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.

http://theshinystockingsball.com/

Happy Holidays!

The 1929 Crew.

Last minute gift options for the year!

Give the gift of dance to the couple or partner of your liking!

This double pass for a lead and follow combo will get you dancing the basics of swing in just 4 weeks.  Or go for the 10 Class pass if you're already into Lindy Hop and will be attending the drop-in Intermediate classes.

Beginner Swing Block Gift for two- $80

10 Class Pass for one - $100

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM 1929 STUDIOS!

Rock Out with Ramona & Kieran, this Saturday 8th December!

Ramona Staffeld and Kieran Yee are two of Australia's top Lindy Hoppers and dance teachers.  

Ramona is a household name amongst Lindy Hoppers for her years of contribution to the dance...including teaching with the late great Frankie Manning!  Ramona holds world titles in Lindy Hop including the trophy for this year's International Lindy Hop Championships Classic Division with Todd Yannacone 

Kieran Yee is known to be Australia's most likeable guy and top of most girls dance cards.  One of his many achievements includes being on So You Think You Can Dance Australia, however he's too modest to think that is something worth mentioning.  This year Kieran won the Open Showcase Division at the Australian Swing Dance Championships with Georgia Brooks.  

 

This will be their first workshop of this nature together in Melbourne and they are overjoyed to get the chance to share their dance with YOU!

Int/Adv Lindy Hop Workshop
8 December 2013 * 1:00-3:30pm
Fusion Dance Studios * 478 Smith Street


This workshop will be a celebration of Lindy Hop and Jazz Dancing.  Bring a water bottle, sweats and snacks to prepare for the challenge.  Grab a partner & register now to ensure your spot.

Check out all the details here.

EMERGENCY VENUE CHANGE!

For tonight only, Smith Street Swing will be held at the nearby

Hungarian Reform Church Hall
 Corner of Watkins & St. Georges Road in FITZROY NORTH. 

All classes will run on schedule.

Public Transport Directions:  

  • Take the 112 to the "Fitzroy Bowls Club/Brunswick Street" Stop #20 and walk North to Watkins st.
  • Take the 96 "Tempany St./Nicholson Street" Stop #19 walk through residential street, Brookes Cres to Watkins, enter on Watkins Street.
  • If you're a savvy local and fancy a walk through the Gardens, the 86 tram will also do!  Take 86 to "Smith St./Queens Parade" Stop # 22 and walk through Edinburgh Gardens (only recommended if you know the area!)

By Car:

  • DO NOT ENTER THE ADDRESS ASSOCIATED WITH THE HUNGARIAN REFORM CHURCH IN YOUR GPS!  Enter "Fitzroy Bowls Club" if GPS is your stylee.
  • There is ample parking, so no worries there!

We would love to know what you think about 1929 Studios using the venue in the future!  Let's take this opportunity to dance in a new space, welcome an international teacher and social dance!!

Sorry for the short notice but as they say, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade...and DANCE ALL OVER IT?  Yeah, well that's what we'll do :)

 

Learn to dance Gangnam Style...

TOMORROW NIGHT AT SMITH STREET SWING!
Learn to dance 'Gangnam Style' 

With MLX on THIS WEEKEND we have the unique opportunity to learn the Gangnam Style line dance from visiting Korean swing dancer, Jun Shin!

Throughout the Melbourne Lindy Exchange weekend, the song will come on and we, along with other dancers who have been learning from Jun, will jump up and rock it out...Gangnam Style!

Tuesday 20 Nov @ 7:45-8:30pm
Smith Street Swing
$12 Drop-in class
No Partner Required nor previous swing experience. 

TONIGHT! Check out the Birthday Bash Party Games and Prizes!

Party Game Deets
SWINGO
Synopsis- Receive a swing bingo card at the door & fill in the names of people who suit the requirement for each box.  
Objective- Be the first to fill your dance card!
PRIZE: a FREE TICKET to THE SHINY STOCKINGS BALL honoring Frankie Manning May 25 & 26 2013!!
Free to enter. Begins 8:30pm sharp with the live band.

SANDY RELIEF BALLOONEY HOP FUNDRAISER for NYC
Synopsis- A balloon is tied around the Left ankle of the leader in the partnership.
Objective- Dance all over the other leaders balloons and protect your own!  Last couple with an unpopped ballon will be awarded FREE SWING CDs!
$5 to enter. all procedes go to directly to a severly affected family of 5 from Brooklyn, New York who still do not have electricity or hot water 14 days after the storm hit.

See schedule below!

