Time to push yourself further?.. Workshops a plenty if you want to push yourself a little bit…

Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” ~Art Blakey

I see this picture of Frankie Manning and I can literally hear his laughter.  You know,  whenever you dance with Frankie (I did lots of special occasions) he ALWAYS laughed, out loud and full intentioned….  that laugh was not at you or himself but rather, he was laughing with our JOY at the dance, the music, the partnership…  I look at this and every other picture of him and I can literally hear!  What a gift he left us all…  Chrissy x


This weeks classes at Gold Coast and Mullumbimby will be based around blending your 6 & 8 beat rhythms to give your dance more variety.  Don’t worry.. for now we will give you little mini patterns to work with then you can branch out and mix them up and add your own little variations, the key is to transition between the two rhythms and feel comfortable bien in time with the music but out of phrase  for a short time.

At its heart, there’s nothing like a good Swing Out, and the Swing Out is the perfect 8-count move. The Frankie Phrase (Swing Out from Closed, Swing Out, Swing Out, Circle) perfectly fits a phrase of most swing music.

However, 6-counts mixed in with your regular 8-counts make the dance more interesting. In fact, with some 6-counts mixed in for variety, those great 8-counts feel even more juicy than if you just danced 8-counts all night.

GOLD COAST:  7pm – Tuesday Nights – Mermaid Beach Bowls Club – $20pp

MULLUMBIMBY:  6.30pm Sharp – Mullumbimby Ex Servicemans Club – $20pp



Sunday 7th November – THIS SUNDAY – 10am – Shim Sham and Mama Stew: 




Join us for a special Shim Sham workshop where you will learn the basic choreography and a bit of the history behind the dance.
10am – 11am – Stepping through and teaching the Shim Sham.
11.30am to 12.30pm – Teaching the fabulous fun and furious routine that is Mama Stew
Practice time.
$40pp – cash only on the day
Book in by email: [email protected] or
SMS: 0409727888
Bring, water bottle, towel, snacks
Wear Comfy clothes, flat non grip shoes
Whats the Shim Sham:
So what is the Shim Sham?
Originating from a style of dance termed the ‘Goodus’ in the late 1920s, the Shim Sham Shimmy was first performed on stage in Harlem in the early 1930s as a closing routine that would get all of the singers, dancers and performers on stage together with the audience joining in. It wasn’t until some lindy hoppers at the Savoy Ballroom did the Shim Sham as a group line dance (without the taps) that the dance style really took to fame.
In the mid-1980s, the Shim Sham was introduced at New York’s Swing Dance Society dances by Frankie Manning, who went on to create a special version of the Shim Sham dance just for swing dancers. It is the tap dance routine that we know and love today, involving a shuffled rhythm of the ‘Time Step’.
For more on the history of the Shim Sham check out: https://authenticjazzdance.wordpress.com/…/the-short…/

Whats The Stew?: The Stew is a vintage warm-up choreography used by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers to warm up before practicing their routines. This routine is often called the Mama’s Stew routine as Mama Lu & The Parkets very famously performed it together.

Sunday 21 November 2021 – 10am – SOLO CHARLESTON
Join us for a day of Solo Charleston fun. Teaching 2 fabulous & fun Workshops back to back:
10am – 11.15 – The Charleston Stroll
11.30 – 1pm – New Choreographed Routine
$40pp in cash on the day
Email to book: [email protected] or Text
Mob: 0409727888
Wear comfy clothes, flat no stick shoes, bring water bottle, snacks and towel.
Saturday 27 November – 12 Noon – A Vintage styling Hair and Makeup Workshop
Fancy a little old-school glamour? Let The Lindy Charm School show you how to achieve these looks yourself.
12 Noon to 4pm
$120 pp cash on the day – Limited to 10 places, must book direct by emailing me: [email protected]
In these workshops we will show you how to achieve that primped, preened and ready for a Mr Cecil B DeMille Close-up in no time!
If you have ever dreamed of having that classic, vintage look but never knew how? Do you long for a bit of 1940s glamour, 50’s cheesecake or retro style? Miss Chrissy and her Team can help you.
Covering: 1940’s & 50’s:
Vintage Old Hollywood Hair & Makeup;
Using tools and also learning without tools.
Pin Up/Retro and Kustom Kulture Looks also covered.
I will also be running you through the art of Do Rags, Scarves and Turbans for days when you just don’t have it in you to do a fancy do!
Yes we do Victory Rolls, Barrel Curls, Betty Bangs, Hollywood Rolls and Gibson Rolls too. We just start with Pin Curls!!
Sunday 28 November 2021 – 10am – The Queen of Blues Dance Workshop
Join use in the studio for a rare treat. One of there Best Blues Dancers I have ever seen is coming to us to teach YOU, the best of Blues..
The Queen of Blues Ms Caitlin Taggart is from Empire swing in Brisbane and has been quiet on the teaching scene of late due to her work and study commitments but has agreed to do a workshop for us in the studio here on the Gold Coast:
Limited Places:
$80 pp
Must come with a partner
Bring, dance shoes, comfy clothes, water bottle, towel and a snack for the break.
Email or text me to book  0409727888
What is Blues Dancing:
Blues dancing is about moving to blues music.
It was born from African-American movements and rhythms, expressing the blues music of the American south. It has a grounded, relaxed aesthetic that gives amazing freedom for creativity, and invites improvisation and individual expression, with diverse rhythms, shapes and stylings.
Today, modern blues dancing encompasses a big family of dances danced to blues music and jazz, and sometimes drawing on diverse influences such as tango and waltz, while embracing the long, rich history of blues music from it’s African-American roots to the vibrant contemporary culture.
With supreme focus on partnership connection, learning blues enhances skills that translate to all partner dancing.
It also provides ample opportunity to work on your solo movement, and add personality to all of your dancing.
Saturday 4 December 2021 – Unwrap Yourself for Christmas – A Vintage Makeover and Photoshoot
Ever wanted to make your own calendar up and send it to all your loved ones for Christmas? Maybe just framing that perfect picture to pin to your wall to remind yourself ever day how amazing you are is the best preset to yourself?
Well, why not treat yourself and your loved ones with a Christmas Vintage Makeover and Photoshoot with Miss Chrissy from The Lindy Charm School and Amanda from Peppermint Photography.
Included on the day:
* All Hair and Makeup
* Styling to create your look
* Posing Techniques
* Refreshments and fun
* Your photo session with Amanda from Peppermint Photography who I have worked with many times and is so fabulous. We can tailor your experience to the look you want (if you have something specific in mind) or you can give your trust over to us and we can explore. We have a couple of sets ups that have worked in the past:
1.  Vintage Christmas Theme
2.  Pinup/old Hollywood Glamour
3.  Vintage Boudoir
4.  Poster Boys
5.  Gal Pals,
6.  Family Love
Process: 1.5 hours with me for Styling Consult, Hair and Makeup then over to Amanda for photos and that can take anywhere from 30 mins up.
The Cost is $600
Email to book in: [email protected]
Limited places.
Friday 17th December 2021 – 7pm – $15pp – Swing On In Christmas Social Dance
Live entertainment (TBA) and multiple DJ’s to entertain you. Live performances and even a Christmas Tree.. who know’s Santa may even Pop In!
Treats on the tables for everyone and come early to order yourself some dinner and fine wine.
Prizes for Best dressed too!
Mermaid Beach Bowls Club
Look forward to seeing you all not he dance floor at some point..
Til then,
Chrissy & Ray xx
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.

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