Dance Instructionals: The WOP

How to Dance: a recap of some of the stuff we cover in class

We’re back with our instructionals fam. This edition is all about The Wop, although probably not the version kids are getting off the internet these days.

The Wop is an example of a party dance, i.e. a social dance that was born for the purpose of whipping out at parties and social situations.  The move was originally created in the 80s by B-Fats’ song Woppit.

Ok once you’re done learning these moves online, come to a real class maybe? If you live on the Eastern States, chances are there’s a beginner dance class near you.

Check our beginner adult dance class schedule here

BEDROOM GROOVES with Vanessa Marian (Sydney)

WE’RE HOLDING A BEDROOM GROOVES FUNDRAISER DANCE CLASS WHILST VANESSA IS BACK IN SYDNEY NEXT WEEK. All moves that can be added to your bedroom vocabulary with a playlist curated by YOU, simply send us the tracks you bedroom groove to and we will pick our favourite 10 songs ♥

Why Bedroom Grooves?
Live more, fear less. We’re all going to die anyway right? Whoa heavy intro but here’s the backstory:

Groove Therapy is part of the line up of artists representing at the We’re All Going To Die Festival – presented by Commune and we’re creating the performance work ‘Bedroom Grooves’.

Our brief for the festival is ‘FEAR’. Our work, Bedroom Grooves, explores the solace we seek within the safety our bedrooms and what we’re willing to do when we’re granted privacy behind closed doors.

Anyways we’re getting ahead of ourselves here as the festival is all the way in the future (November 17, mark it in your diaries). Right now we just need to raise $ for the project that goes towards creating a bedroom set, costuming and rehearsals.


BEDROOM GROOVES
Thurs Sept 21
6pm – 7pm
$20 for a standard ticket
107 projects, Redfern

 BOOK

Here’s a mixtape of your dreams.

Ok so once we hit the end of one of our adult beginner hip hop dance classes, we usually get a line of peeps waiting to request our music so we’re gracing you with a sneak peek of some of the music curators we vibe. Check Sydney-based Ebony Boadu, power house woman and music selector for classes this week (we love her beats so much, we’re asking her to make us a special Groove Therapy playlist soon, promise).

Ok now that you’ve got the tracks, maybe refine the groove in class? Scroll down to find your city and book yourself in bebe.


BEGINNER ADULT HIP HOP CLASSES BRISBANE
Mondays
6:30
The Latvian Hall
Bank Ln, Woolloongabba

BOOK
(and psst you can book $10 trial classes if you get on it super quick)


BEGINNER ADULT HIP HOP CLASSES GOLD COAST
Mondays

6:30pm
The Craft Parlour
1059 Gold Coast Hwy
Palm Beach

BOOK
(and psst you can book a $10 intro trial pass if you jump on it mega quick)


BEGINNER ADULT HIP HOP CLASSES MELBOURNE
Wednesdays

7pm – 8pm
The Workers Club
51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

BOOK


BEGINNER ADULT HIP HOP CLASSES BYRON BAY
Fridays

6pm – 7pm
Encounter Byron
1 Acacia Street, Industrial and Arts Estate
$20 (online sales)

BOOK


BEGINNER ADULT HIP HOP CLASSES SYDNEY
Tuesdays

@6pm
107 Projects
107 Redfern Street, Redfern

BOOK


 

QLD Intro Offer. Get around it bebe.

Ok so in case you’ve been living under a rock, we’ve launched our beginner adult dance classes on the Gold Coast AND Brisbane and we need you to help us spread the word whilst it’s still a baby. Tell a friend to come and help convince them with our intro offer: $10 passes yo.

Simply book online and pick the intro offer option. Easy. Want more deets? Scroll on.


