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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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Cha Cha Capers routine

Posted by jocbloy on January 24, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Cha Cha Caper

 

Fwd, bwd twice (basic cha cha)

New Yorker right

New Yorker left, touch hands

Lady full turn clockwise (progressive cha cha section)

Fwd/Bwd

New Yorker right

Bye (both turn away - pivot turn)

Fwd/Bwd

New Yorker right

Single alamana (lady turns)

Fwd/Bwd to both hands

Cross 4 times, 5th time lady full turn clockwise

Fwd/Bwd

Stop (right, left, right)

Bye

Fwd/Bwd

Chase 4 times, 5th time male turns short

Fwd/Bwd

New Yorker right

Triple alamana (lady turns to left, to right, to left)

Fwd/Bwd to both hands

Lady half turns 4 times, 5th time is full turn clockwise

Fwd/Bwd

New Yorker right

Bye (change hand)

Ruthie (side by side and stop, turns x 3, 4th spin lady out)

 

Repeat

 


Choreographed by Les & Sue Maslin. Danced to “You promised me” by In-Grid


 

Youtube clip of Adrian teaching the routine at Chatam Primary, Jan 2017

 

https://youtu.be/5PRfYHz28N8

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Rockabilly Workshops

Posted by jocbloy on January 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Rockabilly classes on Sunday afternoon / evening have been so popular that they will continue in Feb. Rockabilly is an easy form of dance to learn with no backstep. It is often called "pub rock". It can be danced to very fast music and has lots of spins.

 

5-9pm at Chatham Primary School, 1 Banool Rd Surrey Hills.

 

Air conditioned, plenty of off street parking in school grounds, BYO food and drinks.

 

$15

 

 

5pm - basic footwork

 

5.30pm - the switch (rockabilly progressive dance)

 

6pm - beginner / intermediate

 

7pm - intermediate / advanced moves

 

8pm - social dancing and practice

 

 

Bookings essential please sms Adrian on 0452211860

Lots of dancing this week 6th - 11th Jan 2017

Posted by jocbloy on January 6, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Lots of dancing for everyone this weekend, and next week, with dances on Fri in Essendon, Sat in Wantirna plus workshops Sun-Wed.

 

Fri night dance at Buckley Park with Rockin Daddys, Sat night dance at CAV with the Fender Benders, Sunday westcoast workshop and social at Surrey hills, 5-9pm, then Cha Cha workshops at usual class times on Mon in Surrey Hills, Tues in Coburg and Wed in Forest Hill. No need to sit at home so come along and join in the fun.

 

Please share around to all your friends. Bookings essential.

 

Fri 20th Jan - Ringwood Bowls club is not available for the usual dance on Fri 20th but Chatham Primary School hall in Surrey Hills is available. If anyone would like to have a social fun dance night with DJ Adrian on the 20th, please sms Adrian on 0452211860 to let him know you're interested. Everyone loved the venue for NYE so we can do the same thing again, but only if there are enough people interested.

BYO food and drink, entry $10. Chatham Primary School, 1 Banool St Surrey Hills. SMS Adrian on 0452211860 to be kept informed if the dance is going ahead.

Upcoming Sunday workshops at Chatham Primary 5-9pm $15

Sunday 15th - Rockabilly workshop

Sunday 22nd - Rockabilly workshop

Sunday 29th - Cha Cha workshop

 

 

Adrian Spadaro nominated for VRRDA Hall of Fame

Posted by jocbloy on January 4, 2017 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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.

*** Summer Calendar ***

Posted by jocbloy on December 16, 2016 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)


 

 

Over summer there should never be a day without somewhere to dance, so there will be extra events to keep you all moving.

 

Mon 2nd Jan - Social night with DJ Adrian at Cahtham Primary School. BYO food and drinks.

 

Sunday workshops at Chatham Primary School

5-8pm plus social, every Sunday from 1st Jan. Cost $15, BYO food and drinks, come and have a fun afternoon evening, learn some new dance moves and catch up with your friends who haven't gone away for holidays.

