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NEWSLETTER

FOOTLOOSE ROCKERS

FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

Hi guys – welcome to the February edition of our newsletter!  I can’t believe its February already – this year is flying by! 

Our first courses for the year proved to be a highlight with the biggest intake of Beginners for a while – 43 new Beginners for the Rock n Roll course, and 14 for the Swing Lindy Course!  Welcome guys – we hope you enjoy learning to dance with us!

Now read on for all the details on what’s happening at Footloose! 

Sue & Geoff

IMPORTANT!!!!

Please note that as we are unable to use the Albion Park Bowling Club for our classes on WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY, all classes will be held in the main auditorium upstairs at PORT KEMBLA COLLEGIANS CLUB, Wentworth St, Pt Kembla.   Class times remain as normal, starting with Beginners at 6.30pm.  Normal Rock n Roll classes resume at Albion Park on Wed 12th Feb.   Swing classes will go ahead as normal on Thursday 6th February. 

SENIORS WEEK PERFORMANCE

We are thrilled to announce that our dance troupe has been invited to perform at the Wollongong Council’s Lady Mayoress’s Tea Dance in February as part of the Seniors Week activities!  We’ll be performing the dance routines that we did at our 2019 Christmas party.   Geoff & Sue were also fortunate to be invited to feature on the cover of the Seniors Week program and are also on huge posters in the front of the Wollongong Council building and various other buildings around the ‘Gong – what an honour!   Here’s a copy of the cover – featuring our 1956 Ford Customline convertible – over 25,000 of these programs were distributed!

 

NEW COURSES STARTING SOON!

We’ll be starting new 5 week courses week commencing 17th February at the regular venues (see further on for full details).  

NOTE!!   If you are in Intermediate Rock n Roll – we will be doing INTERMEDIATE A!  This is one of the easier Intermediate courses, so it will be a good time to start back with this course! 

TOP ROCK N ROLL/ROCKABILLY BAND COMING TO THE ‘GONG!

A fantastic Rock n Roll band from Western Australia – Johnny Law & the Pistol Packing Daddies – will be playing a one-off FREE gig at the Oaks Hotel, Albion Park on SUNDAY 9TH FEBRUARY, starting at 3pm to 6pm.  The Oaks is the hotel right beside McDonalds on the Princes Highway at Albion Park Rail.   These guys are fantastic, so don’t miss it!   There’s a timber dance floor, great food, plenty of parking and reasonable priced drinks.  We’ll be there with a group, so if you are planning on going and would like to sit with us, please let me know ASAP so we can book tables.  Either email us at info@footlooserockers.com.au or let us know in classes by Thursday this week.  

LOYALTY CARDS!

If you know of anyone who is interested in learning to dance, why not tell them about our classes!   Did you know that we have Loyalty cards?  They work just like a coffee card –for every new beginner student you bring, you get a click on your card.  When you get 8 clicks, you get your next 5 week dance course for FREE – that’s a saving of $60!  So start talking to your friends and family and bring them along!  Pick up your loyalty card from the desk at classes, and let us know who you brought and we’ll click your card (1 person = 1 click).

DANCE EVENTS: 

We have two big events planned for this year – so add the following dates to your calendar now so that you don’t double book: 

SATURDAY 13TH JUNE – Our annual DINNER DANCE – featuring the incredible MATCHBOX ROCK N ROLL BAND!    It will be held at the Fraternity Club;   tickets will go on sale in March! 

SATURDAY 12TH DECEMBER – Footloose Rockers CHRISTMAS PARTY!    We had so much positive feedback about the fabulous JUKE BOX JIVE BAND from our 2019 party, so we have booked them again!   Please note this is the second Saturday in December – a week later than our normal date.   Once again, it will be held at the Fraternity Club. 

Following are the dates for the next courses and we are continuing our special price of just $25 for the 5 week course for either BEGINNERS 1 ROCK N ROLL or BEGINNERS SWING LINDY CLASSES – so please let your friends know about these great deals!  Flyers can be found on the desk at classes. 

