History of Rock n Roll Dancing in Melbourne

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VRRDA Dance Championships 2019

Posted by [email protected] on May 24, 2019 at 12:45 AM

VRRDA Rock 'n' Roll Dance Championships - Victoria's premier event to showcase all that we love about our rock 'n' roll dancing, music & fashion. The VRRDA in Melbourne has been an institution specifically dedicated to promoting our beloved 1950's dancing and music and it has been doing a great job in this regard. Its annual dance championship draws competitors from all over Australia including a strong contingent from Sydney Swing Cats, dancers from Brisbane and in the past also from South Australia, WA and Tasmania. I believe dancers from NZ had also competed in previous years.

The dance competition was also well supported by dance schools including Alley Catz and dance schools from Albury and from different parts of country Victoria. Sponsors for the event came from numerous R&R dance schools including the Lakeside Rockers, Geelong Jukebox Rockers, S'CoolHouse Rock & swing, Johnny's Rockers, Alley Catz, Gippy Rocks and Colac R&R Club. Other sponsors were Rockabilly Babes and Rock n Roll News.

This year's event was held at the St Sava Church Hall in Greensborough. Close to 400 patrons and dancers attended the event. The venue was decorated in party like splendour with ballons etc to suit the occasion. Many came dressed in their 1950's clothing to celebrate our love of the 1950's dance and music scene.

This year the VRRDA inducted Bill & Maree Oldham from Bendigo's Rockin' 50's R&R Club to the Hall of Fame for their long 30 years service in promoting R&R music and dancing. Also inducted into the Hall of fame was Linda Smyth who is a household name when it comes to teaching R&R especially to those who are learning R&R for the first time. Linda has also been teaching R&R for close to 30 years and her style of teaching is unique in that she creates a fun and friendly atmosphere in all her classes. She has been introducing hundreds of new R&R dancers every year and therefore contributing in a great way in supporting our 1950's dance scene and community.

Once again, top level R&R dancing was evident right from the first event featuring about 30 junior dancers till the ultimate feature events which was the Senior State Title and the Adult State Title which incorporate lifts. Dancers from Queensland this year were very successful in winning all the Junior Titles and the Sydney Swing Cats winning Adult State Title. Grant & Maryann Richards again won the Seniors State Title.

Another fantastic achievement by VRRDA in keeping Victoria (and Australia) rockin' to the 1950's sound. The event was, as in previous years, fully booked out. So be early to book your tickets for next year's event if you don't want to miss out. Here are some videos taken during this year's VRRDA R&R Dance Championship......

Paul Wan.  Copied with permission from Vicrock.com.au

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  Adult state title

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 Senior state title

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 Nifty fifties

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   Newcomers event

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