 

Sunday 1st & 8th Jan - Westcoast workshops

Sunday 15th & 22nd Jan - Rockabilly workshops

Sunday 29th Jan - Cha cha line dances workshop

Bookings essential sms Adrian 0452211860

 

Rocking at the CAV, Wantirna

 

Extra dances will be held on Sat 7th, 14th and 25th Jan.

 

Merry Christmas

Posted by jocbloy on December 16, 2016 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

*** Merry Christmas ***

 

Thank you for your support, for the joy and laughter you bring to my life. Seeing you smile makes my day.

 

Have a Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy New Year.

Cheers, Adrian



Health Benefits of dancing

Posted by jocbloy on November 25, 2016 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Apart from being fun, social and great for your memory, dancing also has lots of health benefits.  This is copied from the Victorian Governement Better Health website.


Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

 

  • improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • increased aerobic fitness
  • improved muscle tone and strength
  • weight management
  • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • better coordination, agility and flexibility
  • improved balance and spatial awareness
  • increased physical confidence
  • improved mental functioning
  • improved general and psychological wellbeing
  • greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • better social skills.

 

 

Victoria State Government, “Dance Health Benefits” https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/dance-health-benefits

All men should learn how to dance.

Posted by jocbloy on November 24, 2016 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Many Australian men don’t like to dance as they feel intimidated on the dance floor because they don’t know how to dance. Males who have taken the time to learn how to dance soon realize the benefits of being able to dance in a social setting and become confident in meeting new people. Apart from being a challenging fitness regime, dance classes also teach skills in co-ordination, how to knock down social barriers, how to express emotions and embrace a stranger respectfully in social situations. Men who have learnt to dance gain confidence in meeting new females and learn social etiquette in how to approach a woman and ask her to dance. This can make a man seem more attractive. There is often a shortage of men on the dance floor, so come on guys, get along to a dance class and learn how to dance and impress the ladies.

In our grandparents, and their grandparent’s era, dances were the place to meet the opposite sex and socialize, and everyone grew up learning how to dance. Sadly in our modern day these skills are being replaced by dating sites and apps which lack the subtleties and etiquette of the dance hall days. Once you have learnt how to dance a whole new world of classes, social outings, dances and social networks will open up to you as you discover there are many dances held each week all over Melbourne when you know where to look for them.

So come on guys, get along to a dance class and learn how to dance so you can get out and meet lots of new people, as we are always short of guys.

 

Ambidancer

Posted by jocbloy on November 7, 2016 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

At Monday nights salsa class the term Ambidancer was used.  An ambidancer is a person who can dance as both a lead and a follow.  Durring the beginners class there were more ladies (follows) than guys (leads) so durring the class Adrian had the 2 spare ladies dance as leads and follows.  At each roatation the follow moved on, the leading lady moved to become the follow and the next lady moving around the cirlce then had a go at leading.  This meant that all the ladies (follows) in the class had a turn at being a lead, and no one stood out waiting a turn.   As salsa has very easy footwork and is the same for both leads and follows, this gave all the ladies a taste at being a lead in an easy class and they all loved the experience.  It was a great way to keep everyone involved, challenged and moving in the dance class.

The following is a bit more on the concept of being an "Ambidancer"


AMBIDANCER

A dancer who can dance as both a lead and a follow

Learning to be an ambidancer will make you a better dancer, open up a whole new dance experience, and enable you to dance with anyone.  Being able to dance both as a lead and follow will double the number of people you can ask to dance, and it will give you a better understanding of what it’s like to dance in the other role.  Changing “sides” in a dance class allows you to build connection and friendships with dancers you don’t normally dance with. As a follow, learning to lead gives a better understanding of the challenge of being a good lead, and an appreciation of how hard it is to remember routines and new moves.  As a lead, learning to follow will help you understand how important a clear lead is when social dancing.  And trying the other role is a fun challenge.  At social dances there are always a few follows dancing as leads, but very rarely do you see leads dancing as follows.   So for a fun challenge why not ask the person you are dancing with to have a go at swapping sides for one song, and experience the “other” role and challenge yourself to become a better dancer.

