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Winter break

Posted by jocbloy on July 30, 2019 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Sunday night classes are taking a break for 5 weeks over winter so we can have a holiday.  They will resume on Sunday 8th of September.

We hope those students who are travelling, both overseas and in Australia, all have a wonderful time and we look forward to hearing all your travel adventures in September.


Jocelyn, Charles, Bonnie and Tristen

Beginners rock n roll for the younger generation

Posted by jocbloy on February 18, 2019 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We're excited to announce that we have found a great couple of young dancers who are going to teach beginners rock n roll to the younger generation. 

Bonnie and Tristen are uni students who have been dancing together for the past 7 years.  They both hold working with children checks and have experience in teaching and working with children.

Beginners rock n roll classes will be aimed at secondary and uni students and will be held on sunday afternoons at Chatham from 5.30 - 6.30pm.

 

Classes start on Sunday 17th March 2019.

 

 

 

$10 adults, $5 secondary and uni students.


 

 

 


History of Red Hot Rockers

Posted by jocbloy on December 12, 2018 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Adrian Spadaro first started teaching rock n roll in 1991 with his dance partner Chris Black.  Adrian's Red Hot Rockers dance classes have been held at various locations around Melbourne ever since.  Adrian retired from teaching at the end of 2017 but Red Hot Rockers continued with Jocelyn Bloye and Charles Spiteri on Sunday nights, Wendy Gapper on Tues nights and Peter Middelton on Wed nights.

Christmas party Sunday 16th Dec

Posted by jocbloy on December 12, 2018 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A Christmas party for all Mitcham, Coburg and Surrey Hills students will be held on Sunday 16th Dec at Chatham Primary School, 1 Banool Rd Surrey Hills, 6.30-9pm.  $10.  Lots of social dancing, progressives, line dance and xmas raffle, plus party.  Please bring a small plate of party food to share.


We will also teach a fun partner dance to Sugar Sugar.

Wednesday Night classes finished

Posted by jocbloy on December 12, 2018 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Wed night class at Mitcham with Peter Middleton has finished at the end of 2018.

Thank you to all who came along and supported the class and to Peter for taking over when Adrian Spadaro retired.

Beginners swing class Sunday 19th Aug 2018

Posted by jocbloy on October 25, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Beginners swing class @ Chatham Sunday 19th Aug - one night only.


For something different we have a beginners swing / lindy hop class on Sunday 19th with guest teachers Sarah-Jane and Graham from Sylvester Dance Group, 6.30-7.30pm.

Following the swing class we will have plenty of social dancing to swing and rock n roll music, plus some line dances and progressive dances to keep everyone on the floor.

To give everyone a taste of different dance styles on Sunday nights, last week we tried square dancing, this Sunday is swing, and then on Sunday 26th Aug we will learn some bush dancing.

Come and join the group and have a go at something different.

Sunday nights at Chatham Primary School, 1 Banool Rd Surrey Hills.

Hosted by Jocelyn and Charles.

6.30 - 9pm, BYO food and drinks. lenty of off street parking in school grounds. Enter from rear of hall.

Entry $10

Last Tuesday night class for 2018

Posted by jocbloy on October 25, 2018 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

l would like to advise that classes for the year will be finishing early. Our last class will be next Tuesday 30th October 2018.

Its been a great year and l've enjoyed teaching you all . Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

Many thanks, Wendy

Bush dancing special night Sunday 26th Aug 2018

Posted by jocbloy on August 24, 2018 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunday 26th August Special night of Bush Dancing

As a special one off experience we will have Jane from the Victorian Folk Music Club come along and teach us some fun bush dancing on Sunday 26th Aug from 6.30 - 8pm.

This will be a fun night that will be suitable for your non dancing friends as well so ask them along.

Australian Bush Dancing has its roots in the very early settlement of the colony, and was influenced by the styles and customs of the early settlers. It became a popular form of social dancing in both the country and the city, but only got its name during the folk revival in the 1950’s – you have quite likely done some of this at primary school.

