Without dance, people could only hum along to "Macarena," and Jane Austen characters would be forced to say what was really on their minds. Let movements speak with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a four-week beginners swing-dance class at Groove Juice Swing, located inside the Tango Cafe Dance Studio (a $40 value).
Groove Juice Swing’s battalion of talented instructors leads intimate groups of newbie lindy hoppers through a four-week crash course in all things swing. Starting with basic swing and Charleston steps, the beginners class introduces students to rhythmic sauntering, as students rotate partners to avoid creating bad habits and to practice leapfrogging over different heights. All students, regardless of prior training, are encouraged to begin with this offer’s Level 1A class to take advantage of learning both six-count and non-six-count steps, as well as beginning stylings and patterns frequently associated with the more advanced lindy hop. Once able to side step, rock step, and step on rocks with confidence, cavorters can skip into a higher-level class or get their groove on at an open Lindy Jam every Wednesday night ($4), which is not included in this Groupon.
Groove Juice Swing
Groove Juice Swing's nine multitalented dance instructors, many of whom also play instruments, have spent more than a decade helping novice dancers sharpen their rug-cutting skills during private and group classes, which focus on Jazz Age and swing-era styles. In their quest to master the art of swing, students shuffle their feet through three levels of dance classes that build on one another, beginning with level-one classes covering the basics. Level-two classes, which focus on the lindy hop, teach participants to float on air as if they were standing on a floor of industrial fans, and level-three classes delve into more advanced techniques, such as doing the Charleston with a partner.
Outside of Groove Juice Swing––located at Tango Cafe’s dance studio––passersby can hear jazzy tunes by Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Nina Simone emanating from lively dance classes held every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night. Aside from classes, students can flaunt freshly learned skills during Groove Juice Swing’s annual Stompology workshop or events with live bands hosted by dance experts Steven Mitchell and Virginie Jensen.