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.



  

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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.

Public Practice Night (All Levels)

Begins Monday, August 6, 2018
  • $5, or FREE if you're taking a class during the week of the practice night you attend!
  • Dates: Every Monday
  • Time: 7:00-8:30pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: At-door registration price is $5 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Come out on Monday nights for public practice nights! Practice what you've learned in class, bring new ideas and moves to work on, or just come dance and hang out with friends. Bring some music and dance Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Solo Jazz, or Shag! Admission is $5, or FREE if you're taking a class during the week of the practice night you attend! (Example: If you enrolled in a four week class, or if you're taking a drop-in class in the same week you attend practice.)

Swing 2: Lindy Hop and More (Beginner)

Begins Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Dates: Nov 14, 28 Dec 5, 12
  • 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!

Flower City Lindy Classic Workshops Register Online Flower City Lindy Classic Workshops

Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • Dates: Nov 17
  • Time: 12pm-4:15pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Swing 1-3.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

REGISTRATION INCLUDES: daytime workshops and admission to evening dance. Take your dancing to the next level during a one-day workshop with GJS instructors! These workshops are for intermediate dancers looking to learn new variations and moves or brush up on their technique. Visit the Flower City Lindy Classic event listing on the front page of the website for schedule info.

Shim Sham Register Online Shim Sham

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
  • Dates: December 19th
  • Time: 7:15-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $12 preregistered. At-door registration price is $15 if space is available.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

The most popular and well-known solo jazz choreography out there, Frankie Manning's Shim Sham is danced all over the world. This Lindy Hop line dance can be seen regularly at events and we'd love to have you join in! It is based on the original tap dance Shim Sham which was choreographed by Leonard Reed and Willie Bryant. It features classic jazz steps such as the Tackie Annie, the Half-Break, the Boogie Back, and the Shorty George. This class is a great intro to solo jazz dancing, and is open to everyone from first-timers to experienced Lindy Hop dancers!

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

Begins Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 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.
  • 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 2: Lindy Hop and More Register Online Swing 2: Lindy Hop and More (4 weeks / Beginner)

Begins Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 8, 15, 22, & 29
  • 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 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!

Solo Jazz: "Shoo Shoo Baby" Routine Register Online Solo Jazz: "Shoo Shoo Baby" Routine (4 weeks / Intermediate/Advanced)

Begins Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Instructor: Jasmine
  • Dates: Jan 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: Previous solo jazz and Charleston experience required.
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

This year at Swing Out New Hampshire, international jazz instructor LaTasha Barnes taught a routine to "Shoo Shoo Baby" by Naomi and Her Handsome Devils. Groove Juice instructor Jasmine was part of those classes, and now she's bringing this high-energy routine to Rochester! This choreography explores rhythm and musicality, and focuses on self expression through the movement. In this class, you'll work on mastering these new rhythms, exploring your own personal expression, and discovering new ways to transition between steps.

Intro to Collegiate Shag Register Online Intro to Collegiate Shag

Begins Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 9, 16, 23, & 30
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: May be more challenging with no dance experience, but all are welcome!
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Collegiate shag is an exciting partner dance primarily done to uptempo swing and traditional jazz music. This introductory class will focus on the fundamentals of the dance and basic moves. Come learn an energetic dance that's in the midst of a resurgence in the swing community!

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

Begins Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 9, 16, 23, & 30
  • 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 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.

Charleston 2: Kickin' up a Storm Register Online Charleston 2: Kickin' up a Storm (4 weeks / Intermediate)

Begins Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Dates: Feb 6, 13, 20, & 27
  • Time: 7:30-8:45pm
  • Location: Historic German House [map]
  • Cost: $50 preregistered. At-door registration price is $60 if space is available.
  • Prerequisite: Previous Charleston experience or Charleston 1: 1920's Basics
  • Mail-in registration: Click here

Ready for some more Charleston? In this class, you’ll progress through some of the many different Charleston positions such as side by side, hand to hand, and more in addition to some cool new variations and higher tempos. You will leave the class with confidence and a strong vocabulary of moves to work with on the social dance floor.

 

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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