Adrian Spadaro 


Adrian has been teaching rock n roll, swing, jive, westcoast, salsa, line dances, cha cha and ballroom styles, for well over 30 years at many venues around Melbourne.


Adrian has a Degree in Physical Education, specialising in Dance, Human Movement, Biomechanics and Care & Prevention of Sports Injuries. He has won Victorian & Pan Pacific titles in Rock 'n' Roll and Doubles Rock 'n' Roll and has been dancing all his life.


Adrian introduced swing dancing to Melbourne in 1995 when he orgainised the first swing dance workshop in Victoria. Many of the rock n roll dance teachers currently teaching in Melbourne started off with Adrian when he taught them how to teach. He enjoys seeing the joy people gain from mastering new moves on the dance floor and is always happy to see the smiles on peoples faces when they master a dance move. 


Over the past 30 years Adrian has taught thousands of people to dance, in many different styles, given many new teachers a start, employed many people, run thousands of social dances, as well as being a DJ, run a recording studio and a talent agency.  He is excited to be able to give new students the joy of dancing.


In 2017 Adrian was inducted into the Victorian Rock and Roll Dance Association (VRRDA) Hall of Fame for his considerable contribution to the Rock and Roll dance scene over many years.  See below for details.

 

Contact details;  Adrian ph: 0452211860

Adrian teaches all styles of dance.
**  Congratulations to Red Hot Rockers dance teacher Adrian Spadaro for his nomination for Victorian Rock n Roll Dance Association Hall of Fame for 2017. **

Adrian has made a considerable contribution to the Melbourne rock n roll scene over the past 25 plus years, firstly as a dance competitor, then as a dance teacher and dance promoter. Adrian and dance partner Chris Black were well known on the dance competition scene in the early 1990’s, and together built up one of the biggest rock n roll dance schools in Melbourne.

Adrian started teaching rock n roll in 1991, and has continued to teach each week in many areas around Melbourne, including Camberwell, Burwood, Coburg, Surrey Hills and Wantirna. Over that time he has taught thousands of people to dance, not only rock n roll, but also swing, jive, salsa, cha cha, westcoast and line dancing.

Many of the current rock n roll dance teachers started their teaching careers with Adrian. Adrian mentored them, encouraged them to teach and also employed them. Jon Hannon of Alley Catz, Debbie Krause of Swing Dance with Debbie, Pat Noakes of Swing Central, Rhonda Watts of Renegade Rockers, Dave Dooley, Wendy Gapper and Gavin Preston are all well-known teachers in the rock n roll scene due to Adrian’s encouragement.

In 1995 Adrian introduced swing dancing to Melbourne when he put on a swing workshop on 20th Aug with Rob Bloom, who was teaching lindy hop in Sydney. He then hosted Catrine Ljunggren, from Sweden's “The Rhythm Hot Shots” the following December, later followed by a workshop and dance with Silvia Sykes from California. Although Adrian is not generally known around town as being part of the Lindy Hop scene now, without his initial contribution the swing dancing world in Melbourne would have taken a much more difficult road to arriving where it is today.

Adrian has employed many people over the years to help run his social dances. Some, like Little Maria, Debbie and Angelo, have then gone on to run their own dances after learning the ropes with Adrian. Maria Battaglia started working for Adrian to help run social dances many years ago, then went on to run “Little Marias” dances for 13 years, and was also nominated for the VRRDA Hall of Fame.

Adrian has continued to run social dances all over Melbourne for many years, making sure dancers have somewhere to go and bands have somewhere to play.

A considerable contribution to rock n roll over many years and a deserving recipient.

Wendy


My passion for dance started as a child when I was introduced to the classical dance of ballet. This started a lifelong interest and love for dance. After a long break I became involved in clogging (a form of line dancing with tap shoes). Some 10 years ago I became involved in a new genre - Rock and Roll. My involvement in Rock and Roll introduced me to  a new style of dance which was both challenging and unique. It required me to not only dance but also learn how to follow the leads of various dance partners. In addition, I began learning lindy hop which I love!  From these novice beginnings I graduated to teaching all aspects of Rock and Roll dancing. I pride myself on having patience when teaching new beginners how to dance rock n roll. It is my belief that if beginners are given solid grounding in footwork and technique, they will be able to master and enjoy any form of dance.
I have competed in dance completions in both singles and triple’s and have achieved success in this area.
Come and join me in my passion for Rock N Roll, you won’t regret it!


Wendy teaches rock n roll classes at West Coburg Bowls on Tuesday nights when Adrian is unavailable.