Swing On In Newsletter – 6 November 2022

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance!


Happy Sunday Swing Kids, hope you are enjoying this glorious lat start to summer, her eon the Goldie the sun is shining and the sky are clear!  Summer is for getting up early and enjoying the best of the morning but for me being a night owl its a struggle, but this morning I had two little rugrats champing at the bit to go scooter riding at 6am and so we did!  I have to say, this hour of the morning is especially beautiful and I am going to try and make more of an effort to go to bed earlier and get up earlier!  Ray is laughing already!  Anyhoo..here’s what’s happening…

Whats in the newsletter:

  • Farewell Seb
  • International Workshops
  • Aris Allen Shoe Order
  • Tickets to sell
  • Classes break up dates and start back dates
  • Change to Mullum Class date (one off)
  • Christmas Party
  • Social dancing
  • Summer Workshops


Farewell Sebastian Scholtens!

Our Dapper Gent who has entertained us at Swing On In Gold Coast and Mullumbimby for 10 years now…You may not know that his lovely wife Reilly (Who I went to school with in Darwin) and Seb started a thing called the Jive Lounge 10 years ago in Bangalow and asked if Ray and I would come down and teach some classes and do some demos at the events…  Well… Swing On In Northern Rivers sprung from those very nights!  So.. apart from being the most loved crooner & entertainer (With our Rhydian), they can be thanked for kick starting Lindy Hop down that way.

Seb and Reilly and their lovely daughter Lilly have moved to Sydney but will continue with their passion of Equine Therapy called Horses Who Heal.    You will be missed kids but we wish you all well and the most happiness and success to you all.  xx

International Workshops

NB:  Content different for both workshops
James Joseph Horada is an English Gentleman has been teaching and performing throughout London and Europe for the past 13 years.
Specialising in Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz, James has just landed here in Australia for a 3 month Holiday so we are taking full advantage of his expertise, teaching prowess and oodles of charm to bring you two dedicated Lindy Hop & Solo Jazz workshop opportunities. First Stop Mullumbimby and then Gold Coast – Both workshops will contain different content so do 1 or do both!
This day will certainly take your dancing to the next level.
It will be challenging, fun, and by the end your brain will be fried but you will have a cup full of Lindy Hop & Jazz joy and a whole lot of learnings.
Are you ready to leap?
Dates/Times and Cost:
Sunday 27 November
Sunday 18 December
9.45am Registration (NOTE NSW & QLD TIME)
10.15am – Prompt Start to Workshop 1 – Lindy Hop – Intermediate
No Late entries
11.45am – Short 15 Min Break
12 Noon to 1.30pm – Workshop 2 – Lindy Hop – Advanced – building on morning class
1.30pm to 2.15 – Lunch Break
2.15 to 4.15 – Solo Jazz Workshop – all levels
4.15 to 7pm – Social Dancing – James will be our guest DJ as well.
Cost: $120pp for the day pass – 3 workshops and social dance.
To Book: Email: [email protected]
What to bring:
Change of Shirt
Water Bottle
Spare Shoes
Hand Towel
Notepad and pen
Energy, enthusiasm, open heart and open mind..🙂
Here is the workshop brief outline from James to you:
Morning Swing Dance Workshop:
This workshop is for those dancers who have perhaps been dancing for a couple of years or more. For those dancers who consider themselves to be of an intermediate to advance level. For those who are comfortable with social dancing, who have some moves and steps but are ready to improve their understanding of this wonderful, joyous dance.
“Beginners learn beginner moves, intermediates learn intermediate moves, and advance dancers learn beginner moves”.
Relearning and replacing what is good, for something that is even better, may be exceedingly useful. Perhaps your learning curve has progressively slowed down as you have improved your dancing.
Do you find you can have great dances with some people whilst others don’t go so well? Perhaps you feel unsure or unclear at times whilst social dancing.
Over the course of three hours, we will take you on a journey. Equipping you with new tools for your dancing creativity.
You will be embracing new ideas and practices. Offering you techniques that may greatly improve your quality of movement, your communication with your dance partner, better the flow of your dancing, and most importantly boost your enjoyment and imagination.
Be ready to be playful, open, and experimental. You are going to be moving around the floor and being active throughout, so come prepared for some fun learning.
Solo Jazz workshop :
“Remember, if you want to move someone else it’s a great idea to learn how to move yourself.”
Perhaps you’ve learnt some traditional solo jazz routines like the Shim Sham or the Big Apple. Or you may have a repertoire of jazz solo moves like ‘fall of the log’, ‘eagle slide’, or ‘shuffle ball change’. Maybe you are one of those partner dancers who love a little fancy footwork to impress your dance partner whilst swinging out. Whichever one of these might describe you best, we invite you to join us and enjoy our beginner/intermediate two-hour solo jazz workshop.
When solo dancing, it is not unusual to experience that moment of panic that tricks us into doing too much when less might be best.
Get ready to gain greater musicality, better your rhythm, improve your transitions from one move to the next, and learn to feel more comfortable in yourself whilst being creative
Social Dancing to close the day. James will be spinning some fabulous tunes, new music, old music and a variety to please our ears and keep our feet moving…
See you there..

