No classes at Smith Street Swing on Cup Day!

Due to Cup Day, Tuesday November 4th, Smith Street Swing! will be closed - classes will resume the following week on 11th of November. 

New Beginners Block will take place Nov 11, 18, 25 Dec 2. Register HERE.

Plus, we are announcing our End of the Year Party @ the Provincial Hotel
Tuesday December 2nd
with Live Music brought to you by Leigh Barker and Co.  Put it in your calendar, more details to follow!


Hop Step Swing! Teen Swing Dancing is HERE!

Hop Step Swing is the fun new opportunity for teens to learn to swing dance! 

Students will learn the basics of swing dancing in a fun routine with a performance opportunity at the end! Class size will be limited to a small group of students to offer the best learning environment.

Hop Step Swing! - REGISTER
5 week block in Term 4
Saturdays 3:30-5:00pm * $125
Oct 11, 18, 25, (NO CLASS CUP DAY WEEKEND) Nov 8, 15
Performance date TBA
1929 Studios * 1/281 Smith Street Collingwood (enter via Greeves Street)

20th September - Meet & Greet Day!
3:30-5:00pm * 1929 Studios
* Lesson from 3:45-4:15pm * Social from 4:15-5:00pm

  • Meet the teacher/s and 1929 studios staff.
  • Free 30 minute dance lesson for parents and teens with social dance time after.
  • See what swing dancing is all about with a dance demo with Tim & Vanessa
  • Register for the course after class and receive a discount -- $120
  • Nibbles Provided!
5 wk block in Term 4 --   Saturdays *    Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 8, 15 -- in 1929's Studio, Collingwood

5 wk block in Term 4 -- Saturdays *  Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 8, 15 -- in 1929's Studio, Collingwood

About your Teacher:
Vanessa Nimmo*
10+ yrs. experience working with youth
Working with Children Check
First Aid Certificate
Bachelor of Music

*Local teacher and Swing DJ, Tim Jones will join Vanessa one Saturday later in the block to help demonstrate.

NEW SERIES - Beginner's Block in a Day!

Beginner's Block in a Day - Last Saturday of every month in 1929's Studio - Collingwood

Beginner's Block in a Day - Last Saturday of every month in 1929's Studio - Collingwood

We have a new special treat for our newbie friends out there!  The Beginner's Block in a Day aims to support our Beginner Swing Block at Smith Street Swing in several ways:

  • The same rhythm of the SSS block will be taught on the last Saturday of every month, in 1929's very own STUDIO.
  • Did you take a block at Smith Street Swing but want to practice heaps with the teachers present in a small class to really "get it"?  Here's your chance!
  • Are you a total Newbie and want to give dancing a go, but find group classes overwhelming or intimidating?  This class will move quickly, but it's small, so you will get special attention from the teachers!
  • Love the idea of meeting new people, but find bigger group classes harder to get a word in?  The size of these classes mean that you can rotate to the same people a few times in class...make connections!
  • Are you learning in private lessons but now feel ready to dance with some new people in a small setting...this is it!
  • Have background dance experience that makes beginner classes seem to move too slow? Small class - lots of material - one on one attention from your teachers makes this the place to go!
  • Unavailable Tuesday nights? - Think LAST SATURDAYS!

Correction! Times for Swing Out with Ramona & Kieran

The schedule for Swing Out with Ramona and Kieran is 2pm to 5pm as per our website and Facebook.  The time posted in the last 2 weeks 1929 Haps email indicated an end time of 4pm which is incorrect.

There is still space for partnered registrations or if any lead puts themselves on the waitlist, we can pair you up with a follow! 

Have fun and Swing (TF) Out!

VENUE CHANGE for TONIGHT's Community Night - The Provincial Hotel, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy!

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Tonight's Community Night & Classes will be at:


corner of Brunswick and Johnston! 

