Chatham Primary School
1 Banool Rd, Surrey Hills.
1 Banool Rd, Surrey Hills.
Sundays night dance class and social dance. Come and learn some line dances, progressives and partner dances during the night. Hosted by Jocelyn and Charles. Fun and friendly group.
Beginners rock and roll, 5.30-6.30pm . Rock N Roll with Bonnie and Tristen
$10 for adults, $5 for secondary and Uni students.
Intermediate class 7 - 9 pm, rock and roll plus partner dances, progressives, line dances etc with Jocelyn and Charles.
BYO food and drink. Tea and coffee provided.
No partner required, friendly group, parking on school grounds, entry to hall from rear of building.
Latest Class News
Starting 17th March 2019, a new beginners rock n roll class with Bonnie and Tristen. Bonnie and Tristen are uni students who want to share their love of dancing. Classes 5.30-6.30pm on Sunday nights at Chatham. $5 for secondary / uni students, $10 for adults.
About the classes
For all dance classes wear flat comfortable shoes, preferably with smooth soles, and cool clothing as you will get warm.
All lessons are progressive so no partner is needed. No need to book, or prepay, just turn up, join in and have fun.
and roll dancing is easy to learn and only a few lessons will see you
then able to join the dance floor for a social dance. At your first
lesson you will be taught the basic footwork and a few simple moves. At
each lesson you will continue to use the same footwork but slowly add
new moves as well as repeating familiar moves. After the lessons there is some social dancing where everyone can join in regardless of
their level of dancing. This way beginners get to dance with advanced
dancers so they learn at a faster pace. Joining in the social dancing
after the lesson is the best way to practice what you have just learnt
and will help you progress faster.
Everyone is friendly and attending a dance class is a great way to get out and socialize, meet people, get some exercise, learn something new, move to great music, all in a non threatening atmosphere. Our aim is to have you enjoying yourselves. If you have a great time you will come back and eventually learn how to dance. Everyone CAN improve on their dance skills but many give up on themselves after one or two lessons. Those that continue find that dancing is fun, keeps you fit and is a great way to make friends.
Once you have mastered a few basic moves you can then join in the social rock and roll dancing scene in Melbourne. Most weekends you can find a social dance with a live band and DJ. Entry is $15 - $20 for a night full of dancing and fun. Ask at dance classes to find out more.
out the FAQ (Frequently asked questions) Tab at top of page under MORE
for details of what to expect at classes, social dance etiquette,
description of dance styles, and lots more.
Copy of the "Mind, Body, and Soul" tv show review of Adrian's classes from 2009.
"Red Hot Rockers" is how Adrian Spadaro advertises his weekly swing, jive, and rock and roll classes. People must like it because some weeks there are 140 on the floor.
The last dance hall Adrian hired would get so full that sometimes people would be standing on each others toes! What attracts all these people to swing, jive, and rock and roll?
"These dances are fun. The music is fun, the steps are fun. It’s all just a joyful experience."
Adrian has always danced. Growing up in an Italian family, there were always parties with Italian bands and dancing, and Adrian learnt to dance with his mum – the rumba, samba, tango and waltz, to name a few.
From a life of social and competition dancing, he has gone on to become one of Melbourne’s favourite dance teachers – a true red hot rocker.
"These dances are enjoyable. There is human contact, which we all need, but it is not threatening, especially for girls who are coming onto the dance scene for the first time. These dances are the easiest to learn for guys – they don’t have to get their footwork exactly correct the first time. They can still do the dance."
Whereas ballroom dancing requires partners to be up close and personal a lot of the time, swing, jive, and rock and roll involve hand contact, occasional embraces, and are fun rather than romantic. For the guys, this is great!
The 1920s to the 1950s was an era of dance explosion in America, and then around the world. Jive was the first to take off. Simple dance moves based on triple and single steps had been the traditional dances of African American slaves. These steps bravely crossed continents and fast became the backbone of jive.
Then there was swing. Dance halls were playing jazz and the black community were dancing it, discovering and celebrating two of the most popular swing dances: the charleston and lindy hop.
Rock and roll waited until the 50s to explode and quickly took the teenage world by storm.
At the Red Hot Rockers, most of the Wednesday night dancers were in their teens when all of these forms of dance were becoming the hot thing. They may or may not have learnt them in the 50s and 60s, but now the time is just right and the dance school provides a way to meet people, make friends, and dance the dances of their dreams.
Swing, jive, and rock and roll could be some of the most fun ways to get fit, stay fit, and stay on your feet for a long time.
There is one couple around town who are well into their 80s - they are fantastic! Even Adrian wishes he was as fit as they are.
As well as being great for the body, dancing is also great brain food. The combination of learnt moves, rhythm and creativity are the perfect work-out for the whole body and both sides of the brain.
Adrian has always danced and probably always will. His favourite dance is not the most popular but perhaps the most suave. He loves to dance westcoast, a simple French jive-style dance which is easy to learn. If you can walk, right, left, right, left, right, left, you can do it. Adrian calls it walking with attitude!"