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Half Yearly News

Half Yearly News

Welcome on board to all our new students who have joined us since our last news update.

There will be some interruptions this month to some of our classes so please take note of your venue dates below and please follow us on Facebook for all our daily updates.

Is this your first time at BSS Dance? Please take some time to look through our website and facebook pages and familiarise yourself with our dance studio. Where to Learn? – Lessons page is updated every week so please do check for any last minute changes. For quick updates you may also visit our Facebook Page. Link here

In memoriam
It has been a very sad week when we learned the passing of Jenny Costenoble. Jenny was a regular at Plumpton Neighbourhood Centre and I had the pleasure to get to know her through the RocknRoll Class and this year through the Swing Class. Always smiling and a genuinely, beautiful lady. She loved her dancing and dance family and introduced us to some wonderful people. Our condolences to the family and Alex. Her smile and light will definitely be missed. Also a special Thank you to those who came along to the Shim Sham last Thursday. These photos were taken at our recent Prom Night. RIP

What’s New??
We have been approached by Club Toukley to teach in their auditorium on a Tuesday night and we have taken up their offer.

The Club has a history with RocknRoll dancing and we look forward to working in with them to bring dancing back to this great venue.

We will be bringing back the childrens classes at 6.15pm and continue with the same schedule RocknRoll/Rockabilly 7pm and Swing at 8pm. We do hope you support the move as it is a very rare occasion that a club approaches a dance school.

Disruption to Classes
We apologise for any inconvenience caused to the disruptions of classes in the next few weeks. Please read dates below carefully to see when we are open.
Here are the dates we will be open.
Concord Wed 7 & 14 June class as normal
Gosford Wed 14 through to 28 June Intermediate rocknroll class only
Plumpton Thurs 15 and 22 June Intermediate rocknroll class only
Gallipolli Mon 17 and 26 June All levels Rockabilly only
Emu Plains & Camden back on Monday 3 July
Please visit Lessons pages for all updates here

007 Christmas in July
We still have 3 tables left so if you haven’t got your tickets get in now and join us for a double header with the fabulous Jive Bombers and rocking Hellcat III. Our popular resident Dj Vinnie will be playing your favourite tunes and a performance by the Sydney Swing Katz.

We will also have a student participation for the Shim Sham in memory of Jenny Costenoble. So brush up your shim sham between now and then.
Central Coast Leagues Club Parkview Room
Collecting for Coast Shelter – any non perishable goods, clothing, toiletries, toys, Manchester etc please bring along on the night and place in boxes provided.
Sat 29 July 7pm Tickets $25 Purchase tickets online here

NSW State Titles
Quick reminder entries for the NSW State Titles close 15 July. Please note after this date all late enries will incur a late fee of $15 per event. Entries may be emailed to
Spectactor Tickets are available now online at this link

Reminder to those who have perpetual trophies to please return them prior to the competition day or please contact me to make other arrangements.
Sat 12 August Parramatta RSL
For full details Please check link

Shout out !
Moving 4 Health – Looking for a physio?? We can highly recommend Liz Stride for the job. Like her on facebook message and give her a call to book your next appointment. Specialising in exercise physiology, prevention and management of chronic disease and injuries. A dancers best friend!

Please visit our Staff Page for Bio on Lizzy Stride here
Lizzy Stride Tel 0432 864 279 Facebook page link

Swing Katz Workshop #2 & Medals Night – Due to the success of the Central Coast Swing Katz Workshop and Medals Night we are pleased to announce that both these events will be coming later in the year. We are looking towards November. Details coming soon. Please email me your interest.

Congratulations to our medalists! Tony & Jannette Rock, Tammy Kajewski, Ben Rowe, Abigail Aber, Jody Renshaw and Serah Williams.

NEW Course Dates for JULY– Bring your friends – complete BEGINNERS
Emu Plains & Camden Monday 3 July
Concord Wednesday  5 July
Club Toukley Tuesday 25 July NEW VENUE replacing Toowoon Bay
Gosford Wednesday 19 July
First timers first lesson free
Please visit Lessons page for full timetable

End of Year Christmas Party Fairy Tale Theme
We are so excited to announce THE LINCOLNS from South Australia as our band for this years End of Year Christmas bash. This is an event not to be missed. Our theme is Fairy Tales.  So start preparing your outfits. More details to come.
Friday 8 December Parramatta RSL

If you see it in your mind you can hold it in your hand – Matt Haigh

From the Team at Blue Suede Shoes Dance

MAY is Frankie Month

to all the new students who have joined us since our last news update.
Jump onto our website at your leisure and get familiar with the site.
We post our News bi-monthly May -July –Sept- Nov.
Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for all your daily class and events update.
Like our Page here

Is this your first time at BSS Dance? The Gig Guide is updated every Wednesday and all previous Newsletters are kept in the archives and can be read at your leisure.
Where to Learn? – Lessons page is updated every week so please do check for any last minute changes. For quick updates you may also visit our Facebook Page.

We have a jam packed Edition this month.  So please sit back grab a cuppa and diary and read on!!!!

Introducing Kristal Forestieri who is no stranger to Blue Suede Shoes Dance School. Kristal came to us at the age of 11 to our Blacktown Studio and was there from the
beginning when Frankie Manning visited Australia. Kristal’s strengths lie in the competition and performance area. Having assisted in teaching with me personally in Sydney I am thrilled to have her part of our team. Kristal has won many dance championships and is strong in all styles Lindy Hop, Slow Swing, RocknRoll and Rockabilly. Krystal is literally a breath of fresh air and has a wonderful disposition and warmth that I’m confident everyone will fall in love with as we all have.

