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NEWSLETTER

FOOTLOOSE ROCKERS

AUGUST 2019 NEWSLETTER

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the August edition of our monthly newsletter.   We have quite a few things in the pipeline, so make sure you have a read!   

A huge thanks to everyone who came and celebrated at our Christmas in July Dinner Dance!  From all accounts, all 149 people thoroughly enjoyed themselves!  Thank you to the fantastic Rave On Rock n Roll band – they were on fire and had the dance floor full all night!  The food was delicious and it was an awesome night!   We can’t wait for the next one – which is our Christmas party!  It will be held on Saturday 7th Dec at the Frat Club, and the band is the fabulous JUKE BOX JIVE BAND! Tickets will go on sale in September.  Mark it in your diary and keep the date free! 

SPECIAL PRICE FOR BEGINNERS!  We are continuing our WINTER PROMOTION for the next course – the 5 week BEGINNERS 1 COURSE in either Rock n Roll or Modern Jive is JUST $25 per person – that’s just $5 a lesson!   Please tell all your friends and family about this fantastic deal!  Flyers can be found on the desk at classes.    

Please note that there will be No Beginners 1 Rock n Roll classes on Monday nights for this course as we are replacing it with a Cha Cha course (see details further on).  The only venue for Beginners 1 Rock n Roll is at the Albion Park Bowls Club on Wednesday nights. 

PLEASE NOTE – CHANGE OF VENUES!!   There are some big changes to teaching venues from 12th August to 22nd August as we are unable to use some of our regular venues.  There are two weeks where we can’t use both the Fraternity Club AND Port Kembla Collegians Club and have had to arrange alternative venues.  Following are the changes: 

MON 12 AUGUST:     NO LESSONS ANYWHERE

THUR 15 AUGUST:  ALL LESSONS TO BE HELD AT ALBION PARK BOWLS (not Pt Kembla)

MON 19 AUGUST:    ALL LESSONS TO BE HELD AT PT KEMBLA COLLEGIANS (not the Frat)

THURS 22 AUG:       ALL LESSONS TO BE HELD AT ALBION PARK BOWLS (not Pt Kembla) 

Please make sure you take note of these – See detailed timetable further on.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but unfortunately these changes are out of our control. 

NO LESSONS – There will be NO LESSONS ON MONDAY 12TH AUGUST as we are unable to use the Fraternity Club and are unable to arrange an alternative venue.  However you will still be able to attend your Rock n Roll class at Albion Park Bowls club for that week on Wednesday 14th August.    

CHA CHA COURSE –  We will be starting a 5 week CHA CHA COURSE on Monday nights starting on 19th August – see under CLASS INFORMATION for full details. 

ROCK N ROLL CRUISE!  We are doing a cruise on Port Hacking with a great Rock n Roll/Rockabilly band – THE BONNEVILLANS!   The date is 17th November – see all details under WHAT’S ON heading.  Don’t miss this one – it was fabulous last time we did it! 

FACEBOOK PAGE!  Don’t forget we have a Facebook page where we keep you up to date with what’s happening on a more regular basis.  So search the following:  @FootlooseRockers and click the “Like” button – and if you see a post from us, hit the LIKE button to make sure you see our future posts.   

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

  CLASS INFORMATION

Flyers with class details are available on the desk at classes so please take them home or to work and let your friends and family know about our classes, or if you would like one emailed to you, please let us know!  We appreciate the effort you put into bringing along new students so that we can keep our classes alive in the Illawarra!

ROCK N ROLL CLASSES

FIVE WEEK BEGINNERS 1 COURSE – JUST $25/5 weeks – that’s $5 per lesson!   Please let all your friends and family know about this fabulous offer!   (See complete timetable further on). 

IMPORTANT!  There will be NO BEGINNERS 1 ROCK N ROLL classes on Monday nights for the course commencing 19 August.  The only venue we will be doing Beginners 1 Rock n Roll classes is at the Albion Park Bowls Club on Wednesday nights.    

Commencement date for the new course is: 

  • WEEK 1 to 5 – WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST 2019 – Albion Park Bowling Club (Taylor Rd)

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

BEGINNERS 2 AND INTERMEDIATE CLASSES will go ahead as usual on Monday nights.  New course details: 

  • WEEK 1 – MON 19 AUGUST at Port Kembla Collegians Club

  • WEEKS 2 to 5 – MON 26 AUGUST to MON 16 SEPT – The Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow

      Class times:  6.30 – CHA CHA;  7.30 – Beginners 2B;  8.30 – Intermediate E 

CHA CHA COURSE

We are starting a 5 week CHA CHA Course at 6.30pm on Monday 19th August!  This course will start with the basics, then add on some great classy moves!  Please note that Week 1 will be held at Pt Kembla Collegians, but the remaining 4 weeks will be held at the FRATERNITY CLUB (from Monday 26 August) at 6.30pm.   

