Mad for March

Welcome Back!

Life is a dance! Taking one step at a time at our own pace in our own rhythm.
Celebrating our 30th Year!

Glad to be back in 2021 and welcome to all our new Beginner students. This month sees us back at all venues.

There have been some changes to the admin but the dancing is all the same as is our team.

We are also excited to announce we are 30 Years Young this year. We have definitely seen some changes in the last 3 decades none so much like 2020.
One thing for sure is we have changed for the better just like a fine wine.

Student Spotlight
In celebration of our 30thBirthday we have introduced a student spotlight segment this year.You may have noticed our few videos posted on Facebook in the last 3 weeks.Next week I hit Sydney.It’s been a lot of fun getting to know our dance family.
Stay tuned for our Staff Spotlight which will be coming up soon.

Where to Dance?  Our Locations
Concord, Emu Plains, Camden, Woodcroft, Katoomba and Gosford

How much does it cost?
Casual fees
$16 Woodcroft & Gosford
$15 Emu Plains, Concord, Camden & Katoomba

Lesson Pass
4 Lessons $60
Private Lessons start from $80 varies according to duration and venue hire (per couple or per person)
Payments may be made
Online, bank deposit or cash
Please note online and credit cards incur a $1 processing fee

New Courses
We are welcoming beginners back in 2021.
Blue Suede Shoes Dance School has a registered Covid Plan with NSW Health and QR code check in is available at entry.For those without a smart phone we have a register concierge available.

Woodcroft
Please note we have a shortage of Leads in our RocknRoll Beginners class at our Woodcroft Venue.Please spread the word to help this venue grow.We are on a 3 month trial at this location.It has been a challenge to get this venue to its former glory.Woodcroft was our largest attending venue and our longest standing venue (20years) before it burnt down in January 2015. We were the first dance studio to hire the hall twice a week back in 1995.I thank you in advance for your support.


Restrictions Easing
With Restrictions relaxed we still need to be in keeping with our Covid Plan.Therefore the 1.5sqm rule still applies at entry and exits of venues.Please note some venues, for example, Gosford and Woodcroft have surveillance cameras and extra attention is recommended when outside the building perimeter.

*Hand Hygiene is provided.
*Masks are optional.

*2sqm rule applies in all our venues and chairs will be placed accordingly. 

April Dates
Dayslight Savings Ends Easter Sunday 4 April
Easter Weekend dates Good Friday 2 April
No Woodcroft on Thursday 4th and 15 April
Seniors Week 13-24 April
Anzac Day Sunday 25 April

Please note Thursday 1st April and 15thApril there will be no classes.There has been a previous booking prior to our coming back to classes in 2021.


Remember
Please be reminded if you are unwell stay home and as a courtesy can you please text or email us. Please check in at entry using QR Code provided.

Best for Last..Do you want to know a secret?

The much anticipated event!!

Welcoming you back to the dance floor with theAston Martinis.
Please note this event is offered to Blue Suede Shoes Students.

Fri 9 April  7.30pm Emu Plains
Tickets $35 VIP Pass Members $30

Limited tickets Bookings essential
Restricted numbers

Saying
What would you ask for if you knew the answer was Yes?

From the team at Blue Suede Shoes

Thank you for your support
Let’s keep dancing

Finding the Joy of Christmas

There’s nothing quite like Christmas!

Moving on from the year that was Christmas is looking a lot brighter for us in the southern hemisphere.

Let’s be thankful during this year’s celebrations and really think of what we have learnt to live with and without.

Our memories are short.  Some of us will go back to normal and forget what hardships our community suffered. The one commodity we all crave is time and 2020 gave us time. I
appreciated that time in a strange way. It was a forced time to pause and appreciate the small things that really matter.  Perspective really came into the foreground.  We were given a chance to reset and think outside the box.

For me personally it was all about connection.  When the going got tough I think above all we all searched to connect with our family and friends.  I don’t believe humans were meant to live in a virtual world and that’s what has been the most challenging factor during this period for me.

I tell myself that every challenge is an adventure and the struggle brings out our best
character.  With all the uncertainty 2020 has brought us –Ask the question what did you learn about yourself?

We know the best times are just around the corner and remember to focus on what we have and not what we want. Beauty is everywhere you just have to know where to look.

My Christmas Tip
– turn off social media and TV for one day a week and go play the old fashion way. Pick up the phone and surprise those far away, meet up face-to-face with family and friends nearby and share some Joy and Christmas Cheer. Get in the kitchen and bake something special to give.   You just don’t know who may need it.

My Christmas Wish
to you and yours this year is to be creative, childlike and connect with your loved ones.

Central Coast Socials return
PLEASE NOTE since posting this update restrictions have once again changed. On the 20 December Dance Floors have been banned. The Social on Wednesday 30th December has now been CANCELLED
.  We will review 16 January in the New Year.

I would like to propose an early NYE social on Wednesday 30 December at Gosford and the return of our Shakin’ Saturdays on the Central Coast on Sat 16 January 2021.  Please RSVP your interest by return email.

