Happy New Year.. Are we ready?

Caution not spirit, let it roam wild; for in that natural state dance embraces divine frequency.Caution not spirit, let it roam wild; for in that natural state dance embraces divine frequency.

Shah Asad Rizvi

Howdy Kids, hopefully you are still enjoying your Christmas and New Year break…

Just wanted to touch base and let you know of a few things coming up to put in your diary..

  1. Classes for 2019 – Start Dates and Changes
  2. Gigs/events coming up
  3. The Big Apple

Ray and I when we first started teaching… Lucky we don’t wear this to class these days hey!

2019  Classes Start Back

THURSDAY 17TH JANUARY – Mermaid Beach Bowls Club


Gold Coast Classes will be changing back to Tuesday Nights as of Tuesday 29th of January.
Thursday Nights:  17 Jan & 24 Jan – Mermaid Beach Bowls Club; THEN
Tuesday 29th January and every Tuesday after that – Mermaid Beach Bowls Club
**  This has not come about because Ray and I felt like changing it up.. Sadly we are at the mercy of venues and Chairmans of Clubs that want School Choirs to be in the room on a Thursday so we just have to go with the flow**  It is a real struggle for us changing the class flow and rhythm as we understand that a lot of you change your lives, nightly commitments around to suit being able to come to Swing Dance Classes and we get that!.  With each change it takes many months to re-settle and for classes to grow again as inevitably they do drop off with change of nights and venues… BUT… that’s life and its only a little problem in the whole scheme of things.
THANKFULLY..  Bangalow remains the same. 🙂 


FRIDAY 11TH JANUARY:  Currumbin Sanctuary Markets – Details Below
FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY:  BANGAS FREE SWING PARTIES (with band):  Will stay at the 3rd Friday of the Month – Details Below
SUNDAY 3RD FEBRUARY:  The start of our new Sunday Swing Sessions – Details Below
SATURDAY 9TH OF MARCH:  – The WWII Blitz Party – Details Below
The Health Benefits of Swing Dancing
Friday 11 Jan & Friday 8 February:  Swing dancing at Sanctuary Markets – FREE – With DJ Mark T & Swing A Billy Ray
Join us as we take the most perfect dance floor amongst the community of people partaking in the fun, the food, the wine and the ambience of the Currumbin Sanctuary Markets. Enveloped in the serenity of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, These markets are so very popular, packed and fun ! Full of delight..
Join Swing On In as we take the floor for nearly 2 hours of social dancing, delighting, entertaining and indulging in the dance we love the most, The Lindy Hop, to the greatest of Swing Tunes! Every Dancer welcome.. Lets Take the Floor Together and entertain and show the guests how to dance, laugh, play and have fun with Swing Dancing!
6pm to 7.30pm:* Lovely Dance Floor
* Licensed Venue
* Food & Bev Available
* Family Friendly

Friday 18th January – Bangalow Swing Dance Party with Sebastian and Swing A Billy Ray and DJ Mark T..   Join us for our Monthly Swing On In – Bangalow/Byron Bay swing dance with the SWING On In Crew at The Bowlo, Bangalow with Sebastiaan Scholtens Swings…

EVERYONE WELCOME…  Ready to burn some holes into those soles with your swivels, swingouts and style? Join us for our monthly social dance on the best dance floor in NSW.  Great friends, community spirit, AWESOME music and great dancing.

7PM til late.. FREE..
The Stockpot Kitchen and Smokehouse BBQ do Awesome Grub to fill your bellies and a super friendly bar staff to top up your beverages…

**NEW** – 1st SUNDAY of the Month now will be our Sunday Swing Sessions and the locations will be announced 1 week before each event as they will pop up at different places.
First one is Sunday 3rd of February:
Join us for Lazy Sundayzzz swing dancing at different cool locations to cruisy swing tunes as played by our favourite DJ’s. We will be popping up at different locations and will advise each month of that location 1 week before the day.

Dance, Chill, Eat, Drink, Repeat!


Saturday 9th of March:  Run for cover! The Swing On In Blitz Party is at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse!
* Live Swing Band Entertainment plus DJ’s
* Strictly Limited Tickets – First In will be saved!
* Bomber Cocktails and Alcohol Coupons on Sale
* Spam and other goodies on sale to re-stock your ration packs * Dress Code: 1940s glam, home front utility clothing and allied uniforms all welcome.
(Whilst we appreciate the need to “make do and mend” The SOI WWII Blitz Party operates a strict 1940s dress code. Denim may be acceptable in the munitions hall and trainers do squeak nicely in the gymnasium, but that is where they should remain.)
So…. channel your inner victory curled good time girl or a moustachioed RAF hero… Don’t forget your Ration Bag, Gas Mask and Helmet and please do bring your good times self and pack all those troubles in your old kit bag for a few hours and dance, eat, drink, play, watch news reels and immerse yourself…
There will be lots of surprises, thrills and air raids to keep you on your toes!
**Update: Band booked and will be announced shortly.
** Upon booking, you will be given a “PASSWORD” in which you will have to research how to say said word using Morse Cde for your entry i.e.: “RUN” is .-. ..- -. and so on…
You will entry via the Fire Escape Door, give your code to the Red Cross Nurse On Duty and enter the Bunker…
There is limited space in the Bunker so tickets are limited to 60 pax.. First in will be saved!
Brought to you by Swing On In. Please call us if you have any questions: Mob: 0408306560 or email: [email protected]
www.swingonon.com.au | Tickets at www.mosdesertclubhouse.com

THE BIG APPLE:  GET READY KIDS, SWING On In​ will be teaching this soon! Stay tuned for details…(Looking for Venue and suitable day/time to start!)

