Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kat is back - more workshops for 10th November

We have enough people interested to justify bringing Katrina Branson back to do three more workshops on Saturday 10th November.  The venue will be at the Turner Bowling Club in McCaughey St in Turner (TBC). 
The first workshop will start at 1:30pm and review and build on the unique levels idea that Katrina introduced in last week’s workshops. 
(I noticed on Tuesday how much this concept has added to people’s ability to change up ordinary moves into something different and exciting without overly stressing the brain of the Leader!  Thanks Kat!  Many of us needed those techniques and our teachers will be reinforcing this technique at class in upcoming Intermediate lessons.)
The second and third workshops will focus on Whips.  WS2 will be Whip Theory – how to add stretch and spring to your whips.
WS3 is a BYO Whip session (where B stands for ‘Build’).  This is exciting stuff that will really enhance your dance.
Cost is $39 for 1 workshop, $75 for two workshops and $109 for all three.  Please book through Eventbrite to make things easier administratively.  Bookings open 31 October 2012 at 8pm.  We will absorb the Eventbrite fees for this set of workshops.  http://katisback.eventbrite.com.au
Bookings close Wednesday 8th November at midnight.  See the contact details below for late bookings.  You can pay at the door but this attracts a $5 admin fee.
We will look for a venue we can “invade” for a dance.  Hopefully we will find good live band.  Your suggestions are most welcome!  If we cannot find a suitable band, we may arrange a BBQ and private dance.  You are welcome to join us for a PAYG dinner also at a place to be announced.
Contact mark@audacitydance.com.au or further information or leave a message at (02) 61616159

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 2012 News

Visiting US Pro

We are super excited to tell you that US West Coast Swing Pro Katrina Branson will be in Canberra from Tuesday 23rd October to Sunday the 28th October.  Katrina will be teaching our Tuesday Class and be available all week for private lessons.  There will be workshops on the Saturday and Sunday as well as a Dinner Dance on the Saturday night. 
Katrina is a gorgeous person and one awesome dancer.  Check her out with her regular partner in 2011 - Micheale Kielbasa in this Youtube clip - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQW0di5WLVI

Free private lesson

We plan to give away a free private lesson with Katrina to one of our lucky students.  You just need to be at class for 3 out of the next 6 weeks to get 1 chance, 4 from 6 for 2 chances and 5 from 6 to get 3 chances! 
I highly recommend you consider booking a private lesson with Katrina.  At $100, you will get a solid hour of dance instruction from one of the best in the business.  There will be limited lessons available so you need to book in early.  We will refund you the cost if you win the free private lesson. 

Next Dinner Dance and workshops

Our next Dinner Dance and workshops will be held the weekend of the 27th/28th October with Katrina leading the workshops.  I am searching for a venue for the Dinner Dance on the Saturday night.  I should finalise a location this week.  I will work with Katrina to make the workshops suitable for a range of Beginner through to Intermediate level dancers. 

Tickets to all events will be on Eventbrite to simplify administration.  Several of the top Sydney dancers plan to attend this event so expect a great night out!

10% discount for all our regulars who supported us over Winter

As a big thankyou to those who supported us over the Winter period, you may have a 10% discount on any of the Katrina Branson workshops or the Dinner Dance price.  That is 10% after any earlybird or final pricing.  Thank you for supporting us!

Volunteer needed!

Audacity Dance wants to grow WCS in Canberra and we need your help to do so.  I would like to recruit a social club coordinator to organise Friday night dances.  Any volunteers?  (You can bet it comes with a sweetener!)

Mark& Karolina

Friday, August 24, 2012

Free Dance class in Canberra this Tuesday 28 Aug

Hi to all you WCS dancers.

Our next free Audacity WCS class will be on the Tuesday 28th August at 7pm at the White Eagle Club in O’Connor.  Invite your friends to come along and give WCS a whirl.  If they come along Tuesday 28/8 they will be offered an extra special Beginner’s discount for our next Tuesday night Beginner term that starts on the 4th September.  Normally, 12 weeks would set them back $169 but this Tuesday - well you have to be there to find out!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

News at 25 July 2012

GDS Dance competition this Saturday

Local dance studio - GDS is having their annual dance competition and Ball this coming weekend.  On Friday night, there will be a welcome dance party for interstate guests at the Griffith Community Hall starting at 7pm.  Cost is $5.  Teachers from Audacity will be there to enjoy some WCS.

