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November Notes

It’s PARTY SEASON ….together in November

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?

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.


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


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


Spring Fling

Spring Fever All Round

It’s hard to believe we are in the last quarter of the year!
It’s all down hill now.  Counting down to Christmas!

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

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

NEW to the School?
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.

Courtesy Call – We do ask if you can drop us a line by text or email if you can’t make it to class. Thank you.

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

This issue
Chromefest Friday Bop
Pyjama Party
One of a Kind Clothing
Kids Classes Woodcroft/Toukley
Christmas Party Performance Routine
New Courses

Fathers Day this Sunday 1st September – We would like to wish all the Dads, dads to be, and step in dads and moms a truly Happy Fathers Day and hope you get spoilt.

Featured photo is from our Gangsters Theme Christmas in July lol!!
Since our last News we held the Christmas in July and WSDC NSW State Titles and I would like to thank everyone who supported these events.  They were both a huge success and we had some wonderful volunteers and sponsors who helped make this events run
without a hitch.  Truly blessed by the support.

Firstly I would like to say how good is it to be back at Woodcroft!!
Home for 20 years and still feels like home after our 4.5 year absence during its rebuild.

Once a Month Monday night Jazz
Thank you to the support of the Central Coast Dancers for their attendance in August at the Central Coast Leagues Swing Dance night with the Con Artists Big Band. It was fantastic news to hear they broke the attendance record.   Well done you have spoken with action!!!

Shakin Saturdayz
Our next social at St Johns Heritage Church Woy Woy will be held on Saturday 14
September 6.30pm – 10.30pm.  Food order details to come. Everyone welcomed all venues all levels all ages.  $8 at the door (13yrs & under free)

It is a BYO venue so nibbles permitted and we do ask to please take your rubbish with you when you leave.
There is a charming venue great dance floor and great enclosed courtyard  at this venue and off street parking.

Chromefest Friday Bop 25 October

There are still tickets available for Chromefest Friday night gig at Mingara Recreation Club with Ezra Lee & his band and DJ Gav Bean.  This gig is a must!  If you love the greats like
Jerry Lee Lewis you will be amazed with Ezra.  Our very own home grown Australian singer songwriter.

Pyjama Party –Sat 30 November Castle Hill Bowling Club with Aston Martinis

The end of year Christmas Party was announced last week and in less than 48 hours 150 tickets were sold.  We have closed the cart now as all tables have sold out.  We do have a handful of seats available on certain tables. Please message or email me for your booking.  Please note you will be seated accordingly to where seating is available. You will be free to mix and mingle through the night.  It is a small venue and we are limited at this venue.
Standing room tickets also available.

New Spring Courses
Woodcroft new courses 5 Sept RocknRoll 6.45pm
Woodcroft Kids Open Day Thursday 12 Sept 6pm
Katoomba new Swing courses 24 September 6.30pm
Concord 2 Oct 7pm
Gosford –new 6 week course 18 Sept RocknRoll 6.45pm Swing 7.45pm
Please note this Wednesday 4 September Beginners Swing at 7.45pm
no intermediate swing class -it will return on 18 September
Please note no classes at Club Toukley Tuesday 10 September

Please note no classes at Gosford Wednesday 11 September due to Grandma Moses Art Exhibiton 
Xmas party routine – must book your spot for classes coming in October at selected venues
Check Lessons Page for daily updates here LESSONS

One of a Kind Clothing
After a 2 month spell One of a Kind Clothing has taken off both online and off. We have some great consignment stock thanks to our Consignors locally and interstate.  We will be at Chromefest once again hopefully in the same spot opposite the Sails Stage.
Please note our racks are overloaded we have limited the consignment now.
No skirts, pants or accessories i.e hand bags, shoes, hair accessories are being collected at this point in time.

Kids Classes
We are looking to start a Kids Class at Woodcroft in mid September.  If you have children, grandchildren or friends who may be interested in bringing their child along please pass on the information.  Open Day on Thursday 12 September at 5.45pm.
Blue Suede Shoes Dance School is an Active Kids Provider which means the child will
benefit by applying for the voucher through Services NSW and receive 10 free lessons.
We also teach on the Central Coast.  We are looking for more girls between the ages of 7-13 years of age who may wish to enroll in this last quarter.

