with both partners listening and contributing. Leaders, work on listening and adapting to your partner's ideas. Followers, learn to communicate your movement ideas with conviction and intention. Everyone leads, because every partner can take the dance in new direction. And everyone follows, because we're all following the music!

Summer 2018 Drop-In: Dips Register Online Summer 2018 Drop-In: Dips

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • Instructors: Evan and Rebecca
  • Dates: August 22
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Advanced. 1 year active social dance and class experience, or instructor approval required.
  • 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 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!

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

Begins Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Dates: Sept 4, 11, 18, & 25
  • 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 it’s your first time partner dancing or you're adding swing to your repertoire, 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 1: Intro to Lindy Hop Register Online Swing 1: Intro to Lindy Hop (4 weeks / Beginner)

Begins Wednesday, October 3, 2018
  • Dates: Oct 3, 10, 17, & 24
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Whether it’s your first time partner dancing or you're adding swing to your repertoire, 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!

 

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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