What I’m hearing?
PLEASE NOTE SINCE POSTING THIS UPDATE RESTRICTIONS HAVE CHANGED.  ON 20 DECEMBER IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT NO SOCIAL DANCING PERMITTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE .

Easing of Restrictions
From 10 December Dance Floors are back!! 

What does this mean?  We are now permitted to run Dance Socials with a maximum of 50 on the floor in keeping with covid rules.

What’s New 2021?
Is anyone interested in a Valentines Dance on Sat 13 February?, if so please email me your interest so I can start the ball rolling.  Please note this event with be firstly available to Blue Suede Shoes Members.  VIP Members have first preference followed by students followed by non Blue Suede Shoes Students.  Thank you for understanding. The venue is yet to be confirmed we are looking for Sydney venue.

What I’m reading?
I have begun reading a series of Frances Mayes books of Tuscany
Bella Tuscany, Meet me in the Piazza and Under the Tuscan Sun

What I recommend
Remember that Christmas time isn’t about keeping up with the Jones and the Smiths. It’s about spending quality time with loved ones and reflection.  When gifting this year make something personal.  Make Memories!

Patreon– We are slowly preparing our videos for our new Patreon Platform and would like to thank those of your who expressed an interest to support us.  Details coming soon.

Finishing Dates
We only just got started and it’s time to wind down.  Below are are closing dates
Central Coast closed Wednesday 2 December
Emu Plains & Camden Monday 14 December
Katoomba Tuesday 15 December
Concord Wednesday 16 December

Resume Dates
Concord 13 January/20 January
Emu Plains & Camden 18 January
Gosford Wednesday 27 January

Saying
When you operate in your gift,
you don’t have to be at the head of the table;
for wherever you sit or stand,
the table and room will shift.
Jennifer Marie

Have a wonderful Christmas time and I hope 2021 will be the year of change for the better!
We look forward to seeing you all in 2021!
Anna & Justin

Spring is Calling

Spring is near,
Spring is here!
Are you as excited as me for the warmer months that are coming?

Welcome to our Spring is Calling News Update

Hello Everyone,
I’ve been offline during August having a Facebook detox but I can still be found posting on Instagram.  Instagram link here

It has definitely been a challenge when it comes to connecting with our dance friends but I feel we have all become stronger and more resilient and learnt new ways and paths to connect.  Always look for the positive in every situation. I do hope everyone is fine and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt that the basic principles haven’t changed.  It is more important now than ever to look after number 1.

My Tips
Health – Eat when you’re hungry include protein and have lots of veges –this will help you physically and mentally. Don’t eat if you’re bored get up and walk instead

Fitness -looking after your body you’ve only get one vessel, start with small steps with just walking and stretching

Family -keeping in touch and sharing the love, nothing like family time to give you a boost

Friends -what would we do without them! Give that someone a call, email, send them a letter the old fashion way

It’s been a great time to pick up a new skill, catch up on reading, start a new online course, renovating, gardening, cooking and NOW is a perfect time to SPRING clean.  I’m becoming a domesticated queen who would have thought lol!!!
Don’t just stop at the house – Spring clean the garden, the wardrobe, the body and the mind. You will be surprised how good it feels.

What’s New?
We have a NEW logo branding with several designs to choose from!
Earlier in July there was a Facebook post regarding new merchandise with the new logo.
Please send through your sizing and colour preference.  Black or White Tees or Polos.

Now let’s get down to business
So when are we starting back?
The million dollar question that everyone has been asking.
At this point in time we are hopeful that classes may start back at 2 maybe 3 venues after the School holiday break in October.
We are awaiting confirmation for Gosford 50+ Leisure Learning Ctr and Woodcroft in Sydney’s outer west and perhaps Emu Plains.

Expressions of interest
Firstly, we are now taking an expression of interest for those who would like to start back.  Simply reply to this email. We are looking to run a 6 week class before Christmas. Provided confirmation of anyone of the venues is a go and should you be successful to make the first 20, a further email will be forwarded with more details of class structure.
Please email to RSVP your spot

Classes will run under a different format in keeping with the COVID-19 guidelines.
1.Please note there will be no rotation in classes.
2.You must come with a partner and stay with that partner through the duration of the class.
3.There is a limit of 20 (10 couples) and
4.Registration is a MUST
5.There will be a full class fee payable for a “no show” on the night if you registered.
6. Only students who were enrolled with Blue Suede Shoes pre COVID-19 may apply.
7. Entry will be refused to anyone in a hot spot area or showing flu like symptoms

How will it work?
Please note we do have all the precautionary COVID-19 regulations in place and masks are optional.  We have an auto hand sanitizer station, infra red thermometer, antibacterial wipes and spray, even gloves all ready on hand.
We do have one STRICT RULE if you are not well please do not attend as you may find yourself being sent home upon arriving.
The safety or our staff and students is first and foremost.

We will continue to accept cash and bank deposits for all fees.
Once we reach our maximum 20 you will be sent a notification either by text or email and we ask you please reply to confirm your place.

