Online Instructionals #2

Ok ok we are so sorry! We’re going to start getting this on a more consistent roll. Don’t stress it’s here though. Instructional #2

So this instructional is called the Reject but it’s going to do the complete opposite for you once you master it we promise. This move falls under the street style Jerkin’ which is a footwork-based dance move. Dancing is so awkward to explain via text. The movement started making waves on the West Coast around 2009 before spreading to the East and of course spreading globally thanks to the internet. It’s common to see dancers rocking skinny jeans and rejecting the baggy pants. Ah see it all coming together now?
To any hip hop nerds, no this isn’t typical jerkin’ music that we’ve edited the instructional to but we’re just keen on a quality track and Goldlink is on repeat at the office, so yeah.

We could keep trying to describe it all by typing out the instructions but let’s not get to that. Also if you’re at home having a brain melt over these videos please remember that these instructionals serve as a recap on some of the stuff we’ve learnt in class, not as entire and detailed explanations of a move. If you want that then you gotta holla and come to class. Until then let’s just sit back and watch.

Like what you see? Yo, come to class and join us!

 

Groove Therapy is coming to Canberra

Clear your calendars babies.  On May 12, for one night only, Sydney therapists Vanessa Marian and Amy Zhang are bringing Groove Therapy to beautiful Canberra for 75 mins of street dance in the usual no mirrors, judgement free format. 

This is the movement experience for anyone who has ever felt like they’ve missed the boat on a dance class but felt too intimidated to walk into a studio. We are bringing you a night of practical dance-floor moves and legit hip hop technique to thumping bass and dimmed lights.

Go on baby, join us.

Location: Ralph Wilson Theatre at Gorman Arts Centre
Date: May 12
Time: 6:45pm – 8pm
Cost: $25.00
Booking link: https://tinyurl.com/lhufylm

Vanessa Marian
Training across New York, Paris, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Brazil and regional Australia, Vanessa is particularly fascinated with street dance and the way it is born outside of the dance studio context, often by an oppressed people in reaction to political and socio-economic turmoil. in 2016 Vanessa founded Groove Therapy, aimed at making dance accessible to all walks of life. The program has brought dance to at-risk youth, Indigenous communities, dementia sufferers, refugee girls and the every-day person, using the political and healing foundations that these street dance styles are built upon and mindfully appropriating it in new communities to help spark global conversation and cultural understanding.

Upon founding Groove Therapy, Vanessa has been named as one of Westpac’s ‘Unstoppable Millennials’, winning a grant to further pursue her dreams and implement more community-based projects. She is also one of the six 2016/17 artists to be placed in the City of Sydney Creative Live/Work Space residencies where she has worked with mentors to build on the business side of Groove Therapy. 

Since launching in 2016, Groove Therapy has gone on to feature in documentaries, facilitate workshops and choreograph for the likes of MTV, Vice, Frankie Magazine, Oyster Magazine and commercials for Samsung, Nike, ASOS and Mercedes Benz Fashion week. 

Amy Zhang
Amy Zhang is an Australian-born dancer who has completely immersed herself in the global street dance scene by working, teaching, choreographing and performing both nationally and internationally.

Amy moved to Sydney to train under Brent Street’s full time course and caught the eye of many, gaining roles as a feature dancer for the likes of Nike and Paces. She toured through L.A with Bust a Move Dance Company, performing at the Special Olympics World Games and the annual Dizzy Feet Gala.

She is known in Sydney for her versatility, rocking her groove when she jumps into hip hop and other street styles whilst also being trained in ballet, contemporary and jazz styles. Amy’s extensive dance vocabulary is no accident, as she has been mentored by and performed for some of the biggest international choreographers, including Dana Foglia and Rob Rich.

Despite all of this, Amy just wants you to fall in love with dance as much as she has, because it’s not about the skill set if you’re not having fun!

