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Jolly Season News

Let the Silly Season Begin!!
Last Friday Night we started the silly season with our Wacky World of Sports theme
Christmas Party and it was wonderful to see so many students especially our newbies!

This is our final News Update for 2018 and we just want to say A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all our friends that follow us and/or come to class.  It was a HUGE YEAR for us and we are always looking at different ways to change things up and keep evolving to keep you
motivated and inspired!

The teaching TEAM at Blue Suede Shoes would like to wish you a very
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a successful and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We will be closed for a short time so please check the closing dates and resume dates below. All venues will finish this week.

CLOSURE DATES
EMU PLAINS closes Monday 10 December
TOUKLEY RSL closes Tuesday 11 December
CONCORD closes Wednesday 12 December
GOSFORD closes Wednesday 12 December but class will be held at Ettalong 50+ Leisure Learning Centre this week
CAMDEN, GALLIPOLI & PLUMPTON CLOSED

Private Lessons will continue through the Christmas break by appointment only.  All
regular privates have been booked and confirmed.

GOSFORD REMINDER 
Gosford change of venue this Wednesday will be Ettalong 50+ Leisure Learning Centre this week.  The address is Corner Broken Bay Road & Karingi Street Ettalong Beach Opposite Drop Your Pants Laundromat.  Dress Code Red or Green or both.  You may bring a plate of goodies along but please take your rubbish and left overs with you.

CONGRATULATIONS to our Winners 2018
Awarded for the efforts, consistency, the continued support, hard work, continued
improvement and results in 2018.
Best Student of the Year Awarded to Barry Walbancke
Best Juniors  Awarded to Samantha Cannistra, Orlando Mae, Sarah Wonson

Swing Katz Fundraiser 
Get our kids to Munich Rock That Swing Festival  Fundraiser has been overwhelmingly
supported.  We would love to thank everyone who has donated and supported this fundraiser.  Your generosity is more than appreciated.  We would also like to thank everyone who has contacted us and donated gifts, cash, bought tickets for our Christmas Raffle and donated through GoFundMe.  We are still receiving more and more fundraising ideas from our wonderful students and friends and I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.
The money will be divided amongst the kids for their airfares. The parents have a big job in raising balance of funds for the 5 day workshops, accommodation, food and refreshments.
We are extremely happy to announce a sum of $950 was raised through the Christmas Raffle. Thank you so much.

Gig Guide
During the Break the Gig Guide will continue so please visit our link or head over to our Blue Suede Shoes Facebook Group page.
Please note on the Gig Guide there are 2 special Swing/Jazz events at Dungar Island Bowling Club for the Coasties coming up in January.

What’s New for 2019
We can reveal our new Central Coast Venue on Monday Nights will be Ettalong 50+ Leisure Learning Centre (the former Senior Citizens Hall).  This venue is in a great location and great addition to Blue Suede Shoes Dance School. It is situated in the beachside village vibe area of Ettalong Beach. Classes will commence here on Monday 4 February.  There is off street parking available as well as a car park in the Hall grounds.  Great dance floor which was refurbished 6 years ago.
Check Lessons Page in mid January for Schedule at this venue.

RESUME DATES
Concord Wednesday 16 Jan
Emu Plains & Camden RSL Monday 21 Jan
Plumpton Thursday 31 Jan
Ettalong Monday 4 Feb
Toukley Tuesday 5 Feb
Gosford Wednesday 6 Feb
Gallipoli Monday 4 Feb
Check Lessons Page in mid January for Schedule at all locations


Our students never disappoint in a dress up theme!

Saying
“Ego is not your Amigo”

Have a Safe Peaceful Christmas and all the Best for a Happy New Year in 2019!
DaddyKat & MummaGCat

 

November News

A big Welcome to all our new students and followers 


If this is your first visit to our site please take the time to browse.
Just for your information the Gig Guide is updated every Wednesday and all previous Newsletters are kept in the archives and can be read at your leisure. We post our News bi-monthly and the next  issue will be in the New Year … January. 

Where to Learn? – The Lessons page is updated every week so please do check for any last minute changes.  Visit the Lessons page and click on either Sydney or Central Coast here
Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for all your daily class and events update Like us here

This is your News! so relax put your feet up and read on!
This edition of the November News Update includes

-Last Course dates for 2018
-Wacky World of Sports
-Closure dates for 2018
-Chromefest Overview
-Shop Talk

Last Courses for the Year
New course dates for the following venues
Gosford – Wednesday 7 November
Toukley- Tuesday 13 November check new times starting 20 November
Plumpton – Thursday 15 November
Kids Classes  at Plumpton finish Thursday 22 November

Wacky World of Sports Christmas Party
Have you booked the best seats in the arena for our Christmas Party?
Parramatta RSL on Friday 7 December with Shane Magro Combo from Melbourne
Let’s get the ball rolling and knock it out of the park for the best party of the year!
Interact with our Photo Booth & props as well as games.
We still have 60 ticket available
Adults $30 and Children $15
Tickets may be purchased at the link below or at class
Buy tickets here


Swing Kids
Congratulations to our Swing Kids (Central Coast) first performance at Chromefest this year.
Thank you to the parents for all your efforts in preparing the kids week in and week out and getting them to class.
We have posted some videos and photos on our Blue Suede Shoes Facebook Page.

