History of Rock n Roll Dancing in Melbourne

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Gippy Rocks 2019

Posted by [email protected] on September 7, 2019 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Gippy Rocks hosted its fifth year of Rock n Roll Festival in Sale last weekend and it was a very enjoyable weekend of R&R music, dancing and competition. The weather was fantastic all weekend. It was also my first time attending a R&R event in Sale. Gippy Rocks is a charity event with all profits going to charity and for a very good cause. Well done to Gippy Rocks.

The festival started off on Friday night with the Cadillac Drifters playing at the Sale Memorial Hall. It is a huge hall with one of the biggest dance floors in Victoria. It was well decorated with balloons and streamers and it was quite obvious that the Gippy Rocks organisers have gone to a lot of trouble to make everyone feeling welcome and ensuring the hall exudes the R&R 1950's feel and vibe. On Saturday, there was two bands - Rockin' Tones playing their classic jukebox tunes and the Silverados from Adelaide with a slightly more upbeat "rockabilly" tunes. I enjoyed both bands and the contrast in style between the two bands is something I find quite pleasing.

There was also the Regional Gippsland R&R dance competition on Saturday afternoon. The format is varied which included a "Jack & Jill" fun event which is open to everyone to participate. There were also other fun events like "boy-boy, girl-girl" event as well as an "adult-child" dance event. Most of the finals were danced and completed in the afternoon with the exception of the last event which was the "open" event. The final dance off took place during the Saturday dance night.

On Sunday, it was a "picnic" day at the Canal Reserve with three bands - the Rockin' Tones, Silverados and finally another Melbourne band, the Jump Cats. There was classic car and hotrods display plus food and merchandise stores. Two dance floors were laid specially in the park for dancers.

I highly recommend Gippy Rocks as a rock n roll festival to attend. For those travelling by car from Melbourne, it is an easy drive of just over 2 hours. Lots of accommodation available in Sale plus scenic walks and sightseeing at the Port of Sale.


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Sylvester strut line dance

Posted by [email protected] on August 23, 2019 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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Line Dances

Posted by [email protected] on August 23, 2019 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

At every rock and roll dance several line dances, and partner dances, are done durring the band break.  Line dances allow everyone to get on the floor and have some fun.  There are many popular routines with new ones added, and old ones forgotten, so this is an attempt at listing many of them.  Please add to the list if there are any missing.


But stop / electric slide

Chilli cha cha



Hey senorita

Hit the road Jack

Jive bomber boogie

Maltese cha cha

Midnight waltz

Ms Jody's thang


Pennsylvania 65000

Red Hot salsa

Rockabilly stroll

Smokey places


Stray cat strut

Strut (sylvester strut)

Tush push

Waltz across Texas


Watermelon crawl

Whiskey under the bridge


Best friends waltz

Bird on a wire

Blue rose / black coffee

Cha cha capers

Chcago swing

Cooter cha cha

Cowboy cha cha

El Paso


Hudson valley cha cha

Made in Japan

Progressive cha cha

Progressive jive

Progressive lindy

Rock n roll waltz

Sally Anne cha cha

San Antonio stroll


Shortening bread / 16 steps


Wrangler cha cha

2019 dance flyers

Posted by [email protected] on August 23, 2019 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dance flyers are fleeting works of art that disapear after a few weeks of advertising upcoming dances. Here's a selection for a few from Aug 2019.


Dance flyers

Posted by [email protected] on August 23, 2019 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Adrian's dances 2017

Adrian's dances 2016



Fundraising flyers

Posted by [email protected] on August 23, 2019 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Tassy bushfire fundraiser 2013

Rockin Suzies Good Friday appeal 2016

Eddies Good Friday fundraiser 2019

Fudriaser dance to raise money for the band Flashback who had their equipment stolen.  The dance was either in 1984 or 1985.  The Doveton dance was held regularly over those years.  Flyer waas kept by Frankie Stevens who also performed on the night.

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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Adrian Spadaro, Chris Black and Terri Moon dancing triples at Mordi Rock

Posted by [email protected] on June 23, 2019 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dance demo at Mordi Rock.  Adrian, Chris and Terri won the over 45's triples competition at the Pan Pacific Dance competition in the early 90's.

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Rockin Richard Lewis

Posted by [email protected] on June 23, 2019 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Pitrones -  Played there lots. Was a fabulous venue with huge dance floor and grouse food. Miss it. After Tony Pitrone sold the venue, he ran Chelsea town hall/rsl. We used to play at Chesea town hall in the early 90s,another great venue. Joe Imbezi, Tonys business partner, ran the dances at the Lilydale International. At Box Hill RSL, I played there with my band ROCKIT on new years eve 1999. It was weird because they were so worried about the big Y2K scare, that we had to start early and finish by 11pm and be out of the club by 11.30! We packed the gear quickly after the gig and went to the top of Doncaster Shoppingtown to watch the fireworks over Melbourne at midnight!���� Richard Lewis.

Coral Johnson remembers

Posted by [email protected] on June 22, 2019 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I loved Box Hill RSL dances on friday nights, I went every week! Great bands played there, that's going back about 20-25 yrs (mid 1990's?).  I also learnt line dancing there with teachers Irene & Tom Amos.  Great fun times!.  I met my very special friend Marci there @ line dancing and also my mate George. Lovely happy times.