  • WEEK 1 – 6.30pm – MONDAY 19 AUGUST at Port Kembla Collegians Club

  • WEEKS 2 to 5 (from 26th August) we will be back at the Fraternity Club 

STEP ROCK / MODERN JIVE

New Beginners and Intermediate courses in Modern Jive Step Rock start on Thursday 22nd August.  If you wanted to give it a try, now is the time to do it – the Beginners course is JUST $25 FOR THE 5 WEEK COURSE.   

IMPORTANT!!   We are unable to use Port Kembla Collegians Club on 22nd August, so following are details

  • WEEK 1 – THURSDAY 22ND AUGUST – ALBION PARK BOWLS CLUB,

  • WEEKS 2 to 5 – PT KEMBLA COLLIES (from 29 August).  Please see detailed timetable further on.

          Times are:  6.30 – 7.30pm – Beginners;       7.30 – 8.30pm – Intermediate C 

SWING LINDY HOP DANCE CLASSES

We will be continuing our Intermediate Swing Lindy Hop classes, and the next Intermediate course starts on THURSDAY 22 AUGUST at Albion Park Bowls Club at 8.30pm, then will continue at Pt Kembla Collies from 29 August.   Please see detailed timetable further on.

WHAT’S ON!!

PORT HACKING ROCK N ROLL CRUISE

We are organising a Rock n Roll/Rockabilly cruise on beautiful Port Hacking (Cronulla area)!  It will be on Sunday 17th NOVEMBER, and the cost is $50 per person.  The price includes the 4 hour cruise, dancing to THE BONNEVILLANS Rock n Roll/Rockabilly band and a heap of finger food that lasts almost as long as the cruise!   The boat is licensed so you can purchase drinks (no BYO).  We did this cruise in February and everyone absolutely loved it.   

If you are keen on going, please put your name down on the desk at classes as soon as possible as I need to book it as they always sell out.    Payment as soon as you can please.   

SOCIAL DANCES with DJ RAY!

Our next Sunday social dance with DJ Ray is on Sunday 25th August.  These dances are a lot of fun and are held on the fourth Sunday of every month.   RAY plays all our favourite dance tunes including Rock n Roll, Line Dancing, Cha Cha, Swing, Step Rock and Rockabilly.  Please support these dances to ensure the club continues to put them on for us!

They are held at ALBION PARK BOWLING CLUB, Taylor Road, Albion Park.    The time is 5pm to 8.30pm, and they are FREE!!!   EVERYONE WELCOME – bring your family & friends! 

FUTURE DATES:   25 August;  22 September;   20 October. 

MELBOURNE CUP LUNCHEON

One of our students (Garry Rogers) is organising a Melbourne Cup Luncheon Fundraiser for ‘WINGS FOR KIDS’.   It will be on Tuesday 5th November and is being held at Penrith Paceway.  Tickets are $110 (or a table of 10 for $1000).  The price includes a 3 course sit down lunch, entertainment, auction, games and prizes for best dressed etc.    WINGS 4 KIDZ provides very sick kids with flights to help them receive the best possible care and treatment.   There’s a group of us going already, so if you’d like to come along, please let us know.  If we get enough interest, a bus will be organised to take us there and back (at additional cost). Tickets can be purchased by contacting Garry Rogers on 0418 219 707. 

DANCE NIGHT! 

Please note a change of phone number to book tickets for the dance at Bomaderry RSL on Saturday 10th August.  If you would like to book, the correct contact number is 0409 998 868.   There are two bands – Toni & the Rhythm Cats and Wes Pudsey & the Sonic Aces.  The cost is $20 and tickets are available on the above number.    There’s a group of Footloose going so when you book, tell them you’d like to sit with our group.   This event is being put on by the Born to Boogie Dance Studio. 

FUNDRAISER – ALBION PARK BOWLS

For those of you that have been to our venue at Albion Park Bowling Club, you’ll know that the dance floor is on the small size.   We have approached management to ask if they would consider increasing the size of it, and they are keen to get this done for us (they love having us there!).   It is currently going to the Board of Directors for final approval.   However, as the club is quite small and cannot afford to pay for it all, we have offered to have a fundraiser to help subsidise the cost – after all, it is for us!   Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime if you would like to start collecting items to donate for the raffles, prizes etc that would be amazing, or if you have any idea for games etc, please let us know.  The date we are looking at is Sat 2nd November, but this is yet to be confirmed.   More details to come in the next newsletter. 