Have a look at this VIDEO HERE:



From Wikipedia:

The exact origin of the Big Apple is unclear but one author suggests that the dance originated from the “ring shout”, a group dance associated with religious observances that was founded before 1860 by African Americans on plantations in South Carolina and Georgia.[1]The ring shout is described as a dance with “counterclockwise circling and high arm gestures” that resembled the Big Apple. It is still practiced today in small populations of the southern United States.[2]

The dance that eventually became known as the Big Apple is speculated to have been created in the early 1930s by African-American youth dancing at the Big Apple Club, which was at the former House of Peace Synagogue on Park Street in Columbia, South Carolina.[3]The synagogue was converted into a black juke joint called the “Big Apple Night Club”.[2][3][4][5][6]

In 1936, three white students from the University of South Carolina – Billy Spivey, Donald Davis, and Harold “Goo-Goo” Wiles – heard the music coming from the juke joint as they were driving by.[3] Even though it was very unusual for whites to go into a black club, the three asked the club’s owner, Frank “Fat Sam” Boyd, if they could enter. Skip Davis, the son of Donald Davis, said that “Fat Sam made two conditions. They had to pay twenty five cents each and they had to sit in the balcony.”[3] During the next few months, the white students brought more friends to the night club to watch the black dancers. The white students became so fascinated with the dance that, in order to prevent the music from stopping, they would toss coins down to the black dancers below them when the dancers ran out of money. “We had a lot of nickels with us because it took a nickel to play a song. If the music stopped and the people on the floor didn’t have any money, we didn’t get any more dancing. We had to feed the Nickelodeon”, recalls Harold E. Ross, who often visited the club and was 18 years old at the time.[3]

The white dancers eventually called the dance the black dancers did the “Big Apple”, after the night club where they first saw it.[3] Ross commented that “We always did the best we could to imitate the steps we saw. But we called it the Little Apple. We didn’t feel like we should copy the Big Apple, so we called it that.”[3]

During the summer of 1937, the students from the University of South Carolina started dancing the Big Apple at the Pavilion in Myrtle Beach.[3] Betty Wood (née Henderson), a dancer who helped revive the Big Apple in the 1990s, first saw the dance there, and six months later she won a dance contest and become nicknamed “Big Apple Betty.” The news of the new dance craze spread to New York, and a New York talent agent, Gae Foster, traveled to the Carolinas to audition dancers for a show at the Roxy Theater, the world’s second-largest theater at that time. Eight couples were chosen for the show, including Wood, Spivey, and Davis, to perform the Big Apple during a three-week engagement that began on September 3, 1937.[2][3] They performed six shows a day to sold-out audiences and greatly contributed to the dance’s popularity. After the engagement at the Roxy, the group became known as “Billy Spivey’s Big Apple Dancers” and toured the country for six months.

Arthur Murray, a dance instructor and entrepreneur, had 128 dance studios occupying three floors in New York in 1936.[7][8] After seeing the Big Apple dancers at the Roxy in September 1937, Murray incorporated the Big Apple into his swing dance syllabus. Due to the popularity of the Big Apple and other popular dances such as the Conga, Murray started to offer franchises in 1937. By 1938, there were franchises in several major cities, including Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta, Louisville, and Minneapolis.[8][9] The company continued to grow to over 200 Arthur Murray dance studios throughout the world by 2003.[8]

In the fall of 1937, four couples from Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, a Lindy Hop performance group based at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York, traveled to Hollywood, California, to perform a Lindy Hop sequence for a Judy Garland movie called Everybody Sing(1938).[2][8] Soon after arriving in California, Herbert “Whitey” White, the manager for the group, sent a telegram to Frankie Manning, the lead dancer for the group, about the new dance craze in New York City called the Big Apple. Manning had never seen the dance before but based on the description of the dance in the telegram, he choreographed a Big Apple routine for the group. Since the dance was based on combining jazz steps that the Lindy hoppers were already familiar with, such as Truckin’, the Suzie-Q, and Boogies, the group quickly learned the new steps. They performed their Big Apple routine for Everybody Sing, but the dance scene was eventually cut due to a dispute between the director and Whitey over the dance group’s not receiving a break in the filming schedule.[10]

When the group returned to Harlem, Manning taught his Big Apple version to other dancers in Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, before ever having seen the version done by the Big Apple dancers at the Roxy. Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers would dance the Big Apple mixed with Lindy Hop at the Savoy Ballroom until interest in the dance died out.[11] Later in 1939, the group performed a Big Apple sequence for the movie Keep Punching,[12] which has been recreated by Lindy Hop performance groups since the 1990s.

By the end of 1937, the Big Apple had become a national dance craze. On December 20, 1937, Life featured the Big Apple in a four-page photo spread and the magazine predicted that 1937 would be remembered as the year of the Big Apple.[2]



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