Secondly welcoming Ben Row to our team. Ben has been a familiar face at Blue Suede Shoes over the last 2 years in our Newcastle and Central Coast area. Right from the word go Ben has been an ambassador for our dance studio, infact he is a walking advertisement. He is passionate and enthusiastic and willing to learn and help whenever the occasion
arises. His strength is Rockabilly and RocknRoll and he has a love for Swing dancing which in the last 12 months has become a big part of his curriculum. Ben has a terrific attitude to life and is friendly and welcoming to all our students. An asset to our team.

Thank you to everyone for your overwhelming response we exceed our limit and everyones co-operation with the upfront payment has made registrations efficient and easy for Sunday.  Just pop in 11.45am bring your shoes, hand towel, deodorant, etc.
There is a water cooler at the hall, off street car parking available.

What’s happening in May
Fri 5 Gallipoli Legions Club Hellcat III $15 at the door
9 May Mayfield West classes move to Gallipoli Legions Club
Sat 13 1950s Prom Dance Telarah Bowling Club Mescalero with Mavis and DJ
Sat 20 Magoo Charity RocknRoll Night Long Jetty Hall 7pm
Sat 21 Blast from the Past Toronto Foreshore
Wed 24 Telarah Bowling Club – Medals Night at 8.15pm $35 medal fee – entries close 11 May please send your form with payment by then. PLEASE NOTE there will be no classes at Gosford on Wed 24 May.
Sat 27 West Leagues Tamworth Grizzy & Yvonne Wedding
Central Coast, Newcastle and Plumpton Swing Classes will have a Frankie Flavour

Have you got your tickets?
Double Header Jive Bombers & Hellcat III at Central Coast Leagues Club Gosford
Sat 29 July 7pm start $25
This years charity once again is Coast Shelter Gosford.
We will be collecting clothing, perishables, toiletries and Manchester on the night. Cash donations will also be accepted and receipted.
There are 8 tables remaining.
Please email to book your seat or visit our shop

The secret is out! This year there has been an elephant in the room at Mayfield West Bowling Club with the positioning of the billiard table and we have been collaborating with the manager at Gallipoli Legions club for the last 2 months to move our classes in May to the upstairs lounge area for intermediate and downstairs area for beginners. It is situated in the heart of the vibrant, bustling suburb of Hamilton next door to the station only 6km away from Mayfield West Bowlo. The club supports bands and dancers and has weekly entertainment. We would recommend to join the club and support their upcoming gigs as it is a struggle to find new venues and management that support our sport.
5/3 Beaumont Street Hamilton
Please spread the word classes will move to the Legions Club from Monday 9 May.
See Lessons Page for timetable

Swing Vs Rockabilly month at Gallipoli Legions
MAY is Frankie Month, Shim sham, Frankie Favourites
Katoomba 4 week Swing Course starting 16 May
Camden RSL & Emu Plains–RocknRoll & Swing courses continue
Plumpton – RocknRoll, Rockabilly & Swing continues, Kids classes back 27 April
Concord –Swing & Rocknroll continues
Camden RSL Thurs – Samba continues then May 18 Waltz begins
Gosford & Toowoon Bay – New Beginners welcomed Week 1 and 2.
PLEASE NOTE there will be no classes at Gosford on Wed 24 May
SOCIALS – Gallipoli Legions Club Every Thursday

Entry forms now available and close on 15 July. Please read our FAQ for a short review. There will be no late entries on the day this year.
Please visit link for all details and like our Facebook page for all updates.
FAQ attached. Payment can be made via our online shop.
Register here

is now open for the NSW State Titles. If you have an expression of interest please email me for the form. The Sponsorship starts at $140 for one event and you may choose the event from our Events List. Larger sponsorships are also available.


On Sale Now with Hellcat III Fri 27 October at The Entrance Leagues club. Family friendly, dance floor, bar, bistro and car park available. 70% sold already.
Link below for online tickets or you may arrange to pick up at class simply by ordering via email. Out of town guests may pick on the night or arrange to have posted.
Buy Tickets here


We are excited to announce MESCALERO as the support band for the Chromefest Sockhop.!
Table seating has been SOLD OUT. There are only standing room tickets available.
Buy tickets here

Feedback Please
Please take a minute to give us your Feedback and Reviews on Google. With the current climate of social media and decline of old fashioned advertising we build our business of word of mouth and reviews. We appreciate your time.

Fees & Incentives
We are happy to keep our fees at 2010 prices once again for this first term.
Purchase our Class Passes and save money this month
$50 for 4 Lesson Passes
$100 for 8 Lesson Passes
$15 pay as you go except for Camden & Emu Plains $10
$10 for children’s pay as you go or $90 for 10 weeks

The Surprises are still coming… keep your eyes peeled in our July Newsletter to find out who our interstate band is for this years end of year Christmas Party and our theme!!!

Courtesy Call
Please pick up the phone and give us a call, email or text if you are unable to attend class.
If you have booked a private lesson and cancel on the day of the lesson a cancellation fee of $33 is charged and is payable.
Unfortunately we need to pass on the overhead costs.

The first thing to get motivated – START!