Big Bang Routine

Learning a routine is one of the best ways for improving your West Coast Swing.  We plan to teach the routine over two Saturdays commencing 4 August.  Cost is $90 per person with an $80 earlybird offer to 31 July.  Email karolina@audacitydance.com.au for details.

Upcoming Dance Competitions

Interested in attending some of the professional dance competitions in Australia or New Zealand?  Then register your interest in going to the Australian Open WCS Championships in October.  We might even attempt to get across to the NZ Open.  We have flyers for you at class with all the accommodation and cost details.

Salasabor Term

Our Beginner class at Salsabor started last Monday night.  If you would like to join the cass, you can still start on the 30th July for the remainder of the term.  Contact Raquel at Salsabor.

Audacity Beginner term - starts 4 September

Our next Tuesday night Beginner term will start on the 4th September.  Our curriculum runs over 12 weeks.  We have a special for Beginners - 8 classes for $99.  Contact us via email - info@audacitydance.com.au

Like a free Dance Class

Our next free Audacity WCS class will be on the Tuesday 28th August at 7pm at the White Eagle Club in O’Connor.  It is free for all new customers who would like to sample a class.

Like a free class for your sporting group, school or social club?  Email info@audacitydance.com.au to discuss our availability.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

News Update 20/6/2012

This week’s news :
  • Everyone is primed for this weekend (23rd June) for the Winter Solstice Winery Tour, Workshops and Dinner Dance
  • Register your interest in going to the Australian Open WCS Championships in October
  • Monday night mid term break from 9th July.
  • Free class at Salsabor on 12th July 6:30pm
  • Next Audacity Dance term at Salsabor starts 23 July
  • Next Stomp - "To Russia with Love" has a Latin theme
Our Winter Solstice Workshops, Winery Tour and Dinner Dance is organised and ready to take off!  Workshop venue is the Turner Bowling Club, McCaughey St, Turner.  Restaurant venue Zen Yai Thai, 111 London Circuit from 7pm followed by the Dance Party at Salsabor studio, 11 - 13 East Row, Canberra from 9pm.  Tickets still available to the Dance Party at the door.

Anyone interested in a weekend away in Melbourne in October?  We want to get 10 Audacity dancers to travel there with us.  If you register your interest, I will keep a watch out for cheap airfares and a hotel location where we can all decamp and party.  We will have special, low cost sessions to work on technique, style, etc if we get more than 8 registering interest.  We will do this at least monthly on a Saturday or Sunday for an hour or so. 

The Australian Open WCS championship is on the weekend of the 19th – 21st October.  There are event Earlybird tickets available until June 30th.  You don’t have to enter the comps.  It is a great event to just be a spectator and go sightseeing inbetween events.  Cost can be kept right down if you have relatives in Melbourne.  We can also seek billets if you are cash strapped.  There are seven top US Pros booked for the event conducting 8 WCS workshops!  Pick up a flyer at class. Here is the registration link - http://australianopenwcs.com.au/register-now/

Steps to take:

  1. Let me know if you want to be on the watch list for cheap airfares and accommodation
  2. Register at the above link (save $40 if you do it by 30 June 2012)
  3. Start saving $40 a week to cover most of your expenses
Our Monday night class at Salsabor will stop for a mid term break on the 9th July.  The next term starts on the 23rd July.  When you register, please advise that you have been referred to the class by Mark from Audacity Dance.

The next Stomp charity dance is on the 11th August at the historic Albert Hall with the theme being - "To Russia with Love".  Main dance style will be Latin!  Interested?  Then purchase your tickets here.

Monday, June 4, 2012

June News - no Blues

Reward for those Continuing Level students who support us in the Beginner level

We have a number of Continuing Level students who support our new Beginners by attending the 7:15pm class and joining in as Leads and Follows.  On several occasions, new students have expressed their appreciation that the more experienced dancers still come along to make the transition to WCS an enjoyable experience.  Your smiles and support are appreciated.  The reverse is also true where our more experienced dancers have told us how rewarding the experience is to see brand new starters with smiles and laughter and dance moves coming together after a few short weeks.  Keep it up folks!

Wine Tour details – 23rd June – new discount offer ($40 discount ends 9th June!)