Less Attitude more Gratitude

We had a lot of fun with this post this month
Dance Instructor Language so I thought I would share it here

Swingin’ into Spring
See you at class
Anna & Justin

Winter Warmer Update

We have so much to warm you up this Winter. Something for everyone from dance classes to dance events, festivals, workshops and competitions.

Read all “About Us” at your leisure and get familiar with our website.
We post our News bi-monthly and the next 2 issues this year are September & November.

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

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

This issue
Woodcroft venue  is back
Christmas in July Coast Shelter
WSDC NSW State Titles
Swing Katz Coast Workshop
Chromefest Gig Update
St John Spring Social

Going back home to Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre
Our venue for 20 years (1995-2015) has now been rebuilt and ready to open its doors.
It’s been a long 4.5 years in the building process.

Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre re opens Thursday 1stAugust
65 Woodcroft Drive Woodcroft.
This will replace our so called “temporary venue” Plumpton Neighbourhood Centre.  We hope all our students will follow us back to our old “new” premises.

August is our Birthday month – 28 years!
So please come along to the Opening Night at Woodcroft. You may register and buy your lesson passes/courses for the upcoming term and cash in the Birthday Spring
Savings. There will be a class at 6.45pm with an opening social celebration from 7.30pm to 8.45pm.  Check out the beautiful venue and the surrounding lake and outdoor area.
Nearest railway station Doonside or Blacktown and you will need the Woodcroft bus. Ample car park and only minutes to Woodcroft Plaza.

Winter Courses
New month gives you the opportunity to invite your friends to start in our beginners
classes.  If you have been dancing in beginners over the last 3 months and would like to try
Intermediate this is the opportune time to move up and give it a go.  Please visit our Lessons Page for full schedule for either Sydney or Central Coast.

Woodcroft Thursday 1 August
Ettalong Monday 5 August
Toukley Tuesday 6 August
Please note Mayfield Uniting Church & Casula Community Centre will close for  Winter break this Monday 24 June and until September

ATTENTION– The following venues are closed on the following dates
Ettalong –Monday 1 July
Plumpton -Thursday 27 June
Toukley – Tuesday 2 July
Gosford  – Wednesday 3 July

Upcoming Blue Suede Shoes Dance Events
Coast Shelter Christmas in July with Lucky Seven 
Central Coast Leagues Club Sat 27 July 7pm 

The anticipation is killing me ….5 years in the making and only weeks to go!
This event has now been themed “Gangster”.  You may choose Gangsters from any period 1920s, 1930s, 1940s etc.

Please note this is an annual Charity Event and we would really appreciate if you can dig deep and donate non-perishable food, clothing, toys, toiletries etc. Students may bring their donations along to class and guests welcome to bring them on the night.  There will be boxes marked Coast Shelter to place your items.
Cash donations are accepted but must be placed in a sealed envelope with your name and address for receipting purposes.

Chromefest Sockhop Update Saturday 26 October
Mingara Recreation Club
Double Header Ross & The Wild Boys & Smokin Wingtips

If you haven’t bought tickets yet please get in quick to avoid disappointment. Each year we have had to turn people back once sold out. There are only just under 20 tickets left.  Great venue in the auditorium at Mingara Rec Club. Plenty of parking, bistros, bars and cafes.  Great dance floor!

Chromefest Friday Bop Friday 25 October Mingara Recreation Club
Ezra Lee & his band with Dj Gav Bean
Don’t forget the big one on Friday night Ezra Lee and his band from Melbourne with
headline Chromefest with the popular Dj Gav Bean.
Tables of 10 are available if you wish to book a group.  The largest dance floor at
Chromefest this year with a seating capacity of 300.
Not to be missed!
Tickets available now at this link $30 plus $1 processing fee.

6 weeks to go!!

Be sure to get your entry forms by 15 July. Late fee incur after this date.
Please note the change of venue
Greyhound Social Club Yagoona,
140 Rookwood Road Yagoona
For all competition details visit this link
Spectactor tickets are available now visit the link here almost half gone.

We are still looking for Sponsors.  If you wish to Sponsor please email
nswstatetitles@outlook.comfor Sponsorship form and details.