Image: Jenn Poon

Common Questions (and Fears) for the First Timer

“Just a warning: I’m going to be the most uncoordinated dancer you’ve ever taught” – Every first timer that walks through our doors

We’re told time and time (and time and time and time) again that our dance classes will meet their match with a particularly hopeless first timer. The truth is, if you think you’re going to be too uncoordinated to try a class you’re kind of missing the point. Dance class at Groove Therapy isn’t about winning at some slick choreography. It’s about not taking yourself so seriously and learning how to actually have fun whilst you dance. Yes some people have forgotten this fundamental rule about dancing.

Here are all the common questions we get asked:

I have ZERO dance experience and two left feet. Am I doomed?

Yep. KIDDING. stop stressing. Everyone we meet tells us that they are set to be the worst dancer we have ever taught. It’s not really about dance abilities, it’s about learning how to have fun and beef up your bedroom dance move vocabulary. Chill homie.

What do I WEAR?

Baby, whatever you like really. We personally like our street gear, baggy tees, trackies and kicks. You might just prefer some sneakers and activewear. It’s not a fashion show. Think comfortable exercise gear and any sort of sneaker or sport shoe.

What kind of dance is it?

Street dance. This means street styles originating from USA, Jamaica, Africa, Latin America and every other place in between. Think hip hop, house, dancehall, baile funk and afrobeats. Your teachers have traveled the world training under the OGs, founders and leading figures of these street styles so you are not subscribing to some gimmick dance class. This is legit knowledge on global street dance.
Basically we are arming you with skills to slay on your next d-floor encounter. 

How long is class?

One hour beb.

Do you accept cash?

No. We are a tiny business operating over several locations with freelance dance teachers. We keep everything electronic so that teachers can focus on simply turning up, marking off the roll and teaching you some moves.

Well now what? Easy, book online HERE

I missed class. Can I have a refund or credit note for a future class?

Unfortunately no. Groove Therapy is a popular class, sometimes with waitlists. Not turning up means that someone didn’t get your spot and missed out. We can’t afford to credit or refund people who missed class without letting us know at least 60 minutes prior.

I booked a class but need to cancel with 60 minutes or more of notice. Can I get a refund or credit note?

YES! If you cancel with more than 60 mins spare, you can simply keep that pass as credit note for a future class. Go online to the booking page and simply cancel. You can re-book a future class with that pass. If this is too hard, simply email hello@vanessamarian.com and let her know your situation. Word on the street is she’s pretty nice about helping you out.

How can I keep up-to-date on all things Groove Therapy?

Instagram: @groovetherapy_101

Facebook: facebook.com/groovetherapy101

Or join our mailing list 

I love what you do and I think my workplace/business should collab with you on a project or event. Who do I contact?

HOLLA! Hit us up at hello@vanessamarian.com with all the deets and we will make some magic together.

Photography: Emma Daniels

Our Work

Groove Therapy’s riotous presence in the creative scene as activists and street dancers has piqued the attention of some of the biggest global brands. Despite being only a year old, Groove Therapy has already worked alongside, or been featured by; Nike, G-Star RAW, Samsung, Vodafone, Westpac, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, MTV, Frankie Magazine, Oyster Magazine and Vice. And that’s just the tip of the ice berg.

If you’re a brand that would like to work with us we have a network of hundreds of the best dancers across both Australia and internationally. We offer movement-based talent for live performances, video content, choreography, stunts, break dance, corporate event performances and event-based dance classes. Want something completely different to all of the above? If it relates to dance in any way, hit us up!

We are all for pushing boundaries.

Online Instructional Vids #1

Look, maybe you want to try out some of these beginner hip hop moves in your bedroom first. Who doesn’t love a good body roll instructional anyway? We thought we’d offer you a glimpse of some of the kinds of moves we teach.
Keep in mind that this is a 45 second non-verbal skim of moves that are more likely to take 5-10 minutes of teaching, laughing and vibing in a real -life class. Also screens are bad for your mental health. What we’re basically saying is come to class already.

Interested? You can book your spot here.