The Victorian Folk Music Club runs a bush dance with a live band on the first Saturday of the month at Ringwood East Senior Citizens hall, 8-11pm $12.

We will also do rock n roll and progressives on the night as usual.

Here's a video link to a bush dance routine.

http://youtu.be/vx9T3aMEXDY

Sundays at Chatahm

Posted by jocbloy on August 14, 2018 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)
Beginners swing class @ Chatham Sunday 19th Aug - one night only For something different we have a beginners swing / lindy hop class on Sunday 19th with guest teachers Sarah-Jane and Graham from Sylvester Dance Group, 6.30-7.30pm. Following the swing class we will have plenty of social dancing to swing and rock n roll music, plus some line dances and progressive dances to keep everyone on the floor. To give everyone a taste of different dance styles on Sunday nights, last week we tried square dancing, this Sunday is swing, and then on Sunday 26th Aug we will learn some bush dancing. Come and join the group and have a go at something different. Sunday nights at Chatham Primary School, 1 Banool Rd Surrey Hills. Hosted by Jocelyn and Charles. 6.30 - 9pm, BYO food and drinks. Plenty of off street parking in school grounds. Enter from rear of hall. Entry $10

Social dances

Posted by jocbloy on May 6, 2018 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

From May 2018 the social dances are now run by other groups.

Please check vicrock.com.au for details of dances, venues and bands.

Dance teacher Wendy returns to Coburg

Posted by jocbloy on February 21, 2018 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

After a break for a year or so, Wendy has returned to teaching on Tuesday nights at West Coburg Bowls Club. 

Wendy is well known on the rock and roll dance scene and has previously taught the Tuesday night class many times over the past few years.  Come along and say hello, and join in the classes and learn some new moves.

Wendy and Vic will also be running the Sat night dance at Buckley Bowls from Feb 2018.

Adrian retires

Posted by jocbloy on January 29, 2018 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

After 30 years of teaching rock n roll, swing and cha cha, and running social dances, Adrian has decided to retire at the end of 2017.

Dances and dance classes will continue.  Sunday nights will be run as a social night, with walk thru of line dances, progressives and partner dances during the night.  Sundays will be hosted by Jocelyn and Charles.

Tuesday night rock n roll classes will be taught by Wendy who has taught the class many times over the past few years.

Wednesday night rock n roll classes will be taught by Peter, who has previously taught advanced rock n roll at the Whitehorse classes a few years ago, and also teaches on Monday nights for Slydog Rockers.

The CAV dances will be hosted by Marelle, and the Buckley Park dances will be hosted by Wedny and Vic.

Adrian plans to hold a retirement / farewell dance in April and will occasionally attend the social dances to keep in touch with everyone.  He may even take a holiday!!

Enjoy your retirement Adrian and thanks for all the wonderful dance classes and dances you have given to so many in Melbourne over the past 30 years!!

New dance teacher Peter Middleton

Posted by jocbloy on December 28, 2017 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

From late Nov 2017 the Wednesday night class at Forest Hill has a new dance teacher - Peter Middleton.

Many will know Peter from the advanced rock n roll and Boogie Woogie classes he taught at the Whitehorse in May - July 2016.

Peter is a young, energetic dancer who has won many dance competitions with dance partner Courtney.  He has been teaching on Monday night with Slydog Rockers at Bentleigh Bowls Club for the past year, and has also taught in Emerald.

Get along on a Wed night and say hello, check out Peter's teaching style and learn some of his great dance competition winning moves.

Note the Wed night classes will be relocationg late Jan as the Forest Hill Hall is closed for a few months undergoing renovations.  Check the front page for details.


NEW Sunday night social dance

Posted by jocbloy on December 28, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

From Sun 21st Jan 2018 there will be a new dance "Social Sundays at Chatham", to be held at Chatham Primary School, 1 Banool Rd Surrey Hills.

This new social dance night will be hosted by Jocelyn & Charles, well known to many of the Red Hot Rockers. 

Dance from 6 - 9pm, entry $10. BYO food and drinks.

