ABOUT US


1929 Studios is a social enterprise dance school. We exist to exist, not to make profit.
By bringing smiles, music and community into people lives, we foster wellness amongst all ages.


  • We are committed to the safety of our students and staff, who are bound by our Code of Conduct.
  • We aim to provide fair compensation to teachers and staff, whilst keeping dancing affordable to all.
  • We're committed to ensuring our events have minimal impact on the environment. Our office runs on 100% green power.

Michael, Lexi & Tina @ Sweet N' Hot 2013 Photo Booth

Michael, Lexi & Tina @ Sweet N' Hot 2013 Photo Booth

Lexi Keeton

Founder, Director & Visionary

Michael Collins

Head of IT, Graphics & Common sense

Tina Rizza

Admin, Instigator of fun & Teacher Extraordinaire

 

We have been supported by VicHealth, City of Darebin & Surf Coast Shire


Why 1929?

On the cusp of a new decade, Nineteen-Twenty-Nine was a year of great change...

The 1920s had presented a massive cultural evolution whose prohibition times exploded with Speakeasies & Flappers! With people freed from heavy Victorian rules and customs --  guys and gals merrily shed their social shackles by cutting a rug and dancing the Charleston.

 

This video, recorded in 1929 is the first time Lindy Hop was caught on film!

 

After Seben 1929 with "Shorty George" Snowden dancers. Emcee James Barton The Third Couple, is Shorty George dancing with Pauline Morse. Music by Chick Webb and his Orchestra

The 1930s were harder times. The Great Depression took a toll but thankfully they had SWING to keep joy in the hearts of many. For just a few cents, people could joyously dance for the whole night to a live big band. The hot jazz hotbed of Harlem, NYC brought us LINDY HOP, the diamond in the rough, as well as the start of social integration in the US, as the Savoy Ballroom was the first place that white and black people could dance together. It was then Frankie Manning and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers who revolutionized partner dancing and gave it to the world.

Probably the greatest Lindy hop sequence ever filmed. Whitey's Lindy Hoppers from the 1941 film Helzapoppin. Music by Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart 


We continue to bring modern Melbourne this vintage air of a brave new world with dance workshops and social events featuring the vernacular jazz dances Lindy Hop, Charleston, & Balboa!

IT DON'T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN'T GOT THAT SWING.