Common Questions 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.

Ok so y’all tell us time and time (and time and time) again that our dance classes will meet their match with you, a self-professed 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:

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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.

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. 

Where can I take class?

If you live in Sydney, it’s at 107 Redfern Street, Redfern. If you live in Melbourne, it’s at The Workers Club which is 51 Brunswick street Fitzroy. Make sure you book your spot ahead of class at groovetherapy101.com/schedules-bookings

If you live in neither, then do our online courses! Head over to courses.groovetherapy101.com for our online series.

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.

ALSO – buying a casual pass or group pass gives you credit in your account – you must THEN book yourself in for the time slot of your choice (as our system doesn’t automatically read your mind on which time slot you wish to attend, that’s a future goal)

Well now what? Easy, book online HERE

How much does class cost?

Casual: $20
5 class pass: $90
10 class pass: $160

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 then that credit automatically sits in your account under your own name. Go online to the booking page and log into your account and simply  hit cancel. When you next go to book class, there will be an option for you to use your account credit.

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

Unfortunately no. Groove Therapy is a popular class, often selling out a week in advance. 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 changed my mind. Can I have a refund.

I mean, at most we can extend your expiry date if you have a really good excuse. Otherwise we don’t do refunds for change of mind. Commit to it when you book babies!

I misunderstood some terms and conditions. Please make me the exception to the rule and give me cancellation credit or a refund!

Unfortunately that’s a really unfair policy to the other people who did not misunderstand policies and procedures. Please do not harass our staff for refunds or class credit if the mistake was not a fault of ours.

Can I just rock up and 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.

Class is all booked out! Can I waitlist?

Unfortunately we don’t do waiting lists anymore as they were a logistical nightmare with people’s shifting schedules. If you missed out on a class, simply hit refresh throughout the day to see if there are last minute cancels. Or book for the next available class instead!

Do you do gift cards?

Yip, just click on the link below: BOOK A GIFT VOUCHER

I’m still too nervous. Can I just watch a class?

Absolutely not. As much as we’d love to convince you to try a class we draw the line here. Why? Considering it’s a safe space dance class for other nervous people, the last thing they would ever want is an audience. We’re sure you wouldn’t appreciate that either!

Why not try one of our adult beginner dance classes online? That way you can start learning in the privacy of your own home with the ability to pause, rewind and replay as much as you’d like!

Am I too old?

For our weekly classes, 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.

For our online courses, our demographic explodes from 25 – 65! We think this is because a lot of older people like the ability to take an online dance lesson in their own space and at their own pace. If you’re keen on checking out our online course series, click here.

I have injuries, can I still come?

Please remember that we are dance teachers, not doctors. We’re not completely useless though, so let us know before class if you have any injuries and we will give a warning or variation to a move that we think may strain that part of your body. You know your body and your capabilities better than us so listen to yourself before you push through a painful move.

We recommend trying class at your own pace, with the ability to pause, rewind and replay according to your needs via the online dance courses. From there you can see whether your body could handle a regular class.

Is there an age limit? 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.
Our Melbourne venue is a licensed pub so keep in mind that anyone aged 15-17 might be asked for ID upon entry to the premises.

OK my body is ready. Where can I book a spot for class?

Click right here for a weekly class pass ya legend.

Oh, and click here to check the online dance course offerings.

Illustration by Stefan Hunt

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