The classes will start back with 2 Levels.
Level 1 recap on Term 1 suited for beginners/intermediate 1
Level 2 medium pace suited for intermediate/advanced
Our objective is to have you back on the floor moving and gaining confidence once again.

Expression of Interest Central Coast -Private Group Lessons
We are negotiating a time with East Gosford Hall and at this stage we may have Thursday nights available for small private lesson groups.  In the meantime if you have a partner and would like to book a private lesson or be part of the group private please email me to see what may be available.  Please note this is just for the interim period should Gosford 50+ Leisure Learning Centre not go back in October.

If you are missing you’re dancing don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel and watch some of class recaps. Link here

Christmas Party
There has been no decision made regarding the Christmas Party. We will wait until November to update you all.  An outdoor picnic has been decided to replace the annual Christmas Party.  We will have more details in November.

Saying

Twinkle toes is off to check what’s burning on the stove only kidding wink wink

See you on the dance floor real soon
Love Anna, Justin & the Team

I’ll be back

In the famous words of Arnie “I’ll be back”.
It won’t be long that we will be back dancing and together on the dance floor again.This edition is somewhat different and more  personal than our usual update.  I hope you have the time to sit back and relax while you read on.

Let’s get Started
Where did the last 6 months go?  I am pleased to say we have hit the mid year mark and it’s countdown to Christmas. Did I say Christmas?   Yep!  21 weeks till our Christmas Party and 24 weeks till Christmas season.  I’m not one for short-term gratification.  I have the
patience to wait for the good things AND our Christmas Party is going ahead even if we have to have the event outdoors.

Reflecting
It has been 15 weeks since our last class at Woodcroft and I can report we are doing fine.  We have ridden a couple of waves like most of you have but I can honestly say I wasn’t
prepared for anything like we have seen in these last few months.  I found turning off
social media, the mainstream news and the radio was the best thing I did.  Social media for me is to connect with family and friends and for my dance studio. There is so much fear and hate in the world today and we can all become consumed and guilty of getting tangled within its web.  It does us no good and only spreads more negativity.  I would like to invite you all to look at the glass half full and think of all the good and awareness that you have come to see instead of the gloom.

What have I been doing?
So many have ask me what I’m doing now without my teaching and dancing.
My days don’t differ too much.  My fitness has increased I still walk 10,000 plus steps and dance every night in the lounge room with my better half but now I’ve included pushups, calesthenics, and deep squats to my repertoire.  Love a challenge!

I’ve begun baking biccy’s, arancinis, canoli and specialising in Sicilian recipes (my
heritage). I started learning keyboard too. (not my forte the poor neighbours  lol!)
Mr C has perfected his sourdough bread, sourdough pizza and some pastry dishes.

What are you doing differently now?  How has life changed for you?

Online Classes
This week we finished a 10 week online Swing, RocknRoll, Cha Cha and Rockabilly course and now stepping back for a break.  Thank you to everyone who part of the virtual group.  It was challenging to teach through a video screen but your encouragement each week made it fun.

Dance Benefits…What I’ve realised
Most of us don’t realise how much we miss something until it’s gone.
I realised what I missed most about dancing was not the teaching but the people.  The
social aspect, the bonding, the support, the familiarity and of course the fun and nonsense.  Dancing is playing with the music and your partner.
Dance has many benefits both mentally and physically.  Whilst we are able to keep up the physical I realised how belonging to a dance community effects us mentally especially when the social connection is taken away.  As humans we use our 5 senses and touch is not only one part of dancing but part of connecting.  There are many people without partners, families or spouses that come to our classes and form life long friendships. Dancing is
therapy and art. It’s an activity that improves our well-being and health on so many levels and in so many ways.
I encourage you to play your favourite song tonight and dance in your lounge room and
remember why you love to dance.

How will Classes look on the other side?
We are on track to start back at a couple of venues late August/September under Covid-19 Check List Guidelines from our venues set by NSW Health.
These Guidelines will be emailed next month. Restrictions are easing every couple of weeks and we will keep you updated before we resume with the latest rules.
Bookings will be essential for the first classes back and we will provide a set format when the time arrives.
At this point in time the 4sq metre rule applies and we are fortunate to have large dance floors at all our venues.  We are still working around the 1.5sq metre restriction and
hopefully this will relax by September.

I can confirm the following venues will be coming back
Emu Plains
Camden
Gosford
Woodcroft
Concord

NSW RocknRoll Association Inc
A group of Dance Professionals along with myself have been working for over 2 years to form the NSW RocknRoll Association Inc for the RocknRoll dance community.  We are an active association for the people and we are now inviting you to become a member and help support our niche community. The website was launched this week with a new facelift to the logo. Anyone can join.
Please take the time to visit and download the membership form.  Browse the site  here


It’s our Birthday 5thAugust

August is Blue Suede Shoes 29thBirthday.  We have come along way since our humble
beginners in Blacktown.  We hope to celebrate at our end of year Christmas Party.  Thank you to everyone who has crossed our dance floor over the years and brought us so much joy. We hope to continue to bring more fun in the very near future.