Chromefest
Chromefest is over for another year and what an event it was this year!
Blue Suede Shoes, Swing Kids, Swing Katz and One of a kind were all part of Chromefest this year.  It is our 9th year at Chromefest and we celebrated their 10 year Anniversary.
Thank you to the team who were part of Sydney Weekender gig and to the team who helped at the Stall and the events Friday and Saturday.  We can’t do it without you.

Halloween
What a great night and great dress up at this year’s Halloween Party at Gosford.
Congratulations to all our winners for best dressed.
Thank you also for bringing a plate and interacting with our steal and snowball games.
It truly was a FANTASTIC night!

Private Lessons during the Christmas Break
During our break I will be available for private lessons.  Please note private lessons must be paid in advance to secure the hall hire booking.

New Venue Ettalong
We are excited to announce we will have a new venue in 2019 opening in Ettalong.
Keep your eyes peeled for more details in our January Newsletter.

Lady Luck Festival
The first Festival for the year is Lady Luck in Katoomba.
Save the date Saturday 19 January
This is a one day and night event with cars, bands, stalls in the grounds of the grand Carrington Hotel in Katoomba.

One of a Kind
Thank you to everyone who visited our stall at Chromefest. It was a frantic 3 days and we really appreciate your continued patronage.
We will continue to sell online through our Facebook Page.  Don’t forget to pop on over and Like the page.
Fo those of you after shoes please visit this link to see our stock.  You may email me for shoe fitting and I will bring along to class.
Like our page here

Closing Dates for Christmas
Monday 17 December
Plumpton Thursday 6 December
Toukley Tuesday 11 December
Gosford Wednesday 12 December
Emu Plains Monday 10 December
Camden Monday 3 December
Concord Wednesday 10 December
Gallipoli October for 2018

Saying
People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used
From Buddhist Journal

Keep Dancing and see you on the floor
Anna & Justin

SPRING Fever

SPRING FEVER
Be ready to be inspired this Spring!
It’s been an epic couple of months with our Christmas in July Wild Wild West and
WSDC NSW State Titles and there is more to come!!!!
A BIG WELCOME 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 and the next 2 issues this year are September & November.

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.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for all your daily class and events update
Where to Learn? – Lessons page is updated every week so please do check for any last minute changes.  Central Coast link   and Sydney link
This is your News! so relax put your feet up and read on!

Social Themes coming to some of our Venues
Taking inspiration from last years end of year socials on the Central Coast and Plumpton we are bringing them back for the last 3 months of the year.
September -Spring Carnival week commencing 10 September
October –Oztober – week commencing 15 October
November – Black & White Affair week commencing 12 November

Farmers Plight- Central Coast for our Farmers
Blue Suede Shoes Dance School would like to help the Farmers. We ask during the month of September to step it up and bring in a gold coin donation. Every cent helps.  So many families and businesses are effected it really is a run on effect.
Should you wish to support the fundraiser please drop a gold coin in the box provided.
The donations will be used to give families gift visa cards so they may buy food,
medication, personal hygiene products etc If you wish to donate food etc you may drop off at Mt Penang on Sat 22 September.  Check Facebook link here

Wacky World of Sports Christmas Party
The line up for the end of Christmas Year Party is Shane Magro Combo from Melbourne and The Sydney Swing Katz.  If you haven’t seen this band don’t miss out on this
opportunity. They have performed at Shepparton, Greazefest and recently Tasmania.
Where -Parramatta RSL
When -Friday 7 December
Time – 7pm-11pm
Click here to book tickets or send through an email

New Courses Absolute Beginners
Emu Plains Monday 30 July
Camden Monday 20 August
Plumpton Thursday 6 September
Toukley Tuesday 4 September – new timetable click here
Galliopoli Monday 3 September
Gosford Wednesday 5 September
Please spread the word.

Swing Kids Performance Class for those performing at Chromefest will be held Tuesday Toukley 6.10pm.  New outfits have been chosen please see Anna. 

Triples Workshop
Next Triples Workshop Dates
Gallipoli Monday 24 September 6.45pm
Plumpton Thursday 4 October 7.30pm.

Katz Coast Training Workshop
The childrens workshop have finished for this year.  If you wish to enroll your child for
January next year please email us your expression of interest as soon as possible.

WANNA DANCE SCHOLARSHIP
It’s that tme of the year where we announce the Wanna Dance Scholarship which has been sponsored by Argyle Business Brokers. This year’s Scholarship has been awarded to Ashton Varlet from the Toukley Class.Congratulations!  Ashton begun in February this year. We love his attitude and enthusiasm and we have seen so much growth in such a short time. Well done Ashton.

Chromefest 26-28 October
Following from the success of last year’s events we present Chromefest 10th year Anniversary!  Don’t forget to book your tickets for Friday Back to the High School Hop with
The Lincolns & Class of 58.  There are 5 tables available (10 per table).
Friday 26 October at Club Mingara. Tickets may be purchased at this link here
Don’t miss out!

The Saturday Sockhop is a sell out! This event was sold out 5 months and we have
exhausted standing room. We also have a long waiting list.

