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I dress up a certain way because I respect the music.  Wynton Marsalis

It’s all here…Grab your calendars out and get ready to reserve some dates for your dancing pleasure!

  1. Monthly Socials:
  2. Swing On The Green – HOTA
  3. Gold Coast Jazz and Blues
  4. QLD Swing Festival
  5. Classes Update
  6. Review & Testimonials
  7. Frankie Manning’s Birthday
  8. Jazz Picnic
  9. Cooly Rocks On – Flashmob

Almost every weekend there is a Swing Social Dance or event around town..  Did you know?

Swing On In Holds regular social dances twice a month.

1st Friday of the Month – 8pm – 11pm – Nerang Community Hall – 34 Price Street, Nerang – Dj’s

3rd Friday of the Month – 7pm – 11pm – The Bowlo, Bangalow – 21 Byron Bay Rd, Bangalow – Band and Dj’s

Then you have “Swing Under the Sails” – OASIS – 3rd Saturday of the Month – 6.30pm – 10pm – with Gotta Swing

Plus there are usually free bands and socials every weekend Gold Coast AND Brisbane so stay up to date through our newsletter letter of social media pages:  FB:  Swingonin or Groups Pages:  Swing On In –  Gold Coast and Swing On In –  Bangalow plus we are on Instagram:  Swing_on_In

Not to Miss:

SATURDAY 19TH OF MAY – HOTA (Home of the Arts – Formerly Gold Coast Arts Centre) –  Swing on The Green

Outdoor Stage 5 hours – 4pm to 9pm

FREE Swing Dance Classes with CHRISSY AND RAY from SWING On In and Social Dancing with live band – Rhydian and The Residuals Band and DJ Swingabilly Ray

Get your groove on to a series of free sunset events hosted on the lawn at HOTA. Good vibes, fine tunes, perfect weather and the chance to dance.Gather your friends, kick off your shoes, learn the rhythms of the day, then dance the evening away under the stars. For friends and families, left feet to professionals.

SATURDAY 19TH OF MAY – 4pm – 9pm – FREE

4.30pm Learn to dance SWING set 1 (45min)
5.15pm Swing A Billy Ray DJ Set
5.45pm Learn to dance SWING set 2 (45min)
6.30pm Rhydian Lewis and the Residuals Big Band set 1 (45min)
7.15pm Swing A Billy Ray DJ Set
7.45pm Rhydian Lewis and the Residuals Big Band set 2 (45min)
8.30pm Swing A Billy Ray DJ Set
9.00pm Close



FRIDAY 25TH OF MAY – Gold Coast Jazz & Blues Club – Grand Re-Opening with a Bang… – Tickets flying out the door – over half gone already so book in quick…

Want to dance to a Big band right here on the Gold Coast? Friday night 25th of May for $30 pp you can enjoy this fabulous big band right here at home with fabulous dance floor and surroundings to make a glamorous night of nights. Lets Dance the night away together.Chrissy and Ray from SWING On In will be there to teach a complimentary dance class to the general public then dancing the night away to some swinging live music .

The Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra makes its debut performance at the Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club performing critical selections from the swing era. Enjoy an evening of music featuring classic hits from Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw

SWING On In encourages you all to come on out and support live swing music right here on the GC with us…



Qld Swing Festival – This brand NEW festival is set to make its mark on the world Lindy Hop Calendar and all props to Empire Swing for making it happen!
Ray and I have booked in for the Teachers Workshop own Friday 25th with the The DecaVitas and will then head home to the Goldie to support/teach/dance at The Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club with the Rhythm Society Dance Orchestra BUT will be back up to Brisbane for the Sat/Sun full social pass and hope to se you all there.  Look at the fun that can be had!!  Just DO IT!.. Car Pool or Train….. but just get there….


Well, every seems to be enjoying the Tuesday Night Specialty Classes…  From Blues to Balboa, Cabaret to Rockabilly we are giving you a taster of lots of different dance styles to try.  Every Tuesday Night at Mermaid Beach Bowls Club from 7pm.  This Month (MAY) we are doing a Chrissy & Ray version Rockabilly/RocknRoll blend.. It’s all about the Music and the Attitude!   June we will be doing Jazz/Cabaret.  Other dance styles we are looking at to include:  Tap, Tango, Black Bottom and Shag….  What would you like to see included?

4 Nights a weeks, socials, practice and classes – Do them all and its still only max $50 – Now thats a Cheap Get Fit Gym Membership right there..

Monday Nights – $5 – Nerang – 7.30pm – 9.30pm – Social Practice Night – NO CLASS

Tuesday Nights Specialty Classes – $15 – Club Mermaid – 7pm to 10pm

Wednesday Nights – Lindy Hop Classes with Chrissy & Ray – $15 – The Bowlo, Bangalow – 7pm – 10pm

Thursday Nights – Lindy Hop Classes with Chrissy & Ray – $15 – Mermaid Beach Bowls Club – 7pm – 10pm


REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS – Do you like any of our classes?  What do you like about them?  Have you done a review lately?  Did you know there are two ways to review us and it’s SO EASY!


Heres some options how:
1.  Give me your phone at classes and I will walk you through it and give you $5 cash back from your classes fee as a bonus..