Christmas Party
Save the date Sat 28 November with The Aston Martinis.  More details to follow.

New Rookie
Congratulations
to Sharyn Smith our newly qualified member at Blue Suede Shoes and NSW RocknRoll Association Inc.  Sharyn has worked as a volunteer assistant for the last 2 years on the Central Coast and earlier this year at Woodcroft. Sharyn has attained her
Certificate I in RocknRoll and we look forward to seeing her on the dance floor soon.

Social Media
If you are internet savvy and can help us gain more exposure on social media simply by writing a review on Google or Facebook it would be appreciated.  Simply type Blue Suede Shoes Dance School into google search and on the right hand side you will see our
business pop up and simply click on “write a review”.
Social media works on algorithms and it is quite challenging to see our posts if you are not constantly liking and commenting.  I understand how it can become quite time consuming checking in all the posts and we do greatly appreciate your interaction.

Another way you can assist is subscribing to our YouTube Channel. If you have a YouTube account just login visit our channel link here and click on subscribe.  If not take a few
minutes and sign up it’s free you just need and email and password. Once you are logged you will have access to our online recap class videos.

Saying

Stay Safe See you Soon
Anna, Justin & the BSS Team

Stay at Home 2020

First of all Happy Mothers Day for yesterday! 
I for one can say it was the best Mothers Day just to be able to spend time with family after a long spell of absence.

Hang in there guys we got this!
We are definitely living in unprecedented times and there are no words for how I feel at the moment.  I keep myself active by walking twice a day, exercising and yoga, nightly fun dance with Mr C, some meditation quiet time, a phone call here and there, a zoom time now and again, gardening and “trying” to learn the piano lol!
And yet I still have time to twiddle my thumbs ..yes I get bored.
I miss my people, I miss my happy place.

Let’s get started
Online Swing and RocknRoll Classes started in April with lots of enthusiasm and since May the feedback has fizzled somewhat.  This month in May our Swing Stay at Home Classes are Frankie Manning inspired. I have also posted a 5 part Shim Sham series for you to
follow and learn.
Some of our staff are full time teachers and have no second job or income at the moment  so I would like to thank those of you who have sent donations in kind for the online classes and your support in general. We are truly grateful we know everyone is doing it tough.

Please let me know if you wish to continue with the online classes and/or if you have any suggestions or feedback.  We have Cha Cha on the Agenda for June.

Let’s Start the conversation During this Stay at Home period
We have definitely fallen on hard times in fact the most challenging in the 29 years of the studio opening. Can you believe it’s been 8 weeks since our last class.  We miss you all –
the laughs, the jokes, the warmth and of course the dancing!

It has been extremely challenging and difficult for all of us in the arts industry.  Whether you are a dancer, singer, musician etc it has been trying times to stay motivated and
creative without connection and face to face contact.  There has also been a lot of anxiety as we move forward with the uncertainty of our industry due to the social distancing
restrictions yet when the Going gets Tough, The Tough get Going! 

Some Good News …Restrictions Lifting
The government has announced 3 stages of restrictions easing over the next 3 months commencing this Friday 15 May.  As exciting as that may be Blue Suede Shoes Dance School have made the decision to look to a Spring Start in September for all group classes. We will watch for restrictions for indoor gatherings before any class confirmation is made.   However, there maybe a possibility for  private lessons in the interim for couples and small groups permitting they cover the Government guidelines and we have permission to hire our venues again.

Why Spring Start?
1. Students safety foremost
2.At this stage our Council Halls and Clubs are closed
3.July and August are the coldest months and spank in the middle of winter
4. Enables us to start off small one venue at a time

What will the Classes look like?
In order to re-start classes we will be implementing all the Safe Work Cover requirements from the Government:
-Temperature control
-Sanitisers
-Wash hands before and after class

On the dance Floor :
1.No rotation in classes (we will not be changing partners)
2.Couples only (come with your own partner)
3.Only existing enrolments (students) prior to lockdown will be permitted
4.No new beginner enrolments until further notice
5. 1.5metre rule between each couple and minimum numbers in each venue under the 4square metre rule
6.Private lessons and private groups permitted

We will  recommend dancers bring along their own hand towels, tissues and hand sanitisers to assist us in low spread contamination.  For hygiene purposes we will also recommend you bring an extra shirt if you are one to perspire.
We are fortunate that we don’t use equipment and have very low risk in that area.

Venues
I can confirm Ettalong, Toukley and Mayfield will not go back this year.
Concord, Emu Plains, Woodcroft and Camden are under review with a possibility of
starting in September subject to Council and Club approval.

Reminder
Christmas in July FIESTA and NSW State Titles have been CANCELLED BUT…….

End of Year Christmas Party The Aston Martinis Castle Hill RSL 28 Nov
At this time we are remaining positive for our End of Year Christmas Party.

