Dance can express what words cannot, whether it's the triumphant joy in a football player's posttouchdown pirouette or the passionate tango used to notify roommates that the basement is flooding. Transmit tidings with twinkling toes thanks to today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a four-week beginner swing-dance class at Groove Juice Swing inside the Tango Cafe Dance Studio (a $40 value).
Groove Juice Swing's talented, youthful staff demonstrates a variety of Jazz Age and swing-era dances in classes designed to speedily advance dancers from the basics to more advanced boogying. In the introductory swing-dance class, students move through fundamental swing and Charleston maneuvers as they grow comfortable navigating the social-dance floor. Amateur rug cutters pair up with a rotating cast of classmates in order to develop a feel for leading and following and to smooth out mistaken habits developed by partnering repeatedly with a minotaur. Click here for a look at the studio's schedule.
Lessons take place in a sizable ballroom with wooden ceiling beams and a sleek floor lit by hanging lamps and dusky sunlight through white-curtained windows. Drop by the modern Tango Cafe after class for a salad or sandwich to help recharge for the dance homeward.
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.
389 Gregory St.
Rochester, New York 14620Get Directions