 Medals Day
The NSW RocknRoll Association next medals afternoon will be held at Concord
Presbyterian Hall on Saturday 10 Nov at 2pm. Medalists are requested to send their Entries in by 25 October. All students are welcomed to join the Medals afternoon.
For beginners we recommend commencing at the Bronze Level in your chosen dance style.  RocknRoll, Rockabilly, Slow Swing, Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie or Cha Cha. Private Lessons are recommended to prepare and cover all criterias.  For further details please email me here.

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.

Saying

July Short & Sweet

Welcome to our July Update.
Please feel free to browse our website if you are visiting for the first time. We recommend to check our Lessons page and Events.

First on the list is our Wild Wild West Christmas in July event to be held at Central Coast Leagues Club on Saturday 28 July.
We are excited to have Melbourne band Smokin Wingtips with Dj Vinnie.
Tickets are available at the this link here
Please print your receipt and bring it along on the night.

NSW State Titles
Entries close in 2 weeks!
Please be sure to get them in early to avoid late payment fees.
We are grateful for the support of our Sponsors.
Argyle Estates
All Shook Up
Express First Aid
Sandy Simpson & Ray Ralla
VRRDA
Alley Katz
Rayon
If you wish to sponsor it’s not too late. Please email nswstatetitles@outlook.com

The latest news is the announcement of our cash prize sponsorship for selected Open Events. Stay tuned!
For all details regarding the competition please visit link here

Winter Courses
Yes it’s that cold time of year but don’t get stuck indoors instead come out and dance with us!

Central Coast new courses will be commencing in August yet intermediate level may drop in any week of the month. Swing classes will also be back in August.

Sydney classes / Emu Plains Mon 30 July  and Concord Wed 1 August.

Kids classes will continue through school holidays to prepare for the NSW State Titles.

Please don’t forget to like our Facebook page for all daily update.

Lastly in our brief update is Chromefest Back to High School Hop.
Tickets are available for the Friday night event at the link below.
This is going to be a big night with 2 bands and Dj.
The Lincolns from South Australia and all the way from UK Class of 58.
Come join us celebrate Chromefest 10th Anniversary at club Mingara Friday 26 October. Check here for full details and to buy tickets

That’s all for now folks!
We are having a wonderful summer holiday in Italy and yet we miss you all!

Anna

 

Mid Year News 2018

Welcome to all our new dancers who have joined us since our last News Update.
If you visiting for the first time please take some time to look through our website and
facebook pages and familiarise yourself with our dance studio.

Let June be your January.. Did you start the year Strong and motivated and found yourself slow down and off track?

Where to Learn? – Lessons page is updated every week so please do check for any last minute changes here
For quick updates you may also visit our Facebook Page Link
Take a moment to read our updates.

Classes & Timetables-June Break Central Coast
Please take note of the June Breaks coming up for all Central Coast Venues
Plumpton – No Class Thursday 7 June
Gallipoli – No Class Long Weekend Monday 11 June
Toukley – No Class Tuesday 12 June
Gosford – No Class Wednesday 13 June

Please note there will be a disruption to the Swing Classes at Gosford, Toukley &
Gallipoli during June and July. We do apologise for this in advance.  We will be back to normal program in August.
In the meantime Gallipoli Legions Club will have Social dancing after the Rockabilly class from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.  Its FREE come along and get some practice Swing and Rockabilly

TRIPLES WORKSHOP
This year the Triples Classes have been wildly popular amongst the dancers and we are bringing the next workshop to Plumpton Neighbourhood Centre Thursday 31 May at 7.30pm. The workshop is $20 per person.  Bookings essential.  Regular RocknRoll Class at 6.45pm and the Triples will replace the Swing Class.

NEW COURSE DATES CENTRAL COAST
Beginners Rockabilly at Gallipoli will begin on Monday 18 June 6.45pm
Beginners RocknRoll at Toukley will begin on Tuesday 19 June 6.45pm

Beginners Rocknroll at Gosford will begin on Wednesday 20 June 6.45pm
All intermediate are welcome to join Beginners for free.  We really do appreciate those who come along and make the newbies feel welcomed.

PLEASE NOTE
There will be no EFTPOS during the months of May, June & July available at class.  Class passes or single class lessons may be purchased at our Events Ticket Link here


GREAT NEWS!!! ACTIVE KIDS PROGRAM!!

Great to see some of our parents take advantage of the Active kids Program yet there are some parents that haven’t joined the program!
Get with the Program and grab your free vouchers.
Go to Service NSW online or visit your nearest office to apply for your $100 voucher.
Keep our Kids Active!

TEACHERS AWARD
CONGRATULATIONS
to Ben Rowe from our Gallipoli venue on receiving the first Teachers Award for the year!  Ben has been dancing for 3 years and has become an asset to our Newcastle region.  He is very well liked by all the students and peers and has only been teaching 3 months and proved himself in such a short time to be well respected amongst the dancers.  Ben is one of our best ambassadors for the dance school and for dancing in general.  I am very proud to have him on board and know he will go from strength to strength.

