History of Rock n Roll Dancing in Melbourne

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Dance venues

Posted by [email protected] on September 7, 2018 at 1:25 AM

Dance venues, past and present.

Please help by providing any information about these venues, e.g.:

– when did they open, close, how often were dances held, bands, promoters, door staff, DJ's etc.

Alley Catz Hop (   -        ) Live bands monthly on 1st Sat at Lilydale, 4th Fri at Polish Club Sunshine.  DJ Jon

Antonio Park Primary, June-July 2019 - Friday night dances run by DJ Adrian.

Arcadia Ballroom, Thornbury. Now an obscure shop front on High St, the Arcadia was regarded by many as the “birthplace of Melbourne rock ‘n’ roll”. Some of the biggest bands like the Planets, the Thunderbirds, and artists like Malcolm Arthur, Judy Cannon, Margie Mills played there in the 50's.

Malcolm Arthur and the Thunderbirds live at Arcadia 1983

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Bayswater Bowls Club, 2019 fortnightly Friday night dances run by DJ Adrian.

Bell Street Rock - run by Jim Guarini and Richard Lewis in the 1990's

Bentleigh Club, 2005

Bentleigh RSL

Box Hill RSL - Friday night dance with the Speedsters ran for 8 years ( 1992-2000)

Box Hill Town Hall

Buckley Park, (2015- 2017) Adrian’s dances held 1st Fri of each month and 4th Saturday, with a live band and DJ Adrian, $15entry. 2018 dance run by Philip Panache and Agatha, 2019 dance run by Philip Panache, as Cool Cats Club and By Rhonda's Renegade Rockers alternating months.

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Carrington Park (  -  )

CAV (Chinese Association of Victoria) Ashley St Wantirna.  ( 2015- 2017) Adrian’s dance held 2nd sat of the month live band and DJ Adrian.  From  2018 - run by FFF

Camberwell Bowls ( 2015 – 2016 ) Adrians Sunday nights

Chatham Primary,( 2016 – 2017) Adrian's dance held 3rd Fri of each month and NYE

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Chatham dance 2017

Chelsea Heights Community Centre, Sunday nights run by DJ Ashley 2019 

Chelsea Hotel (1970's -  )

Chelsea Town Hall

Classic Rock' held at the Chisholm Hall, Caulfield College run by Dave Rama in the 1990's

Clayton Bowls Club, 1st Sunday of the month live band 2018 - 

Clayton RSL (   -    ) Fri nights live bands, sat night monthly swing / jazz.  Adrian ran dances there in 1995

Collingwood Town Hall - Swing n Rock (Roz and Antony) 1999

Coburg Town Hall (   -    Adrian Spadaro Red Hot Rockers dances, then Teresa Miletta 1996- , then Rhonda Watts Renegade Rockers

Dandenong RSL 2007 -  Sunday nights rock n roll with DJ or Rick Charles.  Rock n roll dance classes with Debbie Krause.

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Dandenong RSL Sept 2019 gig guide.

Dandenong Workers Club,  1995 -  Suday nights rock n roll with DJ Jeff and DJ Flash alternating.  Friday night rock n roll bands, Rock n roll dance classes with Andy Zammit, later Glenys from Southside

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Daveys, Frankston (   -      ) Sunday live bands

Dorset Gardens

Doveton school hall - South Eastern Family Rock n Roll Club dance - committee members included Jim Guarini

Earls Court , St. Kilda

Eddie Bandroom , Chesterville Rd Moorabbin (2015 -    ) live bands and DJ Ashley Sunday nights 2015-2017, from 2018 onwards run by venue, from 2019 run by DJ Adrian.  Rock n roll dance classes with Graeme Heath 2016-17, 2018 with Peter Middleton, 2019 onwards Adrian Spadaro.

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Fawkner Community Centre, Fabulous 50's Rock n Roll Dance" run by Teresa in 1999

Ferntree Gully Hotel, (2005 -  2013) Sunday arvo live bands, Rockabilly Meltdown

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Ferntree Gully Bowls (           -        ) Sunday nights live bands, Fri nights

Flipside 2014 - 2018 Live band and DJ Milton with giant video screen 2nd and 4th Fri of each month.  206 dances over 5 years. The last dance on 14th Dec 2018 was sold out with 350 rockers in attendance.  It was also the retirement gig for the Speedsters.

