Balboa Explosion this September!

Tuesday nights are being transformed for the month September! Leading up to Slowdown, Savoy Dance is proud to be offering two whole hours of Balboa on a Tuesday night at the ANU Pavilion. Our regular resident teachers are proud to be offering 4 weeks of intermediate-pitched classes, and Jamie and Kathy and fresh back from Herrang and keen to share new material with Canberra – aimed at intermediate and adventurous dancers!

Starting Tuesday 30 August is your chance to get a bumper Balboa fix! Check out the Facebook event for all the details!


Tap classes are back!

That’s right! Back by popular demand, Jamie is running another Beginner Tap course and a Continuing Tap class for those who have completed the first course. All the details can be found under Classes – but the best bit is – they start this Saturday 28 May! We hope you can join in!

Tap is back!

Drop in any Saturday from 28 May – just don’t forget to email us so we have a tap board for you!

Tap classes – get in quick!

Tap with Jamies

Want to add rhythm and styling to your dance?! Tap dancing is great fitness and provides a fantastic foundation to allow more creativity and movement in your swing dancing. Tap has started to become a thing in the worldwide Swing Dance community, and we’re joining in.

Savoy Dance is excited to announce our ‘4 weeks of beginner Tap dance series! Come to all four classes or drop in any of the four Saturdays. Each class will comprise :
– 3 foundational tap steps
– a practice chorey using those steps
– 1 tap time step or speed step
– one quarter of the Leonard Reed tap shim sham from 1927, leading to the full SHIM SHAM over 4 weeks!
– one tap step substituted into a swingout, leading to a full-tap swingout variation over the 4 weeks

Dates and time: Saturdays 23 April, 30 April, 7 May and 14 May from 9:00-10:00 am.

Cost: $12.50 per class at the door, or with your Savoy Dance 6 visit pass.

Venue: Blue Room, ANU Sports Union, North Road ANU. Ask the room location at the Sports Union reception desk, or turn right to the end of the corridor and up the stairs.

If you don’t have taps, bring leather or other hard soled shoes. If you have taps bring them! If you’ve always wanted an excuse to buy tap shoes and this is it, see, cost $90 for womens and $110 for guys. There is a Bloch shop in the Canberra Centre Civic.

If you can already tap and just want to learn the Leonard Reed SHIM SHAM, join us in week 4 where we’ll review and dance the whole thing! Please email us to book if you’d like to join so we have a tap board for oyu. The more the merrier!

We are also looking to run a second 4 week beginner-intermediate class to follow on from this block. Come join in!

Launching Advanced Swing Lessons

By popular demand, Savoy Dance is incredibly excited to be adding a third, ADVANCED level swing class to our regular Wednesday night line-up! Starting Wednesday 6th April 2016, Advanced Swing will start at 8:30pm every week at the Griffin Centre, following Intermediate at 7:30 and Beginner at 6:30pm.

This class is designed to be challenging and rewarding and push dancers who have been taking level 3 lessons for at least 3 years, are comfortable dancing in and out of all styles of Charleston, are proficient in 6 and 8 beat Lindy Hop and may have had experience performing or competing. We will be rotating the teaching between 4 highly experienced teachers, all of whom have extensive teaching, performing and competing experience.

We are thrilled to be able to dance with our peers and we invite you to join in if the above sounds like it’s you!

The details:

Every Wednesday night, the Griffin Centre (Genge st Canberra City), 8.30-9.30pm, $15 at the door – class passes welcome.


Advanced Swing

Live Music Social Friday 1 April!

That’s no April Fool! Come join in our monthly social dance this Friday night 1 April. Don’t miss Canberra sensation Dan McLean and his talented friends as they kick start our weekend.

The essentials:

  • Friday 1 April 2016
  • 7pm start through til late
  • Kmotion Dance Studio, 54 Northbourne Ave Canberra City (upstairs)
  • $15 at the door
  • What to expect: Live music to boot, social dancing goodness, catch up with friends and meet new one, drinks available or BYO, relax in the lounge area or jump up for every song – set your own pace and begin your weekend with a buzz!

Join the event on Facebook and let us know you’re coming. Spread the word and we look forward to seeing you for a swinging great time!