BRISBANE BEGINNER ADULT DANCE CLASS
Mondays
6:30pm
The Latvian Hall
Bank Ln, Woolloongabba

BOOK


Beginner Adult Dance Classes on the Gold Coast
Mondays

6:30pm
The Craft Parlour
1059 Gold Coast Hwy
Palm Beach

BOOK


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Scared? Turns out you’re not alone, check out a little intro on why we started beginner hip hop dance classes or scroll through some of our ‘Common Questions (and Fears) for the First Timer)’

 

Nessy’s Back SYD: Class at COMMUNE, Waterloo

Vanessa’s Back (for a visit)
When Vanessa broke the news to class that she was packing up for a stint in Byron Bay she promised class that she would return to do pop-up classes to show you that she still loves you.
She’s keeping good on her word.

This is a beginners dance class with all the same good vibes that you know about Groove Therapy. Vanessa will be focusing on beginner grooves with a little extra nudge, honing in on some beginner grooves as well as adding a few special bonus moves that you can take home and practise in your own time.

Nessa’s Pop-Up Class in Syd
Thursday August 17
6:30pm
COMMUNE

Waterloo

GT Has Landed in Byron

FRIDAYS 6PM – 7PM starting July 28th. Pencil it in Byron Baes.

Groove Therapy is the hip hop dance class space that takes the scene out the dance world and focuses back on community. We are a no mirrors, dim lights, loud beats kinda vibe.

Groove Therapy was born out of one too many conversations with people who wished they could dance but were convinced that they had missed the boat on taking a dance class. People found dance studios intimidating. They didn’t need another social situation to make them feel awkward about their rhythm.

Groove Therapy Beginner classes are judgement free. It’s a community not a scene. There’s no mirror, we dim the lights. We don’t make you perform for anyone. It’s completely unpretentious.

Get around it babies.

Beginner Adult Dance Classes Byron Bay
Fridays

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Encounter Byron
1 Acacia St, Byron
$20 for a casual pass (no door sales, book online)

BOOK

 

 

Feature image by Emma Daniels

BUY 1 + BRING A FRIEND FREE: QLD

Ok so now that the Gold Coast Launch party went off we want you to tell your friends that there isn’t anything to be scared of.
To help you convince the crew we are letting you bring a friend for free when you buy a pass for the month of July. Yep buy one pass and bring a mate along for $0 (if they’re a good friend you guys will split the difference but either way we won’t judge)

Deets
Every Monday
6pm
South Community Centre
$20 casual pass
$20 for buy 1 + bring a friend for FREE
BOOK

From Brissy? Boo we got you too.
Our Launch party is this Monday July 10 for $20 BUT for the 4 weeks afterwards we are doing the bring a friend for free deal

Launch Party x Universal Store

6:30pm
Latvian Hall, Woolloongabba
July 10
BUY TIX TO THE BRISSY LAUNCH PARTY HERE

Weekly Brissy Classes
6:30pm
Latvian Hall, Woolloongabba
Every Monday
BUY TIX FOR THE REGULAR BRISSY CLASSES HERE

So Our Universal Shoot was Vlogged…

Have y’all checked out Ab’s vlog ‘Life Of a Dancer’? This is some funny stuff man. Ab is a legend and he graced us with his presence and mad skills for our Universal Shoot and decided to vlog the whole day. Check it out here:

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ALSO, y’all should come to our Queensland launch parties, get amongst a solid beginner hip hop dance class for adults (nope, it’s not too late):

Gold Coast official launch party
July 3rd 2017
@ 6:00pm
Southport Community Centre, Southport
BOOK GC

 

Brisbane official launch party
July 10th 2017
@ 6:30pm
Latvian Hall, Woolloongabba
BOOK BRIS

More deets on our beginner classes

 

 

Groove Therapy is launching in Queensland

Groove Therapy have been running sell-out adult dance classes in Sydney and Melbourne and now the gang are bringing the grooves to Queensland, launching in both Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Held at Latvian Hall (Brisbane) and Southport Community Centre (GC), you’ll spend 60-minutes learning dance floor moves whilst a live DJ spins tunes. Yeah bebs, TWO PARTIES. Also the whole damn thing is on partnership with our friends Universal Store. Sah dope. Check the deets:

Gold Coast Weekly Classes
Every Monday
@ 6:30pm
The Craft Parlour, Palm Beach
JULY DEAL: Buy 1 + Bring a friend for FREE
BOOK GC

 

Brisbane official launch party
July 10th 2017
@ 6:30pm
Latvian Hall, Woolloongabba
BOOK BRIS

 

To celebrate this exciting partnership, Universal Store and Groove Therapy have created a content piece to highlight Groove Therapy’s history, discuss the Queensland launch and basically show off some rad threads and dancing in one hit. Enjoy bebes but most importantly, BOOK YOUR SPOT.