Happy Reading Guys and Gals
See you somewhere on the dance floor 
Anna and Justin


Autumn News

Firstly welcome to all our new students who have joined us since our last news update.

Is this your first time at BSS Dance?
Pop in and browse through our website at your leisure.  We post our News bi-monthly and the next issues are as follows:
May July Sept Nov
Lessons page is updated every week so please do check for any last minute changes.
For faster and more efficient updates you may also like to visit our Facebook Page.
So relax and check out what’s in this issue.

This issue….
NEW Course Details
Seniors Week  1st March – 7th March selected Venues
1950S Prom Tickets on Sale Now
Christmas In July James Bond Theme Double Header Returns
NSW State Titles Entry forms available NOW
Chromefest NEWS – Si Cranstoun Sockhop!!!!!

Seniors Week Special Rate 1-7 March
Conditions apply – special offer for March, offer available to Seniors with Senior Cards offer limited to one free pass per person in Week 1.  Available at Gosford,Plumpton, Mayfield West, Toowoon Bay.
Seniors Week Save copy

March Offer Free Lesson Referral
For the month of March – Pick up one of our business cards place your name on the back and when your Refer a Friend and you will receive a Free Lesson.
Free Lessons Marketing

We promised it was going to be a BIG YEAR!
We are excited to announce Blue Suede Shoes will be part of Chromefest 2017 and will be hosting 2 events – the Friday night Bop & Chromefest Sockhop.
Trust me you will want to read on for the secret is out and you won’t want to miss this!
Please read details below and get in early to avoid disappointment.

Our Website has been updated and we now accept online payments through the website for your convenience.  All event tickets, DVDs and dance lesson passes, term passes etc can be done from the comfort of your home.  This facility will be in operation from 4 March.
Please note all tickets incur a processing fee online.
Click Here to Buy Tickets BUY


Have you booked your seat? Tickets on sale now for the RocknRoll 50s Prom to be held at Telarah Bowling club on Saturday 13 May with Mescalero and Dj Vinnie.
Mescalero are renowned for their experience and will be performing a great mix of RocknRoll and Swing.
Tickets $20 Adults and $10 Children
Please note all tickets purchased online incur a processing fee. (+ $1.50 processing fee)
Spectacular performance by the Sydney Swing Katz and prizes for best dressed and King & Queen of the Prom!
Prom 2017 Small

TICKET SALES have been received well for this years Christmas in July which will be held at Central Coast Leagues Club with another double header followed by last years success.
Jive Bombers and Hellcat III along with Dj Vinnie and the Swing Katz will be performing.  All welcomed please spread the news and invite your friends and lets have some fun – dress in theme.
Our chosen charity once again is Coast Shelter Gosford. We will be collecting clothing, non perishables, toiletries and manchester on the night. Cash donations will also be
accepted and receipted.
Adults $25 Children $10 + $1.50 processing fee online
Bond Coast Shelter Poster

Please visit this link for more details and like our Facebook page.

We are seeking Sponsorship for the NSW STATE TITLE.  If you wish to be a Sponsor please email for your Sponsorship form and details.
The championship relies on the Sponsorships program each year to promote the event and continue its success. Click here for updates and like our Facebook page
competitor numbers

KATOOMBA 28 Feb 4 week RocknRoll Couse and 28 March 4 week Swing course
CAMDEN RSL & EMU PLAINS – 20 March New RocknRoll & Swing courses
Plumpton – New RocknRoll and Cha Cha and Beginners Swing courses
Plumpton – Children Lessons 5.30pm
Concord – 22 March New Swing/Lindy Hop Beginners Course
SOCIALS –29 March  Hoe Down at GOSFORD & 30 March  PLUMPTON Social
Don’t forget to sign up by emailing us
Full details on Lessons page click here
BSS Courses March

Sshhh…..…… you’re the first to know!

You have asked for more dance events and large dance floors.  This year in conjunction with Chromefest we will be hosting the following 2 events below. Please get in early as
tickets are limited and Payment must accompany your booking.  Tickets will not be held
without payment.

FRIDAY NIGHT BOP – The Entrance Leagues Club Auditorium
Fri 27 October Tickets $15
with Hellcat III. Dance Floor and seating available and car park.

CHROMEFEST SOCKHOP – Mingara Recreation Club Auditorium
Sat 28 October Tickets $45 + $1.50 processing fee
Special International guest Si Cranstoun with Dj Gav Bean
First appearance at Chromefest for Si Cranstoun
Tickets on Sale 2nd March
VISIT this link for all updates and details as they come to hand Click
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Fees & Incentives
We are happy to keep our fees at 2010 prices once again for this term.
Purchase our Class Passes and save money this month
$50 for 4 Lesson Passes
Usually $100 for 8 Lesson Passes this month $95 Special introductory
$15 pay as you at all venues go except for Camden & Emu Plains $10
$10 for children pay as you go or $90 for 10 weeks
Each month we will have different incentives for both beginners and our loyal regular
customers so please check our website for these offers!

The Gig Guide is updated every Wednesday and all previous Newsletters are kept in the archives and can be read at your leisure.

If you Build it they will come

Courtesy Call
Please pick up the phone and give us a call, email or text if you are unable to attend class.
If you have booked a private lesson and cancel on the day of the lesson a
cancellation fee of $33 is charged and is payable.
Unfortunately we need to pass on the overhead costs.