We have decided to make a few changes to the Wine Tour.  We have decided to bring the Dinner Dance back into Canberra so that means the Winery Tour will return back to the ACT by 6pm.  This will give everyone 90 minutes to get ready for the Dinner Dance.  We still aim to visit 4 wineries and will be entertained by live music and dancing at our first stop.  The Wine Tour includes lunch as well as tastings at 4 wineries and a lesson in WCS Steals!  For those of you not in the know, wineries charge between $5 and $10 for tastings.  Our price for the Winery Tour on its own is $100 but as a special incentive, we are offering 10 stand alone tickets to join the Bus tour for $60 if purchased by 9th June (this Saturday).  Here is the link – the discount will be applied immediately.  http://audacitywintersolstice.eventbrite.com/?discount=EB040

Dinner Dance changes – join us at the Kurrajong for a sumptuous 3 course meal and dancing

We decided to bring the Dinner Dance back to the Kurrajong Hotel based on the great reviews of the venue and the food package.  We have chosen the 3 course menu option this time around and the raw cost to us is $75.  That makes the standalone discounted ticket to the Dinner Dance at $80 exceptional value for money.  The Kurrajong has that authentic 1930s decor, fireplaces, and great floor for dancing.  We have a DJ organised for the night and displays of WCS, Latin, Balboa and maybe some other styles.  Here is the link with the discount applied immediately.  http://audacitywintersolstice.eventbrite.com/?discount=EB010

Combined Wine Tour and Dinner Dance - $50 discount till 9th June – numbers limited!

In order to reflect the above changes, we are now offering a one-off earlybird discount of $50 on the combined Winery Tour and Dinner Dance.  This also applies to the first 10 purchases and the offer expires on the 9th June – this Saturday.  Be very, very quick!  Here is the link with the discount applied.  http://audacitywintersolstice.eventbrite.com/?discount=EB050

Workshop content

Saturday morning workshop - Fun Syncopations Sunday workshop 1 - Essential Elements and Walk the Line Sunday workshop 2 - Styling Your Dance to the Music Sunday workshop 3 - It’s all about accents - hitting musical breaks.  Earlybird discounts apply as does discounts for 2 or more workshops.  Read the description at this link and apply the relevant discount code at the base of the page to apply the discount.  http://audacitywintersolstice.eventbrite.com.au/

October Continuing Level focus – Reversing Spins

We are always looking to improve our teaching.  During the month of October we will be focussing on Reversing Spins.  This is a neat dance variation to enhance your Intermediate level WCS.  We have also varied the content of our Beginner level class so we can start a new batch of students on the first Tuesday of every month.  Please tell your friends and acquaintances.  And don’t forget, you get a free class when you introduce a new person to WCS.

CMJ WCS Championships this Long Weekend

The CMJ WCS championships are on in Sydney in Dee Why this Sunday.  This is the link to the relevant web page.  http://ceroc.com.au/events/championships.php

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

News at 22 May 2012

Winter Solstice Winery Tour, Workshops and Dinner Dance

Keep the 23rd June free for the Wine Tour, Workshops and Dinner Dance.  Our guest teachers are Nathan Toussaint and Deanna Rolfe, both exciting dancers from Sydney.  In fact, Deanna took out first place at Swingsation last weekend with Charles Gil in the Jack and Jill event.

Deanna is renowned for her musicality and Nathan for the smoothness in his WCS.  All the details of the workshops and the dinner dance can be found on the Audacity website here.  We are also offering discounts of up to $50 for local residents to the Canberra region and $100 to interstate guests.  The discount structure can be accessed up to the 9th June here.  


Dance party this Sunday 27th May at 3pm

Come along and join us for cappucino, tea and cake and plenty of dancing this Sunday at the Turner Bowling Club at 3pm.  Karolina has promised to teach everyone the Michael Jackson Moonwalk.  Kids are welcome.  Non-dancing spouses can relax with a beer or wine and read the paper in the afternoon sun or enjoy the pokies.  We will unveil our new routine to “The Big Bang” by Rock Mafia.  All profits go towards subsidising the Winter Solstice Winery Tour.


Karolina, Mark, Emily, Robert and Russ all made it to Swingsation on the Gold Coast - what a hoot!  Truly fellow dancers, going to an event like this where there are 200 WCS dancers really improves your dancing.  The next major event to consider is the CMJ West Coast Swing championships in Sydney on the 10th June.  There is a comp during the day and plenty of social dancing that evening.  It will be well worth the trip.

