Jarrod Bates

Jarrod began swing dancing following his humiliation in 2009 at the hands of some hard swinging 60-year-olds on the dance floor at a Melbourne pub.

Since that fateful day, Jarrod has now gone on to place in many Melbourne and interstate competitions. He is also a member and performer with Australia’s premier swing dancing troupe Echoes of Harlem and has taught regular beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in Melbourne since 2012. From 2014–2015, Jarrod was also creative director and instructor
for Swing Patrol’s corporate performance troupe, Harlem Shout.

Rhythm, flow and “groove” to inform the lead and follow are central to Jarrod’s teaching, along with what swing dancing is ultimately all about: FUN!

Jarrod has taught workshops both interstate and overseas and is best known for his skills and knowledge in Lindy Hop, Charleston, slow dancing, aerials and Solo Jazz. His greatest inspiration is ‘jazz music’, and he appreciates and takes inspiration from the expression of that music across any level of swing dancer.