WSDC NSW STATE TITLES 2018
ENTRY FORMS close 15 July for the 2018 NSW State Titles. Please email or visit the link for details here.
Spectactor tickets have gone on sale and we now have 3 tables left.
Sponsorship is still open. If you wish to sponsor an event please email me for Sponsorship forms.  Without Sponsors there would be no championship. We are thankful to all our
supporters and volunteers. There are 50 events to choose from with categories for
minor/youth, adult and senior.
We are also looking for Cash Prize Sponsors. Businesses, studios and individuals most
welcomed to enquire.  Email
nswstatetitles@outlook.com for more details or visit this link here


Wild Wild West in July
Get excited for the most anticipated event each year and my favourite!
Tickets have gone on sale for our annual Christmas in July at Central Coast Leagues Club on Saturday 28 July in the Parkview Room. We have sold over 150 tickets to date. Thank you for your quick response. The last 50 tickets on Sale in June!
Our Christmas in July has been a charity event since its inception back in 2008 at Diggers at The Entrance.
Our donations keep pouring in and we are so overwhelmed with everyone’s generosity.  Thank you..
We are always looking for new bands and are excited to feature the Smokin Wingtips from Melbourne and our resident DJ Vinnie.  Don’t miss this event.
Grab your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets $25 Adults and $10 for children 6 years to 16 years.
Please check this link for all the details here

CHROMEFEST BACK TO THE HIGH SCHOOL HOP Fri 26 October Club Mingara
Celebrate Chromefest 10 year anniversary with 2 Live bands!
This is an event not to be missed!!!  We are excited to be the organisers of this event!
Featuring The Lincolns from South Australia and the Class of ’58 from the UK with Dj Gav Bean.
Tickets $45 Adults $25 Children 16yrs & Under.

Please note tickets may only be purchased online.  There will be no bank deposits or cash purchases accepted for this event.
There is a No Refund Policy but tickets are transferrable.

Please visit the Events page for all the details here

Saying
If opportunity doesn’t knock, Build a door!

We hope your enjoyed reading our latest news!
Here is a favourite pic from our recent Prom Night!

Grab a partner and get on the dance floor!
Anna & Justin

May News

Welcome to all our new dancers who have joined us in the last month.
Are you visiting our page for the first time please take some time to look through our
website and facebook pages and familiarise yourself with our dance studio.

Ive been busy behind the desk so it’s now time to hit the dance floor.
We have  a jam packed edition so put your feet up, grab your diaries and read on.

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.
Central Coast Classes
Sydney Classes

TRIPLES WORKSHOP
This Months Triples Classes have been wildly popular amongst the dancers and we are bringing a second workshop to Plumpton Neighbourhood Centre Thursday 3 May at 7.30pm. The workshop is $20 per person. Bookings essential.

GREAT NEWS!!! ACTIVE KIDS PROGRAM!!
So it’s no secret that Blue Suede Shoes was founded on children’s classes and we were very successful in the early years in training the young ones to compete and perform.
This year my goal and passion is to bring the kids back on to the dance floor and get them ACTIVE.
It’s all about inspiring our future champs!
So when the opportunity arose to be part of the ACTIVE KIDS I literally jumped in.
It’s a long process and after 4 weeks I can proudly say we have been approved as a Provider!!  There will be more details coming shortly. In the meantime please visit Service NSW online or your nearest office apply for your $100 voucher. Keeping our Kids Active!

Katz Coast Training Workshop 3.0
The childrens’ classes are slowly picking up in numbers on the central coast.
We really appreciate spreading the word and believe the best marketing is word of mouth.  Workshop No. 2 was a huge success and we are now taking registration for Workshop 3.0. There is only one more workshop before the WSDC NSW State Titles after this the next workshop will be early July.
Katz Coast Training Workshop 3.0 will be held at a different venue (Gosford 50+ Leisure Learning Centre where we teach every Wednesday).
It will be held on Sat 5 May 11am -1pm with a fee of $20 provided registrations meet our minimum 15.  Thank you to everyone who registered early.
There is still one week remaining to get your registration in. Failing poor numbers the workshop will be postponed to July. Please choose carefully there are NO REFUNDS.  Tickets are transferrable.

New Courses for Sydney
Monday 21 May Camden RSL
Wednesday 16 May Concord
Monday 21 May Emu Plains
Thursday 10 May Plumpton
Please Note the following dates
Thursday 3 May Plumpton Triples Workshop
Sunday 6 May Medals Day East Gosford Progressive Hall

Gallipoli Legions Club
Please note the timetable in May will change starting from this coming Monday 7 May 6.45pm Beginners RocknRoll  Room 1
6.45pm Intermediate RocknRoll Main area
7.30pm Social dancing
7.45pm Swing Beginners & Swing Intermediate

Sat 26 May is World Lindy Hop Day
in memory of Frankie go dancing!
We will be dedicating the week leading up to World Lindy Hop to Frankie Manning in our swing classes.

50s RocknRoll Prom
WE have 30 tickets remaining for the RocknRoll Prom.  If you haven’t booked please email me for tickets. Welcoming DJ Gav Bean back to Toukley RSL.  Featuring year Narelle Evans & the Jetbacks. Special performance by international visiting dancers Shane McIntyre & Keri McLean (US Champions) and the Sydney Swing Katz. Remember the Prom will be held on the Central Coast at Club Toukley RSL, Holmes Ave, Toukley.  The club has a bistro and coffee lounge area for all guests.
Visit our events page for all the details here
If you wish to book your classic car to be parked out the front of the club please email me.  We only have 3 spots available now.

