Sweet & Hot 2012 Credits

We are absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response from last weekend's event!  We had such a great time and it looks like you did too!  If you attended the weekend in any capacity, we would love to have a minute of your time to...  

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*Photos such as the fantastic one of Kathryn and Denise, two of our Balboa Mentors to your right are now up!  Check 'em out!!

*Congratulations to the winners of the Winner-take-all Jack & Jill dance contest, Mike Healey & Genevive Wallis!  They won every bit of the contest entry fees and FREE tickets to the Melbourne Lindy Exchange, November 22-25, 2012.  In 2nd Place we also had Reece Campbell & Anna Van Dijk and in 3rd Place Eric Liew & Julia Loennendung.  All winners were members of the Melbourne based dance troupe, Harlem Shout!


The event made possible by the super sweet & blazin' hot contribution from the following people:
KieranYee - MC Extraordinaire 
Phil Alcock - Videographer Sat night
Georgia Brooks & Siobhan De Little - Contest co-coordinators
Will Hore-Lacy - Jazz Joust Photography Booth by Will's Photography
Michael Collins - Website, event coordinator
Lexi Keeton - Event coordinator
Anna Van Dijk - Printed Media
Meiwah Williams - Aerial Tissu performance

Katey Sutcliffe, Keira Mason-Hill, Akriti Rana, Margeaux Vallantyne, Julian Krack
Additional special thanks to: Le Bal Troupe, The boys of Harlem Shout, Steve & Laura Hartshorn of Swing Dance Australia, Genevive Wallis, Elly Maddy, Monica McNab, Kathryn Kelly & Swing Patrol


Teachers: Heather Ballew - Denver, Colorado; Joel Kohn - Melbs; Kenny Nelson - Denver, Colorado; Laura Perriam - Melbs; Ramona Staffeld - USA/Melbs; Todd Yannacone - New Orleans

Mentors: Corinne Allen, Dave Shackleford, Denise Cox, Evan Hughes, Georgia Brooks, Jaymee Lee, Johnny Warrington, Kara Martin, Kathryn Atkinson, Keith Hsuan, Lindsay Grundy, Robbie Hockley, Sarah Johnston, Shaz Callaghan, Tia Baker



DJs - "Hot Denise" Cox - Melbs, Keith "sweet" Hsuan - Melbourne, "hot" Sam Carroll - Sydney, "sweet" Shaz Callaghan, Tim "blue" Jones - newly Melbournian!

Lenox Avenue - Nick Mulder - Trombone, Phil Noy - Alto Sax, Carlo Barbaro - Tenor Sax, Paul Williamson - Baritone Sax, Kim Kelaart - Hammond Organ, Phillip Rex - Bass, Andrew Swann - Drums, Ross Irwin - Trumpet, Michael Frazer - Trumpet.  With our very own Georgia Brooks on vocals!

Duck Musique - Caley Groves - Guitar, Kain Borlase - Bass, Michael Harris - Violin, Steve Groves - Guitar.

From the bottom of our hearts, rock steps and shuffles, we thank all of you for making this weekend so sweet...and so HOT!
With sweet swingin' love,
Lexi Keeton & Michael Collins


The Sweet & Hot JAZZ JOUST!

Thornbury Theatre - March 3rd

Live music ALL NIGHT LONG with two rotating swingin' bands!  Kick back to the Savoy with newly concocted Big Band, LENOX AVENUE featuring Melbourne's TOP Jazz musicians including Ross Irwin of Cat Empire! We've paired them like a fine french wine with last year's headliner, gypsy gazz gurus, DUCK MUSIQUE!  

It's a real hoofer's paradise.  But you don't dance? No problem!  Their tunes will entertain you solid til the night's end at 2AM!  Check out the killer dance performances and the Jack & Jill dance contest finals where WINNERS TAKE ALL!  Get yourself decked out like it's 1929, partake in the door-prize, paruse the vendors of the evening and get your picture made in your fancy dress by Will Hore-Lacy Photography, or just kick back with a beverage and take in the decadance of the 1920s. 

Sweet & Hot Jazz Joust

Sweet & Hot Workshop Weekend - March 2-4th 2012!

Welcome to the 2nd year of Sweet & Hot!  Melbourne - March 2-4th 2012

Lindy Hop workshops with two of the worlds TOP LINDY HOP dancers and instructors, Ramona Staffeld & Todd Yannacone

Balboa workshops with two of the worlds leading up and coming international teachers, Heather Ballew & Kenny Nelson.

The two evening dances will rock your socks, including the unprecedented Sweet & Hot Jazz Joust, with two dance bands playing solid live music all night long at the Thornbury Theatre!

With several options available to build your very own perfect weekend, we welcome you to have a look at the schedule and class descriptions on the newly launched website for the event: www.sweetnhot.com.au

All full weekend passes include the evening dances, plus....

Intermediate Dancers: One day of Lindy Hop with T&R & One day of Bal with K&H 

Advanced Dancers: Choose: One day of Lindy Hop with T&R & One day of Bal with K&H or choose to do the Lindy Hop track or the Balboa track and stick with your favourite dance or teachers all weekend long!

Or choose a one day workshop pass for the day of your choice, and attend the evening dances ala carte. Early Bird pricing will fill up soon, so jump on your schedule of choice by registering ASAP!

Beginner Dancers:  If you're keen to have a track at the weekend, simply let us know!  Once we have enough dancers interested, we will run Beginner Lindy Hop classes on the Saturday to accommodate everyone!!  Contact us to let us know!


Not feeling very Balicious?

We're also pleased to announce the Balboa Buster!  A 1 day 3.5 hour crash course in Bal Bal Bal! Everything you need to know to take the intermediate course will be covered as well as brushing up on those shufflin' basics for the Advanced dancers who don't get their Bal on as much as they'd like.

SATURDAY the 11th of FEBRUARY -----> ONLY $20 for the ENTIRE DAY if you're registered for Sweet & Hot!!