Smith Street Swing one year BIRTHDAY BASH!! November 13th!

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES-
TONIGHT!  Last week of the Lindy Hop Block!
NEXT WEEK: CLOSED FOR CUP DAY
12 NOV: South Melbourne Swing Opens (Sign up for the Beginner Swing Block HERE)

13 NOV: PARTY!! (Sign up for the Charleston Block HERE)

with LIVE MUSIC from THE ANTHROPOLOGISTS!


Party Schedule:
6:30-7:30pm Learning to Charleston Block Begins with Lexi and Joel!       
7:45-8:30pm  Drop-in Beg/Int Class- It's SHIM SHAM time with Ramona Staffeld!
8:30-11:30pm LIVE MUSIC, AWESOME DJS, and PERFORMANCES from 1929 teachers, students and friends. :)

SPECIAL PARTY PRICES:
SHIM SHAM CLASS: $7
LIVE MUSIC AND PARTY: $13
With drinks, and yummy treats to boot, we will have a rockin' time!
Birthday Bash Facebook page

SOUTH MELBOURNE SWING New Monday night swing classes...South Side!


You Can Dance Studio, Dance Classes in South MelbourneVery exciting news!  We will open another night ofclasses at a BEAUTIFUL new dance studio very close to the CBD starting November 2012.

Class options for Beginners & Advanced Dancers.

BEGINNER SWING DANCING with Lexi & Michael - No Partner Required
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER - 5 Week Block Only $60pp
NOV 12, 19, 26, DEC 3, 10
Mondays 7:30-8:30pm
REGISTER NOW

****Special offer for existing Beginner and Intermediate Dancers from Smith Street Swing!  Bring a partner to our first block and dance for free!  Eligible for Lead/Follow partnerships registering for the full block only.  Use the discount code : bees-kneez and flick us an email with your dance partner's name!

ADVANCED LINDY HOPPERS BLOCK with Ramona and Special Guests - Partner Required
Mona's Moochers Lindy Hop Block - 5 Week Block $150pp
NOV 12, 19, 26, DEC 3, 10
Mondays: 8:30-10:00pm 
REGISTER NOW
NEW STUDIO!!
YOU CAN DANCE STUDIO * 130 Gladstone Street * South Melbourne
109 Tram to Montague Street - 10 minutes from CBD
Ample Parking Available

 


***ATTENTION!!***



HOLIDAY CLOSURE DATES 


We will be closed on the following dates:

Nov 6 - CUP DAY
December 18, 25
January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

We will re-open February 5, 2013.


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WE'VE BEEN INFLATED


Next years pricing will go up by $2....

You can still get this year's prices by purchasing a
10 Class Pass until the end of the year though!  

Valid for one year from date of purchase.

 

 

October Happenings!

Extra Extra!

  • Beginning Lindy Hop for 5 progressive sessions
  • Dips & Tricks, Slips & Slides
  • Connection Technique and cool new moves for the Intermediate Lindy Hoppers!

Smith Street Swing Class Structure:

Our time structure gives every class the opportunity to practice for 15 minutes after class with sweet swing tunes and teachers present to answer questions.  :)

Classes on offer:

6:00-7:30    - Vintage Partner Dance Series - (Beginners) - New 4 week block starts every 1st Tuesday of the Month. Different Swing style taught each month!
7:30-7:45- Free Practice Session to Swing tunes

7:45- 8:30   - Drop-in Swing Classes (Beginner/Intermediate) - This class focuses monthly special topics.
8:30-8:45- Free Practice Session to Swing tunes

8:45 - 9:45  - Lindy Hop (Intermediate)
Drop in classes with special monthy concepts.
9:45 -10:30 - Social Dance and party!


$12 for first class, $7 for each additional class on the same night...practice time is always free!

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OCTOBER CLASS DESCRIPTIONS -

Smith Street Swing TUESDAYS @ The Copacabana:

Classes with Lexi Joel

6:30 - Beginning Lindy Hop -  Beginning Lindy Hop returns to Tuesdays @ 6:30!  The 5 week October block of the Vintage Partner Dance Series will cover the one, the only...LINDY HOP!  Learn the dance that evolved out of the swing jazz era ballroom dance floors of Harlem, NYC.  When people speak of "swing dancing" this is what they're really talkin' about!  It's the footwork and feeling you've been waiting for! Check out this video to see what we mean (featuring Ramona Staffeld!)

Learn the 8 count Lindy Hop rhythm for the first time, or go for a refresh round to aid your muscle memory.  Spaces are limited as we will need room to SWING OUT WIDE.  

