Shake That Thing...Faster!
Welcome to all the tantalizing details about our upcoming workshops and social weekend with all Aussie teachers
Julia and John Warrington (Balboa),
Annabelle Hale and Nial Bruce (Shag) and
Pip Reville and Dean Scott (Aerials and fast Lindy)
Shake That Thing is packed full with 3 parties, 2 whole days of workshops including all you need to see instant improvement in your dancing, have fun and make new friends!
Below you will find information on
The Weekend Schedule
How the workshops will work
Our Code of Conduct
We're warming up this winter by burning up the floor with a social dancing and workshop weekend in Canberra!
We are so excited to be able to bring you the opportunity to learn from some of Australia's most sought after teachers in Balboa, Shag, Lindy Hop and Aerials. Look out for coming announcements on our fabulous teaching line-up and weekend details.
~ Teachers Announced ~
Shag - Annabelle Hale and Nial Bruce
Balboa - Julia and John Wharington
Aerials and Lindy - Pip Reville and Dean Scott
Nothing boosts your dancing enthusiasm and confidence like immersing yourself in a weekend of workshops! Until you experience it for yourself, you can only imagine how worthwhile and satisfying it is to spend a weekend learning your favourite dances.
Through our years of experience we know how worthwhile workshops are for your dancing and general enjoyment on the social floor. Whether you've made the decision that swing dancing is your thing or not, workshops provide a really fun way to get a fresh perspective, learn at lot about yourself and just enjoy. We believe that through this experience, you and those around you will grow as dancers and find new things to enjoy about dancing, and that's always great for the scene!
Still unsure? Have to chat to your teachers or any experienced Swing Katz about their experiences. We'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
By registering you agree to abide by the Canberra Swing Katz Code of Conduct (see below).
John and Julia Wharington are passionate about Balboa, and they love sharing their love for the dance with dancers at any level. For the last decade, they have taught numerous Balboa workshops, troupes and classes in Australia and overseas. From their classes you can expect to receive a solid grounding in the foundations of Balboa all the way to challenges that get you thinking out of the box, all bundled in a fun and unique package. Their aim is to get you up and dancing on the social dance floor, dancing Balboa comfortably and looking good in no time.
John and Julia have won many Australian Balboa Championships, and also have won or placed in various Balboa competitions in the USA. They are experts in their field, who focus on creative teaching techniques and bringing an infectious enthusiasm to their classes. Together they run Australia’s only Balboa and Shag festival, ‘All the Cats Join In’ in Melbourne.
Annabelle and Nial fell in love with Shag after they took their first lessons 7 years ago and ever since they’ve been working hard to build the Shag scene in Australia. They teach regularly in Melbourne, and have also taught across Australia and internationally. On top of this, they’ve both frequently placed at competitions around the world, most recently taking out first at the Hot Rhythm Holiday invitational. They are passionate about Shag and place an emphasis on dancing Shag socially, and building the Shag community.
When Pip and Dean walked into their first Lindy Hop lesson, it was love at first sight. Not with each other (though that came later!), but with the dance, the community, the music and the culture that is swing dance. 15 years later that love has blossomed into a life-long passion for building the community and inspiring the love of all things swing in others. With a room full of accolades from competitions spanning over a decade, 5 countries and multiple styles (most recently competing in Savoy Cup and culminating in winning Australia's own Helzapoppin Prize in 2016), Pip and Dean combine their boundless enthusiasm with a focus on the connection, comfort, creativity and pure fun of the dance. With Pip and Dean you can expect to experience the technical aspects of the dance in a relaxed and fun context, with plenty if insight, laughs and a touch of flash n trash.
With social events EVERY NIGHT from Friday through to Sunday, you'd think that would be enough dancing for one weekend...But really, it just makes you want more! Get some new material to rock out on the dance floor and refine some old favourites with our interstate guest teachers. Workshops run all day Saturday and Sunday, and if you have a last minute attack of FOMO don't worry! You can still show up and pay at the door for socials!
7-10pm - Swing into the weekend with our Welcome Dance!
Live Band Social
10am -4.30pm - Workshops with fabulous guest teachers in Balboa, Shag and Lindy Hop/Aerials
Venue: All Saint Church Hall, 9-15 Cowper St., Ainslie
7.30-11pm - It's every Swing Dancer's dream! A night of dancing with new friends, new moves and a swingin band!
Live band social with The Parlour Social
10am-4.30pm - More awesome workshops in Balboa, Shag and Lindy Hop/Aerials
7pm - Wind down and farewell your new besties.
Social dance with guest Djs
Venue: Kmotion Dance Studio, Northbourne Av.
How will the workshops work?
At Shake That Thing...Faster you will be able to choose your own adventure! We'll be running TWO ROOMS of workshops at the same time, allowing you to do a whole weekend getting immersed in one dance style, or sample all the styles across the weekend.
A NOTE ON PARTNERING: For Shag, Balboa and Lindy classes partners will be rotated throughout the class.Please see your teachers if you have any concerns.
As safety is our main concern, we will not be rotating partners for aerials. Please come with a partner you are comfortable working with, or if you are willing, we can match you up on the day. We anticipate working small groups. Each partnership will require a flyer and a base. These do not have to be habitual leads/follows.
Some of you are old hands, but for some of you these will be your first workshops! Woohoo - we're sure you'll have a great time! Here are a couple of tips to help you make the most of your weekend:
1. Know where you need to be and when. Use the schedule above to know where and when everything happens. Save yourself any stress later and check it out now!
2. Wear comfy shoes and clothes - you will be dancing all day! Don't worry about looking good, save that for the Saturday night social dance! Please bring a number of spare shirts, it’s a cool time of year, but we'll be dancing A LOT, so please change if you feel damp. Even if you think you won’t sweat much PLEASE bring some spare tshirts! Layer up against the cold.
3. Stay fresh. Please wear and re-apply deodorant and make use of breath mints provided. For your own comfort and others ;-)
4. Stay hydrated - luckily it's not going to be hot, but dancing all day is sure to work up a sweat! Consider getting some Hydralite or Berocca to keep you going, and definitely bring a drink bottle.
5. Bring a note-book. Serious about learning? Write down key phrases or handy hints that you hear over the weekend so that you can remember them later.
6. Be positive and have fun! It's easy to get bogged down about your dancing when you're inundated with lots of new info - just remember that this is part of the learning process and everyone's feeling the same way. With such great teachers, you're sure to have a ball!
Code of Conduct
Canberra Swing Katz are dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and comfortable class and event experience for everyone, and it is important to our dance community that everyone complies to this Code of Conduct.
DECLARATION OF SAFE SPACE
Canberra Swing Katz are dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Language and imagery that makes any party uncomfortable in social situations is not appropriate for any event venue, including dances, workshops, competitions, Twitter, Facebook, and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the school organisers.
CODE OF CONDUCT IN DETAIL
No forms of harassment will be tolerated. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments (related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, OR religion), sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of workshops or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Please feel free to e-mail, call, or approach us in class as soon as possible if you feel unsure about someone’s behavior, or if you observe an unsolicited occurrence with someone else.
• Email email@example.com
• Phone 0421860475
• Contact your teacher before or after class, or door people during class
Rest assured we take all comments seriously and we will work towards rectifying the situation as best as we can.
Adapted from Lindy Focus website.