ROCK N ROLL CLASSES

The new 5 week Rock n Roll courses commence on the following dates:

  • MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2020 – The Fraternity Club (Fairy Meadow), and

  • WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2020 – Albion Park Bowling Club

Class times are:  6.30 – Beginners 1;  7.30 – Beginners 2B;  8.30 – Intermediate A 

SWING LINDY HOP CLASSES

PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN TIMES FOR SWING – Beginners now starts at 7pm and Intermediate at 8pm!!!  The next 5 week course starts as follows:

  • THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2020, at Albion Park Bowling Club

Class times:   7.00 to 8pm – Beginners;   8.00 to 9.00pm – Intermediate A

SWING/BLUES BAND IN THE GONG

The STEVE EDMONDS BLUES QUARTERT, will be playing in Wollongong on Saturday 15th February at the Balgownie Hotel.   These guys play a great range of swing and blues songs.  Starts at 8pm and its free.   Might be an idea to get there early to get a table as it fills up quickly.  By the way, the food there is fantastic.  Note there is only a small carpet area to dance on, but worth going to listen to them! 

ROCK N ROLL SOCIAL DANCES

The first of our Sunday afternoon social dances with DJ Ray at Albion Park Bowling Club is on Sunday 23rd February – time is 5pm to 8.30pm.  Everyone welcome!   This is a free dance that is paid for by the club, so please make sure you support it so they continue to put them on for us!   The new extension of the dance floor will be completed by then, so we’ll have a much bigger floor to dance on!      The next one will be on Sunday 22nd March, then 26th April.  These dances are held on the FOURTH SUNDAY of the month, so please check the date in case there are five Sundays (e.g. March has five Sundays!).

WESTSIDE ROCKERS DANCE

The Westside Rock n Roll dance is on Friday 21st February at the Master Builders Club.  The band this month is Andy & the Cruisers;  cost is $10 at the door.  8pm start.

ROCK N ROLL FESTIVALS

BATEMAN’S BAY FESTIVAL – change of dates!

The dates for the new Crank It Up festival at Batemans Bay have changed!  The new dates are 22nd, 23rd & 24th MAY 2020!    This is due to the fires that tore through the area, so if you have booked accommodation, make sure you change the dates soon.

There are some fabulous bands booked to appear, including The Atomic HiTones (Melbourne), Ezra Lee Band (Victoria), Toni & the Rhythm Cats, Wes & the Sonic Aces and The Shack Shakers.  There’s a group of us going, and you can find details on their Facebook page – Crank It Up Batemans Bay.  Some of the events are ticketed and others are free.  There’ll be retro market stalls, pin-up competition, hot rods on display and much more! 

ROCK N VINTAGE ROLL FESTIVAL THIRROUL

This is a great local Rock n Roll festival and its held at the Ryans Hotel in Thirroul.  It’s on 7th to 8th March.  There’s a free dance on the Saturday night with Toni & the Rhythm Cats.   Entry on the Sunday is $5 and bands include CK & the 45s, Johnny & the Easyriders, Rachael Brady & The Moonshine Special.   Sunday will be a fun day of live music, the best rock n’ roll, rockabilly and vintage culture, market stalls, vintage cars, best-dressed competition etc.  We’ll see you there!

 

KURRI KURRI NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL

This is a great festival and there’s a large group of us that go every year!  The annual Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival will be held on the weekend of 27 – 29 March and it’s all about Rock n Roll, Classic Cars, Hot rods, Fashion, Music, Dancing and everything good about the 50’s and 60’s.  There’s a classic car and hot rod show, over 150 retro markets stalls and food vans, lots of free entertainment, rock n roll dance demonstrations, main stage performances, bands, best dressed competitions, side show alley and much more. Plus nightly events with lots of great Rock n Roll’ and Rockabilly dances at local venues.   All info can be found on their web site: http://www.kurrikurrinostalgiafestival.com.au/

CANBERRA DANCE

The Southside Rock n Roll club in Canberra are having their 30th Anniversary on the weekend of 1st to 3rd May 2020.  On the Saturday night the band is the fabulous Lincolns (from South Australia).  Keep the weekend free and there’ll be more details to come in our next newsletter.

EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE & ROCKABILLY RAVE ROCK N ROLL FESTIVAL – 2021!

Geoff & Sue host Rock n Roll holidays on behalf of the Rock n Roll Travel Club and our next holiday is a 14 night European River Cruise, plus 4 nights in Sussex (England) for the Rockabilly Rave festival.   The cheaper cabins on the cruise are filling up fast, so don’t delay booking if you definitely want to come.
 