 Upcoming Festivals Festival Dates
Some of the bigger RocknRoll Events coming up this year.
Springwood Festival 28 April
Nelson Bay in May 19-20 May
Tamworth RocknRoll Festival 25-27 May
Wintersun 2.0   2-3 June
Cooly Rocks on  6-10 June

WSDC NSW STATE TITLES 2018
ENTRY FORMS are now available for the 2018 NSW State Titles.
Visit our events page for all the details here.

Spectator tickets have gone on sale and we now have 70 tickets left.
There are some tables available in the middle row and on the top row.
Sponsorship is still open. If you wish to sponsor an event please email me for Sponsorship forms.  Without Sponsors there would be no championship.
We are thankful to all our supporters and volunteers. There are 40 events to choose from with categories for minor/youth, adult and senior.

We are also looking for Cash Prize Sponsors. Businesses, studios and individuals most
welcomed to enquire.  Email us for more details here

Medals Day Sunday 6 May
The Medal Examination will be held at East Gosford Hall on Sunday 6 May at 1.30pm.
Corner Henry Parry Drive & Wells Street East Gosford.
Nominations close this Thursday 26 April.  Forms must be completed with song choice and must be accompanied by the fee. Please email me for the nomination form if you haven’t as yet registered.
Medals Fee for members of the NSW RocknRoll Association is $35 per medal.
All other medallists $40.
Bronze to Gold Star in all styles RocknRoll, Rockabilly, Swing/Lindy Hop and Cha Cha.

Spectactors welcomed for a small fee of $5 payable at the door on the day.
There is a car park available and Fahrenheit Café next to the hall.

Wild Wild West in July
Get excited for the most anticipated event each year!

Tickets have gone on sale for our annual Christmas in July at Central Coast Leagues Club on Saturday 28 July in the Parkview Room.
Our Christmas in July has been a charity event since its inception back in 2008 at Diggers at The Entrance.
We are happy to be supporting our charity Coast Shelter for the third consecutive year and extremely pleased and overwhelmed with the generosity of the students out west in the Emu Plains region who are leading the way with their donations.
I would like to thank those from the central coast who have also contributed.
The challenge is out!!…Let’s see which area digs the deepest.  Looking for Leaders who would like to take up the challenge and collection.
Performing for us are the Smokin Wingtips from Melbourne and our resident DJ Vinnie.  Don’t miss this event.  Grab your tickets early to avoid disappointment.  We have sold the first 50 tickets without any social media advertising nor any marketing at classes yet and we have now a further 100 tickets. Tickets $25
Please check this link for all the details here
Please choose carefully there are NO REFUNDS.  Tickets are transferrable.

Chromefest Sockhop SOLD OUT!!!!!!
We will be announcing and advertising our Chromefest Sockhop in the next couple of weeks.  We are excited for the double header that we have in store for you. Interstate
Melbourne band Itchy Fingers and local band Mescalero.  The event will be held at
The Entrance Leagues Club with limited seating of 200. We do encourage you to purchase your tickets early this year as this event was sold out within 6 weeks last year.
Take advantage of the early bird tickets and book now. Tickets online $27.50
includes processing fee.
Please choose carefully there are NO REFUNDS.  Tickets are transferrable.

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. Thank you for your understanding.

Saying
Some people feel the rain others jut get wet Bob Dylan

It’s time to dance…Thank you for taking the time to read the News.

 

Autumn News

Welcome to 2018
It has been an AMAZING start to 2018 and we continue the energy and momentum into Term 2 with our first event of the year and the our follow up Kids Workshop 2.0.
This year we have brought a few changes which have proved to be popular. Our courses will change every couple of months to add variety and keep you on your toes.  Look out for boogie boogie, cha cha, and triples at your location.

I hope you have had the chance to browse through the changes to the website Home and Lesson Page and find it user friendly.
Are you visiting our page for the first time? well please take some time to look through our website and facebook pages and familiarise yourself with our dance studio.  You may purchase tickets online for any of our upcoming events or classes.

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. Please click on Sydney or Central Coast link for full schedule.

Katz Coast Training Workshop
The childrens’ classes are slowly picking up in numbers. We really appreciate spreading the word and believe the best marketing is word of mouth. The kids are our future for this sport and we love working with them and bringing them the vintage dances and music of the 40s and 50s.
Our next Katz Workshop for the Kids is Sat 17 March 11am sharp. Thank you to everyone who registered early. There is still one week remaining to get your registration in.
East Gosford Hall Cnr Henry Parry Drive & Wells Street East Gosford next door to Fahrenheit Cafe.  $20 per child 11am-1pm  Full details here

New Courses for Sydney
Monday 19 March Camden RSL
Wednesday 21 March Concord
Monday 26 March Emu Plains
Thursday 29 March Plumpton Triples Workshop
Sunday 6 May Medals Day East Gosford
Central Coast and Newcastle new courses coming in April