Fingers crossed the minimum number for indoor gatherings will increase to allow the
function to go ahead according to the Government restrictions when November arrives.  Those who have kept their Roaring 20s Tickets in credit for the End of Year Christmas Party are definitely first in the door.  I foresee no further sales for this event due to the indoor
gathering numbers restriction and 4sq metre rule.

YouTube Channel
Looking for some recap classes? Visit our YouTube Channel here for past videos

Saying
You are not a drop in the ocean; you are the entire ocean in a drop
“Rumi”

Counting the days to seeing you on the dance floor
Anna & Justin

March Magic

Firstly what a Fab February as we say So Long to Summer!
I would like to welcome all our new students who have begun with us this year.  I love the enthusiasm and vibe you bring to the floor each week.  Our theme nights were well received and we have had requests for more so keep your eyes peeled for the next one in your area.

Fiery Fundraiser Recap
Earlier this year we embarked on a Fundraiser to help our Firey’s and what a HUGE
success.  We are proud to announce we raised $6636.05 from an enthusiastic loyal giving crowd of 105 people.   More than half were from Sydney and I do applaud your support.  We had a wonderful team of volunteers who put their hands up to help and of course our music team in DJ Gav Bean and Toni & the Rhythm Cats who gave up of their time to provide the entertainment.  Thank you!

Look out March is here
All NEW courses starting at the following venues
Emu Plains Monday 9 March
Concord Wednesday 11 March
Camden Monday 16 March
Woodcroft – Thursday 5 March Swing is back at 7.45pm
Gosford – Wednesday 4 March Swing is back at 7.45pm
Ettalong – Monday 2 March RocknRoll/Rockabilly & Swing is back at 7.45pm
Toukley – Tuesday 3 March RocknRoll & Swing is back at 7.45pm
Mayfield course final class Monday 2 March
We also recommend the extra classes run by the Swing Katz at Surry Hills and
Katoomba.
For more details please visit our Lessons Page

Did you know?
At the end of your lesson we encourage you to video the class recap.  There is a 15 minute social break at the end of each class where you can video your teachers and practice your class moves.

Who else is Ready to Dance?
Roaring 20s Theme Ball

Ain’t no PARTY like a ROARING 20s !!…..it’s going to be the bees knees!!
Get those tix quick or regret it!
Available now at this link or pop into class and grab your ticket.

It’s been a long time between drinks since we have had The Lemon Squeezin
Daddies with Pearl Noire at one of our events. Join us for an event not to be missed.

All welcomed bring your friends along, kid friendly event. Great venue Huge Car park, Bistro, Bar and large sunken dance floor. What more could you want?

Saturday 18 April 7pm at the Greyhound Social Club (known as Arena Sports Club)
140 Rookwood Road, Yagoona
Adults $27.50 Children $15.00

Medals Night
The next NSW RocknRoll Association medals will be held at Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday 7 May at 7.30pm. Medallists interested in being part of the Program please email me for the Nomination Form.   Private lessons available for all dancers. Bronze to Gold Levels in all styles RocknRoll, Slow Swing & LindyHop.

NSW RocknRoll Association Inc
Become a member of the NSW RocknRoll Association Inc which has just had it’s first AGM and is now incorporated. Qualified Teachers, Medal Programs for your students.  Teachers and Student Workshops available as well as  Teachers Qualification Program.
Find out what it takes to be qualified, also become an Active Kids Provider, Working With Children and the most important Public Liability Dance Insurance.
Teachers Membership is $30 and Student Dancers may join for $10 and save that on their first medal exam.  For more details please email nswstatetitles@outlook.com

ANNOUNCING Christmas in July Coast Shelter Appeal Sat 25 July
“No time for Siesta..it’s time for Fiesta!!”
Our annual Christmas in July theme is Fiesta Party featuring teddy boy band
The Lincolns from Adelaide. Our charity of choice continues with Coast Shelter.
Where? Central Coast Leagues Club
When? Saturday 25 July.
Tickets will be available 10 March.  I am taking bookings now..
Ticket fees Adults $35 and Children $15

Twinkle Toes
Looking for dance shoes?
  We are a stockist for My JuJu Dance Fever RocknRoll Shoes.  We have Mens and Ladies shoes available in brogue, saddle and maryjane style. Black, Black & White, Red & Black with memory foam inserts, leather sole or rubber sole.
$130

Upcoming Events
Easy Street Show n Shine Toukley 7 March
RocknRoll Vintage in Thirroul 8 March
Newcastle Rockabilly Festival Sat 14 March
Kurri Kurri Nostalgic Festival 27-29 March

All Eyes on the NEW Season Special
Our GIFT TO YOU
Who wants $10 OFF  our 8 Lesson Passes this month?
Limited to one per person during the magic month of March.
Ask about our other offers available.  *Bring a friend for free first visit.
Available at Woodcroft & Central Coast locations

Follow us on Facebook link
We understand not everyone does social media. For those that do follow Facebook please visit our 2 pages.  Our Group page is for gigs and less formal information and our Business Page advertises our classes and events.  It will keep you up to the minute.
If you like to watch class videos please visit and subscribe to our YouTube Channel link

Touching Base
Please give us a Courtesy Call/text or email if you are unable to attend your private
lesson, workshop, troupe training or regular class.  This will help the teacher reassess their planner and class schedule.

