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NEWSLETTER

FOOTLOOSE ROCKERS

JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

Happy New Year everyone!  We hope Santa was good to you and that you’ve had a fantastic holiday season celebrating with family and friends! 

It’s 2019 – Who can believe it was 19 years ago that we were worried about what would happen when the year 2000 ticked over and would possibly crash our computers!  It seems the older we get, the quicker the years are flying by.  So the motto here is to get out and enjoy life while you can.  A fabulous quote that I’ve always loved is “We can’t always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it!”  

NEW!!  We are doing another workshop in STEP ROCK (Modern Jive/Ceroc)!  It will be held on Monday 14th January at the Frat at 7pm – see further on for full details.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY MON 28TH JANUARY – Please note that all lessons will be going ahead as normal on Monday 28th January at the Fraternity Club, even though it is a public holiday (same times as usual).

A great Rock n Roll & Rockabilly Band is playing at the Towradgi Beach Hotel (Wollongong area) this Sunday 13th January at 3.30pm.  These guys are great – we’ve had them at many of our social dances!  There’s a timber dance floor there now so should be a good afternoon!

It’s back to normal classes soon and I for one will be grateful to work off some of those extra kilo’s put on over Christmas!  We are starting new 5 week ROCK N ROLL courses on Monday 21st January and Thursday 24th Jan, and a new SWING LINDY course on Wednesday 23rd Jan.  See timetable further on for full details.

If you know of anyone who is bored or lonely or just wants to get out and do something different, why not tell them about our classes – for example, your neighbours, work colleagues, family and friends.  A lot of people are just waiting for an opportunity to meet new people and learn something new – and learning to dance is the perfect way to do it.  Around 80% of all our new students indicate they heard about Footloose from their friends or family, so we’d like to thank everyone for spreading the word and keeping our dance classes going!  

We have Loyalty cards!  They work just like a coffee club card – so 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 now and bring them along with you!  Pick up your loyalty card from the desk at classes, and let us know who you brought along and we’ll click your card (1 person equals 1 click).

SAVE THE DATE!  We’ve booked the Fraternity Club for our Christmas Party again this year as it’s such a fabulous venue for our events – so keep Saturday 7th December free!  The band is the one and only JUKE BOX JIVE – they’ve been playing the Rock n Roll scene for over 25 years.  So put the date in your diary now!

We’d like to wish each and every one of you a very happy, safe, healthy and a prosperous 2019, and we look forward to seeing you back at classes soon! 

Now read on for all that’s happening at Footloose!

GENERAL NEWS

DANCE WORKSHOP

We are doing another STEP ROCK (Modern Jive/Ceroc) dance workshop on MONDAY 14TH JANUARY at the Fraternity Club in Fairy Meadow.  We ran a STEP ROCK workshop in December and it was extremely popular with nearly 60 people attending.  So here’s your chance to give it a try or add some more moves to your repertoire!   This is a one-off workshop before we start our normal classes on 21st Jan.

Please Note:  You don’t need to have attended the first workshop or have experience in this style to come to this one as we will be teaching different moves to those that we taught at our first workshop.  However if you did the first one, make sure you come along to add some more great moves to the first routine we taught! 

Everyone welcome!  The workshop will run for 2 ¼ hours with a 15 minute break in the middle.  We’ll teach you a variety of moves to do and put them into a routine, which will fast track your ability to dance this style.

The workshop will run from 7 to 9.15pm.  Cost is $18/person for the 2 ¼ hours.  

WHAT IS STEP ROCK?  It’s a dance style done to modern music and is basically constant walking.  The foot pattern is quite different from Rock n Roll.   This is a great style to learn for when you are at a dance or party and there is modern music playing.

SPECIAL PACKAGE DEAL PRICE

For those of you who are wanting to do both Rock n Roll and Swing Lindy classes, we are offering a SPECIAL PACKAGE DEAL to make it more economical for you.  Following is the price to do both styles.  Please note this price is available for all levels, so for example, if you are a Beginner in Swing and Intermediate in Rock n Roll, that’s fine!  This offer is valid for the courses week commencing 21st January 2019.  

Rock n Roll (one night per week) plus Swing Lindy             $85.00 for both 5 week courses

LEARN TO DANCE DVD’S – ON SALE NOW!

We are continuing our special on our sets of Learn to Rock n Roll and Learn to Rockabilly DVD’s!  This is the best time to buy them as they are only on sale until 31st January 2019.

  • Set of 5 Learn to Rock n Roll DVD’s – JUST $120.00 for the set

(Normally $160 – a saving of $40!) 

  • Set of 4 Learn to Rockabilly DVD’s – JUST $100.00 for the set!

(Normally $130 – a saving of $30)

Our Rock n Roll set consists of 5 DVD’s (Beginners 1, 2 & Int A, B & C) with 16 moves on each one, and our set of four Rockabilly DVD’s (Beg, Int A, B & C) have 12 moves on each DVD! 

All moves are taught the same way as they would be in classes, so these are great for practicing at home!  It’s just like having a private lesson in your own home, and you can go over and over each move until you master it.   Every move is taught from different angles showing the leads, hand holds, steps, along with close-ups of footwork for both the man and lady.  All moves are marked in chapters to make it easier for you to find individual moves.

Please note these Specials are not available on our web page, and can only be purchased at classes, or by contacting Sue on 0410 483 560.  Postage is $10/set or $15 for both sets (within Australia only).

CLASS INFORMATION

ROCK N ROLL CLASSES

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

  • MONDAY 21st JANUARY 2019 – The Fraternity Club (Fairy Meadow), and

  • THURSDAY 24TH JANUARY 2019 – Pt Kembla Collegians Leagues Club

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

SWING LINDY HOP DANCE CLASSES

The next 5 week Swing Lindy Hop course starts as follows:

  • WEDNESDAY 23RD JANUARY 2019, at ALBION PARK BOWLS CLUB

Class times:   Beginners 7pm to 8pm;  Intermediate 8pm to 9pm

WHAT’S ON!!

