History of Rock n Roll Dancing in Melbourne

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DJ Ashley retires

Posted by [email protected] on July 30, 2019 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

DJ Ashley's Farewell Gig with the Detonators Sunday 28th July 2019 

Hi everyone. DJ Ashley and his wife, Leanne, are household names in our 1950's style rock n roll community. For well over 20 or more years, DJ Ashley has tirelessly staged dance gigs at numerous venues all over Melbourne to cater for our dancing enjoyment. He is well known for introducing new bands to the scene as well as engaging the best Melbourne bands of various genres (rock n roll, rockabilly, country rock, blues and even swing) to play for his gigs. He also introduced numerous inter-state bands to the Melbourne dance scene as well as getting overseas bands when they were touring Australia.

DJ Ashley is a well know rock n roll paparazzi for the thousands of photos and videos he has shot at various dance events and rock n roll cruises over the years.

If you have not read from social media postings or heard from friends recently, DJ Ashley is presently very unwell. Leanne has advised that his recent operation or procedure has been unsuccessful. As a result, Ashley has decided to stage his farewell gig this Sunday afternoon so that he could spend the remainder of his time with his wife, Leanne. Ashley has been a great contributor to our rock n roll scene over so many years. He loves his music and is a very stylish dancer himself. We shall miss very much DJ Ashley's gigs after this Sunday. The end of an era as someone puts it. But I am sure the memories of DJ Ashley and all his gigs, photos and videos shall remain forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten. Thank you DJ Ashley for all the good rockin' times and music...

So lets do it for DJ Ashley this Sunday at the Moorabbin Bowls club where his farewell gig with the Detonators will be held. Lets all turn up to dance and, most of all, show we love him and want to thank him for all he has done for rock n roll music and dancing in Melbourne.....


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Posted by [email protected] on September 9, 2018 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the years there have been many dedicated DJ's who have kept dance floors full every week.  Many have run their own dances, others have played durring the band breaks.

Please send any additions to this list via the contact page.

DJ Adrian (Spadaro - Red Hot Rockers) 1991 - 2017  Ran monthly dances at Whitehorse Club, CAV, Buckley Park, West Coburg Bolws, Chatham, Camberwell, Clayton... Also dance teacher. VRRDA hall of fame 2017

DJ Andrew

DJ Angelo, DJ at West Coburg Bowls

DJ Antony, DJ from early 1990's to current day, including house DJ at Little Marias, ran the Yarraville dance from 1997-2007, and reunion 2016-2018, DJ at festivals and dances, also dance teacher with Swing'n'Rock.  www.djantony.com

DJ Ashley. Runs dances at various venues. Highett Bowls Sunday nights (2018 - ), 1st Fri month, other venues include Eddies Band Room (2015-2017), Menzies Hall in Dandenong, Syrena Club in Rowville.  Retired July 2019 due to ill health.

DJ Deno, Dandenong RSL

DJ Flash (Gordon Jones) Regular DJ at Dandenong RSl Sunday nights, disability disco, Freccia Azzura, Whitehorse Wed nights for many years for social dancing after Adrian's Red Hot Rockers dance classes, Furlan Club, Little Marias

DJ Jeff (Poole) Regular DJ at Dandenong Workers Sunday nights, 1995- , Australia Day event at Gumbuya Park 2005-2017, Little Marias.  First rock n roll DJ from mid 1970's onwards.  VRRDA hall of fame 2017

DJ Jon (Hannon) runs Alley Catz monthly dances at Lilydale and Sunshine, dance teacher

DJ Monster (Milton Hammond) runs Flipside dance at Hungarian club (2014-2018, Backtrack at The Pearl, Oakleigh RSL (2018 - ), Sing, Sing, Sing at the Sandbelt Hotel (2013), also owner of Flipside music trivia, and music archivist.

DJ Noel (Dunstan)

DJ Panache (Philip Panache) Cool Cats Club, Buckley Park (2018 -  )

DJ Peter Middleton - Slydog Rockers, Red Hot Rockers

DJ Ray (Goude) Northside Rock at the Heritage, Epping

DJ Riva (Rhonda Watts), dance teacher for Renegade Rockers and runs monthly dances

DJ Robbo (Clive Robertson) ran Northside Rock at the Heritage, Epping for 14 years, (1998 - 2012) roadie for the Speedsters and Shake 2 duo

DJ Stan (the man) Rofe

DJ Stingray

DJ T.C.  (Lou Mingaars) ran Mordi Rock, Top Cats dances, Lakes Entrance, dance teacher Top Cats