Music will be from guest DJ's, with lots of progressives to keep everyone dancing as well as line dances.  Some new progressive will be demonstrated as well as some new line dances, plus many old favourites that don't get played much anymore.

To be a guest DJ put your favourite danceable songs on a USB with a list of titles, pop it in an envelope with your name and contact details and bring it along.  The songs will be checked to make sure there is no duplication and will be played at the next dance the following Sunday.  10 songs is around a half hour of dancing.

Join the Facebook group "Social Sundays @ Chatham" to keep up to date with whats happening or to post your favourite songs.  

To request some songs please email Jocelyn on [email protected]

Dance performance at Hawthorn Town Hall

Posted by jocbloy on September 26, 2017 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

DANCE PERFORMANCE on Thurs 20th and Fri 21st July @ Hawthorn Town Hall

Red Hot Rockers were invited to perform in an event at the Hawthorn Town Hall on Thurs 20th and Fri 21st July, called the "Inaugural Annual Dance Affair" put on by the Boorondarra Council.

28 students worked hard over 8 weeks to learn a routine to the Olly Murs song "Dance with me tonight". The event was a fabulous night with a sold out crowd on Friday night. The Red Hot Rockers were the opening dance group and filled the floor with red and black outfits and lots of high energy dancing.

For many this was their first taste of performing in front of a crowd and they all loved it. The challenge of learning and remembering over 40 moves, as well as adding styling and flare, was apprecaited by all. The bonding and coming together as a group was also a great experience, as well as the admiration from family and friends who attended the event to watch and cheer us on. Everyone wants to do another performance routine, so we will be working on a new one soon.

The show was part theatre performance, part mass participation dance event. A great night of social dance featuring a whole range of local performers across many dance styles and ages, and also involved professional actors and a live band. The Hawthorn Town Hall is a stunning venue and the lighting, huge mirror ball and atmosphere was electric.

The routine was also performed at several dances in July and Aug.

To see several videos of the performance search on youtube for "Red Hot Rockers performance"

For more information on the event, visit the website https//www.inauguralannual.com

www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/arts

Performance opportunity

Posted by jocbloy on May 9, 2017 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (1)

EXCITING DANCE PERFORMANCE on Thurs 20th and Fri 21st July @ Hawthorn Town Hall

Red Hot Rockers have been invited to perform in an event at the Hawthorn Town Hall on Thurs 20th and Fri 21st July, to be called the "Inaugural Annual Dance Affair" put on by the Boorondarra Council. There will also be a rehearsal at the town hall on Wed 19th July. Performers will be given free entry to the event, and also 2 complimentary tickets for the show for family/friends.

The show is part theatre performance, part mass participation dance event. A great night of social dance featuring a whole range of local performers across many dance styles and ages, and also involves professional actors and a live band. Audience participation will also be encouraged. Comedy, some surprising twists, a supper, and social dancing after the show is included. The Hawthorn Town Hall is a stunning venue and this event will be attended by hundreds. This show is a celebration of not only who dances but why we dance.

A performance routine will be taught for those interested in being part of this event, starting on Sunday 21st May and running for 8 weeks at Chatham Primary School, 1 Banool Rd Surrey Hills, Sunday’s 3-5pm.

Dates are: Sun 21st and 28th May, 4th, 18th, 25th June, 2nd, 9th & 16th July. No class on Sun 11th June.

Charge for the performance class is $120, paid up front, for 8 weeks of classes. This will include instruction sheets, video of routine and lessons, plus free brief practice session each week after Mon, Tues & Wed night classes. Suitable for intermediate and advanced dancers. You will dance the routine with a partner so ask around now to organise a partner, or we may be able to help find you one.

Limited to 20 couples only. Performance is not compulsory. Learning the routine will challenge you as a dancer.

The routine will also be performed at Buckley Park on Sat 22nd July and Fri 4th Aug, at CAV on Sat 13th Aug, and the Whitehorse on Fri 18th Aug.