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Fender Benders playing at Flipside dance 2014

Freccia Azzura / Keys ( 2002 - ) Wed nights rock n roll started by Lyndon and Kerry Lewis, later run by the club and Rick Charles, DJ plus Live bands. 

From Lyndon Lewis "The whole Rock 'n' Roll scene was left in dismay when it was announced that Pitronies was shutting dow, so I ventured out to find a venue close by to continue the Wednesday night tradition. I think on opening night we had over 350 people turn up and the rest is history. Kerry and I ran the gig and booked the bands and DJ's for the first couple of years until the manager decided that he would take it over and start changing the format away from the Pitroni formula that we adopted. " 

Opening night flyer Feb 2002

Freeway Rock ( 2007 - 2009) Shadoogie monthly dance

Furlan , Thornbury. ( early 2000's - 2020) Live band and DJ 3rd Fri of month. Run for many years by the Speedsters, then the club took over running the dance. Closed in March 2020 due to the corona virus.  Dance classes run at the club at various times by Adrian Spadaro, Sebastian. 

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Furlan 2019 gigs

Georges, Ringwood ( 2006 -2009 ) Rhonda and George.  DJ TC

Good Shepherd Church hall, Brandon Park, monthly dance run by Triple F and Marelle 2018 - 

Tripple F flyer 2019

Hampton Park Rockers (2019 - ), monthly dance at the Arthur Wren Hall in Hampton Park.  Profits to local charities.

Highett Bowls ( 2011,2014 - ) DJ Ashley and live bands, Fri and Sundays in 2018, 2019 run by the club and Peter Middleton

Just Rock (1990 - 1999?) Linda Nichols remembers Just Rock had a mural of Elvis on the dance floor. Just Rock closed down in the late ‘90’s after the wrong committee got in , and it went bust.  Denise & Charlie Lancaster along with another couple started teaching at Just Rock around 1990 at the Colchester Road Factory in Kilsyth.

The Keys (Freccia Azzura) Wednesday nights.  Started in 2002 by Lyndon Lewis, then run by the club, later run by Rick Charles, renamed The Keys.  

2019 Keys flyer

Little Maria’s (2000 -2013)  Maria worked for Adrian then later took over running the fortnightly dances at the Whitehorse Club. Maria died 2015.

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Lucky 13 Garage (2012-  ) Friday night rock n roll bands.

Malvern East RSL ( 2010 -  ) Friday night live muisc Rick Charles

Maribyrnong Bowls Club (1997-  ) Rhode Island Rockers dance.  Celebrated 168 dances and 21st birthday in 2018.

Mayfields, Brunswick Rd

Mentone RSL ( - ) Fri night live bands, Wed night Top Cats dance classes

Menzies Hall, Dandenong, Top Cats dances 2012- 2014  then DJ Ashley in Aug 2016 - 2017

Micawber Tavern

Mitcham Bowls Club - Adrian's Red Hot Rockers dances Sept 2019 - 

Mitcham RSL, ( 2012- 2014) Sunday nights live bands free entry.

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Monash Hotel ( - 2012) Sat night live bands,

Moonee Ponds Community Centre, dances finished in Oct 1998

Moonee Ponds Town Hall 1959 dances

Moorabbin Town Hall.  Johnny Okeefe Fan Club dances, Normie Rowe in the late 1990's.  Si Cranstoun promoted by Jon Hannon's Alley Catz

Mordi Rock – Terri Moon, Andy Zammit ran Mordi rock for 11 years 1990's - mid 2000, later Top Cats held dances at the same hall from 2008 - 2012

Mulgrave Country Club ( 2005- 2013) Thurs nights dance class and Rick Charles live music

Musicland, Fawkner ( 2017 - ) Thurs nights live bands

Northside Rock @ Heritage Epping ( 2004 - 2012)  Run by Clive Robertson 1st Fri of the month.  In Dec 2009 the 15,000th dancer to attend the dance won a hamper.  Jocelyn Bloye was the winner.