Remember...preregistration puts you the raffle to win a FREE Private Lesson with the teachers!
Limited space for this 5 week Block - $50  

Sign Up Here!

7:45 - Dips & Tricks, Slips & Slides!  - Great for beginners and intermediate dancers :)

Add some flare if you dare!  Great for dancers of all levels, (yes, even you on your first time ever) we will examine some stylish dips, tricks, slips and slides for the month of October using only a basic East Coast Swing Rhythm.  No knowledge of Lindy Hop Required!

8:45 - Intermediate Lindy Hop Drop-in - This month we will cover connection technique to make your Lindy lovely, with the exception of week 1 focusing on finishing the routine we've been working on. Everyone stick around until the end to take a sneak peak at the Smith Street Rascals!  Yah!

THE COPACABANA, 139 Smith Street * Fitzroy

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For Dancers Only MONDAYS @ You Can Dance Studio:

Classes with the world renowned Ramona Staffeld:

For Dancers Only series is a place where you can work on your own authentic jazz based dancing...because before we danced with each other, we danced with ourselves!

Both sessions are suitable for ALL LEVELS.  Ramona's classes challenge dancers of all levels because each dancer is given the space to tap into working on what pushes their dancing to the next level.

 ...it'aint whatcha do...it's the way hat'cha do it!!

FOR DANCERS ONLY -  Foundations of Authentic Jazz Dance
Mondays in October 8, 15, 22, 29 *
7:30-8:30pm 
Register Here: $80

 
FOR DANCERS ONLY - Dancin' a Soft Shoe
WHEN: Mondays in October 8, 15, 22, 29 * 8:30-10:00pm
Register Here: $120

NEW STUDIO!!
YOU CAN DANCE STUDIO, 130 Gladstone Street * South Melbourne

Two 'For Dancers Only' Courses in October - Learn From The Best of the Best!

Ramona  is back from teaching at Sweden's Herrang Dance Camp in July, and from winning the most prestigious competition [watch me] at Washington D.C.'s International Lindy Hop Championships in August! We are truly lucky to have the tippity top of swing dancers in the world living right here in our home!  She is out and about most of the year teaching across the world, so when she's home we must make sure to make the most of it! 

Both sessions are suitable for ALL LEVELS .
The basics are a great place to start for beginners and a great place to return for experienced dancers!    ...it'aint whatcha do...it's the way hat'cha do it!!

FOR DANCERS ONLY -  Foundations of Authentic Jazz Dance
Mondays in October 8, 15, 22, 29 * 7:30-8:30pm
Register Here: $80
 
FOR DANCERS ONLY - Dancin' a Soft Shoe
WHEN: Mondays in October 8, 15, 22, 29 * 8:30-10:00pm
Register Here: $120

NEW STUDIO!!
YOU CAN DANCE STUDIO, 130 Gladstone Street * South Melbourne

September Blues and Tuesday Triple Steps!

Extra Extra!

  • Jump into Blues dancing with Lexi & Joel
  • Triple Step Tuesdays at 6:30pm
  • Learn to swing out fast in Intermediate Lindy Hop!

Smith Street Swing Class Structure:

Our time structure gives every class the opportunity to practice for 15 minutes after class with sweet swing tunes and teachers present to answer questions.  :)

Classes on offer:

6:30-7:30    - Vintage Partner Dance Series - (Beginners) - New 4 week block starts every 1st Tuesday of the Month. Different Swing style taught each month!
7:30-7:45- Free Practice Session to Swing tunes

7:45- 8:30   - Drop-in Swing Classes (Beginner/Intermediate) - This class will now focus monthly on specialty topics for all levels including ROUTINES!                              

8:30-8:45- Free Practice Session to Swing tunes

8:45 - 9:45  - Lindy Hop (Intermediate) 
9:45 -10:30 - Social Dance and party!

$12 for first class, $7 for each additional class on the same night...practice time is always free!

 

 

SeptemberCLASS DESCRIPTIONS -

Classes with Lexi Joel

6:30 - Triple Steps -Triple Steps are the main focus of the VPDS this month!  Learn to use the triple step in 6 and 8 count moves in East Coast Swing AND Lindy Hop!  This class will be a super fine transition to learning Lindy.  Life is better in triples.  Limited space for this 4 week Block - $40 REGISTER NOW!

7:45 - Blues Dancing!  - Great for beginners and intermediate dancers :)

The music WILL GET SLOW, it's a fact of life. Cut out that awkward moment with learning how to fill in the gaps. 