Get Ready for our BIGGEST YEAR yet!!
If you enjoy your classes at Blue Suede Shoes Dance School and have a few minutes please leave us a Review with Google. We have now claimed our website and appear on the right hand side when you type Blue Suede Shoes Dance School.  Simply press on Reviews and drop in a line and give us a rating!
Thank you for your support.
Anna & Justin

Bring it on 2017!

Welcome back!
Is this your first time at BSS Dance?
We like to give you a friendly ‘hello” and hope you love our classes and look forward to seeing you at some of our events throughout the year!

If this is your first newsletter we would like to advise that you can pop in and visit our
website at your leisure. We post our Newsletter bi-monthly as we know you are busy with day to day work and family commitments. (Feb-Apr-Jun-Aug-Oct-Dec)
The Gig Guide is updated every Wednesday and all previous Newsletters are kept in the archives and can be read at anytime.

The Where to Learn – Lessons page is updated every week so please do check for any last minute changes. For faster and more efficient updates you may also visit our Facebook Page. So relax and check out what’s in this issue.

 This issue….
Course Details                                Calendar Major events
Annual Prom                                   Dancing Dayz Socials
Fees & Incentives                           Just for Kids
The NSW State Titles                   4 plus 4
Save the Dates 2017 courses

Annual 1950s Prom Dance 13 May 2017
It’s Prom time once again on Saturday 13 May!
Rev those engines, flounce those skirts and get your Blue Suede Shoes on!

We are happy to announce Mescalero performing at Telarah Bowling Club with DJ Vinnie and a performance by the Sydney Swing Katz will have you hanging on to your seats. Looking for Prom Queen and Prom King and prizes for the Best Dressed. Tickets will be on Sale mid February please email to book your table or seat.
We do invite classic car owners to bring your cars along to park out the front of the club.
Tickets will be $20
Prom 2017 Small

Attention competitors, spectators, teachers and adjudicators. Please mark your diaries for this years Annual NSW State Titles to be held at Sat 12 August at Parramatta RSL. This event is open to all ages and all levels. Entry forms and spectactor tickets will be available from March. We are happy to announce interest from Queensland and new members from Melbourne this year.
Sponsorship is open now. If you wish to become a Sponsor please email for your form and details. The championship relies on the Sponsorships program each year to promote the event and continue its success.  For all updates please click WSDC

We do ask all adjudicators and Studio owners to encourage their students both beginners and intermediate levels. This year there are new adjudicators joining our team bring a fresh new approach.

One of a kind Stall
Thank you to everyone who popped in to our Stall at Lady Luck. It was a huge success and special thanks to Sue Wells and Don Jones for assisting Michael and myself on the day. The next One of a kind market will be at the Fashion Circle at Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford on Sunday 19 February 10am to 2pm. Visit us on Facebook 

Troupe & workshops
With so many requests last year for the Katz to come and teach on the coast we are now inviting you to share your expressions of interest for workshops in the Central Coast area.   These will be opened to all levels and all ages with a member of the Swing Katz teaching. The venue will be Gosford and on a Saturday. A date will not be confirmed until we have the minimum number of 30 students.

Term 1 Venues & Days
Please note there will be classes at Toowoon Bay on Valentines Day 14 February
For our schedule please click Lessons
Just for Kids
Kiddies classes are held every Thursday at Plumpton Neighbourhood Centre 5.30pm
We accept casual rates at $10 per week or terms$90 for 10 weeks.  There are no registration fees and no costumes or uniforms.  We do ask the children wear comfy shoes and bring bottled water especially in the warmer months.  We encourage children from 5 to 14 years. The classes are fun and have a social atmosphere.  They run for 45minutes and the children will be taught RocknRoll and Lindy Hop. They also have the opportunity to be part of  a team and enter dance competitions and performances troupes.  Parents are asked to wait in the foyer the children are taught in a closed room.
Kids Dance Final

4 plus 4
What’s 4 plus 4? Our popular 4 week short courses
Our courses this year have been simplified for all new beginner students and regular intermediate/advance students. Our courses on the Central Coast, Mayfield and Plumpton re start each month, bringing you NEW fresh courses and encouraging new beginner students to join our classes.
These venues will run 4 week courses followed by a continuing 4 weeks to improve and retain the steps and patterns being taught adding flair, technique, increasing tempo and introducing simple moves to help in the transition of the achieving the next level.
Courses will be taught in a routine format to get you up dancing sooner. We will also be introducing our popular ballroom courses with Cha Cha coming firstly to Plumpton in March.
New Logo Advertising 4 week short

Dancing Dayz Socials
Following the rave of last years Social Nights we have listened to your requests and we are pleased to announce the following confirmed dates for our Socials.
These socials will replace our dance classes on the following dates. Furthermore we are working with bands to perform at some of the midweek socials on the central coast. We do ask for your support as these socials will only continue if they are received well.
Please check the flyer below and print it off for your record. This flyer will be available at all venues in the coming weeks.
Social Dance Calendar

Fees & Incentives
We are happy to keep our fees at 2010 prices once again for this first term.
Purchase our Class Passes and save money this month
$50 for 4 Lesson Passes
$100 for 8 Lesson Passes this month $95 Special introductory
$15 pay as you go except for Camden & Emu Plains $10
$10 for children’s pay as you go or $90 for 10 weeks
Each month we will have different incentives for both beginners and our loyal regular customers so please check our website for these offers!
We accept MasterCard and Visa for your convenience at certain locations.
credit card

Its going to be a big year so please fill your diary with our BSS Events and please note the theme for Christmas in July Sat 29 July Central Coast Leagues Club Gosford.
We have lots of surprises coming your way… keep your eyes peeled!