Where there are poor class numbers/double bookings or an emergency situation e.g. weather related/bushfire etc you will be notified of cancellation by text.

Saying

Signing off

50 Shades of G’day

Happy 2020!   Happy Australia Day!
What’s Australia Day without a beer and a barbie and good old fashion aussie slang G’day Mate, Fair Dinkum!!  Work on Australia Day….Flamin’ unAustralian!!

It’s not been the start we had hoped for but we need to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.  So we have got together with some likeminded friends and decided to donate all proceeds of our Valentines Day Dance to the Firey’s Fundraiser.

Read below….. All you need to know in 5 minutes!

Valentines Firey’s Fundraiser
Hurry before its too late! Tickets for the Fundaiser have been selling fast.  If you have
tickets in hand you will have express entry on the night.  Please note tickets do not
ensure a table but the club is doing its best to have seating for 180. It’s first in best dressed on the night when the doors open.

We are very grateful to our Volunteers who have donated their time on the night and
especially to Gav Bean and Toni & the Rhythm Cats who have donated their services for the event.  There has been such great support from the dancers providing us with
raffle gifts and prizes. Remember 100% of all donations and money raised on the night including door entry fee is going to the NSW RFS. There are no administration fees.   One of the hardest things I had to learn in life was to ask for help and when I finally did doors opened for me.  Now it’s time to give back. We collectively belong to a community and have a platform where we can bring people together and make good from it.
Thank you for your support.

Roaring 20s Ball
Are you ready to KICK UP YOUR HEELS for the first Event of the Year?
Ain’t no PARTY like a ROARING 20s !!…..it’s going to be the bees knees!!
Get those tix quick or regret it!
Available from 27January at this link or at any of our venues.

Very excited to announce Lemon Squeezin Daddies with Pearl Noire 
All welcomed, bring your friends along, we are kid friendly.
Huge Car park, Bistro, Bar and large sunken dance floor
Saturday 18 April 7pm at the Greyhound Social Club (now known as Arena Sports Club)
140 Rookwood Road, Yagoona

Friendly Reminder
No Powder on the dance floor.

Active Kids Vouchers
Did you know we teach children? Did you know your child may receive $100 worth of FREE lessons with the ACTIVE KIDS voucher from Service NSW.
We are taking enrolments for children from the ages of 7 years and over.
There are no costume fees or registration fees. Children not only benefit by learning to dance but they will gain self-confidence, balance, rhythm, musicality, self-expression and so much more.

Classes to give you that Edge….
We have troupe sessions!  If you’re interested in taking your dancing to the next level, get that extra edge and ramp it up why not come along and see what its about.  Be
inspired!  A typical troupe session will have fitness training and stretching as part of the warm up in addition to liftwork, tricksndips, styling and dance steps/choreography. Don’t be afraid to ask!

Get better bang for your bucks
Every dollar counts and to celebrate the start of 2020 we are offering a Special
“2 Classes for $20” in one night.  Learn 2 dance styles in the one night for the discounted price of $20 at selected venues.  Ask us at your next class.

Want more? Ask us about our Lesson Passes and save on bundling your lessons

Have you heard about this?
We are expanding this year!  Bondi and Beecroft.
Do you have friends in these areas?  Would you be interested in more social nights?    Keep your eyes peeled here over the next couple of months to see what’s happening.

Who else is ready to dance?
YES WE ARE OPEN AUSTRALIA DAY MONDAY 27 JANUARY
Camden RSL & Emu Plains are on as normal.

Gosford & Woodcroft Schedule  
6.45pm A mix of Rock and Roll & Rockabilly
7.45pm A combination of Swing & Balboa
Peoples choice – Waltz, slow rhythm, cha cha cha to come
Toukley, Ettalong & Mayfield Schedule
6.45pm Rockabilly  7.45pm A combination of Swing & Balboa
Concord/Emu Plains/Camden/Surry HillsSchedule Link here
RocknRoll & Swing/Lindy Hop
Katoomba Schedule Link here
RocknRoll & Solo Jazz

Did you know?
At the end of your lesson we encourage you to video the class recap.  There is a 15 minute social break at the end of each class where you can video your teachers and practice your class moves.

I thought you might like this
Taking the lead from last year’s feedback there will be different dance styles introduced every couple of months at some of our locations.  A Taste of Balboa, Waltz, Slow Rhythm and Cha Cha are our first picks.

