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.

BYRON BAY GROOVE CLASSES
Launching July 28
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Encounter Byron
1 Acacia St. Byron Bay NSW 2481
$20 for a casual pass and all available to book online here

Feature image by Daniel Lidmila

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
@ 6:00pm
Southport Community Centre, Southport
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

Groove Therapy is launching on the Gold Coast

We’re partnering with Universal Store to throw you a big ass party

We heard your requests and we listened: our beginner adult hip hop classes are coming to two locations across Queensland and we’re starting with the Gold Coast launch party on July 3 at Southport Community Centre. 

In the usual format, we are going anti-dance class vibes with no mirrors and dim lights to bring your the 101 on street dance with all-round legend and epic dancer Ben Garcia. To make it that little bit extra special though we’re accompanying your beginner groove sessions with a live DJ who will play all them boss beats that you love to crank in your bedroom.

Where: South Port Community Centre
Date: July 3
When: 6:00pm
Cost: $20

All bookings are online with no door sales so make sure you get in quick.
BOOK NOW

Read more about our beginner classes

Feature Image by Sam Wong

Groove Lab Playlist

We get countless requests for our playlists at the end of our beginners hip hop & street dance classes. We’ve finally decided to act on it.

Groove Lab is our new playlist and mixtape series made for you guys for the purpose of labbing. What does that even mean? Well in colloquial  terms it basically means ‘practising your dance moves’ and urban dictionary confirms this, so we’re 100% dropping knowledge from the streets right now you guys. So legit.

Anyways that was a mad digression. Clarence Durt Kent is one of Australia’s best freestylers and the godfather of labbing so it only seemed natural that we ask him to curate a playlist for us…errr I mean you.

If you’re a dancer (professionals + professionals at heart) have a lab, record it and tag us on instagram @groovetherapy_101 with the hashtag #groovelab <3 If that sounds like the worst idea ever for your self-confidence then feel free to follow the boss dancers who are brave enough to post on #groovelab

Muchos love and thanks to ya

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.