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Welcome to GroovaRoo Dance with Jillian!

America’s Original Prenatal & Babywearing Dance Crew

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In our GroovaRoo Dance™ classes, we hope to create

a safe, sacred, and soulful dance experience for you and your baby.


GroovaRoo is more than a dance or exercise class (although you will get a good workout). GroovaRoo is a community of fun-loving folks who come together each week to move and connect with their babies and one another to soulful, feel-good tunes. Sacramento GroovaRoo classes are all-levels, open to all caregivers, and are taught by certified instructor, Jillian Van Ness. No prior dance or babywearing experience necessary. 


Classes are currently being offered in East Sac at “The Root” (formerly “herself Moms”) in a 4-week series format.

Sign up for a series today!

We guarantee you'll walk out feeling even better than when you came in.  

Class Details


Pregnancy is the perfect time to start moving and bonding with baby in utero! In the womb, mother and baby move to the same heartbeat. Dancing with your baby is a natural extension of this vital, rhythmic synchronization. This low impact form of dance is ideal for pregnancy, and we think you'll love connecting with other new and expecting families. By the time baby arrives, you'll already have a circle of friends and a support network to plug right in to. 



  • Bond more deeply with your baby

  • Improve baby's sensory-motor development

  • Get a low-impact aerobic workout

  • Socialize with other families

  • Alleviate depression and anxiety often associated with sleep deprivation and isolation during the first year of parenthood

  • Gain confidence as a new parent

  • Have fun!



  1. Baby must be at least 6-weeks-old. There is no maximum age or weight-limit.

  2. Mom must be cleared for exercise (post-birth) by her doctor.

  3. Must have access to one of the approved carriers*

* If you cannot immediately purchase or borrow an approved carrier to bring with you, please contact Jillian ASAP to see about borrowing one from the library during class. 



  • Soft Structure (e.g. Tula or Ergo)

  • Stretchy (e.g. Moby)

  • Meh Dai (e.g. Babyhawk)

Woven wraps are also okay for class if you are very familiar/comfortable using them. Baby Bjorns and ring slings are strictly prohibited as they do not offer baby and/or caregiver adequate support for dancing. 

East Sac Class Schedule @ The root

October 2019: 4-week series

(Please note this is a combo class open to both those who are pregnant and caregivers with babies from 1.5-18 months—or as long as baby is comfortable being worn. Our GroovaRoo babywearing dance classes are appropriate for all levels of dance experience, including beginners. Join our Facebook Group for up to date class info, cancellations, special events, etc.)

  • Class #1: Thursday October 3rd @ 12:30pm-1:45pm

  • Class #2: Thursday October 10th @ 12:30pm-1:45pm

  • Class #3: Thursday October 17th @ 12:30pm-1:45pm

  • Class #4: Thursday October 24th @ 12:30pm-1:45pm

Occasional weekend classes, Family Dance, and potlucks also offered.


Registration and payment must be received prior to the start of class. Minimum enrollment=8.

  • $65 per series (4 class series)


12:30pm --- Class begins with an opening circle where you'll learn all the ins and outs of this style of dance and what to expect during class. Babywearing for your specific carrier will also be covered and checks will be conducted.

12:50pm --- Let's dance! We'll warm-up together before moving into our choreography for the day. Depending on time and choreography, we'll learn 1-2 dances each class. The following week, we will review and dance the previous weeks’ dances.

1:45pm --- Class ends with a cool down, closing circle, announcements and some time to mix n' mingle.  

Hope to see you in class soon! 

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