23 people have already booked, and EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN US!   We have a single lady who has booked and needs someone to share with, so if you are interested, contact me for details.  The price and details follow:  
 
The price is from $10,899 per person (depending on your River Cruise cabin preference).  DATES ARE 14 JUNE 2021 to 6 JULY 2021.   This price INCLUDES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Flights from Australia to London, and return Budapest to Australia;

  • Rail trip from London to Amsterdam with Eurostar Rail;

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in London plus one night in Amsterdam, and INCLUDING day tours in both London and Amsterdam;

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Sussex (England) for the Rockabilly Rave Rock n Roll Festival;

  • Entry for 4 days into the Rockabilly Rave festival in Sussex featuring over 30 of the world’s top bands;

  • Coach transfer from London to Sussex and return;

  • 14 night River Cruise with VIKING CRUISES in a River View Stateroom – departing Amsterdam and travelling through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Hungary

  • All meals on board the cruise;Wine, beer and soft drinks included at lunch & dinner!

  • 12 guided tours on the cruise, visiting 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

  • All port charges and gratuities on the cruise.

If you’d like to book or add on other destinations, just call  Rachael or Darryl at the Rock n Roll Travel Club on 1800 654 899 for a quote.  As always, everyone is welcome to join us on these holidays – even your non-dancing friends and relatives!
If you’d like a flyer sent to you, please let us know!  Here’s a map of the ports we’ll be going to:

We have a full range of Learn to Dance DVD’s – there are 17 DVDs all together!!  Ask us about our discounts for purchasing multiple sets!  These can be purchased at classes or email us at info@footlooserockers.com.au for details.  All DVD’s can be purchased individually for $40 each or they work out cheaper when purchasing the set.  Prices are as follows: 

Set of 5 Learn to Rock n Roll – Beginners to Intermediate – $160.00

Set of 4 Learn to Rock n Roll – Intermediate / Advanced – $130.00

Set of 4 Learn Rockabilly – Beginners to Intermediate – $130.00

Set of 4 Learn Swing Lindy Hop – Beginners to Intermediate – $130.00

 

Sat 1 Feb:                   KLASSIC BLACK (Chris Anthony);  Bulli Workers;  Free;  7.30pm

Sat 8 Feb:                   BACKLASH;  Bulli Workers;  Free;  7.30pm

Sun 9 Feb:                 JOHNNY LAW BAND – The Oaks Hotel, Albion Park; 3pm; free

Fri 21 Feb:                 WESTSIDE ROCKERS DANCE – Master Builders Club;  8pm;  $10; Band is ANDY & THE CRUISERS

Sun 23 Feb:               FOOTLOOSE ROCK N ROLL SOCIAL with DJ Ray; Albion Pk Bowls; 5pm; Free

Sat 29 Feb:                 DWAYNE ELIX BAND – Bulli Workers;  7.30pm Free

Sat 29 Feb:                 THE TORNADOES – Warilla Bowls – 8pm;  Free

7 – 8 Mar:                   ROCK N VINTAGE ROLL FESTIVAL – Ryans Hotel Thirroul

Sun 22 Mar:               FOOTLOOSE ROCK N ROLL SOCIAL with DJ Ray; Albion Pk Bowls; 5pm; Free

27 – 29 Mar:               KURRI KURRI NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL

For a comprehensive weekly gig guide, check Janine’s Facebook page – Dancing the Gong!

SPECIAL FOR BEGINNERS 1 ROCK N ROLL or

BEGINNERS SWING LINDY:  JUST $25 FOR THE 5 WEEK COURSE!

A new five week courses start on the following dates:

DAY

DATE

VENUE

DETAILS

Monday

17 Feb

Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow

6.30 Beginners 1 Rock n Roll
7.30 Beginners  2B Rock n Roll
8.30 Intermediate A Rock n Roll

Wed

19 Feb

Albion Park Bowls

6.30 Beginners 1 Rock n Roll
7.30 Beginners  2B Rock n Roll
8.30 Intermediate A Rock n Roll

Thursday

20 Feb

Albion Park Bowls

7.00 Beginners Swing Lindy
8.00 Intermediate A Swing Lindy

ADULT CLASS PRICES (kids under 16 half price)

WEEKLY

PRICE

COURSE PRICE

ROCK N ROLL – Beginners 1; (one night/week)

$12.00

$25/5 week course

ROCK N ROLL (Beg 2, or Intermediate); (one night/week)

$12.00

$50/5 week course

SWING LINDY HOP – beginners

$12.00

$25/5 week course

SWING LINDY HOP Intermediate

$12.00

$50/5 week course

 

 

NOTE:  No refunds or transfers on 5 week course prices

That’s it for this month!  Hope to see you on the dance floor soon!

Sue & Geoff Routh

Footloose Rockers Dance Studio

Ph:  0410 483 560

Web:  www.footlooserockers.com.au

Email:  info@footlooserockers.com.au

Facebook:  @FootlooseRockers