Courtesy Call
Please pick up the phone and give us a call, email or text if you are unable to attend class.
If you have booked a private lesson and cancel on the day of the lesson a cancellation fee of $33 is charged and is payable.
Unfortunately we need to pass on the overhead costs.
vintage operator

Its not how long you live, it’s how you live

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Summer Edition

The sun is about to set as we get closer to the end of Term 4.
This is my favourite time of year – Summer and Christmas and a well deserved break.
So can we hear the rustling of paper, laughter of children and Christmas carols??

Don’t look back and ask why? Look ahead and say why not!
Let’s go Crazy – only a week to go before our Christmas party!

Where has the year gone?
It has been a big year celebrating our 25th Birthday with lots of changes and lots of new wonderful students join our team and let’s not forget our loyal students who have been there with us throughout the last 10 plus years.  Thank you for the memories.

The time of GIVING – FREE
This time of year we like to draw our term passes and offer free dance classes as a way of saying Thank you. We will upload our winners on Facebook next week.

Roll on Up!
This Saturday 10 December is our annual Christmas Party.   Don’t forget to dress in circus theme and bring along some Christmas cheer to decorate your tables.

We will have prizes for best dressed table and best costume. Our yearly Student Awards and Life time Award will be announced on the night and there will be fun and frivolity in our crazy photo booth. Bring your family and friends along to support the students
Christmas Routine.
Please visit our Events page for all the details.  Tickets available at the door

Closing Dates for 2016
It’s that time of the year where we begin to unwind and get ready for Christmas closure. Please check below the closing date of your venue.
Mayfield West Monday 28 November
Camden RSL Monday 5 December
Plumpton Thursday 8 December
Camden RSL Latin Class Thursday 1 December
Emu Plains Monday 12 December
Toukley Tuesday 13 December
Gosford Wednesday 14 December
Concord Wednesday 14 December

Christmas Gifts Sorted
If you are looking for the gift of dance ask us about our Gift Vouchers. Quick and easy and suitable for everyone! Our gift vouchers start as little as $50 and may be redeemed with lessons, DVDS, Jackets or Shirts. Order your voucher simply by emailing or send me a text 0414 938623.

Be Charitable
It can be challenging and lonely this time of year for some. How about giving a gift to your local charity or someone in need.  It can be as simple as a lending ear, a lending hand, a basket of goodies, toys, toiletries etc……Give Back this Christmas.

Upcoming Events in January
11-15 January Parkes Elvis Festival
21 January Lady Luck Festival – One of a Kind Clothing will be back for this event

From the Team
The team from Blue Suede Shoes would like to wish you all a very Happy and
safe Christmas. We promise you a bigger and brighter New Year!
Don’t forget to pop in and check the website in January for our starting dates.
Staff Mask

Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first 4 hours sharpening the axe – Abraham Lincoln

Merry Christmas
Anna & Justin

Rock, Rattle & Roll

Rock Rattle & Roll this October!!
It’s Rocktober!! Let’s get this month rocking and rollin!!  Starting with Daylight Savings this Sunday – spring forward your clocks by 1 hour.  Long, lazy days ahead…. Can’t wait.

What’s in Store for ROCKTOBER?
Our Term 4 Start dates and new courses are below.  Please take note for your venue.
A more detailed scheduled is on our Lessons Page

Plumpton – New Beginners RocknRoll 7pm &  8pm Intermediate Waltz
Plumpton Kids classes back Thursday 13 October

Gosford – 5 October RocknRoll 7pm  & 8pm Performance Class
Halloween Dance Gosford 26 oct
Gosford November New courses will be Swing and Tango!

Mayfield – no class Oct 3 back 10 Oct with new Beginners Rockabilly at 7pm
Emu Plains – no class Oct 3 back 10 Oct

Toowoon Bay– new courses Tues 4 Oct
Camden RSL – No class 10 October, New courses Monday 17 October

All New Katoomba Classes at Katoomba YHA 207 Katoomba Street starts Tues 4 Oct 7pm

What are your kids doing tonight?
With Winter sports now over get the kiddies into our Just for Kids Dance Classes.
Plumpton Thursday 13 October 5.30pm
Don’t forget to check our Lessons Page

Click on the image to see full view

Our next Social is at Gosford on Wednesday 26 October with a Halloween Theme.
Starting at 6.30pm BYO drinks and nibblys permitted
$6 at the door


Let’s go to the Hop! Get those frocks out, fluff those petticoats and slick back the hair for this year’s Sockhop!  This event has been sold out for 3 months and we are excited to have No Brakes and Dj Gav Bean. Drinks will be available at the kiosk. Car park available.
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One of a Kind Clothing
Come visit our store at Chromefest up near the Sails Stage area.  This year we will be sprawled over 2 marquees with vintage and modern reproduction clothing and accessories.  We also have some shirts for the men but limited stock.  So get in early guys! In the meantime you may Visit our Facebook page to see the bargains ahead.

Roll on up and runaway with our Circus Theme Christmas Party.
What’s not to love? – animals, clowns, bright colours, stripes, circus ring!!
We have the dynamic Pearl Noire with the Lemon Squeezin Daddies and DJ Vinnie
Please email me for your tickets

Xmas Poster Circus

Come on Everybody Student Performance – don’t forget to join one of our classes at a venue near you to learn the Come on Everybody routine and see what all the fun is about.
It has everyone clicking their fingers and clapping their hands!!