Swing Diego

Speaking of big events, Mark is back from Swing Diego - what a blast!  There were 1800 dancers at this event starting on the Thursday and running through to Monday morning!  Workshops started every day at 10, competitions late afternoon and into the evening and dancing till dawn!  My feet were worn out but I tell you, the long hours of travel and cost were well worth it.  Why not come with Karolina and I next year?  Start saving.

Whilst in the US, Mark did a two day intensive with the matriarch of West Coast Swing, Skippy Blair.  It was an honour to meet Skippy.  She is 88, knows dancing inside out and is showing few signs of slowing down.

Salsabor rocks to beat of West Coast Swing

Kaz and I have been teaching a Monday class at Salsabor for the last few weeks and all I can say is you guys rock.  What a fantastic bunch of people, keen to learn WCS and having lots of fun doing it.  I hope we can continue our relationship with Salsabor.  Raquel and Andrea love dance first and foremeost and you can see it in their product and the quality of their students.

Next Learn to Dance in a Day workshop announced

We are planning our next 4 hour LTDIAD workshop for the 17th June - venue permitting.  Tickets will be available soon via Eventbrite.  Make sure you refer your friends or interested associates.  We want to grow WCS in Canberra and really establish it as a force in this city.

Cheers and happy dancing till next time

Mark and Karolina

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Anzac Day News

Learn to Dance in a Day course - CANCELLED. 

Yes - sorry folks.  But Mark forgot he has to attend a christening! in Sydney on Sunday.  We willtry and reconvene in a few weeks.  If you have been affected, please dropm Mark a line at mark@audacitydance.com.au

Dance Week Demo

We will be demonstrating WCS at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets this Saturday, 28/4 at 12:30pm.  Why not come along and support us, hand out a few pamphletts and generally encourage people to learn to dance.  Tell your friends to come along and see what the fuss is!

Audacity Dance to be represented at Swing Diego!

Yesiree.  We will have another overseas trip for Marko.  Good luck fella.

New class on Mondays at Salsabor

The lovely Raquel and Andrea at Salsabor have allowed us to run a Monday night, 12 week Learn to Dance WCS program at their studios on East Row in Civic starting at 7:10pm on the 29th April.  Get there at or before 7 to register for the 12 week program.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Milestones, Birthdays, Events and Winter classes

First Canberran to reach Intermediate Level in WCS

Someone had to have the honour of being the first in Canberra to qualify at the Intermediate level of WCS as per the World Swing Dance Council - and I am very proud to blab that it is my wife, dance partner and love of my life Karolina.  Her 3rd at the Seattle Easter Swing Jack and Jill championships rocketed her well past the qualifying point for Intermediate.  This is a testimony to her desire to learn from every workshop, professional and event we have attended over the last two years and to her desire to be the best she can be.

Birthday Bash and Dance party Saturday 21st April

So - who’s having a birthday bash and dance party on Saturday 21 April 2012?  None other than the inimitable and highly regarded Mr. Dave Ritchie!  It is a significant milestone folks - well worth the celebration.  Dave has invited all the Audacity crew to a dinner dance at the Southern Cross Yacht Club.  Dave only wants your presence - no presents by royal decree!  Cost is $36 per head for entree and main course.  Please email sarah.ritchie@ato.gov.au if you would like to celebrate with this marvellously generous human being.

This is an Audacity Dance sanctioned WCS dance event :-)

Speaking of Dinner Parties . . .

Are you going on the Winter Solstice Winery Tour and Dinner Dance?  It is on the 23rd of June and we need indicative numbers for four options:

Will you be attending workshops on the Saturday (pre-winery tour)
Will you go on the winery tour and stay for the Dinner Dance?
Will you attend the Dinner Dance?
Will you attend WCS workshops on the Sunday with Nathan and Deanna?

Please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HJSHK5C and vote.

Whilst you are there voting . . .

We would like your opinion as to whether we should bring the Beginner/Intro to WCS classes forward to 6:15pm over Winter?  Intermediate would start around 7:30pm to 8:30pm with an hour or so of social dancing afterwards.

Please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HJSHK5C to vote.

Thanks everyone.  Hope to see you all at dancing very soon!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Classes resume 12 April 2012

Classes resume Thursday 12 April at Tuggeranong following our lightning truip to Seattle Easter Swing.  All classes are back to normal next week.

Karolina - what a champ.  She came 3rd out of over 100 entrants in the WCS Novice Competition Jack and Jill event.  Kaz is now our first Intermediate Follow to graduate from Canberra.  Woohoo!

