An endorphin-boosting, energy-pumping, stress-relieving hour of self-expression to some solid beats.
Oh man I left Tuesday’s class feeling more energized than when I walked in and I actually look forward to the next sessions. And this is coming from someone who has social anxiety. It’s brilliant, I wish I did it sooner!Alexia Y
The Dance Factory
225 Swan St, Richmond
Times and Days
We don’t select the ‘best dancers’ to stand front row centre, we don’t ask you to perform for anyone, we don’t stress about nailing choreography and we champion the idea of a low-key community vibe, not a scene.
At Groove Therapy, we’re about dimming the lights, banning mirrors and teaching legit dance technique, history and drills that will actually improve your dance skills whilst being mad fun. Classes are designed around energising, de-stressing and learning how to take yourself a little less seriously.
Our beginner adult dance classes are designed specifically for the people who are convinced they can’t dance or feel as though conventional dance studios aren’t the right vibe for them.
“…these classes can be transformative, giving people the chance to try something new in a judgment-free environment”– Broadsheet Melbourne
What do I wear to a beginner dance class?
Baby, whatever you like really. We personally like our street gear, baggy tees, trackies and kicks. You might just prefer some sneakers and activewear. Just remember it’s not a fashion show and we’re not here to judge you on your threads. Think comfortable exercise gear and any sort of sneaker or sport shoe.
We only ask that you don’t wear open sandals, thongs/flip flops and stilettos (unless we’re specifically holding a stiletto workshop) for health & safety reasons.
Do I need to bring any special equipment to dance class?
We think you should bring your flailing limbs and a water bottle.
What kind of dance style do you teach at Groove Therapy?
Street dance. Think hip hop, house, dancehall and afrobeats. Your teachers, Lauren and Lanie, have traveled the world training under the OGs, founders and leading figures of these street styles and are regulars in global dance battles so you are not subscribing to some gimmick dance class.
If there’s a particular style or viral dance move going around that you’d like to learn, feel free to ask your teachers if they’re familiar with it and open to teaching it in a class one week.
This is legit knowledge on global street dance. Basically we are arming you with skills to slay on your next d-floor encounter.
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 not to take yourself so seriously and having fun. Chill homie.
Am I too old?
Our demographic is generally aged 20-35. This isn’t necessarily because people 40+ are too old, but more because the older age group isn’t as keen on hip hop music/dancing. All adult ages are welcome but keep in mind the style of music and dancing that we’re teaching.
Can I bring my kids?
Unfortunately we have a no children policy. Class is for peeps aged 15 and over! When we teach children we are required to have special Working With Children Checks and ethically, it’s poor form to play explicit music and teach children how to body roll.
Whilst you may be completely fine with your children listening to Kendrick, please remember that from a general patron’s perspective it can feel a bit weird body rolling in the presence of children.
What if this schedule doesn’t work for me?
Heyyyy have you considered trying our online dance lessons? It’s dance class whenever and wherever you want, with the ability to pause, rewind and replay lessons. Yep, dance class completely on your own terms. Even wearing pants is optional.
Can I just pay at the door?
No no no absolutely not! We are sorry for being so strict on this but we turn people away every single week and it’s SO awkward for us (and you). If class is sold out then it’s sold out. You might think you’re just one extra person but that’s honestly what everyone else at the door thinks and we don’t think it’s fair to the people who paid us money and booked ahead to squish like sardines in a room.