Don’t forget to pick up the phone and give us a hoy if you are unable to get to class or if you are going to be away for a period of time holidaying abroad.


Let’s Rock this Rocktober!
Anna & Justin


Birthday Edition


Hello August!!
With only 1 month left of Winter and celebrating our 25th Birthday its going to be a
smashing end to the season. PLEASE see below for Sept Courses and upcoming events.
Please be reminded our News is bi-monthly our next edition will be ready for ROCKTOBER.

To all our students NEW and OLD this is your Birthday!
group mask party

Staff Mask

Chromefest Sockhop
We have around 2 tables remaining for this years Chromesfest Sockhop. Get in quick and avoid disappointment.
We have secured the popular NO BRAKES with DJ Gav Bean and tickets remain at the low price of $15. Drinks and water will be on sale and snack food.
Sat 22 October
Long Jetty Hall 6 Thompson Street Long Jetty boasting the largest dance floor in the area. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start.
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Courses August/September
Toowoon Bay
Every Tuesday RocknRoll 7pm Swing Advance 8pm New courses 6 Sept
Camden RSL Monday Swing from 6.45pm and RocknRoll 8.25pm
Emu Plains Mondays from 7.15pm RocknRoll and Swing 8.10pm New course 5 Sept
Mayfield West Every Monday Rockabilly 7pm & Swing at 8pm New course 29 August
Toukley Uniting Church Hall Monday 8 August 7pm Commences 10 Oct
Concord Wednesdays Swing Intermediate Hall 1 and RocknRoll Intermediate 8pm
Swing Beginners 17 Aug 7pm New course 17 August
Gosford RocknRoll Beginners 7pm & RocknRoll Performance 7pm New course 7 Sept
Plumpton Thursdays RocknRoll 7pm & Swing all Levels 7.55pm New course 15 Sept
Camden RSL Thursday Foxtrot 7pm New course starts 8 Sept

For all our locations and complete schedule click here


Splishing and a splashing moving and a grooving … did you know there was a party going on….
Our next Social Dance is at our Gosford Venue on Wednesday 31 August at 6.30pm $6 entry
Cnr Albany Street North & Henry Wheeler Place
Bring a plate, drinks and your dance shoes!
Everyone welcomed.

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Next Saturday 13 August is The NSW STATE TITLES and will be held at Parramatta RSL. The doors open at 9am for competitors and officials and at 9.30am for spectactors. Please note all tables have been sold and are all reserved. There are seats available at some tables and along the back wall. There is also standing room.  The first event will start at 10.15am and should finish at 5.30pm.

Bring your dance shoes as there will be social dancing throughout the day and during the lunch break.
For full details please visit our link

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End of Year Christmas Party Circus Theme
Save the Date Sat 10 Dec at Parramatta RSL
With Lemon Squeezin Daddies and Pearl
This year’s Student Routine will be choreographed to the song Common Everybody.
Christmas Routine will commence in October at all venues.
TICKETS on Sale end of 20 August $20

Circus Save the Date

Courtesy Call
 Please pop us a call, email or text if you are unable to attend class.
If you have booked a private lesson and cancel on the day of the lesson the hall fee of $30 will be charged as a cancellation fee and is payable.
For any of our smaller groups please message or email us if you are not able to attend so we can arrange to merge classes.  Your co-operation is appreciated.

To all our guests at The Mask Party thank you so much for making it a memorable event.
Below are the links to the albums.
Mask Album 1
Mask Album 2
Mask Album 3

You have made a difference!! The generosity from all our guests who donated to Coast Shelter with our food and clothing drive as well as the cash donations was by far the most generous we have ever collected. Congratulations and thank you.

 Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Justin and I are truly grateful.
So many worked effortlessly and gave of their time selflessly. I feel truly blessed and touched by your continued support.
25 years of the best time of my LIFE! So many wonderful people have walked on to our dance floor.
Thank you to Fire Down Below, Hellcat III and DJ Vinnie (Robert Vincent for the best dance music! To Justin Di Paola and the Swing Katz for their enthusiasm, passion and their performance as well as James Star & Suzie Braumann special performance.
Special thanks to Lee Holt for his artistic flare with the Mask Entrance & Photobooth.
I’m grateful to the Ushers and there were many, Ian Findley Kirrie, Jack AberAbigail Aber Serah Aber.  Sue Wells & Don Jones for transporting the coast shelter collection and lastly Mr C (Michael Ciantar for the photography and being my biggest supporter.

Bees come together working in a hive for the same cause

Dance with your heart
Anna & Justin

Winter Blog

Thank you for choosing Blue Suede Shoes Dance School & welcome to all our newbies.

New season, Time for change!
Changing place, changing time, change in the future!
Brace yourself !  A lot can happen in the blink of an eye!!

We have been blessed this Autumn with the most beautiful warm weather and stunning sunsets. But we knew only too well that the change was coming. Just like the seasons change there will be changes at Blue Suede Shoes on the Central Coast & Newcastle.

Bi monthly News
Everyone is busy and the mailbox is constantly filling and we understand.  Our Newsletter will go bi monthly from June.  You may follow all updates on Facebook and visit our Website for your weekly gig guide and Events.  Our Lessons Page is updated monthly so be sure to check in.  Our usual update emails will be sent to keep you in check with what’s new.

