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NEWSLETTER

FOOTLOOSE ROCKERS

MAY 2022 NEWSLETTER

Hi everyone! 

Welcome to the MAY edition of our Newsletter!  There are a few things coming up this month, so have a read of the following, as there are some things you don’t want to miss out on. 

IMPORTANT –  for the next 3 weeks, all Monday night classes will be held at ILLAWARRA LEAGUES CLUB.   The dates are Monday 2nd, 9th and 16th MAY – see below for full details. 

Class numbers are slowly improving, so we’d like to thank everyone for your support.  We’ve had quite a few new Beginners starting this course, so that’s encouraging.    We’re starting a new course  MONDAY 23 MAY at ILLAWARRA LEAGUES CLUB, 97 Church St, Wollongong, and WEDNESDAY 25 MAY at ALBION PARK BOWLING CLUB, Taylor Rd, Albion Park

The Port Hacking cruise that 33 of us did on 24th April was a fantastic day, so we’re organising another group to go on the next one on 15th May.   Check out the details below – everyone welcome!

IMPORTANT CLASS INFORMATION!

Please note that we are trialing a new venue for our Monday night dance lessons, so all MONDAY NIGHT CLASSES will be held in the upstairs auditorium at the ILLAWARRA LEAGUES CLUB, 97 CHURCH STREET, WOLLONGONG on the following dates

Monday 2nd May;        Monday 9th May;       Monday 16th May

This means that there’ll be no lessons at the Fraternity Club for the above 3 Monday nights. We hope that you’ll come along to this great new venue and let us know what you think!  There’s plenty of street parking and also in the car park opposite the club, and there’s a huge dance floor that we think will be great for our lessons.

NOTE:   CLASSES AT ALBION PARK BOWLING CLUB on Wednesday nights will not be affected by this change, and will go ahead as normal.

NEXT FIVE WEEK COURSE INFORMATION

New 5 week courses are starting in mid-May, and the commencement dates are:
 

MONDAY 23RD MAY – ILLAWARRA LEAGUES CLUB, 97 Church St, Wollongong (opposite McCabe Park)

WEDNESDAY 25TH MAY – Albion Park Bowling Club (Taylor Rd)
 

Timetable for both venues:

6.30 – 7.25pm – BEGINNERS LEVEL 1 ROCK N ROLL

7.30 – 8.25pm – BEGINNERS LEVEL 2 ROCK N ROLL

8.30 – 9.25pm – INTERMEDIATE ROCK N ROLL

We have also gone back to the old system where you can do two classes per week – i.e. pay $13 (or use your pass) on the Monday night, and it’s only $5 to attend classes on the Wednesday night in the same week.   You can also do as many classes per night as you like for the one cost – so for example, Intermediate students can repeat the Level 2 classes for free, and Level 2 students can repeat Beginners Level 1 for free.  

There’s no need to book in – just turn up, and SINGLES ARE WELCOME, so if you don’t have a partner, that’s fine!   We rotate people without partners – and of course couples can stay together.  The cost is $13 per person, or a 5-lesson pass is $60 or a 10-lesson pass is $110.00 and you can use the pass for any group lesson for a period of 12 months from the purchase date.  

PORT HACKING CRUISE – SUNDAY 15 MAY! 

The cruise that we did on the 24th April was fantastic, so we’re organising another one – so if you missed out on the last one, this is your chance to cruise on the beautiful Port Hacking with the fantastic band THE BONNEVILLIANS playing!
 
33 of us had a wonderful time on the last one – the weather was perfect and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!  The date for the next one is Sunday 15th May.   So if you’d like to come, let us know soon so that we can book tickets.

The cost is $60 per person and that includes the 4 hour cruise, dancing to the band and finger food.  We’ll need full payment by 10th MAY.  It leaves Tonkin Street Wharf in Cronulla at 2pm and returns at 6pm.  The boat is fully licensed and has a well-stocked bar.                     

LIVE ROCK N ROLL BANDS IN THE ‘GONG!