2020 is your year – What do you want to see more of?
Socials, Workshops, Big Events, Student Performance Routines, Theme nights
Don’t forget to check Gig Guide here every Wednesday

Follow us on Facebook link
We understand not everyone does social media. For those that do follow Facebook please visit our 2 pages.  Our Group page is for gigs and less formal information and our Business Page advertises our classes and events.  It will keep you up to the minute.
If you like to watch class videos please visit and subscribe to our YouTube Channel link

Charleston Challenge 2020
Its that time of the year again for the Charleston Challenge.  This year’s gold coin donation will be going to the NSWRFS.  Come along don your finest threads and join the Charleston Challenge.  The routine will be taught in our Swing Class.  It’s short’n’easy to learn.  Hydro Majestic Medlow Bath on Saturday 8th Feb 11am


Touching Base

Please give us a Courtesy Call/text or email if you are unable to attend your private lesson, workshop, troupe training or regular class.  This will help the teacher reassess their planner and class schedule.

Where there are poor class numbers/double bookings or an emergency situation e.g. weather related/bushfire etc you will be notified of cancellation by text.

Saying

Oi Oi Oi   from Anna & Justin

Valentine’s Firey’s Fundraiser


CONGRATULATIONS!! on achieving this awesome result of $6636.05.
The event was a huge success and thank you to
Toni & the Rhythm Cats, Gav Bean
The Volunteer team,
Everyone who donated gifts for the raffles and silent auctions
And to all who donated cash.
You should all be proud!!!

I think we have all been going through a rollercoaster of emotions with the bushfire devastation and it’s ok to be sad, it’s even ok to be angry and feel helpless. BUT I think we need to lead in a more positive way now more than ever.

It’s time for calmness and normality, time to rebuild communities and help them grow again. They need our help. Let’s be the change. Let’s lead by example and focus on the good and the positive outcomes. Let’s help pick up the pieces. Too many brave people to be grateful for to let our anger get the better of us. Too many lives, homes and animals have been lost & now need our assistance. How about we become more productive? What can we do to help?? What can you do to assist the countless people and services that need your help?

3 weeks ago I asked if our dance community wanted to help with a fundraiser for the firey’s and there was such a positive reaction and lots of dancers put their hands up to help.  We even had Club Toukley donate their auditorium, Gav Bean his DJ Services and Toni Michelle & the Rhythm Cats offered to play for us.  The bushfires over the Christmas/New Years Season unfortunately worsened.  We are now more than ever committed to help this cause.  We will be working with the Charmhaven Central District Rural Fire Service and we hope you come along and support the Fundraiser.

The gift of GIVING is alive and well.
We have had numerous messages asking what can be donated for prizes.
We have a number of hampers donated, Alcohol, Arnotts Box, Bunnings Voucher & Cotton On Gift Vouchers.

Below is a list of what we don’t have yet
Restaurant/Cafe Dinner vouchers, generic gift cards, accommodation voucher, electrical appliances, sports memorabilia, beauty or hair salon/barber vouchers just to name a few.
I hope this helps with everyone’s questions.
Many hands make light work thank you.
PLEASE email your list of donations to sue@expressfirstaid.com.au

We now have 14 Volunteers who have put their hand up Thank you so much.

Door entry will be $25 will all proceeds going to Rural Fire Service Central Coast District
Entry Tickets may be purchased at classes or on the night.
Tickets on sale from 16 January ring 0414 938623 for details

We are accepting gift donations to raffle, auction etc
Please email bluesuedes@hotmail.com for more information regarding gift donations 

Please note tickets are non refundable
First in best dressed there will be no tables reserved
Tickets will be emailed for record purposes
The club has a bistro and coffee bar

So many KODAK moments in 2019…
This is it! our last newsletter for the year and decade!

Thank you for visiting anyone of our studio locations this year and making memories with our team.  We are truly blessed and thankful to the wonderful students and staff that make our days brighter and better. It really is a joy and pleasure to get on the dance floor with a  great bunch of people.

Christmas is my favorite time of year and I love everything about it -from the Christmas spirit, the family time, the food and the holidays.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year & New Decade in 2020!!

In the meantime we have a brief up to the minute newsletter with all the information you need for January and resume dates for all our venues.  I am very mindful of how time poor everyone is this time of year so I’m keeping it short and sweet.

My Message: Remember to take time out for you… breathe and relax.  Do something for yourself.  Yes be selfish, take some R&R time, read a book, visit a friend, turn off social
media, go for a walk, start a holiday saving account and don’t dip into it until you reach your goal, try something new -a change is as good as a holiday.  Go through that wardrobe and get rid of those unwanted, unworn clothes. Best things in life are FREE.. Give of your time and take time to Listen and always send someone a SMILE.  Let’s not forget those doing it tough through our worst Bushfire Season ever and the bravery of our firefighters.

Reflecting on 2019 What were your top 3 memories?
Here are mine
1. Christmas in July with Lucky Seven
2.  Going back home to Woodcroft
3. Pj Party

Pyjama Party Review
WoW!
What a great night we had! Everyone looked great in their Pjs and how amazing were The Aston Martinis.
Congratulations to our raffle winners and Student of the Year Margaret Vickers. We can’t wait to bring you more
exciting events in 2020. Now grab a pen and jot down the Save the Dates below.