That's right folks, the last Community Night of the year...with a LIVE BAND featuring G-Town Swing's Sean Loughran & Co.!  The Smith Street Rascal's will razzle dazzle you, along with a collection of Harlem Shout to entertain on the band breaks!  Joel & Tina have a super fun mystery-to-each-other solo chorey class to Cole Slaw!

7:00-8:00          Beginner Swing Block - Last 2013 edition of East Coast Swing
8:00-9:00          Open Level Class - Mystery Solo Class
9:00-11:00ish   PARTY!!!

Classes - $14 for one or $22 for two
Live Band & Party - FREE!

The Provincial Hotel - Upstairs in 'The Salon'
299 Brunswick st, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065
Corner of Brunswick St. & Johnston St.

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West Side goes Balboa with Johnny & Julia!

BALBOA IS ON at West Side Swing in October & November!

Participating in these classes will increase your Balbilities for the social floor, just in time for Sweet & Hot, Dec 13-15 2013!  :)

Beginner Balboa 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Free Social Dance 30 MINUTES

Intermediate Balboa 8:30pm - 9:30pm a bit of social after class :)


Each week Julia & Johnny will refresh what was done the precious week, but also teach new material, so you can jump in anytime if you know the basics! Learning from Australia's top Balboa dancers is a genuine TREAT! 



Drop-in Rate $14
Second Class* on the same night $8

October Block - 5 weeks
November Block - 5 weeks

Preregister online for each block only $12 per class
Ten Class Pass $120 (12 per class)


Learn Balboa in August at The Fast Track - Intensive Balboa For Beginners

Balboa, the dancers dance!!  This block of classes will progressively build your base knowledge of Bal and Bal Swing from scratch!  Balboa looks like a delight and feels like a dream to dance.  The aim is to build your repertoire with precision, style and comfort.  The faster the tempos get, the more you will thank yourself for intensively learning the basics with two of Australia's finest Balboa dancers, Johnny & Julia Wharington!

Full Details HERE


Shiny Stockings Ball - Silent Auction Sponsors & Winners!


The Shiny Stockings Ball Silent Auction was a huge success! 

We thank the sponsors of the auction, bidders and winners for their generous support of the Frankie Manning Foundation 

SPONSOR: Smart, Alec Hatters
PRIZE: 1 x Voucher to vintage style hat shop
WINNER: Vanya Maplestone $65

SPONSOR: Herrang Dance Camp
PRIZE: 1x Party Passes HDC 2013 or 2014
WINNER: Kathryn Atkinson $75

SPONSOR: Michael Collins & Lexi Keeton
PRIZE: Life Magazine from 1941 with Frankie Manning photos

WINNER: Chris Sutton $80

SPONSOR: Herrang Dance Camp
PRIZE: 1x Party Passes HDC 2013 or 2014
WINNER: Lauren Chapman $85

SPONSOR & PRIZE: CD package collection of Australia's finest jazz artists  - Leigh Barker & the New Sheiks, Carol Ralph, Hetty Kate, Shirazz, Velvet Cake Gypsies and The Irwell Street String Band.
WINNER: Connie Chen $90

SPONSOR: 1929 Studios
PRIZE: Wedding Dance Package: 2 Months Beginner Swing Block for two + 1 hour  Private Lesson with Joel and Lexi
WINNER: John Pierce $105

SPONSOR: Lindsay Grundy & Kathryn Atkinson
PRIZE: 1 x Balboa Private Lesson
WINNER: Barb Machnyk $105

SPONSOR: Kieran Yee & Georgia Brooks
PRIZE: 1 hour private dance lesson
WINNER: Barb Machayk $125

SPONSOR: Melbourne Jazz Dance Association
PRIZE: 1 x Full Weekend Pass to to Melbourne Lindy Exchange 2013
WINNER: Emma Smadbeck $160

SPONSOR:  Ramona Staffeld
PRIZE: 1 hour private lesson + bottle of wine and chat time
WINNER: Katerina Nicolakopoulos $175

SPONSOR: 1929 Studios
PRIZE: 1 x Full Weekend Pass to Sweet & Hot with Skye & Frida, 13-15 December 2013 WINNER: Jarrod Bates $300

SPONSOR: Swing Patrol
PRIZE: 1 x Gold Pass to Melbourne Swing Festival
WINNER: Keira Mason-Hill $320 

Smith Street Swing field trip to Bella Union Bar this Tuesday, 14 May!