The next ROCKIN FRIDAY dance at the ILLAWARRA LEAGUES CLUB (Church St, Wollongong) is on FRIDAY 13TH MAY, and the band is REV IT UP.   The time is 7.30 to 11.00pm and the cost is $10 per person paid at the door.   These dances are held once a month.   There’s a huge dance floor and a great bistro!   Please support these events to help keep live bands happening in Wollongong.     Everyone welcome!  These dances are privately run events by Trevor from the Matchbox band, so if you would like any further information, please call him on 0415 923 227.    


FREE SUNDAY SOCIAL DANCES

Our next Sunday afternoon Rock n Roll dance is on SUNDAY 22ND MAY.   These dances are held once a month at Albion Park Bowling Club (Taylor Rd, Albion Park) and they are hosted by DJ Ray – and they are FREE!    Ray plays a huge selection of Rock n Roll, Rockabilly, Swing, Cha Cha and Waltz songs to keep you on the dance floor!   The time is 5.00 pm until 8.30pm.  The club pays for the DJ, so try and support these dances so that the club continues to put them on!   There’s a really good bistro and a big dance floor.  Everyone welcome!    Future dates are:

SUNDAY 22ND MAY;   SUNDAY 19TH JUNE;   SUNDAY 17TH JULY;   SUNDAY 21ST AUGUST  


SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS SHAKEDOWN

A fantastic band – WES & THE SONIC ACES are playing in Berrima on SATURDAY 14TH MAY from 2 to 6pm.  It’s being held in the Schmokin’ Cafe, 1 Market Place, Berrima.  They play a range of rockabilly and jump blues.   We went last year, and it was a great day – you can sit in the street outside the cafe (take your own picnic chairs) or you can book inside the cafe (bookings are recommended).  But the band plays at the side of the cafe on a deck so sitting in the side street is the best way to see them.  There’ll be hot rods and bikes on display.  


ROCK N ROLL FESTIVALS

There are a few big Rock n Roll Festivals coming up, and here’s a summary of the most popular ones:

8 – 12 June – Cooly Rocks On at Coolangatta Qld.  This is a huge festival and well worth going.  Includes a big range of Rock n Roll, Swing and Rockabilly bands, retro market stalls and huge vintage car show.

29 – 31 July – Greazefest is a Rockabilly festival held in Cleveland (near Brisbane) Queensland.  This one has a heap of Rockabilly bands, retro stalls, car show etc.

21 – 23 October – Chromefest is held at The Entrance of the Central Coast and is a great event.  Includes dance nights, dancing and bands in the park, car show and retro market stalls. 


WESTSIDE ROCKERS DANCES

Westside Rockers hold a monthly dance at City Diggers Club, Cnr Burelli & Church Streets, Wollongong and the next one is on FRIDAY 20th MAY, and the band this month is THE SHUFFLE BOYS.   Entry is $10, and time is 8pm to 11.30pm.   If you are planning on having dinner there, it’s advisable to book on 4228 8522.  Following are the dates and bands for the rest of this year:

Friday 20th May – The Shuffle Boys
Friday 17th June – Matchbox
Friday 15th July – Rockin’ Mustangs
Friday 19th August – Rockhoppers


DANCE DATES:

Here’s a summary of what’s happening around the Illawarra in May!

Friday 13 May:        Rockin’ Friday dance – band is REV IT UP;  Illawarra Leagues;  $10;  7.30 to 11pm
Saturday 14 May:    Wes & the Sonic Aces – Schmokin’ Cafe, Berrima; 
Sunday 15 May:      Port Hacking Cruise – band is BONNEVILLIANS;  $60
Friday 20 May:        Westside Rockers dance – band is the SHUFFLE BOYS; $10;  8pm – 11.30pm
Sunday 22 May:      DJ RAY social dance at Albion Park Bowling Club;  FREE!   5 to 8.30pm

That’s it for this month.  Take care, and we hope see you soon! 

Sue & Geoff Routh

Footloose Rockers Dance Studio
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