It’s our 25th year of Service and I think back of the early days when I first began at Ashlar Golf Club in Blacktown. And just like that very first day I find myself with the same mixed emotions of excitement and uncertainty of having to let go and move on from some of our established locations. Please be sure to read on and check the changes to Toukley & Long Jetty below.

Central Coast & Newcastle Areas Class Disruptions in June
Long Weekend Monday 13 June – All venues will be closed on the Central Coast & Hunter.
Please note Long Jetty will be closed 7 June and there will only be 2 classes this month at this venue 14 and 21 June.

Sydney Class Disruptions Long Weekend
Emu Plains classes will go ahead as normal for the Long Weekend Monday.
Camden RSL will be off on Monday 13 June.

BLUE SUEDE SHOES PRESENTS our first Scholarship program!!!!
The Scholarship goes to Elyse Vaessen (Plumpton) & Jaiden Holt (Long Jetty)
Absolutely thrilled to see this program go ahead.  It has been one of my lifelong dream for Blue Suede Shoes Dance School.  I am very grateful to all businesses who dig deep and support us dancers especially the Juniors.
It’s our Young Australians who will carry our dance style into the future.

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The Mask
Our new charity for this years Christmas in July is Coast Shelter at Gosford.
Just over 130 tickets have been sold. We have released a further batch of 50.
Get in quick to avoid disappointment.

There will be 2 bands this year as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary and our theme is
Please note there are no refunds but tickets are transferrable.
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Chromefest Sockhop
Tickets have been released for the Sockhop and available NOW!
We have secured the popular NO BRAKES once again this year with DJ Gav Bean and
tickets remain at the low price of $15. Drinks and water will be on sale and snack food.
Please email or ring 0414 938623  to book your tickets.
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Student training begins now and spots are filling up fast. If you wish to book privates please email or send a text and get a quote and booking time.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the businesses and individuals who have applied for Sponsorship to date. There are still a few sponsorships spots available. Entry forms are available by emailing
We are happy to announce $1000 cash prize for the Adult Open RocknRoll &
Adult Open Lindy Events this year.  Thank you to our Sponsors!
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NEW Courses June below for complete Schedule of all classes please visit our Lessons Page
7pm NEW RocknRoll Beginners

Weston Workers
7pm Rockabilly
8pm New Swing Beginners

7pm New Beginners RocknRoll
7pm Rockabilly
8pm – Rumba 8th June

7pm Rocknroll All levels
7.50pm Beginners Swing
7.50pm Intermediate Swing

Toukley Uniting Church Hall at 7 Summerside St Toukley STARTS 20th JUNE
Replacing Beachcomber
7pm Rockabilly
8pm Swing

Toowoon Bay Surf Club 160 Bay Road, Toowoon Bay  STARTS 12th JULY
Replacing Long Jetty Hall
7pm Rocknroll All Levels
7.45pm Swing All Levels

More news to follow

Blue Suede Shoes Dance School is covered by Dance Cover Aust Pty Ltd and with the new changes to our Insurance Policy we have opted to bring back the Waiver Clause. Please note as a student you are covered by any negligence on behalf of our staff at any of our venues. If you should injure yourself through your own negligence please note you are not covered. There is an additional Student Accident Insurance available for a small fee. If you would like any further information please contact me. 

As you can appreciate we do our best to keep our fees down and be as cost effective as possible. In the last 5 years we have been fortunate to absorb the increasing rental costs and overheads and kept fees frozen. As from 1st July our increases come into play and some of our venues will notice a fee increase.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.



Courtesy Call
Please pop us a call, email or text if you are unable to attend class.
If you have booked a private lesson and cancel on the day of the lesson the hall fee of $30 is charged as a cancellation fee and payable.
Unfortunately we need to pass on the overhead costs.
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Gone Dancing!!!!


Come dancing from the east, west, north or south
A new month of May with new courses we bring
Get ready to Rock, Shim Sham & Swing!

Welcome to all our Newbies in the last month.
This is a monthly guide keeping you up to date with what’s happening, trending or simply keeping you in the know.

Cowabunga! Is the word for this month! We have a big one!!

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Firstly next Sunday 8 May we celebrate our mums and we would like to wish all the mums a very Happy Mothers Day!


50s RocknRoll Prom Sat 7 May
Are you ready to relish in all things 50’s? Are you set for this year’s RocknRoll Prom?
There will be classic cars, best dressed, mothers day raffle, dancing, photo booth,
performances by Voodoo Rhythm Shakers, Mitch Capone as Elvis and the Swing Katz.
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Introducing a new Location in May
Weston Workers Club, Monday 2 May at 7pm
Our first course at this venue is Rockabilly. There will be a Beginners Course and an
Improvers Course for those who have danced Rockabilly.
Weston Workers

Announcing our 25th Anniversary Event Tickets on Sale Now!
The Mask Party at Central Coast Leagues Club Sat 30 July Cost $25
This is our 8th Annual Christmas in July Event with the theme “The Mask”
Swing Vs Rockabilly with two bands –
Local band Hellcat III & Sydney band Fire Down Below!

Celebrating 25 years! And what a memorable 25 years we have had with our humble beginners at Ashlar Golf Club in Blacktown in 1991.
Our charity of choice this year is Coast Shelter. A well deserved non-profit charity on the Central Coast looking after the homeless and disadvantaged for over 20 years.
Also, coordinating provision for over 1000 free meals per week.
Book your seat or table now & get in quick to avoid disappointment at this main event.