Aris Allen Shoe Order

I’m starting to get a bit of interest in another dance shoe order from Bris Allen.  If you would like to join the order, please have a look at their website HERE and you need to EMAIL me ([email protected]) with the product code, picture of shoe and size (Read the sizing chart)..  You save because of the discount for combined shipping..    Cut off date for getting your orders in is 30 November.   Don’t forget to look at the clearances as there are usually some super specials there.  My recommendations for weekly classes are the canvas sneakers!  I live in mine.

Tickets to sell

Sometimes I am trigger happy when I’m excited about something and don’t want to miss out!!  Well, I did it again and jumped in and bought 2 tickets to go the The Adelaide Lindy Exchange which looks amazing, BUT then realised we can’t go!!  So, here you go.. they are sold out.  We bought for $110 each for the Lindy Pass ($220) happy to sell for $60 each ($120) if anyone fancies a Lindy Exchange in Adelaide in January!  EMAIL ME:  [email protected] if you want them.

Change to Mullum Class date (Another one off)

Hey Kids, sorry to advise, there is a double booking again at the Mullumbimby club on Thursday 17th November SO…  we are going to run the class Friday 18th November instead! Hope you can still make it…


SWING BREAK:  Classes break up dates and start back dates:



Last Class for Mullumbimby will be Thursday 8th December and the 1st class back for 2023 will be Thursday 3 February
Last Class for Gold Coast will be Wednesday 14th December and the 1st class back for 2023 will be Wednesday 1 February


Christmas Party – Sunday 18th December 2022 – from 4pm – $20pp

Our end of year break up party this year will be simple yet super fun…  We will have our International Guest Teacher from London (Gentleman James)  DJ’ing a set along with our own favourite Swing A Billy Ray.  There will be dance demonstrations, guest singers and of course best dressed from the Christmas themed party.

Venue:  Mermaid Beach Bowls Club

No bookings required, see you then.!

Social Dancing:

We would LOVE to keep hearing your suggestions/recommendations and Gig guide updates in everything that is happening int he live music scene around GC and Northern River so we can all get together for impromptu social dancing outside of organised event.. You tell me of the GIG and I will promote it and hoping to have more social gatherings in random places!  Lets continue this all through Summer!    Keep putting them up on the SOI FB groups or email us or text us:  0408306560 or 0409727888 and we will activate behind the scenes and rally the troupe’s if it works out.

Summer Workshops

We will be working out our summer workshop program soon and will create events on socials and through email.  Workshops will include:

  • Beginner Aerials
  • Intermediate Aerials
  • Mama Stew Solo Routine
  • The Charleston Stroll Routine
  • Shim Sham Routine
  • Rock N Roll/Rockabilly
  • Lindy Hop – Dance in A Day
  • Lindy Hop – Stylings

Til next time


Stay Cool!


xx Chrissy & Ray xx


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