Globetrotting to Dance
Doriel & Rebecca’s roots lie in Rochester, NY where they organize, teach, and perform at Groove Juice Swing events, such as Stompology, Slow Dance Soirée, Dream of You: A Stage Show, and local Lindy Hop workshops. They frequent Northeast Lindy Hop events and enjoy sharing the dance floor with such a vibrant scene. They have taught Cardio Charleston and Lindy Hop lessons at Stompology, Swing Out New Hampshire, Herräng Dance Camp, Dirty Dozen Weekend, Swingin' to Spring, Lindy in the Buff, and many University swing dance clubs in the region. They have competed and placed at swing dance events such as Montreal Swing Riot, ULHS, O-Town Showdown, Swing-A-Dance, Lindy Focus, and ILHC, and have presented performances on stage at the Eastman Kodak Theatre and the German House Auditorium in Rochester, NY as well as at Herräng Dance Camp, Lindy Focus, and more. Their repertoire consists of Lindy Hop, Charleston, Jazz, and Tap, together with an enthusiastic presence, a passionate interest in the Jazz Era, and an entertaining dose of acrobatics.
In Rochester, NY
Learning by day and Lindy Hopping by night, Rebecca and Doriel enjoy frequenting the South Wedge neighborhood to hit the dance floor, stroll through the lilacs, pick up fresh veggies from the farmer's market, or to drop into handstands at the corner yoga studio. Doriel is a barber in the 12 Corners neighborhood (book an appointment!), and Rebecca will be completing her research on solar energy with a Ph.D. in Optics at University of Rochester later this year.
Doriel Pryntz-Nadworny has been a mover all his life, drawn to acrobatics and reckless ideas (often with his brothers). At age 16, Doriel traveled to ILHC to compete in the Junior Division, and became hooked on the Lindy Hop. Since then, Doriel teaches mostly in his home scene of Rochester, NY with Groove Juice Swing.
Doriel believes that inspiration in jazz dance comes from hearing the music, seeing the embodiment of the music in his partner, and valuing shared freedom of expression. In classes, he and his partners help students be inquisitive, have fun, and express all their ideas, no matter how goofy they might be. Doriel supports every dancer’s unique inventions in the classroom, in an effort to honor the origins of this jazz dance -- as a street dance, alongside the music and other people on the dance floor.
Rebecca Berman adores jazz music, jazz dance, and the vibrant people who get all wrapped up in it! She teaches and organizes with Groove Juice Swing in Rochester, NY, is a founding member of the Flower City Follies, and hops on any chance to travel to dance her heart out.
Being a musician as long as Rebecca can remember, the sounds and rhythms of jazz move her. She loves dancing with laughs and playful movement, partnering with a connection from the heart, and feeling the joy of the present moment by acknowledging the beauty of the dance while it is happening. She believes Lindy Hop and jazz dance are rooted in historical context, but they are always fresh and evolving with each person’s authentic expression and innovation. In classes and on the social dance floor, she strives to empower each partnership by modeling personal, partnered, and musical awareness. Above all, she encourages genuine curiosity, challenges dancers to reach for the edge of their creative development, and honors the improvisational link between Lindy Hop and jazz music.