For more information on the event, visit the website https://www.inauguralannual.com

We currently have 8 ladies registered who are looking for partners for the performance!

Bookings to Adrian ASAP on 0452211860


Dances return to the Whitehorse Club

Posted by jocbloy on May 2, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Rock n Roll dances return to the Whitehorse Club on Fri 19th May.

After a year at Ringwood Bowls the Red Hot Rockers are pleased to be going back to the home of rock n roll, the wonderful Whitehorse Club. The Whitehorse has the best dance floor in Melbourne, plenty of off street parking and is full of many wonderful memories from 15 plus years of hosting rock n roll dances. So come along and have a fantastic night dancing to the great sounds of the Kustoms on Fri 19th May. As an added bonus there is a rumour that a well known dance teacher will be singing with the band.

298 Burwood Hwy, Burwood East

 

Treat dance floors with respect

Posted by jocbloy on April 9, 2017 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Treat dance floors with respect.

We all love our dance floors and the great dance venues who welcome us. Rock and rollers have a great reputation as fun loving and well behaved patrons so lets all work together to hold true to that reputation and remember to treat our dance venues with respect. Please try not to spill drinks on the floor and avoid carrying drinks across the dance floor. If you do spill a drink, please make sure you wipe it up. A spilt drink can cause a slipping hazard, make the floor sticky, and can ruin the night for anyone with suede soles, as damp suede stops a dancer in their tracks. Use door mats to remove grit or moisture from your shoes to keep the dance floors clean and in good dance-able condition. Please also clean up your rubbish before you leave.

 

Problems with a fast floor? A build up of wax on your soles may be the problem. Try cleaning the soles of your shoes with a wire brush regularly to remove the waxy build up, or go outside and rough them up on some concrete or sharp edge. Slightly dampening your soles will also slow them down on a really fast floor. Many dancers often take 2 pairs of shoes along to a dance, with a pair suitable for slow floors and a pair for fast floors.

 

Problems with a slow floor? A piece of black gaffa tape on the soles can speed your shoes up, or if you don't mind what they look like, placing a stockingette over the soles works well as a temporary fix. You can also wipe the soles very lightly with a shoe shine sponge or ask the person running the dance if they mind if you place a small amount of powder on the edge of the floor. Some venues ban powder so always check first, and remember not everyone wants a fast floor.

Blues dancing

Posted by jocbloy on April 9, 2017 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunday and Mondays classes at Chatham Primary, 1 Banool Rd Surrey Hills, will be adding an extra class to compliment and expand on the current rockabilly and westcoast classes with "Introduction to Dancing to Blues, and Styles Of Music with A Blues Feel".

Rock n rollers often struggle to dance to slower music, and music that changes tempo, so we are adding some classes to expand your dancing skills. Many Rockabilly bands also play some slower blues songs at their gigs so why not learn how to dance to the blues songs instead of sitting down.

In the introduction to Blues classes you will learn how to change tempo, improvise and play with the music, incorporate pauses, learn about musicality, and most importantly how to feel the music while dancing.

While advanced Blues clips show dancing to be very close and personal our classes will respect your personal space.

Sunday 5-9pm, Rockabilly and blues

Monday 6.30-9.30pm Westcoast and blues

If you haven't tried one of the Red Hot Rockers dance classes why not print out the free voucher (at the end of this newsletter) and come along and try out the new blues classes? Please share around your friends.

BYO food and drinks, air conditioned venue, plenty of parking on school grounds. Bring along something for dinner and make a fun night of it, dancing to great music with a friendly group of like-minded rockers.

Click below blues youtube clip.

https://youtu.be/Eh_T9-sTKGY


You're never too old to rock!!

Posted by jocbloy on February 2, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

You're never too old to rock!  Here is a great youtube clip of Karin and Erwin Schilling on Sunrise TV show from 2011.  It's a great interview and includes lots of footage of them dancing, including at Red Hot Rockers Adrian's dance class at the Whitehorse (where they learnt to dance many years ago) and a brief interview with Adrian.

Enjoy.


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