2.  Put this link into your browser for a GOLD COAST review (it takes you to our Google Review Page) Swing On In, 9 Markeri St, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218
OR: Put this link into your browser for a BANGALOW review (it takes you to our Google Review Page) Swing On In, Bangalow Bowlo, 21 Byron Bay Rd, Bangalow NSW 2479

3.  Go tot our page and scroll down to bottom and click on REVIEW US HERE TAB – and it takes you to the above pages as well.

4.  FACEBOOK Reviews work too:  Click here to Review us on FB

Reviews help others find out about our classes and come along and join the fun which in turns helps grow our dance community and give you all more leads and follows to dance with..  Jim online an give us a rating…


FRANKIE MANNING’S BIRTHDAY – 26th of May – (1914-2009) He would have been 104… (It’s a Saturday and we will be dancing at Qld Swing Festival in his Honour!)  Here’s a pic of Frankie and I dancing in 1997 & 1998…

Frankie Manning is best known as the “Ambassador of the Lindy Hop” – a fusion of several genres including jazz, tap, breakaway and the Charleston.

But there is a lot more to the choreographer than meets the eye. Here are four things you probably didn’t know about him: 

  1.  He didn’t come up with the Lindy Hop name:

Although an early pioneer of the dance and its most famous practitioner, Manning did not come up with the name for it.

Inspired by the achievement of US aviator Charles Lindbergh becoming the first person to fly solo from New York to Paris in 1927, the name was coined by a member of Manning’s troupe George “Shorty” Snowden as a reference to his “hop” across the Atlantic.

Their troupe performed the Lindy Hop at a dance marathon in New York. A reporter asked Snowden what the dance was called and his spur of the moment reply meant the name stuck.

2.  He popularised the dance and moulded it into what is today

The Lindy Hop first originated among African American communities in Harlem, New York during the 1920s.

3.  Despite his success he worked at the post office for more than 30 years

Following the end of the swing era in the 1950s Manning disbanded his post-war troupe, the Congaroo Dancers, and took a job at the US  Postal Service.

He did not begin teaching again until 1986 – a year before he retired from the post office.

A fellow member of the Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, Al Minns, had begun teaching it in 1982 and had piqued interest in the dance once more.

Dancers Erin Stevens and Steven Mitchell asked Manning to begin teaching again but at first he was sceptical because he did not think young dancers would be interested.

He was proven wrong and in 1989 he won a Tony Award for Best Choreography for the musical Black and Blue.

4.  His birthday became a major event in the New York calendar

His birthday attracted dancers and instructors from all over the world to New York to celebrate. His 80th birthday in 1994 was commemorated by a weekend-long celebration in the city.

His 85th in 1999 was celebrated with a sold-out dance show at New York’s famous Roseland Ballroom where a pair of his dance shoes were placed in a special showcase alongside Fred Astaire’s.

JAZZ AGE LAWN PICNIC AND DANCE – Old Government House Brisbane – Sunday 22 July – 10am to 3pm

The Jazz Age Lawn Picnic held previously as part of the Miss Fisher Exhibition was such a hit we are doing it again!

I will have my Pop Up Salon open for free vintage hair styling for all.. Maybe you might like to discuss your wedding hair option or maybe the kids just want to play fancy for a day.. No appointment needed, just roll up…

DJ SwingA Billy Ray will be spinning tunes from the 20’s through to the 70’s so lets get the party started…

BEST Dressed, Best Setting, Best Dance Moves.. Your going to get it all!


As Part of the Bowerbird and the Bride Exhibition by Marion Boyce at Old government House of more than 40 bridal gowns from 1860 to 1970, The Bowerbird and The Bride.

You are cordially invited to attend our wedding garden party!

The pleasure of your company is requested at our free family day out on the lawns of Old Government House.

Together with The Bowerbird and The Bride, we invite you to dance the day away with dance classes, be pampered to perfection at The Lindy Charm School pop-up salon and have fun with lawn games and DIY wedding themed activities, all to the beat of live music and DJ tunes.

Dress code: Come dressed in your wedding best (gowns, suits, and bridesmaid dresses!) and hit the catwalk for our Best Dressed competition, judged by Brisbane’s leading bespoke bridal fashion designer Paul Hunt.

This event is part of The Bowerbird and The Bride exhibition at Old Government House from 12 July to 19 August 2018.



Cooly Rocks On – Flashmob FUN – Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th of June 2018

We have again been asked to create some swing dance colour and fun on the streets of Coolangatta as part of the Cooly Rocks On Festival – Yes we are talking Swing Dance FLASHMOB and also some Hand Jivin Fun with Doug Roughtons Hokey Pokey and YES .. Swing A Billy Ray will be DJ’ing around the place too!    WE WANT YOU!   Wanna come and flash with us?

Where we will be:  – TBC

Friday at Warner Street Stage Coolangatta foreshore Hokey Pokey & Swing Social dance       10.30 AM – 11.30AM

Saturday Warner Street Stage Swing Flash Mob Dance Show Case & Social Dance                   12.30 PM -2.30 PM

Sunday Warner Street Stage Swing DJ Set  – Social Dance                                                            12.30 PM – 1.30 PM

Ray is also Swing DJ at both Miss CRO and Miss Rockabilly on the Thursday and Friday Night PLUS I heard a rumour that there is a dedicated Swing Night on Saturday Night – More Details to follow.

Wow!!  that was big! Off to get ready to go and dance,

Catch ya on the flip side!


Chrissy & Ray xx

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