Tuesday 17 May, Smith Street Swing takes a special field trip to the very vintage Bella Union Bar!Eric Liew & Gemma Slussaref winning Sweet & Hot Jack n' Jill Contest 2010

Next week, we will get the pleasure to dance in this historic hall built in 1917.  The georgouys bar and hall has hosted many a fun event in Melbourne including being the main event venue for 1929 Studios' first event, Sweet & Hot 2011, as pictured.

Classes are still on as usual, so give yourself enough to find parking and the venue as you won't want to miss a minute of this very special venue.

As it is week two, you still have a chance to jump into the beginner class if you're new too!  If you're already in, bring a friend to share in the vintage fun at Bella Union.



Level 1, Trades Hall Corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets
Carlton South (enter off Lygon Street)

Click HERE for Google Maps!


Who's playing at The Shiny Stockings Ball?

And now announcing the band for The Shiny Stockings Ball ...

Meet Andy Swann and his Savoy Stompers!

This All-Star, one time only, world class, Savoy style line up of musicians will blow you away.... serving up Frankie's Favourites at the ball on Saturday night, this will be a social dancing opportunity you won't want to miss.

We feel very privileged to have such a quality group of musicians playing for us, thanks very much to Mr Andrew Swann.

Eamon Mcnelis
Trumpet/Vocals - Flap!

Mark Elton
Bass - Flap!

Steven Grant
Piano/2nd trumpet - CW Stoneking

Michael McQuaid
Reeds - Red Hot Rhythm Makers

Craig Fermanis

Andrew Swann

Too much good news to handle... well sooth your soul and sign up for The Shiny Stockings Ball

The Shiny Stockings Ball Registration is OPEN!

Registration for the  The Shiny Stockings Ball is officially OPEN!!  

This event is a celebration of the legendary Lindy Hopper; Frankie Manning on what would have been his 99th birthday!  Join us for the daytime sessions on Saturday and Sunday with world renowned jazz dance historian & dancer, Lennart Westerlund  and especially for the main celebration with Andy Swann and his Savoy Stompers at the Thornbury Theatre on Saturday 25th May.  Ramona Staffeld welcomes you all to her vision of celebrating Frankie the way she knew him personally.  Let's Dance!

All proceeds from The Shiny Stockings Ball are going to The Frankie Manning Foundation, who run various programs spreading Lindy Hop around the world along with Frankie's legacy.

Bal Practica Sessions - Monday Community Run Sessions in March!

After nearly two years operating as a dance school, 1929 Studios is proud to offer it's second Community Run dance event in 2013...this time for BALBOA!!  

We are simply thrilled to be in the position to offer an affordable way to come together with the other dancers in your scene to hopefully help elevate the dance.  Thanks to all of you participating to help elevate the scene in heart and style ;)


WHAT: Balboa Practica - Community run organised practice sessions in March
WHO: Bal dancers of any level interested in developing the dance. 
WHEN: THREE WEEKS * March 4, 18, 25 * 8:30pm - 10:00pm
WHERE: You Can Dance Studios * 130 Gladstone Street * South Melbourne
WHY: Because we love Balboa and want to enable you to bal bal bal!
HOW MUCH: $20 for 3 weeks (6.5 each) or $8 per session

8:30pm - 9:00pm 10-minute presentation, then 20 minutes Practica
9:00pm - 9:30pm 10-minute presentation, then 20 minutes Practica
9:30pm - 10:0pm 10-minute presentation, then 20 minutes Practica

The presentations will be food for dance, kind of like a mini TED talk ;) 

Presentations can be a question posed to the group, a pet peeve in the dance, an Aha! moment that you once learned that changed the way you looked at Bal, a cool variation, slide, move, concept or a topic that we learned in another class that you want to reiterate for example.