8:45 - Intermediate Lindy Hop Drop-in - Fast dancing and connection to make your Lindy lovely.  Don't foget that to go fast you've gotta go slow.  Make it a double feature with Blues & Lindy....or a triple when you add TRIPLES at 6:30!  Heyo!

What's on in August!

Extra Extra!

  • Lexi returns from her professional development stint in Sweden at Herrang Dance Camp  (see Frankie Manning, in photo on Right)
  • Mixed Charleston at 6:30pm
  • The California Routine in Intermediate Lindy Hop!

Smith Street Swing Class Structure:

Our time structure gives every class the opportunity to practice for 15 minutes after class with sweet swing tunes and teachers present to answer questions.  :)

Classes on offer:

6:30-7:30    - Vintage Partner Dance Series - (Beginners) - New 4 week block starts every 1st Tuesday of the Month. Different Swing style taught each month!
7:30-7:45- Free Practice Session to Swing tunes

7:45- 8:30   - Drop-in Swing Classes (Beginner/Intermediate) - This class will now focus monthly on specialty topics for all levels including ROUTINES!                                   
8:30-8:45- Free Practice Session to Swing tunes

8:45 - 9:45  - Lindy Hop (Intermediate)
9:45 -10:30 - Social Dance and party!

$12 for first class, $7 for each additional class on the same night...practice time is always free!

 

AUGUST CLASS DESCRIPTIONS -

Classes with Lexi & Joel

6:30 - Mixed Charleston - Focus on connecting the different types of Charleston we know and love including side by side, tandem and 20s!  Limited space for this 4 week Block - $40 REGISTER NOW!

7:45 - Grab Bag of fun!  - Great for beginners and intermediate dancers :)

8:45 - Intermediate Lindy Hop Drop-in - This month we will jump into our first Lindy Hop routine, The California Routine!  This routine will help you learn how to connect the moves you've been learning in a structure that works with almost any swing tune. With the Cali routine as a framework you can also learn where you have space to improvise and be musical with your dancing.  A MUST LEARN ROUTINE for one and all!  


 

July Smith Street Swing Goodness....

Extra Extra!

  • Lindy Hop Graduates join the Intermediate ranks @ the 8:45pm class!
  • 1940s Charleston & Authentic Jazz Dancing in July
  • Guest teacher, Kathryn Kelly!
  • Tuesday July 31st - Speciality Class

Smith Street Swing Class Structure:

Our time structure gives every class the opportunity to practice for 15 minutes after class with sweet swing tunes and teachers present to answer questions.  :)

6:30-7:30    - Vintage Partner Dance Series - (Beginners) - New 4 week block starts every 1st Tuesday of the Month. Different Swing style taught each month!
7:30-7:45- Free Practice Session to Swing tunes

7:45- 8:30   - Drop-in Swing Classes (Beginner/Intermediate) - This class will now focus monthly on specialty topics for all levels including ROUTINES!                                   
8:30-8:45- Free Practice Session to Swing tunes

8:45 - 9:45  - Lindy Hop (Intermediate)
9:45 -10:30 - Social Dance and party!

$12 for first class, $7 for each additional class on the same night...practice time is always free!

 

JULY CLASSES -

6:30 - 1940s Charleston - Limited space for this 4 week Block - $40 REGISTER NOW!

7:45 - Solo Dancing - Joel and Kathryn Kelly's Specialty! 

8:45 - Intermediate Lindy Hop Drop-in - Putting it all together! Learn to combine all of the swing rhythms learned in the 6:30 classes. Join us for this class if you just completed the Lindy Hop 101 block in June!  Ask your teachers if they think that sticking with beginner classes too is right for you!

 

Special Guest Teacher for the month of July -  Kathryn Kelly!

Kathryn Kelly had always wanted to learn how to lindy hop, after seeing an impressive dance-scene in The Mask. Kathryn started swing-dancing in 2003, and now loves teaching, performing and social dancing - with the aim of fun and creativity whether it’s lindy, blues, balboa or solo jazz. Kathryn has won awards at a number of events including the Melbourne Lindy Battle and Australian Jitterbug Championships. She is also an energetic member of Melbourne Lindy troupe Harlem Shout, with whom she has performed at events like St Kilda Festival, Love Lorne Festival, the famous Speigaltent - and all around the Melbourne dance-traps.

 

July 31st - Specialty Class!

6:30-7:30pm - Speciality Class TBA

 

What's on at Smith Street Swing in June?

HEAPS!