TOWRADGI BEACH HOTEL MUSCLE CAR SHOW

The TB Hotel puts on this car show every year – there are Hot Rods, Custom Cars and there is also a great Rock n Roll/Rockabilly band – THE DETONATORS (from Victoria).   It’s on Sunday 15th September at the Towradgi Beach Hotel and entry is a gold coin donation to a local charity.   The Detonators are a fabulous band that we rarely see here, so make sure you come along and check them out.   This is always a great day.  It starts around 11.00am and goes until around 5pm.  The band should be on around 3ish.

OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND EVENT

On the long weekend in October, Margaret & Richard from Born to Boogie Dance Studio on the south coast are putting on a weekend of dance, music, dance workshops and also a Whale Watching Cruise.  There will be a social dance on Friday 4th Oct, a 40’s and 50’s Dance Night with the Mr James Band on Saturday 5th Oct at Bomaderry RSL, and a whale watching cruise on the Sunday.  Contact Margaret & Richard on 0409 998 868 or email born2boogie@live.com.au for more info. 

DANCE DEMO’S

KIAMA CAR SHOW – 8 SEPT

We have been asked to dance at a car show in Kiama on Sunday 8th September.  It will be held at Black Beach (in the park where the markets are held), and we’ll be dancing around midday.  Please note we’ll be dancing on grass, so wear appropriate shoes – like leather soles so that you can move freely on the grass.  There are usually over 200 hot rods and custom cars on display and it’s always a nice day!    Everyone welcome to join us – please wear either Footloose shirts or Rock n Roll dresses/outfits (any colour). 

RELAY FOR LIFE – 12 OCT

We have been asked to do a dance demonstration at this year’s Relay For Life in Beaton Park Wollongong.  It is being held on Saturday 12th October, and we will be dancing at 3.30pm for around 10 to 15 minutes.  Please note everyone is welcome to dance – we will be dancing freestyle to normal Rock n Roll songs (not doing routines).   Please wear Rock n Roll type dresses/skirts/outfits (any Colour).  Please let us know if you are able to make it.  

FESTIVALS

CHROMEFEST 2019

For those of you heading to Chromefest this year, there’s a group of us going to see a band on Saturday night 27th Oct.  Rusty Pinto and the Blue Flames (from W.A.) will be playing at Club Toukley.  Tickets are $16 each and you can order them with us or call Andrea on 0402 125 340 and tell her you want to sit with the Footloose group.  We have 20 going so far and a lot of tickets have already been sold.  There are also many free events throughout the weekend – pick up an event book when you get there.

Chromefest is a great Rock n Roll, Rockabilly and Swing festival that is held at THE ENTRANCE on the Central Coast of NSW.  The dates this year are 25TH – 27TH  October.  A large group of us attend every year.  There are fantastic bands, dance nights, hot rods and custom cars on display and heaps of retro market stalls.  The main attractions are held in the park right at the beach at The Entrance, and the local clubs all have bands and dance nights on.  The link for their web site is:  http://www.chromefest.org/  

TATHRA ROCKABILLY FESTIVAL

This festival is being held from 3 – 10 September at Frankie J Holden’s holiday park in Tathra.  There are bands, DJ’s, dance workshops etc.  More details can be found at https://www.tathrabeachside.com.au/events

ROCK N ROLL HOLIDAY

Our next group Rock n Roll holiday is to Europe and the UK in 2021!  We are doing a European River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam on the Rhine River, and also going to Sussex in England to attend the Rockabilly Rave Festival.  This festival has been going for over 20 years and is one of the biggest and best in Europe, and it features Rock n Roll and Rockabilly bands from all around the world!  This holiday will be in May/June 2021, so you have almost two years to save for it.  Full details on the holiday aren’t available just yet, as schedules for the River Cruise won’t be released until at least August.  But as a rough price guide, following are approximate costings for each option: 

Option 1:   6 Nights for the Rockabilly Rave festival – from $3,699;

Option 2:   14 nights on the European River cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam – from $9,499

Option 3:   23 nights includes both options above – approximately $13,000 

The Rock n Roll Travel Club are now taking “Expression of Interest” deposits of $50 per person.   So if you are interested in doing this holiday, it’s a good idea to get this deposit paid so that you secure your spot.  This deposit is fully refundable if you don’t end up going. 

