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.
Christine Fendley, founder of Park Avenue Dance Company, became something of a renaissance woman in the world of dance and eventually moved into choreography, raking in a slew of grants from the likes of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Wulitzer Foundation. Alongside the practical experience, Christine has taught children, teens, and adults the graceful art for more than 40 years.
At Park Avenue Dance Company, she leads a troupe of experienced dancers that has been delighting audiences for more than 35 years, performing abstract contemporary movement and the occasional knock-knock joke. The company frequently takes the stage in collaboration with other affluent members of Toronto’s artistic community, including Just Poets and ArtisanWORKS.
Fendley and her team of instructors also teach adults and children of all abilities to perform contemporary, jazz, and barre moves. Their story dance and dance-creation classes teach little ones the joy of dance through lessons in rhythm, improvisation, and classical technique. They also help older students get in shape with Pilates, yoga, and dance-fitness classes.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
All ages, skill levels, and all genres of music are welcome!
Student's will be learning technique, sight-reading, theory, rhythmic studies, chord studies, ear training, music recording, improvisation, composition and how to play songs of the student's preference.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Please bring your guitar or bass.
Most of the learning materials will be provided and books will be suggested based on the student's interest and skill level.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
After teaching at the Collichio School of Music for 10 years, I realized my passion for teaching and started my own business.
What do you love most about your job?
There is always something to learn in music and I truly enjoy sharing my knowledge with my students.
Michael Krupnicki had been in the welding business for 18 years when it occurred to him that there was no reason for the excitement and satisfactions of welding to be limited to tradesmen. He began offering classes at his workplace, and it caught on—he helped train more than 3,000 students in welding before opening Rochester Arc & Flame Center. In addition to a core curriculum of welding classes, he and his expert staff at the center also offer sessions in other fiery arts, including blacksmithing and glass blowing. The classes go beyond the basics and delve into the histories of each art, such as the rise and decline of blacksmithing and glass blowing’s early origins in dragon taming.
As if composed of liquid, William D'Ovidio, the co-owner of Aerial Arts of Rochester, cascades down from the ceiling of his studio, unraveling the bright fabric that keeps him from touching the ground as he performs one of his graceful aerial-silks routines. Along with a troupe of certified instructors, he leads circus arts classes for all experience levels inside his bright, yellow-walled space. He watches as students of all ages soar through the air, swinging on hoops and trapeze, as instructors correct form and a field of marshmallowy mats cushions occasional falls and provides a mid-class sugar boost. D'Ovidio and his instructors aim to create a community of soarers and circus-lovers, also offering circus-themed birthday parties for children and aerial yoga classes for students aged 13 and older.
Tops Cooking School is nestled inside Tops grocery store, one of a chain of stores known for its fresh produce and skilled butchers. Their state-of-the-art kitchens, decked out with gleaming Viking appliances, set the stage for both hands-on cooking classes and professional demonstrations. During demonstrations, a chef prepares entrees in front of students, carefully displaying techniques and offering advice for prepping dishes at home or in bomb shelters located under homes. Hands-on classes put the students behind the counter, giving them a chance to practice preparing anything from Indian cuisine to healthy meals designed for people with diabetes, heart concerns, or gluten allergies. Local craft beer and wine accompany adult classes, and games and candy accompany children's cooking classes for tots ages 3 and up.