50s RocknRoll Prom
Tickets are now on SALE for our first event of the year. We have made a couple of changes. Always scouting out different bands for the coast and welcoming DJ Gav Bean back to Toukley RSL. Featured this year is Narelle Evans & the Jetbacks. Special performances by international visiting dancers Shane McIntyre & Keri McLean (US Champions) and the
Sydney Swing Katz.
We have moved the Prom to Club Toukley RSL on the Central Coast. The club has a bistro and coffee lounge area for all guests.
If you wish to book your classic car to be parked out the front of the club please email me. We only have half a dozen spots available right out front.  Tickets $20 Adults and $10
Children.  Full details and tickets here
 

Upcoming Festival Dates
Some of the bigger RocknRoll Events coming up this year.
Kurri Kurri 23 – 25 March
Townsville 13-15 April
Nelson Bay in May 19-20 May
Tamworth RocknRoll Festival 26 May
Wintersun 2.0   2-3 June
Cooly Rocks on 6-10 June
Bingara Orange Happy Days Festival 6-7 July
Retro Fest 24-26 August
Nelson Bay 12-14 October
Chromefest 26-28 October

WSDC NSW STATE TITLES 2018
ENTRY FORMS are now available for the 2018 NSW State Titles. Please email or visit the link for details here.
We are in our 9th year of running the championships and the event has doubled since its inception with competitors from all over Australia including adjudicators.
If you wish to sponsor an event please email me for Sponsorship forms. There are 51 events to choose from with categories for minor,youth, adult and senior/master. The
popular teams, triples and jacknjill is also included.
For all Facebook updates please like our page here
We are also looking for Cash Prize Sponsors. Businesses, studios and individuals most
welcomed to enquire. Email for more detail nswstatetitles@outlook.com


Medals Day Sunday 6 May

We are preparing for our next Medal Examination to be held at East Gosford Hall on Sunday 6 May at 1.30pm. If you are interesting in participating please email me for the nomination form. Medals Fee for members of the NSW RocknRoll Association is $35 per medal. Non Members $40. Bronze to Gold in the following styles RocknRoll, Rockabilly, Swing/Lindy Hop and Cha Cha.
Spectactors welcomed for a small fee of $5.

Christmas in July Wild Wild West Coast Shelter Charity Event
Saddle up and ride on over!  we are inviting you to our Wild Wild West Theme Christmas In July.  
WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE
REWARDS
 for keeping  you on your feet all night, playing music excessively, rebels without causes, outlaws, the good, the bad and the ugly. Fun night doing it the old western style.
Featuring interstate Melbourne Band The Smokin’ Wingtips and DJ Vinnie.
There has been a huge request for tickets for our Christmas in July Event. The event will be held on Saturday 28 July at Central Coast Leagues Club Gosford.  Tickets  will be on sale end of March. Adults $25 and Children 16 and under $10.  Thank you for your support.
For full details Check link here


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. Thank you for your understanding.

Saying
Never Give Up – A closed door is redirection

Thank you for your loyalty and support
See you on the dance floor!
Anna and Justin

Back to Dancing

Welcome to 2018!
A BIG Welcome to all our students who have started back in the last week and for those with itchy feet the wait is almost over!
For anyone new we are happy you are here and encourage you to visit the website and get acquainted with our school.

We have made some changes to the website’s Home and Lessons page and trust you will like the new user friendly look. We have now also included a Wedding Lessons Tab.

First Up I would like to thank everyone who came along to the first Katz Coast Training Workshop earlier this month. This was a huge success with wonderful feedback. Our next workshop will be 17 March at 11am. In the meantime we have childrens classes starting at Club Toukley Tuesday night at 6pm and Plumpton Neighbourhood Centre Thursday night at 5.30pm.

Back to Dance Starting Dates
CENTRAL COAST/NEWCASTLE click here for details
Wednesday 31 Jan Gosford
Monday 5 Feb Gallipoli
Tuesday 6 Feb Club Toukley
SYDNEY click here for more details
Camden & Emu Plains Monday 22 Jan
Concord Wednesday 24 Jan
Plumpton Thursday 1 Feb

NEW STRUCTURE – TIMES AND LEVELS
There has been a re structure term and we have made some time changes at the following venues Plumpton, Gosford, Toukley & Gallipoli.
All Beginner 4 week courses will start at the new time of 6.45pm at the above mentioned venues.  All Intermediate dancers are welcome to do the beginners class for free and encourage our newbies.
BEGINNER Students  are encouraged to do Level 1 and Level 2 – both Levels are 4 week courses before jumping into Intermediate Level 1.
Beginners who have completed 8 weeks and wish to repeat may do so for half price.

First Social of the Year
Valentines Day
Wednesday 14 February
Gosford Venue 6.30pm
Everyone Welcomed, BYO Plate and Drinks!

Charleston Challenge
JOIN US at Hydro Majestic Sat 24 February
Learn the easy Charleston Challenge in 1 lesson (selected class locations)
Come along and be part of the guiness book of records Charleston Challenge in the Blue Mountains.  All ages, fun for everyone!
Make a Statement and frock up!