Karolina and Mark also got to the finals of the Strictly Competition (no place) and Mark in the Masters Jack and Jill.

See you all at class.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Audacity Dance Classes over Easter

Tomorrow – Tuesday 3rd April 2012 – normal class at Turner starting at 7:15pm.  Please come along to say good luck to Mark and Karolina in Seattle Easter Swing this weekend!  They need some practice with people of ALL levels before we go!  So please come along and help out.

BUT - Holy (Easter) Thursday 5th April – no class in Tuggeranong.  Tuesday after Easter – no class at Turner

Normal classes resume on Thursday 12th April 2012.  And remember – if you attend all Tuesday OR all Thursday classes over April and May, you go into the draw for a free ticket on the Winter Solstice Winery Bus Tour on 23 June 2012!  This prize is valued at over $80. 

Happy Easter to you all

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Announcements including details of Winter Solstice Wine Tour and Dinner Dance

Karolina, Russell and Mark just got back from the Terry Roseborough workshops in Sydney.  Terry was flown out from Texas by West Coast Swing Australia.  There were 5 workshops in all and a great dance party.  It was well worth the travel to be taught by one of the best!

Speaking of the Best . . .
We will do our best to bring top flight Australian WCS talent to Canberra and our next set of workshops will coincide with the Winter Solstice Wine Tour and Dinner Dance.  More on that below - but first, let me tell you about our

Workshop and Afternoon Tea Dance this Sunday 25 March 2012:
If you have just finished the 8 week Intro to WCS course, what should you do next?  Firstly – we offer you the opportunity to move up to the Continuing level class.  You can purchase a 6 class pass (with 10 week expiry date) at the discount rate of $70 (normally $90) but it does come with a condition.  Firstly, you must work through (attend) the 7:15 Introductory material again to really consolidate what you have learnt over the last 8 weeks.  This is important because WCS Foundation techniques require consolidation to give your partner (Lead or Follow) the most enjoyable dance experience.  Secondly, you need to attend the Continuing Level Workshop this Sunday, or dance with Karolina or Mark at class to assess your technique in the essentials (see dot points below) before you move up.

Those of you who have just finished the 8 week intro to WCS course should do your best to attend the Continuing Level Workshop this coming Sunday. 

This coming Sunday 2pm – 4pm is the workshop that will prepare you for moving up to the Continuing level class.  It runs from 2pm to 4pm and is priced at $40.  We will cover:

·         Know your Basics – quick review of the 12 Basics
·         WCS Continuing Essentials
·         Footwork exercises
·         Elasticity exercises
·         Anchoring exercises
·         Spinning Techniques
·         Inside Turns
·         Outside Turns
·         Syncopations
·         Body flight
·         Starting the Dance
·         Passes at the Continuing Level
·         Whips at the Continuing Level
·         Tucks and Push Breaks at the Continuing Level

Enjoy a free glass of champers at the end of the course (or for that matter a soft drink, or a beer or wine).  Entry to the workshop gives you free access to the Afternoon Tea dance which includes tea, coffee, cappuccino, cake, etc.

Afternoon Tea Dance – 4pm to 6pm this coming Sunday
$10 entry fee, all proceeds towards the bust trip component of the June 2012 Audacity Winter Solstice Winery Tour and Dinner Dance.  What could be better?  Afternoon Tea dance, good company, a cuppa and cake – or if you so desire – a beverage or two!  Join us at the Southern Cross Turner Bowling Club this Sunday. 

Winter Solstice Wine Tour and Dinner Dance.
And speaking of the winery tour – we are pleased to announce the guest teachers for the Saturday and Sunday workshops.  Nathan Toussaint and his Deanna Rolfe will be in Canberra on the 23rd and 24th of June to run workshops as well as be the guests at our Winter Solstice Wine Tour and Dinner Dance.  These two are well known across the dance spectrum being champion WCS, Salsa, Lindy Hop, Modern Jive dancers and teachers in their respective genres. 

Nathan and Deanna

See anyone else you know?

We are yet to finalise the intricate details of the event, but it will be fun, warm, dry and plenty of fine food, wine and dance for you to enjoy.  Tou can help us keep costs down by attending our Sunday Afternoon Tea dances.

Here are some pictures of the location.

Great floor for dancing - heat pump and wood fire!