Please note the above prices are estimates based on 2020 departures as itineraries and prices have not been released for 2021.   All enquiries to Rachael or Darryl at the Rock n Roll Travel Club on 1800 654 899. 

As always, everyone is welcome to join us on these holidays – even your non-dancing friends and relatives!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sun 4 Aug:                 MIDNIGHT DRIFTERS – Bulli Workers; Free;  2.30 pm

Sat 10 Aug:                Dance at Bomaderry RSL – Wes & the Sonic Aces; Toni & the Rhythm Cats;  $20

Sat 10 Aug:                Dance comp; Greyhound Club Yagoona;  $15

Fri 16 Aug:                 Westside Rockers dance; ROCKIN MUSTANGS; Master Builders; $10

Fri 16 Aug:                 LEMON SQUEEZIN DADDIES (swing band);  Club Windang; 7.30pm; Free

Sun 25 Aug:               FOOTLOOSE SOCIAL DANCE with DJ Ray;  Free!  Albion Park Bowls Club 5pm

Sun 8 Sept:                DANCE DEMO – Black Beach Kiama; 12 noon

Sun 15 Sept:              TOWRADGI BEACH HOTEL HOT ROD SHOW;  The Detonators Band;

Sun 22 Sept:              FOOTLOOSE SOCIAL DANCE with DJ Ray;  Free!  Albion Park Bowls Club 5pm

Sat 12 Oct:                 DANCE DEMO – Relay for Life;  3.30pm;  Beaton Park Wollongong

Tues 5 Nov:               MELBOURNE CUP LUNCHEON; Penrith Paceway

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

LESSON TIMETABLE – AUGUST 2019

DAY

DATE

VENUE

DETAILS

WEEK 5 – CURRENT COURSE

Monday

12 Aug

No lessons

NO LESSONS ANYWHERE

Attend lessons at Albion Park on Wednesday

 

Wed

14 Aug

Albion Park Bowls

WEEK 5  Rock n Roll course

6.30 Beg Rock n Roll

7.30 Beg 2 Rock n Roll

8.30 Int Rock n Roll

 

Thursday

15 Aug

Albion Park Bowls

WEEK 5 – Step Rock & Swing Lindy

6.30 Beg Step

7.30 Int Step

8.30 Int Swing

 

WEEK 1 – NEW COURSE

NOTE!!  There will be no Beginners 1 Rock n Roll classes on Monday nights for this course!
We will be teaching CHA CHA at the 6.30 time slot!

Monday

19 Aug

Port Kembla Collegians

NEW COURSE

6.30  CHA CHA

7.30 Beg 2 Rock n Roll

8.30 Int Rock n Roll

 

Wed

21 Aug

Albion Park Bowls

NEW ROCK N ROLL COURSE

6.30 Beg 1 Rock n Roll

7.30 Beg 2 Rock n Roll

8.30 Int Rock n Roll

 

Thursday

22 Aug

Albion Park Bowls

NEW STEP ROCK & SWING COURSE

6.30 Beg Step Rock Modern Jive

7.30 Int Step Rock Modern Jive

8.30 Int Swing Lindy

 

WEEK 2

Monday

26 Aug

The Fraternity Club

6.30  CHA CHA

7.30 Beg 2 Rock n Roll

8.30 Int Rock n Roll

 

Wed

28 Aug

Albion Park Bowls

6.30 Beg 1 Rock n Roll

7.30 Beg 2 Rock n Roll

8.30 Int Rock n Roll

 

Thursday

29 Aug

Port Kembla Collegians  

6.30 Beg Step Rock Modern Jive

7.30 Int Step Rock Modern Jive

8.30 Int Swing Lindy

 

FROM MONDAY 2ND SEPT, ALL LESSONS WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL (AS PER WEEK 2 ABOVE) UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED

ADULT CLASS PRICES (kids under 16 half price)

WEEKLY PRICE

COURSE PRICE

ROCK N ROLL – Beginners 1
or MODERN JIVE – Beginners

$12.00

$25/5 week course

ROCK N ROLL – Beginners 2 or Intermediate

$12.00

$50/5 week course

STEP ROCK MODERN JIVE
or SWING LINDY OR CHA CHA

$12.00

$50/5 week course

NOTE:  No refunds or transfers on 5 week course prices

That’s it for this month!

Sue & Geoff Routh

Footloose Rockers Dance Studio

Ph:  0410 483 560

Web:  www.footlooserockers.com.au

Email:  footlooserocks@optusnet.com.au

Facebook:  @FootlooseRockers