SYDNEY ROCK N ROLL MARKETS

The next Sydney Rock n Roll Alternative Market is on Sunday 24th February.  These markets are held in and around the grounds of the Manning Bar at the Sydney University and are on from 10.00 am until 5pm.  There’s a great dance floor in the Manning Bar and they have a variety of rockabilly bands.  There are also heaps of retro market stalls and hot rods on display.  Cost is $6 before 12 noon ($8 after 12).  It’s worth a trip to Sydney for these markets that are held every second month. 

KATOOMBA LADY LUCK FESTIVAL

There’s a great Rockabilly/Swing/Rock n Roll festival held in Katoomba at the Carrington Hotel on 19th January, and it’s free.  It’s called the Lady Luck Festival, and there are bands, burlesque shows, dance performances and hot rods on display and retro market stalls.  Here’s the link if you want to check it out:  https://www.thecarrington.com.au/whats-on-events/lady-luck-festival/

ROCK N VINTAGE ROLL FESTIVAL THIRROUL

This great local festival will be held this year on Sunday 10th March at Ryan’s Hotel in Thirroul.  The bands are Kitty Martini and Bad Luck Kitty, and there’ll also be retro market stalls and  vintage cars on display.  Entry is $5.  Starts at 10.00 am and goes until late afternoon.  Always a great festival!

KURRI KURRI NOSTALGIA FESTIVAL

This year the annual Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival will be held on the weekend of 30 – 31st March and is 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/

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sunday 13th Jan:   No Brakes at Towradgi Beach Hotel;  Free;  3.30pm

Friday 18th Jan:      Midnight Drifters – Master Builders Club; Westside Rockers dance; $10; 8pm

Sat 19th Jan:           Lady Luck Festival Katoomba

Mon 21st Jan:         New Rock n Roll Course starts at the Frat Club

Wed 23rd Jan:         New Swing Lindy Course starts at Albion Park Bowls

Thurs 24th Jan:      New Rock n Roll Course starts at Pt Kembla Collegians Club

Sat 26th Jan:           Midnight Drifters  Bulli Workers;  Free;  7.30pm

 

Friday 8th Feb:       Steve Edmonds Blues Quartet – Kiama Bowls;  free

Sat 16th Feb:          Johnny & the Easyriders – Bulli Workers;  Free;  7.30pm

Sun 17th Feb:        Midnight Drifters – Bulli Workers – Free; 2.30pm

Sun 24th Feb:        Sydney Rock n Roll Markets

GROUP ROCK N ROLL HOLIDAYS

EASTERN CARRIBEAN CRUISE, LAS VEGAS, MIAMI, HAWAII!

We already have a group of 34 booked on our next group holiday, so if you are thinking of joining us, you need to be quick!   For those of you who don’t know, we host holidays on behalf of the Rock n Roll Travel Club.  We’ve been doing this now for over ten years and have travelled to some wonderful destinations and made some fantastic new friends.  The beauty of these holidays is that when travelling with our group, you’ll always have people around you that you know – this is a great benefit particularly if you don’t feel secure while travelling on your own, or you don’t know people or you are single.  We have people from all around Australia book on our holidays and you’ll quickly get to know everyone.  All our holidays are organised by the professional staff at the RnR Travel Club, which is a subsidiary of The Travel Agent at Caloundra (Qld).  The idea is for a group of people with like-minded interests (i.e. Rock n Roll dancing) traveling together and enjoying other fun-loving people’s company!    

You don’t have to do the whole holiday – there are 3 different options for you to choose from, so you can do all of it or any part of it.   The departure date is 4th April 2019.

We are heading to Las Vegas for a week for the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly & Rock n Roll festival (which is one of the biggest Rock n Roll festivals in the world), we are also doing a 10 night Eastern Caribbean cruise with ports at Martinique, Barbados, Antigua, St Thomas & St Kitts, and also spending 3 days in Miami, with the option of stopping in Hawaii on the way home!   Ask for a flyer at the desk at classes, or we can email it to you. 

If you have any queries or would like to book call Rachael or Darryl at the Rock n Roll Travel Club on 1800 654 899.   We’d love you to join us on what promises to be a fantastic holiday!  Everyone is welcome to join us!

 NEXT 5 WEEK COURSE TIMETABLE

  COURSE STARTS VENUE TIME STYLE
MON: 21 JAN Fraternity Club 6.30 – 7.30 Beginners 1 Rock n Roll
      7.30 – 8.25 Beginners 2B Rock n Roll
      8.30 – 9.30 Intermediate G Rock n Roll
WED: 23 JAN Albion Pk Bowls 7.00 – 8.00 Beginners Swing Lindy
      8.00 – 9.00 Intermediate E Swing Lindy
THURS 24 JAN Pt Kembla Collegians 6.30 – 7.30 Beginners 1 Rock n Roll
      7.30 – 8.25 Beginners 2B Rock n Roll
      8.30 – 9.30 Intermediate G  Rock n Roll

 

ADULT CLASS PRICES (kids under 16 half price)

  WEEKLY PRICE COURSE PRICE per person
BEGINNERS ROCK N ROLL $12.00 $50/5 week course
ROCK N ROLL – BEG 2 & INT(one night/week) $12.00 $50/5 week course
SWING LINDY HOP – Beginners $12.00 $50/5 week course
SWING LINDY HOP – Intermediate $12.00

$50/5 week course

SPECIAL PACKAGE PRICE for both 5 week Rock n Roll & Swing Lindy courses N/A

$85/person for both  courses

 

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