You do not need to be a teacher or a DJ to present. If you are not comfortable DJing the 20 minute set, just let us know.

You want to practice Balboa and share knowledge about the dance with your community. You have someone you're interested in working with that you bring to the evening. You may intend to work with a small group even that shared a lead or a follower. It doesn't need to be one for one as long as you know someone you can dance with throughout the time.

We imagine that these nights will be small at first, so the price reflects pretty much exactly how much the space will be to rent. If we get good numbers we can lower the price in the future! 

Contact Us to prepay and let us know you're coming!

Announcing 'Community Night' at Smith Street Swing!

Announcing Community Night at Smith Street Swing!

WHAT: 1929 Studios Community Night @ Smith Street Swing!
WHO: Free & Open to all dancers. You do not need to take a class to come!
WHEN: Every last Tuesday of the Month - 9:45pm in March, future start time TBA
WHERE: 139 Smith Street, Upstairs @ the Copacabana
WHY: Because we want to party with you!!
HOW: Through the donation of the space by 1929 Studios, time and energy from DJs, and from YOU!

We want YOU to join us for a FREE, Community hosted night of social dancing at Smith Street Swing each month. Let's build the social dance scene in Melbourne by telling all of our friends and coming along once a month to meet the other dancers and try out our moves. If you don't feel comfortable to dance yet, just come to watch and be inspired!!

Want to perform something you've been working on? You are welcome to take the "stage" at community night! Looking into DJing swing? Try out a 20 minute set at Community Night! Want to bake something delicious to share with everyone? Please do! Drop us a line to let us know you're keen!!

Please help us spread the free dancy community goodness!!

With love,

The 1929 Crew

Update! Smith Street Swing's new class levels for 2013

Smith Street Swing now has three levels to choose from!
The Beginner Swing Block will remain in the same, suitable for all newcomers to the dance.  The Intermediate class (Formerly the last class of the evening) has now moved to the middle slot and will be titled the Intermediate Swing Block .  This class will mostly focus on building your dance vocabulary.  And the newest addition to Smith Street Swing is the Advanced Drop-in Lindy Hop class!  This class will ask more from dancers.  Technique will be emphasized through complex sequences which will require a knowledge base of the moves being taught in the Intermediate class.  For this reason, it is likely you will get the most out of your dancing by taking both classes until the material in the Intermediate class becomes repetitive.  

Visit our new Level Definitions page on our website to assist in understanding where you belong.  :)

Class Times have also slightly changed and can be found on the Smith Street Swing home page.

See you February 5th!

Fabulous February - 2 awesome dance development opportunities!

We're very excited to announce 2 excellent February offerings from the 1929 fold...

Mr & Mrs Wharington's Balboa Emporium:  Intermediate & Advanced Balboa classes with Johnny & Julia


Get Your Dude On:  A man-style solo routine with Joel & Jarrod

Plus check out our regular weekly classes @ Smith Street Swing (Tuesdays) and South Melbourne Swing (Mondays).  We have added advanced lindy hop classes @ Smith Street for your geek-out-swing-out pleasure.

The Shiny Stockings Ball 2013

1929 Studios is excited to announce that this year together with Ramona Staffeld we will be hosting The Shiny Stockings Ball, a celebration of the legendary Lindy Hopper; Frankie Manning.  This is an exceptional event on the world calendar that we are very proud to be involved in.

Last year The Shiny Stockings Ball featured Chazz Young and Steven Mitchell.  Who will it be this year?  We're not going to say just yet, but we can tell you it's a great orator and giant of our cultural heritage.   You'll have to stay tuned to find out.

Proceeds from The Shiny Stockings Ball are going to The Frankie Manning Foundation, in support of running Frankie 100 in New York City... another great event you should put on your calendar for 2014.

Happy Holidays!

The 1929 Crew.