Excellent food + good wines = great times

Lake George Winery at Collector

Looking to the Vineyard at Lake George Winery, Collector

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 2012 News

Interview with Jordan Frisbee
I have provided a link to an interview with world champion - Jordan Frisbee discussing “What is West Coast Swing”.  I think anyone new to the dance will be interested in Jordan's perspective.  he is one of our favourite professional dancers.  Frisbee Interview

Next Beginner Courses
Our next Intro to WCS course starts 20th March 2012 in Turner and 29th March in Tuggeranong!  We will be switching to the latest teaching techniques used by US champions Kyle Redd and Sarah Van Drake.  This technique emphasises the pattern based nature of WCS.  The curriculum emphasises the two basic rhythm patterns and six essential techniques for WCS over 8 weeks.  Students who grasp the essentials can then move up to our continuing level class.

Introduce a friend and get a free class!  Also - it is in your interests to attend both the Beginner and Continuing classes.  You get to go over the essentials of WCS and concentrate on your technique.  You meet new students and your encouragement and smiling face helps them overcome their trepidation of learning something foreign - and we greatly appreciate it!

Progression to Continuing Level Workshop - 25/3 @ 2pm
Speaking of Continuing level class - we will run a Progression to Continuing Level workshop on 25th March between 2pm and 4pm at the Southern Cross Bowling Club in Turner.  The cost is $40 and this includes entry to the Afternoon Tea Dance, a glass of champers and tea, coffee and cake!  We will review the Beginner level moves, show you the essential differences that allow you to become a "Continuing" level student, give you confidence to attend the Continuing level classes, introduce you the simple ways we get beyond WCS Basic moves.  Celebrate with a free champers afterwards!  This is guaranteed to be fun with a capital F!

We haven't made this workshop compulsory for New Starters - but you would be mad to miss it!

Sunday Arvo Tea Dance - 25/3 @ 4pm
On the very same day, straight after the workshop, we will have a WCS Sunday afternoon tea dance starting at 4pm with cakes, tea and coffee supplied.  It will be free for Workshop attendees and $10 for everyone else.  All the profit from the workshop will be returned to students via the great Audacity Canberra Winery Tour - see below.

Canberra Region Winery Tour and Dinner Dance - 23 June
The Audacity Dinner Dance with Allan and Holly Skinner was a great success and we want to follow this up with something equally audacious.  We are negotiating with two top Australian WCS champions to come to Canberra in June.  We plan to take our students on a Canberra Region Winery Tour and Dinner Dance.  In order to keep costs down, we plan to throw all the proceeds from the next three Sunday Afternoon Tea dances into a pot to reduce the overall cost to you! 

So - keep the 23rd of June free and attend the Afternoon Tea Dance on 25th March.  You will be benefitting yourself and your fellow students and getting in plenty of practice.

Attend all classes in April and win a free place on the Winery Tour!
If you attend every class in April (at either Turner or Tuggeranong), we will put you in the draw for a free ticket to the Winery Tour and Dinner Dance.  Value in excess of $100.

Half price class offer - only during April
Want some extra dance practice during April?  Use your class pass or pay for a Tuesday class at Turner, and get into the Tuggeranong class two days later for half price.  Pay for a Thursday class and get into the following Tuesday class at Turner for half price. 

Routine to Big Big Bang
We are now perfecting our new Beginner routine to the song - The Big Big Bang by the Rock Mafia.  We aim to demonstrate this at class by early April.  There is a link on the audacity web site to the song on YouTube - song starts about 56” into video.Link to Big Big Bang

Learning from the Pros
Audacity Dance will be represented at Seattle Easter Swing! Go team!  A few of us are also heading down to Sydney to attend Terry’s WCS Downunder Tour!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Consolidate your Basics and Dance Party

In preparation for the Allan and Holly Workshops, we have booked the Turner Bowling Club from 3pm to 5pm on Sunday 19th February.  We will drill you on the basic moves between 3pm and 4pm - Whips, Tucks, Passes and Push Breaks.  You need these moves to be at the workshop!

Get these moves right and you can dance WCS with anyone!

We will follow the "drill session" with general dancing for an hour (or until you are all tired)!  :-)

This session is suitable for anyone who has done 4 to 5 weeks of classes and who would like to do either the Holly and Allan workshops or just attend the Saturday 25/2/12 dinner dance ($65) or dance party ($15) at the Kurrajong Hotel.  http://audacityweekender.eventbrite.com.au/

Cost - $10 at the door covers hall hire and 1 hour lesson and drills and 1 hour dance party.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Classes start 22 February (Wednesdays) at the ANU Sport and Rec

The ANU Sport and Rec have asked us to teach a West Coast Swing class at the ANU on Wednesdays. the format will be lesson from 8pm to 9pm followed by social dancing to 9:30pm. We will run our 8 week Intro to WCS course followed by a Transition to Continuing Student course over the last few weeks of semester.