  • New Timetable & New Class Format
  • Lindy Hop 101 & Blues Dancing in June
  • Guest teacher, Laura Perriam
  • June 12th - Special Performance!

 

New Timetable & New Class Format, starting TONIGHT!

Our new time structure gives every class the opportunity to practice for 15 minutes after class with sweet swing tunes and teachers present to answer questions.  We're really excited to share this new addition with our Smith Street Swing Community...we really think you'll

6:30-7:30    - Vintage Partner Dance Series - (Beginners) - New 4 week block starts every 1st Tuesday of the Month. Different Swing style taught each month!
7:30-7:45- Free Practice Session to Swing tunes

7:45- 8:30   - Drop-in Swing Classes (Beginner/Intermediate) - This class will now focus monthly on specialty topics for all levels including ROUTINES!                                    7:30-7:45- Free Practice Session to Swing tunes

8:45 - 9:45  - Lindy Hop (Intermediate)
9:45 -10:30 - Social Dance and party!

$12 for first class, $7 for each additional class on the same night...practice time is always free!

 

JUNE CLASSES -

6:30 - Lindy Hop 101 - Limited space for this 4 week Block - $40 REGISTER NOW!

7:45 - Blues Dancing - Joel and Laura's Specialty! 

8:45 - Intermediate Lindy Hop Drop-in - Putting it all together! Learn to combine all of the swing rhythms learned in the 6:30 classes.

 

Special Guest Teacher for the month of June -  LAURA PERRIAM!


As a classically trained dancer, Laura held a strong aversion to partner dancing until one fateful day in May 2006 when a friend managed to convince her to come along to a blues dancing class. She fell for swing dancing in all its forms and now she dances regularly at as many social nights a week as possible, trains and performs with Harlem Shout, and competes with whoever she can convince to enter competitions with her.

 

Laura began teaching swing dancing in 2010, and in late 2012 was thrilled to open a new regular venue in South Yarra with her longstanding teaching and dancing partner Joel. Laura loves sharing the dance with as many people as possible, and she especially loves working with dancers who are new to swing dancing and watching their love for the dance flourish.

 

June 12th - Special Performance by the For Dancers Only Performance Block!

Come check out what the crew from FDO have been working on with Ramona for the past 5 weeks :)

8:30pm

 

Vintage Partner Dance Series - Triple Steps begin TONIGHT!

This progressive series occurs every Tuesday in 4 week blocks, and will introduce you to the wonderful world of partnered dancing via the avenue of vintage jazz music and steps! You've made a conscious effort to learn a new language, PARTNER DANCING! Well done! You don't need to aim for the nimble heights of Michael Jackson or Fred Astaire to participate. Your enrollment simply means that you are taking initiative to make yourself an even more well-rounded person. One who can DANCE!  No more "Marsha Brady" or "Bourbon Two-Step" for you...er..well, at least now you'll have a choice. ;)

There are a few spots still available!  Register HERE.

And remember, registering online will enter you in the chance to win a free private lesson with your teachers.

For Dancers Only - NEW CLASS ADDED!

And by popular demand...we bring you....

For Dancers Only with Ramona Staffeld - Introduction to Solo Jazz on Mondays in May!

This "Introduction to Solo Jazz" course will cover a breadth of basic vintage jazz steps that will add flavour to your Lindy Hop and Swing dancing like a dab of hot sauce!  Ramona's teaching style allows you to tap into your body's own natural movement to create steps that look like they belong on your body!  Learning your basics from this lovely, world renowned vintage dance teacher will help to instill a creative base and a sense of confidence in your solo dancing.  Her "naturalist" dancer approach will teach you to use the most efficient ways of using your body in dancing, while melting away any awkwardness that the brain tries to coerse the body into.  Course runs May 7, 14, 21, 28 from 7:00-8:30pm at Fusion Dance.  Course only open to 20 lucky dancers!  So jump on it quickly to reserve a seat for your happy feet!  Visit 1929studios.com to see all details and register now.

SOLD OUT: For Dancers Only - May Performance Block with Ramona Staffeld

For Dancers Only is a unique vernacular jazz, solo-dance workshop taught by international Champion dancer, Ramona Staffeld.  The May 5 week block is focused on performance and has already sold out!

The class will be performing their routine some time in June, so keep a look out for this fabo group of dancers.

More opportunities will be available when Ramona returns from teaching in Sweden at the most prestigious Swing dance camp in the world, Herrang Dance Camp.  Stay tuned for her next specialty workshop Octoberish.  Dates TBA.