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May Courses
Emu Plains – New Beginners RocknRoll Block starting at Mon 2 May 7.15pm
Concord – New Beginners Block Swing & Lindy Hop Wed 4 May 7pm
Camden RSL -Thursday night starting 5 May It’s Sample month different style each week
Beachcomber Toukley – Mon 2 May Rockabilly 7pm and Swing 8pm
Gosford -Shim Sham Workshop Wednesday 18 May 8pm
Weston Workers – Mon 2 May Rockabilly 7pm
Wollongong is back Tuesday 3 May Swing 7pm

Gosford, Plumpton, Long Jetty & Camden timetable will remain the same in May
No Classes at Stockton RSL in May. Stockton returns in June.
For further details please visit our Lessons Page
Emu Plains May Concord Swing May Wanna Learn Shim Sham Kids Autumn Classes

May is Frankie Month and we will be teaching Frankie’s favourites in our Swing courses at Long Jetty & Gosford.

WSDC NSW STATE TITLES Parramatta RSL Saturday 13 August
Entry forms are now available for this event.
We have 2 spaces available for stall holders.
Anyone wishing to sponsor an event please email for
sponsorship form.
Don’t forget there’s big prize money to be won in the Rocknroll & Lindy Hop Adult Open Events to the sum of $1000 cash prize for each event.

We welcome back our accomplished and talented international and interstate
adjudicators who are joining us once again this year along with our MC Geoff Routh and DJ Grizzly.
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Gigs we recommend
Magoo Charity Sat 14 May at Long Jetty Hall
Kincumber Double Header Sun 22 May
George IV Rockabilly Festival Sat 21 May
The Swinging Cat once a month first Tuesday of the month with
Free lesson at 6.30pm and social dancing to live band afterwards.
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Mid week Meet up!  More dancing in May.
Great opportunity to increase your creativity on the dance floor! Put those moves into practice! Don’t be shy everyone is welcomed all levels from all venues can come dance and meet everyone in the scene. Discover what all the hype is about.
Fun night of Social Dancing.
Starting with a Free dance lesson at 6.30pm

Gosford will have its first social on Wednesday 25 May 6.30pm-9pm Cost $7
Plumpton social will be Thursday 26 May 6.30pm-9pm Cost $7
Feel free to byo nibblys and drinks. Bring your friends along

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One of a Kind
Our One of a Kind clothing online shop is back. Head on over to the link below and browse at your leisure at some of the recent consignment stock.  A big thank you to all our Consignors for recycling and up-cycling your wonderful frocks and accessories.

Saying of the Month

Courtesy Call
Please pop us a call, email or text if you are unable to attend class.
If you have booked a private lesson and cancel on the day of the lesson the hall fee of $30 is charged as a cancellation fee and payable.
Unfortunately we need to pass on the overhead costs.
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appy Dancing !


Welcome to all our New Students!

Thank you for choosing Blue Suede Shoes Dance School.  Please take a moment and check our monthly update and check our website.  We have a weekly
gig guide updated and posted every Wednesday and don’t forget to see what’s coming up in the months ahead.
Gosford Beginners March 2016

Social Dancing 
Firstly tonight Fri 1st April we will be all dancing at Club Marconi, Bossley Park with No Brakes performing.  We encourage all students to come along, bring the kids. It’s free.  Large dance floor and plenty of parking.

Daylight Saving this Sunday
Don’t forget to put those clocks back 1 hour.

April Courses
Always wanted to dance but not sure where to start?
We have a NEW BLOCK of courses coming to you next Week at some of our locations.
Here’s your chance to start at one of our beginners classes.  And for all our current
students bring along a friend and be rewarded!
New this month at Gosford & Plumpton is our Baby loves to Cha Cha classes.
We also have St Louis Shag & Collegiate Shag for our Concord Location and Meringue at Camden RSL on Thursday nights.
Beginner Rockabilly, RocknRoll and Swing courses at selected locations.
Please be sure to visit our Lessons Page for all courses and location updates.

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WSDC NSW State Titles 2016
Competitors from around the country converged with more than 50 couples competing last year in a variety of events.
This year we are excited to announce 2 new cash prize sponsors to the value of $1000 for the Youth/Adult Open RocknRoll and Youth/Adult Open Lindy Hop events.
Entry forms are now available for this year’s NSW State Titles.
Sponsorships and stall holders are now open.  Please register your interest by emailing us at or simply ring 0414 938623.
For all updates please Like our WSDC Page
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What’s New
We have a new location coming to you at Weston Workers Club starting Mon 2 May.
This will be a trial run with Rockabilly and Swing Classes for Beginners and Intermediate.  The club also books Rocknroll and Rockabilly bands and we look forward to some great social nights.  Please spread the word around.

50s Prom New Venue
PLEASE NOTE due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control we have had to move the 50s Rocknroll Prom to a new venue.
Our previous venue double booked our date & we were treated very unprofessionally by management. After much searching we have confirmed a new venue at Telarah Bowling Club, Clark Street Telarah, minutes away from Maitland. We appreciate your understanding and I do hope you will come along and support this event.
For those going to AutumnFest this venue is only minutes away. We truly apologise for the inconvenience and will honour anyone who wishes a refund.
For more details regarding accommodation etc please visit our Prom Link


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