For Accommodation for all our interstate guests please see list below
Greenacre Hotel
Travelodge Hotel Bankstown
The Palms Hotel Greenacre
Hume Hotel
The Rydes Bankstown
Twin Willows Hote Bass Hill
Sleep Express Chullora
Bankstown Motel

Spring Fever! St Johns Heritage Hall Social Woy Woy
Swing into Spring and Save the date Sat 14 September for our next social at St John’s.
All welcomed $8 at the door.  Stay tuned for details on The Swing Katz Workshops through the day prior to the Social.

Spring Fever
We have the Swing Katz roaming the East Coast of Australia. June in Townsville August in Cairns and September on the Central Coast. This will be their first workshop in 3 years on the Central Coast. Please show your interest and support by return email if you would like to be part of the workshop.  The workshop will run Saturday 14 September afternoon
before the social 2-5pm.  Schedule and Fees to come.

Peoples Choice – Plumpton/Woodcroft Students
Expression of interest – please advise if you are interested in any of the following  courses for the quarter period August to November. This will determine our advance classes and workshops at this venue
Cha Cha Intermediate with Anna
Triples Workshop with Justin
Christmas Routine – to be confirmed

Lesson Passes
Save by purchasing lessons in bulk
4 lessons passes $55
8 Lesson passes $105
Our lesson passes have a 3 month Expiry

“If the world was blind how many people would you impress”

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 $35 is charged and is payable.
Unfortunately we need to pass on the overhead costs.

From the team at Blue Suede Shoes
thank you for your support and see you on the dance floor

WACKY World of Sports

Its our End of Year Christmas Party!!!

There are a handful of  tickets left! Get in quick!!
This years theme is Wacky World Of Sports
Come in your favourite team, sports person, sports commentator, sports colours etc

Featuring one of the best Melbourne Bands Shane Magro Combo
Early Bird Ticket Prices limited time till 15th October $25 have ended.

Tickets from Tuesday 16 October will resume to the regular price of $30 plus online processing fee$1.50

Adults Tickets $30 Plus $1.50 processing fee link here
Children 6-16 years $16.50 link here

Parramatta RSL
Corner Macquarie & O’Connell Street Parramatta

If you wish to sit with friends please note tables of 8-10 on top floor
Middle floor tables strictly of 8
Please send request who you wish to sit with when ordering tickets.







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

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

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!


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

Christmas Party Story Time

Fri 8 December 7pm at Parramatta RSL
Seated tiered level, great dance floor, bistro available downstairs

There are seats available along the back wall but no tables.

STORY TIME THEME …. Dress up in your favourite character

Bistro available from 5.30pm
Parking available across the road parking station validate your ticket at reception
Doors Open 6.30pm with Dj Vinnie
Hellcat III 1st set 7pm
The Lincolns 1st set 8.10pm
Student Performance Routine 9pm
Photo Booth, Raffles, Awards and so much more

Bring your dance shoes and dress in theme and bring your Christmas Cheer.  Lots of dancing to be had, student performance participation, and have your photo taken DIY in the photo booth area

The Lincolns from South Australia booked for this year’s Christmas party with one of our favourite local band Hellcat III.  Yes its another double header with Dj Vinnie !

All welcomed, family friendly
Tickets on Sale 10 August $25 Adults $15 Children SOLD OUT



Medals Night II coming Wednesday 1st November to Gosford Hall
Corner Albany Street North & Henry Wheeler Place, Gosford (see link below)

All students welcomed, all levels from Bronze to Gold Star.
It’s for everyone of all ages and a great way to see your achievements along the way of learning.  If you are a beginner or intermediate level dancer and never done your Bronze level medal come and see me at class or speak to some of our past medallists as seen above to find out about the experience. Also suitable for competitive dancers.
Presentations of Reports and Medals will be handed out on the night.

Spectators are welcomed to come along and cheer the dancers on for a fee of $5 at the door on the night.
There will be some social dancing on the night so bring your dance shoes along.

Nomination Forms may be requested by email bluesuedes@hotmail.com
edal Fees $35 per medal per person

Please note nomination forms to be in by no later than Wednesday 8 October.

