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|Posted by [email protected] on February 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
In 1995 the following rock n roll dances and classes were being held around Melbourne. Large town halls were popular venues, line dancing was very popular, and Lindy Hop was starting to be danced.
Andy's flipside, Tues nights at Springers in Keysborough. $8 with Andy Zammit
Adrian and Chris dance classes, Camberwell, Coburg town hall, Clayton RSL $8. Adrian Spadaro and Chris Black
Carrum RSL Tues nights with Joe and Marnie $3
Dance Away at Mt Eliza
Dance Tyme International in Croydon Sunday night
Glenys Southside Rockers, Frankston on Mon nights
Just Rock in Kilsyth Sunday nights $6
Rock n Roll with Lindsay and Heather in Mornington Wed nights.
Rock n Soul Boronia with Michael and Sheryl sunday nights $4
Rock Plus in Sunshine with Denise
Rock n Roll with Laurie and Claudette in Braebrook wed nights
50's Rock n Roll with Kevin and Carol Ross Burwood, Mon nights, $5
Rock with Us, Deer Park with John
Sebastians Rock n Roll & Swing, Preston Mon night, Moonee Ponds Tues night, Blackburn Thurs night and Glen Iris Sat arvo, $9. Also line dancing lessons on the same nights.
Dances held in 1995
The Allstars played at Chelsea Town Hall
Derek Gray opened a dance at the Malvern Town Hall
Dave Rama started 50's rock n roll at the Monash Hotel
Lindy Hop started to become popular
Rockabilly dance at the Walzing Matilda Hotel in Springvale with bands and DJ Dr. Wolf cost $10
Elvis Presley Fan Club ran dances at the Chelsea Town Hall
Mordi Rock dances were held regularly at Warren Rd Community Centre, Mordialloc
Fabulous 50's Rock n roll dance run by Teresa held at community centre in Thornbury, $12 entry
Pitrone's on Springvale Rd Keysborough had bands and dancing every Wed night, $10 entry included a 2 course meal
DJ Jeff Pool played for social dancing every Thur night 8.30-11pm, after Adrians dance class in North Balwyn
Line dancing / bootscooting classes and dances were held in many venues
Box Hill RSL had bands and dancing Fri and Sat nights
Clayton RSL had bands and dancing Fri nights with $8 entry
Old Dandenong Inn had bands on Fri and Sat nights with free entry
Aspendale Edithvale RSL had bands Fri and Sat nights
Cranbourne RSL had bands Fri and Sat nights
Just Rock in Kilsyth held dances once a month
Carrum RSL held monthly bands
Bands Playing in 1995
Frankie and the Highlighters
Jump & Jive
|Posted by [email protected] on January 24, 2019 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
Flipside dance at the Hungarian Club closed after 5 years of fortnightly dances.
Speedsters band retired after 30 years of playing at rock n roll dances.
Adrian Spadaro held a retirement dance in April at the Whitehorse Club to say goodbye after 25 years of teaching rock n roll and running dances.
RocketApp was launched by Jon and Zoe Hannon
|Posted by [email protected] on January 7, 2019 at 11:25 PM||comments (0)|
Apart from those who have been inducted into the VRRDA hall of fame, there are many other contributors to the Rock n Roll dance scene in Melbourne and Victoria.
Bruce Prest - 1st President of the VRRDA
Grant and Maryanne Richards – Team Richards are teaching kids to dance (and compete) for free in their home in Cranbourne on Saturday mornings, to promote dancing to a new generation. Grant and Maryanne have also won many dance competitions all around Australia.
Paul Wan - Jitterbug, Moderator of vicrock.com.au. Paul videos many bands and dances to record the rock n roll dance scene, posts many reviews on vicrock.com.au and attends and supports as many dances and festivals as he can. A great ambasador for the rock n roll dance scene.
Philip Panache - creator of free website http://www.coolcatsclub.com.au to list bands, dances and dance classes around Australia. Started in 2018
Ray Harris - Gorgeous Gear
|Posted by [email protected] on January 7, 2019 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
A popular Rock'n'Roll line dance frequently seen at Classic Rock venues in Melbourne Australia in the mid to late 2000's. The sequence was developed by Les Maslin and the music is "Pennsylvania 65000" by Brian Setzer.
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|Posted by [email protected] on January 7, 2019 at 11:05 PM||comments (0)|
Jon Hannon and Irene Amos were winners of the Le Classique dance competition at Adelaide's Rock n Roll Dance competition in the late 1990's.
|Posted by [email protected] on January 7, 2019 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
Video of the Maltese cha cha line dance from the Jukebox Rockers annual rock n roll festival in Geelong, Jan 2019.
The line dance is a modified version of the "Stroll along cha cha" and was introduced to the rock n roll dance scene by Rhonda Watts from Renegade Rockers around 2016 after seeing it on a holiday to Malta. It was one of the most popular line dances in 2016-2018 and was danced to the song "Last night"by Chris Anderson and DJ Robbie.
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|Posted by [email protected] on January 7, 2019 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
To promote the release of the movie "American Graffiti " radio station 3UZ held a jive dance competition at Doncaster Shopping Town in 20th April 1974.
Michele Clay Van Sprang entered with her younger brother, with no rehearsal. The competition was suppose to be on a Friday night but was cancelled and transferred to Saturday afternoon. They entered at the last minute as a joke on the say so of friends that they were good enough to win.
To see video f the competition go to the "History of rock n roll dancing in Melbourne" Facebook page.
Thanks to Michele for photos and information.
|Posted by [email protected] on January 3, 2019 at 7:50 AM||comments (0)|
Adam Gardner dancing doubles with Iren Amos and Denise at Just Rock club, Kilsyth in 1997.
|Posted by [email protected] on January 3, 2019 at 7:25 AM||comments (0)|
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Vicrock.com.au - 2018 Social Dancers of the Year - Karin & Erwin
To me, it's not so much the showy dance moves you exhibit but how much joy & fun you have on the dance floor. And it's also about you supporting our various dance gigs week in week out that matters. Without your support there'll be no more R&R dances as we know it today. So many dancers I can mention that have supported our dance scene for many years and continue to do so today - Coral, Inga, Paul & Maree, Rob & Margie, Vince & Joyce, Laura & Manny, Italia, Glenda Raka, Maria Stolnik, Wayne, Mick, Bernie, Laurie, Jocelyn, Denise Winter, Irene, Denise & Les, Lynn & john, Linda etc. But to me, the social dancers I most admire and hope to emulate dancing right through my seniors years have to be Karin & Erwin. Just like the "Swingchesters" who have been dancing since the 1950's, Karin & Erwin have been dancing for so many years that I have lost count of. They have been featured in newspapers article and on TV so they are our very own "A list" rock & rollers in our dance scene.
Jitterbug (Paul Wan). Copied with permission from Vicrock.com.au
Karin and Erwin are well know to everyone at dances in the Southeastern Suburbs. They took up rock n roll dancing in 2000 after many years of ballroom and have loved every minute of it.
They were featured on Weekend Sunrise program in 2010 when they were in their 70's. Erwin is now in his 80's and is still dancing several times a week.