Jocelyn Bloye

 

 

Salsa classes

Posted by Joceb on October 17, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The first salsa class on Mon 17th Oct at the lovely new venue at Chatham Primary School, Surrey Hills, was well attended and a lot of fun.  Adrian spent time on learning the footwork for salsa and how to get the hips moving.  We're all now great at counting 1,2,3,-  5,6,7 - :). Once the different footwork was mastered we then learnt 8 different moves and danced them to various speeds of music.  Those familar with cha cha found it to be similar moves but with different footwork and timing.  It was great fun learning something different and dancing to some upbeat modern music as a change from rock n roll.  We all went home exhausted and pleased to have mastered something new.

Another salsa class will be held on Mon 24th Oct 6.30-9.30pm.  No classes on Mon 31st Oct as its the big Cup Eve dance.

Depending on demand the Mon class will continue as either salsa or rock n roll in November.

Cup Eve Mon 31st Oct with Honkytonk Rockers

Posted by jocbloy on October 11, 2016 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

*** CUP EVE AT THE WHITEHORSE CLUB ***

 

Come and have one last dance at the Whitehorse Club on Cup Eve with Adrian's final dance to be held at this venue. Band will be the fabulous Honkytonk Rockers and DJ Adrian.

 

Come along in your finest cup day outfits and enjoy Adrian's final dance at this great venue. Over the past 16 years this venue has been home to Adrian's dance classes and dances, as well as Little Maria's fortnightly dances. So many people have made new friends, had so many great nights out and hundreds of bands have filled the venue with great music.

 

Honkytonk Rockers will keep you dancing all night long with their great selection of music.

 

Entry $17

 

BYO nibbles, NO BYO Drinks

 

Bookings essential sms Sophy on 0402402913

 

Whitehorse Club 298 Burwood Hwy, Burwood



New Monday night class starts 17th Oct

Posted by jocbloy on October 11, 2016 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

New Salsa Dance Class

 

Want to get fit, meet people, learn a new skill and have fun? Then come and give salsa dancing a try. Salsa is easy to learn and can be danced to a wide range of music.

 

New classes starting on Monday 17th Oct at Chatham Primary School hall, Banool Rd, Surrey Hills.

 

Beginners 6.30-7.30pm

Social 7.30-8pm

Intermediate / advanced 8-9.30pm

 

$15

 

Bookings essential. SMS Adrian on 0452211860

 

Please share around and spread the word.


Ringwood Bowls Club

Posted by jocbloy on September 28, 2016 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

A great night was had by all at this great new venue with the Fender Benders keeping the dance floor full all night long.  Plenty of off street parking, a lovely modern, spacious club, which has a full wall of windows overlooking the bowling greens.  Entry is at the rear of the building, not from the bowling green.


The next dance is on Fri 21st Oct with the Kustoms, so come along and check out the venue and dance to this great band.


New dance venue at Ringwood Bowls Club

Posted by jocbloy on September 14, 2016 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

After 16 years of rock n roll at the Whitehorse Club, dances and dance classes at this great venue have sadly come to an end. After a considerable price rise the venue is no longer affordable, so the dances will be moving to a new location.

 

Adrian's dance classes have already moved on Wed night to Forest Hill hall, and now the regular 3rd Fri of the month dance has found a new home at the Ringwood Bowls Club.

 

The first dance will be on Fri 23rd Sept with the Fender Benders, and thereafter dances will be held on the 3rd Friday of the month as usual.

 

So come along on the 23rd of Sept and check out this lovely new venue. Plenty of car parking, air conditioned, good sized dance floor, and cheap drinks. BYO nibbles.

 

Bookings are essential, please sms Sophy on 0402402913.

 

Ringwood Bowls Club. 12 Loughnan Rd Ringwood North

No dance at the CAV or Whitehorse in September

Posted by jocbloy on September 2, 2016 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Unfortunatley there are no dances at the CAV on the 10th of Sept or at the Whitehorse on the 16th of Sept, as the venues are unavailable.


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