The courses start 22 February 2012 so get there by 7:50pm to find the studio.

There is a map to the dance studio on our web site.

New Beginner Routine Feb 2012

We have almost finished our new Beginner Routine to the song The Big Bang by the Rock Mafia. We are sure you will love it.

Learning a routine is a great way to enhance your dance skills and improve in one or two very quick jumps. Look out for details of when it will be taught in class!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Well done Audacity Students at Best of the Best

NewComers Dave Ritchie, Catherine Zealand and Reiner Pope all performed exceptionally well at Best of the Best. karolina, Mark and Russell all competed with Karolina making the Finals in Jack and Jill and with Mark in Strictly Swing. Russell showed us all what a fantastic DJ he was and a fierce competitor in his events.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Tea a Success

We had a great turnup at the Sunday Afternoon Tea at the Southern Cross Club. DJ Russ was AWESOME and the dancing was pretty much the same. There will be reegular dance parties all year, so look out for the dates.

We need a good Social Club organiser to get some Friday night outings arranged. Looking for a volunteer :-)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Special for the next 4 Days

We have a Living Social deal going for the next 4 days for new customers only. So send the details through to your friends and get them to ring me on 61616159 for all the details.

Here is our blurb:

If you on a dance floor equals the stuff nightmares are made of, there's no time like the present to change your wallflower ways. Prepare to dazzle on the d-floor thanks to Audacity Dance. Just $29 will get you four weeks of West Coast swing dance classes (value $70). This social style of swing dance pairs you with a variety of partners and is traditionally danced to pop, slower swing, blues and R&B music. You've got two locations to choose from, Turner and Tuggeranong, with one lesson offered at each location per week. Plus it's a good excuse to nail three New Years resolutions in one - make some new friends, get some exercise and have a laugh! Plus there's no need to worry if you've got two left feet - classes are perfect for all ages and abilities. Muster up the courage, it's time to take to the floor

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Afternoon Tea Dance 22 January 2012

To kick start West Coast Swing in Canberra for 2012 we are hosting an Afternoon Tea dance. This will give you the opportunity to catch up with a few people clear out the dance cobs webs... not to mention start losing those festive kilos.... that’s our plan!! An hour of WCS = 400 calories :-)

The event will start with a half hour beginner lesson, so invite people who you know want to give WCS or dancing in general a go before classes start on the following Tuesday.

Nibbles, tea and coffee and cappuccino will be provided. The bar at the club will be open for you to purchase soft drinks and alcohol. Peoples with birthdays in January, February and March are asked to bring a plate and get a discounted entry.

The Details:
Date: Sunday 22nd January
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Venue: Southern Cross Turner Bowling Club (McCaughey St, Turner)
Cost: Only $10 per person

Feel free to forward this email to others.

This event is also on Facebook. If you are on Facebook we invite you to join the Audacity Dance group by following this link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/153776564640678/. On this page you will be kept up to date about what’s happening with West Coast Swing around the country.

Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 - January Newsletter

First term start date - 24 January 2012
We resume on 24th January at the Polish club with our first 8 week term of Introduction to WCS fundamentals at the Polish Club starting 24th January. Looking forward to seeing everybody refreshed after the Xmas break.

Start swinging in the Valley on 2nd February
We have booked the Tuggeranong Community Centre for 2012 on Thursdays and we will start with an 8 week Intro to WCS Fundamentals course on the opening night of 2/2/12.  We will have a 30 minute Continuing class (lower level Intermediate) pending numbers and follow that with social dancing.

WCS Workshops in February
We are absolutely chuffed to tell you that Raw Connection’s Allan and Holly Skinner will be here running workshops and performing at Stomp on February 25th 2012.  Karolina and I have seen their latest routine and it has won all the major competitions around Australia – it is dynamite!  Alan and Holly will do a range of Beginner and Intermediate WCS workshops for us.  Each workshop is designed to build into the next whilst still remaining a stand alone workshop.  So keep the weekend free and invite all your friends to start learning WCS and fast track their progress with the workshops.  Check out their winning Australian Open WCS routine at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-p7KT4VORg