Confirmed Festival Dates for your Diaries
Thirroul RocknRoll Festival 4 March
Kurri Kurri 23 – 25 March
Townsville 13-15 April
Tamworth RocknRoll 26 May
Wintersun 2.0   2-3 June
Cooly Rocks on 6-10 June
Retro Fest 24-26 August
Nelson Bay RocknRoll Festival 12-14 October
Chromefest 26-28 October

FEES
We pride ourselves on quality and having kept our overhead costs down over the last 10 years. Our price increase is in keeping with industry guidelines and we do not want to comprise our high standards. We hope this small adjustment will help maintain the standard you have become accustomed to.
Please note our casual pay as you go class has increased to $16 and the 4 Lesson pass is $55 at Concord, Plumpton, Central Coast & Newcastle. Camden & Emu Plains have increased to $12 per casual.  Please visit following link for all fees buy lessons
There is also a 2.8% eftpos surcharge on all eftpos payments which is estimated around $1 for every $50 spent.
We will continue our excellent relationship with our students and assure you our quality of service will reflect this.

Reminder of Blue Suede Shoes Event Dates…
The planning has begun and we are excited for another big year with some great new bands & themes!

Saying 

Remember Never Give Up – A closed door is a redirection.
Happy Dancing in 2018!
Anna & the Team

Christmas News

Another year gone! We are so grateful for your patronage…
A big thank you to all of our wonderful students for a fantastic 2017! We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. Thank you for your support throughout the year and for keeping me on my toes.

Reflecting on this year we look back and we saw lots of new faces, our largest attendant events ever, the support of so many wonderful dance friends, our great staff that make up the Blue Suede Shoes team and our wonderful loyal students who we love and call our dance family. There were highs and then there were even bigger highs! There were risks which we would do all over again, there were lots of good times, and there was some sad times which made us stronger and closer.

I hope you have all had as much fun as we did and achieved your goals for this year and trust  you will join us for some exciting times in 2018.

Onto business.. All venues have closed for the year yet we are still working behind the scenes and the online shop is available 24/7 for gift vouchers or if you wish to enrol for term 1. The following dates are our starting dates for next year. Next month we will publish our timetable for term 1.

Central Coast
Wednesday 31 Jan Gosford
Monday 5 Feb Gallipoli
Tuesday 6 Feb Club Toukley
Sydney
Concord Wednesday 17 Jan
Camden & Emu Plains Monday 22 Jan
Thursday 1 Feb Plumpton
Tuesday 27 Feb Katoomba

Save the Date
Please note our Blue Suede Shoes Events Calendar below and mark your calendars and
diaries and we also have a list of some of the Festivals coming up in 2018.
Bands and themes to be announced shortly. Please keep your eyes peeled on facebook and our website.

Gift Vouchers
It’s not to late to shop online. We have had a wonderful response to our Gift Vouchers. If you are still looking for that little something special please email us. Our Gift Vouchers can be redeemed for classes, privates, events, merchandise such as our Jackets and Dance
Instruction DVDs.

Storytime Christmas Party
What a way to finish the year with our double header! It was huge success and I thank you for the wonderful feedback and the support. It was great to have the Lincolns from
Adelaide team up with our very own central coast band Hellcat III. Just dynamite!!! We are promising you more double headers! A record 310 guests filled the auditorium. And how good was it to see so many dressed in character! Congratulations to all the winners of our annual awards and raffles as well as best dressed table and best dressed.
Album 1
Album 2
Please visit our gallery page for some of the pics or visit Blue Suede Shoes Dance School Facebook page for their albums.  There were over 600 photos and we simply can’t post them all.

Central Coast Workshop Sat 13 January
So who is around mid January??
We are excited to have the first Katz troupe training at East Gosford Hall on Saturday 13 January. It is a must to register. If this is well received it will be a regular gig each month.
We especially encourage the little ones under 17 years of age to join in.
Details to be released soon.

Festival Dates 2018
Parkes Elvis Festival 10-14 January
Tamworth Country Festival 19-28 January
Lady Luck Katoomba Sat 20 January
Charleston Challenge Roaring 20s Hydro Majestic 24 Feb
Majestic Long Lunch Roaring 20s Hydro Majestic 24 Feb
RocknRoll Festival Thirroul 4 March
Kurri Kurri Nostalgic Festival 23 – 25 March
Townsville Swing & RocknRoll Festival 13-15 April
May at the Bay Nelson Bay 18 & 19 May
Tamworth RocknRoll Festival 1st Anniversary 25-27 May
Wintersun 2.0   2-3 June
Cooly Rocks on 6-10 June
Coffs Harbour RocknRoll Weekend 27-28 July
Greazefest QLD 3-5 Aug
Retro Fest 24-26 August
Nelson Bay RocknRoll Festival 12-14 October
Chromefest The Entrance 26-28 October

Fees

We have kept our prices frozen for 10 years and now with our over heads price increases we have had to make the decision to increase our fees marginally and also pass on the 2.8% eftpos surcharge which is estimated around $1 for every $50 incurred.
Emu Plains and Camden venues will increase to $12 a lesson or 2 for $20.
A 6 class pass will be  also be available in 2018.
Our shop online has already been updated with processing fee added.
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NSW RocknRoll Association

I am happy to announce that Blue Suede Shoes Dance School is part of the newly formed NSW RocknRoll Association which will be launched officially in 2018. The website is
currently under construction and the facebook page has been launched.
The objective is to inspire the next generation!
The NSW RNR Association will provide a professional listing with accredited teachers and help connect people in their area with a qualified teacher. It’s purpose is to foster
RocknRoll and Swing and encourage its growth and development with training of the next generation of passionate and likeminded students and instructors. As a body with memberships we can together bring our skills and promote our love of dance across the community starting in New South Wales. Our aim is to promote events, festivals, competitions, dance classes, and workshops for students and our Dance teachers. Through this body we can provide training and support for teachers for their personal advancement. At this point in time we have a core group in different areas both metropolitan and regional with over 20 years experience hands on to assist in the start up.