Check link for details of address Map

10 tip to for Beginners

  1. Find the dance style you like and give it a go for a month
  2. If you have never danced before learn one style at a time
  3. Dress in comfy clothes and wear comfy shoes
  4. Don’t wear or buy new dance shoes for your first lesson
  5. Rotate in class and see how you go with different partners
  6. Go out social dancing to improve your moves and skills
  7. Throw away the excuse book and just do it!
  8. Dance to your capability and level and don’t compare yourself to others
  9. Do bring bottle water, a hand towel, deodorant and spare Tee
  10. Dance like no one is watching!
Beyond 10 – And just cos I can … wear something yellow 😉

Wartime in July

This year’s Christmas in July Salvation Army Winter Appeal will be themed WARTIME

Sat 26 July at Central Coast Leagues Club, Dane Drive, Gosford  Please bring along non- perishables or items of clothing, toiletries etc to donate to the Salvation Army.
Pleased to have Vini & the Moonlighters back by popular request and the Sydney Swing Katz performing.  Come dressed in theme Wartime


July Newsletter


Mid Winter Warmers
Yes it’s cooling down but the floor is only just heating up!!   Winter months sees our biggest events with Wartime in July this month and the NSW State Titles next month!!!!

Thank you to all the students who represented Blue Suede Shoes Dance School at the recent Revin Rockabilly Festival.  The one day event was a huge success and we look forward to next year’s event.

Andrew Hawken & Lynette Khan for their win in the Alley Katz Melbourne Open on Fri 27 June taking out 3 events including the $1000 cash prize.
Andrew & Lynette

To Miss Dee Meanour for her win at Miss Pinup Australia NSW State Titles on Sunday 29 June.  Miss VaVa Voom NSW
VAVA voom

We have had many requests from students who are not familiar with social media and facebook to post the Gig Guide on our Website.  As of June the Gig Guide has a page of its own on our Website and is updated every Wednesday. If you know of any gigs in your area please email us and we would be glad to add it to the list.

There are some Blue Suede Shoes V Neck T Shirts and Polo shirts in stock.  Please place your order in at any of our dance venues or by email.

Woodcroft – Cha Cha Intermediate 3 July 8.25pm
Gosford – Balboa Intermediate 2 July 8.25pm
Stockton RSL – Swing Intermediate 7 July 8.10pm

Enrol in one of our 4 NEW Courses –starting in the month of July.  Please don’t forget to register. Failure to register may result in course cancellation.  Please check our Lesson page for our Full Schedule of Venues &Times.  http://www.bluesuedeshoesdance.com.au/lessons/

We have had an overwhelming response and have hit record sales with 220 tickets sold. The last lot of tickets are AVAILABLE NOW!!  Only 10 tickets on Sale!, first in best dressed! Please be reminded this is our annual charity and we do ask our guests to bring something along in the way of non- perishable food items, toiletries, clothing, toys etc to donate to the Salvation Army Winter Appeal.
We will also be looking for the BEST DRESSED on the night!!!

Entries close Tuesday 1 July.  All late entries will incur a late fee of $10 for administration purposes. 
We are pleased to announce entrants from Melbourne, New Zealand, Brisbane, and NSW regional and metropolitan.  It’s not too late for South Australia and Perth entrants.  We are proud to have officials and adjudicators from Western Australia, New Zealand, Queensland and New South Wales.
Please be reminded we have workshops available for those of you arriving into Sydney on Saturday 9 August at our Concord Venue.  New Zealand Teachers Joanne & Rodney will be available for Tricks and Dips Workshop. Book now!

Chromefest 3 day festival is bigger and better once again this year! Don’t forget to book your accommodation NOW!  And grab your ticket for the Saturday night Sockhop featuring 50’s RocknRoll Band Vintage Overdrive with DJ George Houndog Galea.

Tickets for this event have gone on sale and we are happy with the early response.  All tickets may be purchased online by emailing me at bluesuedes@hotmail.com or at any of our teaching venues. Book Now! $15 per ticket.  We boast the largest dance floor in The Entrance over the Chromefest Weekend.
Sock Hop 14

We are proud to announce that our Schedule Fee will remain the same this financial year.  All casual fees will remain at $15 for most venues except for Camden & Emu Plains where they have been reduced to $10. Central Coast, Concord and Woodcroft can also take advantage of our 4 Lesson Pass for $50 and 8 Lesson Pass for $90 during Term 3.  Private Lessons are available by appointment.

If you are absent from a small group class OR unable to attend your private lesson appointment please notify us by text at least 3 hours prior. Thank you for your consideration.  A cancellation fee will apply to Private Lessons for a “no show”.

What would you do tomorrow if you knew you weren’t going to fail.

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