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Groove Therapist for Gold Coast, Ben Garcia. 

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Groove Therapist for Brisbane, Wanida Serce.

 

Meet the Fam (Team) behind Groove Therapy

In February 2016, I hired a local community space and told people I was going to run a beginner adult dance class with no mirrors and dim lights. I never expected the response that I got. In just over a year the business has geared up to expand to six different locations with six different Groove Therapists, but the overarching premise for all of it is keeping the authenticity. We do this at Groove Therapy by keeping with the local community vibes and expanding the fam with a legendary team who don’t take themselves too seriously. We asked bboy and all time fav photographer Sam Wong to capture the vibes. Here’s a run down of who we are.
Watch the video:

Amy Zhang
Aside from being a make-up artist, professional dancer, velvet tracksuit enthusiast and Groove Therapist for our community programs, Amy Zhang is also our producer and the reason for keeping me sane when there are venues to book, promotions to launch, itineraries to write and Instagram cat videos to stalk. It’s never too serious with Amy around and every comment is tinted with bitter sarcasm followed by a fit of convulsive giggles. Her dry humour and honesty is refreshing and her caring side shows where it matters, through her actions.

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Hena Memishi
When I first sat down with Hena to talk all things dance she paused to think before answering me. Her ethos, she said, was to contribute to society as a social worker through dance. It absolutely blew me away to see someone so beautiful, talented, passionate and knowledgable about legit street dance wanting something so far from shining a spotlight on herself. This is how I knew that she had to teach for Groove Therapy.
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Rachell Dade
Rachell Dade is sunshine personified. Her warmth and bubbly nature is kindled within to create a radiance that beams outwards from every pore of her skin. When asked about what she wanted to facilitate as a teacher at Groove Therapy she replied “I want women and girls to value their minds and the importance of contributing to society just as much as their aesthetic. Being skinny and fit is cool but the exterior body is constantly changing, so if we focus solely on this then our joy and completion of self is going to be so unstable. So what’s actually going to make you happy?” Enough said.
BOOK SYDNEY
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Wanida Serce
When asked about the dance industry Wanida is not about complaining but instead embodying and actioning the change that she wants to see. Walking away from industry standards on what a dancer should look like, Wanida produces, directs and curates her own shows, hiring dancers based on their talent before looks. She has found that perfect balance between feminine boss lady, fierce nuturer and kick ass dancer (who casually win battles against all the boys). You’ll never really know what you’re going to get in class because her movement knowledge and vocabulary is so diverse but you know you’ll enjoy it.
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Ben Bucho Garcia
When I first met Ben I was struck by how simultaneously endearing and punkass he was. I’d describe him as this cheeky bugger who has been brought up right by his family you know? Think mad breaking sets that end with his tongue out and a casual crotch grab towards his opponent in battle before he goes over and graciously shakes their hand. He’ll take the piss but always open doors or offers his seat to others. It makes you laugh and ‘awww’ at the same time.
Ben is the classroom facilitator that will leave you smiling, period. Class is a good time but also riddled with fundamentals and knowledge. The kid can dance and he knows his shit too.
BOOK GOLD COAST LAUNCH PARTY
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Vanessa Marian
That’s my name don’t wear it out. As you can see I’m a child of the 80s and painfully lame but insistent on cracking jokes. I’ve decided to go full boss lady and step away from teaching a regular class to hold more pop-up events. The free time let’s me hone in on researching and writing dance programs for marginalised community groups and also allows me to sit on my swivel chair in the office and make company director decisions. My dream for this company is to build a community, not a scene and I hope you fall in love with these facilitators as much as I have.

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Want to try some Groove Therapy vibes with us? Book via this link