Ormond RSL

Pink Cadillac Diner in Knox.-  The "Bobby Soxers" dance troupe used to perform to entertain the diners in the restaurant, dancing for 4 songs then having 1 song off.  There was a juke box that the partons chose the songs from.  Members of the Bobby Soxers included Terri Moon, Andy Zammit, Gavin , Ann, Caroline McAllister, Jason

Pitronies, Springvale rd Keysbourough (1997 – 2001) Wed nights live band and DJ

Polish Syrena Club Rowville.  Adrian's Red Hot Rockers dance classes & social Thurs nights.  DJ Ashley dances, Adrians dances 2019-

Preston Town Hall.  The first rock n roll dances in Melbourne were held there in 1955.

Pyalong dance, run by Mick Gardiner and Naomi

Rembrants - Sunday nights dance. Venue burnt down

Ringwood RSL ( - ) Andy Zammit Ringwood Swing dances 2005- , Fri night bands

Ringwood Bowls ( 2016-2017) Adrians Red Hot Rockers 3rd fri of month live band

Rockabilly Wendy ran Dances with Rockabilly Bands only in Carnegie

Rockhouse was run by Rockin Richard Lewis and Len O'Connor and their band, 'Alive n Kickin' at the Bayswater Dart Club, 899 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater from 1991-1996.  Monthly Saturday night dance with Alive 'n' Kicking, with dance competitions.  Dance posters, designed and hand coloured by Len O'Connor, were given to each finalist to keep.

San Souchi

Sandown Hotel - Sunday nights with DJ Ashley 2019 

Seaford Hotel

Skyways hotel, (   - ) Sunday night dance with Rhonda and Renegade Rockers

Sly Dog Rockers Bentleigh Bowls (2014- 2015) Courtney Stammers and Peter Middleton

South Eastern Family Rock n Roll Club dance at Doveton school hall in the 1990's- committee members included Jim Guarini

Springvale Hotel (1970's - )

Springvale Town Hall - Springy Rock on Thurs nights

Stamford Hotel, Rowville, Sylvester dance classes 2017 -

Syrena Polish Club, Rowville, Adrian's Red Hot Rockers classes, dances run by club 2013, then DJ Ashley.  Adrian's dances 2019 - 

Uncle Sam's 60's Rock Cafe - Nepean Hwy, Carrum.  1997

Waltzing Matilda (2001 – 2007), Sunday nights DJ free entry, Southside Rockers dance classes Sunday and Tues with Glenys Boyd. In  2001 Sunday night alternated between Flashback band and DJ Ashley.

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West Coburg Bowls, ( - 2015) Adrians 1st & 2nd Fri live bands. (2015- ) DJ & Diva’s 2nd Fri

Whitehorse Club, East Burwood Reserve, (1999 - 2017) Adrian’s Red Hot Rockers wed nights dance class & social to DJ, Adrian's dances Fri nights with live bands 1999- 2000, 2015-2017,  Cup Eve, Anzac Day and Christmas dances 1999 - 2017.  Little Maria's fortnightly Friday night dance (2000 - 2013).  The first rock n roll dance at the Whitehorse was on Anzac Day April 1999 as a fundraiser for World Vision and Legacy organised by Adrian Spadaro, with the club then giving the ok to Adrian to run monthly Friday night dances from 21st May 1999.  The first band was the Speedsters, entry was $8.  Little Maria later took over running the dances every fortnight while Adrian continued to run the dance class and social on Wednesday nights.

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Williamstown Town Hall, Renegade Rockers dances unitl Nov. 1998

Yarraville Club, ( 1997 -July 2007 ) Swing n Rock Roz & DJ Antony, Thursday nights, later CRAFT club rockers Sarah, Mid 2007 - Oct 2013.  Swing n Rock Reunion held July 2016, 2017, 2018

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Reply Joc
4:02 AM on June 18, 2019 
So many great dances have been held over the years.