We would welcome you all to like the Facebook Page and become a member in the New year.

Saying

Sometimes you just have to stop thinking so much and go where your heart takes you.

On that note, I would like to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Christmas and look forward to kick starting 2018 with you all.

In case of any Emergencies… message me or email me….but in the meantime I am keen to sit back, relax, unwind and eat lots over Christmas!!

Ho Ho Ho!!!
Anna & Justin

 

November News

WELCOME to our latest News Update with only 8 weeks remaining!

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL who supported Breast Cancer Month and wearing PINK to class.  We are 73% of our goal fingers crossed we make the 100%.

A big thank you for actively promoting and sharing our posts and events and to those of you who encourage enrolments for continuing classes.

Stand by for our last courses of the year please share with friends. Below are the starting dates PLEASE visit LESSONS PAGE for full timetable.

Emu Plains Public School & Camden RSL 23 Oct
Concord 1 November New Swing Beginners 7pm
Plumpton 2 November New RocknRoll Beginners 7pm
Gosford 8 November No classes due to Medals night 1 Nov spectactors $5 no classes
Toukley 14 November  no classes Melbourne Cup Day 7 Nov) St Louis Shag Refresher
Gallipoli Legions Club 6 November – Boogie Woogie is coming!!!!

NEW COURSE suggestions are always welcome as we value keeping up with emerging trends and be innovative. Plumpton have spoken and are enjoying their Balboa and Cha Cha this month. Boogie Woogie is high on the list too for Newcastle area.

EVENTS

CHROMEFEST

Please visit our Red Marquee which will be in opposite the waterfront stage (we will be between Jimbos Seafood and Fonzarelli Pizza).  Site 8

Chromefest is around the corner and our BOTH Friday night Bop at The Entrance Leagues Club & Si Cranstoun Sockhop at Club Mingara are SOLD OUT.
All seating has been finalised for both events.

Please note the first 330 tickets are Table Seated and Tickets numbers 331 onwards are standing room only.
There are bistro facilities at the clubs and parking for your convenience.  Doors open at 6.30pm for both nights and finish around 11.pm-11.30pm.  Don’t forget your tickets and/or online receipts.
For Friday Night Bop Seat allocation please visit this link SEATING and scroll down the page.

For Si Cranstoun Seat allocation please visit this link SEATING and scroll to the bottom of the page.

END OF YEAR CHRISTMAS PARTY

Christmas Story time event is selling fast with only 2 tables (16 tickets) remaining so please be sure to book your ticket to avoid
disappointment. Let’s finish the year with a bang!
DOUBLE header THE LINCOLNS & HELLCAT III head up the night!

Halloween Theme Club Toukley Tuesday 31 October
Our last course for October at Club Toukley will be a Halloween Theme on Tues 31 October. Come along and dress up and have some fun. The following week is Melbourne Cup and there will be NO classes that night. We return for the last course of the year on Tuesday 14 November.

Medals Night Wednesday 1st November at Gosford Hall will replace regular dance
classes. We encourage students to pop in and support the students going for their bronze and silver medals. There will be some social dancing. All welcomed $5 at the door.
Drinks and nibbles are welcome but please take your rubbish with you. We have 34 medals and wish all the students the very best.
Starts 7pm sharp.

Si Cranstoun Sydney Show Fri 3 November at Blacktown Workers Club
Don’t forget to get your tickets to see Si Cranstoun for a second show. Ive bought the
trifecta with Lizottes show, Chromefest and Blacktown Workers. It will be a great night with a large dance sunken dance floor come along and join us. Tickets may be purchased via the club.  Remember Si Cranstoun is SOLD OUT at Mingara.

PLEASE NOTE THESE 3 CLOSURE DATES below

***Thursday 26 October No classes at Plumpton we return 2 November

**Melbourne Cup Day – PLEASE note there will be no classes at Club Toukley on 7 November due to Melbourne Cup
**Gallipoli Legions Club PLEASE note there will no classes Monday 30 October after Chromefest

Long Jetty Street Festival Sun 19 November

Dancers don’t forget we will be Roaming and Dancing in the streets between 12noon and 2pm. Meet at Green Tangerine Corner Thompson Street & The Entrance Road at 11.30am

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST SUMMER WORKSHOPS
Please email or message your interest for Summer Workshops during the Christmas Holidays.  There is a lot of interest for Boogie Woogie and Advance RocknRoll on the Central Coat/Newcastle.  We appreciate feedback from Sydney students as well.

SAYING
“Don’t be a passenger in your own life”

Our next Update will be December in the meantime
See you on the dance floor
Anna & Justin