2020 Save the Date
Blue Suede Shoes Must Events for your diaries
Roaring 20’s Ball Sat 18 April
Christmas in July  Sat 25 July
WSDC Dance Championships Sat 1 August
End of Year Christmas Party Sat 28 Nov

When will we be back?
Concord Wed 15 January
Emu Plains & Camden RSL Mon 20 January
Gosford Wed 29 January
Woodcroft Thurs 30 January
Mayfield Mon 3 February
Club Toukley Tuesday 4 February
Katoomba 11 February
Ettalong TBC
Lessons page here

What’s NEW??
We are looking to expand in 2 new regions in the Eastern Suburbs and Macquarie Region for 2020.  Stay tuned for
details
Medal workshops for anyone wishing to do their medals in 2020
Taster Courses  – bringing back some of our
ballroom/latin/balboa styles

New Events
High Tea Afternoon Sydney
Rumble Dance Tournament Sydney

January in Review



Swing Kids

What a great journey the Swing Kids have had in 2019.  Workshops will continue in 2020 and weekly classes during the summer break are being held at East Gosford.
Reminder the Active Kids Vouchers are available once again from January 2020 for Services NSW.

5 Ways to survive the school holidays while we are off
1.Watch our Blue Suede Shoes YouTube channel to brush up on your moves click here
2.Go out social dancing
3.Get together with friends and practice
4.Start a suggestion box with some fun ideas we can
incorporate in 2020.  What sort of new courses or workshops would you like to see, class theme nights etc
5.Why not challenge yourself – 20 moves in 20 minutes (great exercise too)

January Festivals of interest
Parkes Elvis Festival 8-12 Jan
Lady Luck festival 18 Jan

Gig Guide Link Here will be updated every Wednesday Check out New Years Eve Events now

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What you Get will never make you happy in the long term.
Who you become and what your contribute will.

From the Blue Suede Shoes Team
Thank you for an AWESOME year!

November Notes

It’s PARTY SEASON ….together in November

Welcome
Read all “About Us” at your leisure and get familiar with our website.
We post our News bi-monthly and the next issue next year will be in January.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for all your daily class and events update.

Is this your first time at BSS Dance? We have a Gig Guide which is updated every
Wednesday just visit our link here and all previous Newsletters are kept in the archives and can be read at your leisure.
For a full class schedule please visit this link and then go to Sydney or Central Coast link

This is your News! so relax put your feet up and read on!

What’s in this issue?
HALLOWEEN THEME – WOODCROFT 31 OCT
MEDALS TEST
TIMBER & SOLE II
PJ CHRISTMAS PARTY
KATZ KOAST WORKSHOP SAT 16 NOV
CHROMEFEST WRAP
CLOSING DATES

Happy Halloween Social
This Thursday night at Woodcroft join us for our regular RocknRoll Class at 6.45pm
followed by our Halloween Social Dance. BYO nibbles welcomed.
All students from all venues welcomed. Let’s have fun and  Dress in theme.

Medals Night Thursday 7 November
We have a handful of students dancing at the next Medals night at
Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre at 7.30pm. Spectactors welcomed.
The RocknRoll Class will go ahead as scheduled at 6.45pm.

Timber & Sole II
Saturday 9 November Surry Hills
Pop into the big smoke on for the next Timber & Sole Social with Dj Limpin Jimmy. A group of us from the coast will be training it down and anyone is welcomed to join us.


KATZ KOAST WORKSHOP

Heads up guys and gals the next Katz Koast Workshop is on Saturday 16 November at
East Gosford Progressive Hall 11.30am-1.30pm.
Bring joggers, dance shoes, hand towel and bottled water.
$30 payable in advance to confirm the teaching staff.

Once a Month Monday night Jazz
The Central Coast Leagues Swing Dance night with the Con Artists Big Band continues from strength to strength each month. If you haven’t been down there yet catch them on
Monday 25 November for the last one of the year.

Pyjama Party
Can’t wait for our Christmas Pyjama theme party on Saturday 30 November at
Castle Hill Bowling Club with Aston Martinis.
The Christmas Party is a sell out!! Only Standing room tickets available now.
Doors open 6.45pm for 7.15pm start.  There is a bistro available and car park.

Closing dates for 2019
Ettalong 18 November last night (students welcomed at Gosford after this date)
Emu Plains & Camden 9 December
Toukley 3 December  (Reminder no class Melbourne Cup Day 5 November)
Gosford & Concord 11 December
Woodcroft 12 December

ChromeFest Wrap
Well it’s a wrap for another year!  3 days at the stall and 2 big nights entertainment! I would like to send a Special thanks to all the helpers, volunteers, students and staff who helped us at the One of a Kind Stall this year.  It was definitely a challenging couple of days with the gusts of winds but we survived.  We are truly blessed with wonderful friends.  From pack up to set up, grabbing cuppas and lunch for us and holding the fort down during the winds and to all the sales staff who worked across the 3 days. You are appreciated xxx

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Thank you & Keep Swingin’
Mamma G Cat & Daddy Kat