JitterBlast – now offered on Thursday mornings!

G’day dancers, aerobics fans, and those who like to start your day with some fun upbeat exercise. If you are yet to try JitterBlast, then we invite you to come along any Thursday through March and jump into a class.

JitterBlast Fitness uses high-energy moves from Swing dances likes Lindy Hop and Charleston, with some classic hollywood dance moves thrown in. If you’ve thoughts about trying a Les Mills gym class, or just like good ol’ fashioned aerobics dancing… then you’ll love JitterBlast!

Thursday mornings through March 2016
ANU Sports & Recreation Centre, North Road, Canberra

What to wear: Comfy gym clothes, runners or supportive shoes, some water and a towel.
Who can come: Everyone! Come solo, or bring a group friends! No partner or previous dance experience required – just your willingness to have fun!
What can I expect: The class will explore three styles of 1920s and 30s jazz dancing, broken down into steps, then put together into sequences, which is danced at a slow, medium and fast tempos.

We are offering a 5 week introductory course on Thursday mornings from Thursday 10th March through to Thursday 7th April, so head down to the ANU Sport gym and sign up for 5 classes for just $50 – or pay $10 per class at the door!

We create a friendly group environment welcome to all ages, genders and fitness levels! Come join in this new dance fitness class sure to make you sweat and smile!


Swing your way into 2016!

Welcome back to another year of swing dancing with us! We’re incredibly excited to be re-commencing swing classes this Wednesday 3rd February, at the new start time of 6.30pm. Our dream is to introduce as many people to swing dancing as possible, so it’s a great opportunity to grab a friend, and come and loose yourself for an hour while we keep your feet moving and your faces smiling.

Come and join us at the first classes back – 6.30pm for anyone who has been dancing less than 6 months, and 7.30pm for seasoned dancers.

Griffin Centre, Genge Street, Canberra City. Classes $15 or $11 for students/seniors.

Classes Start back 3 Feb 2016

Join us for our first Christmas Celebration!

Friday 4 December, 7.30pm, Griffin Centre, Genge street Canberra

We invite you to celebrate the beginning of the festive season and dance the night away with good friends and great live music. Please join us for the last swinging night of 2015 and to celebrate our inaugural year. We would like to thank YOU for supporting this new venture in Canberra and hope we can keep you swinging in the new year. Our dear friend and talented trumpeter Dan McLean will be entertaining us with his fabulous musicians throughout the night, and there will be nibbles on hand to go with your tipple 🙂 Spread the word – all are welcome!

Tickets $20 available at the door. Please feel free to register your attendance on the event page.



Introducing Blues Waltz – every Monday in November

Following on from the beautiful slow dancing taught and experienced at Slowdown, we’re thrilled to be offering a course on Blues Waltz – a Blues inspired take on the beautiful traditional Viennese waltz.

Taught by local Blues Waltz enthusiasts Jamie and Cathie, you can be guaranteed to master the waltz steps with the Blues styling across our course of lessons.

The important details:

* 7.00 – 8.00pm weekly during November
* The Griffin Centre, Genge street Canberra City, followed by optional cocktails at Hippo Co. Bar, Garema Place
* Drinks and nibbles available from the bar
* Special ‘post Slowdown’ price of $10 per class

Come to one class – or join them all! No partner or previous dancing experience required.


Blues Waltz

Lindy Hop classes commencing Saturday at ANU!

Dancers in motion

Starting this Saturday 26 September, we’re offering an exciting six week block of swing classes – designed to get you partner dancing and having great fun in no time! No partner or experience required, just bring yourself and we’ll get you moving!

This class will be perfect for people who have never danced & for all those gagging to learn this 8 beat rhythm. Also, a great opportunity for people wanting refine their moves before moving into a Level 2 class. This will run as a course, however drop in attendees are welcome. It will progress each week. Starting this Saturday, you can take your first steps to Swingin’ Out!!

Essentials are:

Starting Saturday 26 September, 6 classes (no class 17 October)
ANU Sports Union, upstairs in studio 1
Cost $10 for students, $13 for ANU gym members, $16 for general


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