jazz with ramona

Jazz with Ramona

10-11 February 2017, Sydney

A day of solo jazz workshops with Ramona Staffeld, parties with live music and DJs, and plenty of fun.

Friday 10 February
7.00-8.00pm Intermediate lindy hop class with Ramona.
8.00-9.00pm Beginner lindy hop class with Ramona.
9.00pm Social dancing with the Blue Rhythm Band.

Saturday 11 February
12.00-4.15pm 3 solo jazz workshops with Ramona.
8.00pm Social dancing with the Blue Rhythm Band at Harlem.

Sunday 12 February
2.00-4.00pm Teachers' Workshop with Ramona.
4.00-7.00pm Social dancing with the Unity Hall Jazz Band.

Jazz with Ramona

Workshops

Friday 10 February

7-9pm, Amera's Palace, level 1, 314 Marrickville Rd Marrickville.

7.00-8.00pm Intermediate lindy hop with Ramona.
8.00-9.00pm Beginner lindy hop with Ramona.
[$15 each, pay at the door, or included with the Everything Pass]

Saturday 11 February

11.45-3.30pm, Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern.

Ramona teaches 3 all-levels workshops which focus on: developing your own personal 'style'; preserving historic moves and choreography; understanding (and enjoying!) music and the concepts of rhythm and timing.

All 3 Saturday workshops included in the Everything Pass or the Workshop Pass.

Please arrive by 11.45am to complete registration.

12.00-1.15pm Workshop 1. $40
1.30-2.45pm Workshop 2. $40
3.00-4.15pm Workshop 3. $40
Saturday workshop pass $100
Register now!

Sunday 12 February

2.00-4.00pm, St Luke's Anglican Church Hall, 11 Stanmore Rd, Enmore.

Another of our popular teachers' workshops, where Ramona leads a guided discussion and practical class focusing on teaching lindy hop and solo jazz dance.

This session is open only to those currently teaching lindy hop, tap, or solo jazz.

Register by emailing info@swingdancesydney.com

2.00-4.00pm Teachers Workshop. $60

parties

Parties

Friday 10 February: House Party

9pm, Friday 10 February. Amera's Palace, level 1, 314 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville. Tickets included with Everything Pass or $30 at the door.

We begin the weeked with a casual dance with serious music from Andrew Dickeson's Blue Rhythm Band.

In the spirit of late night jazz jams, we'll be inviting guest musicians, vocalists, and performers to play with the band, and we invite you to settle in with a drink, a dance, and good company.

BYO drinks, and dress for comfort.

Saturday 11 February: Harlem

8.30pm, Saturday 11 February. Harlem at the Ashfield Polish Club, 73-75 Norton St, Ashfield. Tickets included with Everything Pass or $30 at the door.

Harlem is Swing Dance Sydney's regular party night. The Polish Club has a full bar and restaurant, and we invite you to come for a proper dinner dance: have dinner, dance a lot.

Sunday 12 February: Jazz Band

4pm, Sunday 12 February. At the Workers Bar and Kitchen, Level 1 292 Darling St, Balmain. Free.

The Unity Hall Jazz Band's gig in Balmain has been on for 41 years, and dancers adore it. Join us at this stalwart of the Sydney jazz scene for dancing, dinner, drinks, and good company.

Jazz with Ramona

Registration

Registration for Jazz with Ramona 2017 has now closed.

Everything

  • Everything pass $180
    (all 2 Friday evening classes, Friday evening party, all 3 Saturday daytime workshops, Saturday evening party)
    The Everything Pass may be shared by two parents or carers as part of the Carers' Pass. Email info@swingdancesydney.com for more information.

Friday Classes

  • Friday classes $15 each
    (Pay at the door - note numbers are strictly limited)

All Saturday workshops

  • Saturday workshop pass $100
    (workshops 1, 2, and 3 on Saturday)
    The Workshop Pass may be shared by two parents or carers as part of the Carers' Pass. Email info@swingdancesydney.com for more information.

Individual Saturday Workshops

  • Saturday workshop 1 $40
    UNAVAILABLE.
  • Saturday workshop 2 $40
    UNAVAILABLE.
  • Saturday workshop 3 $40
    UNAVAILABLE.

Sunday Teachers' Workshop

Parties

  • Friday party $30
  • Saturday ticket $30
  • (Pay at the door, or included with Everything Pass)
ramona

Who is Ramona?


Ramona is one of the highest profile lindy hoppers and jazz dancers in the world, performing and teaching at all the major international events, including Herräng (Sweden), Lindy Focus (USA), Swing Out New Hampshire (USA), SeaJam (Singapore), Authentic Jazz Weekend (Korea)....

She's placed first in heaps of the biggest dance competitions in the world (ILHC pro-classic 2016, ILHC invitational jack&jill 2016; ILHC pro-classic 2015, ILHC invitational jack&jill 2015, ILHC lindy hop pro classic 2015), she's danced in big name troupes, (Jazz at Six, Silver Shadows), she taught with Frankie Manning, she taps, she solos, she lindy hops, she sings, she slow drags...

...and she likes Sydney because we have good bands and restaurants. She's also one of the friendliest, nicest people in lindy hop, and she just loves social dancing. More than anything. Make sure you ask her to dance.

Jazz with Ramona

Music

The Blue Rhythm Band


Andrew Dickeson is our live music manager for the weekend, heading up the Blue Rhythm Band, currently one of Australia's favourite jazz bands. Andrew and his musicians have been working closely with dancers for a year now, figuring out what works for us also makes them happy. They have played music for lindy hop, balboa, and solo jazz contests, they've played for social dances, they've worked with tap dancers in improvised shows, and they've played live music for performances.

What makes them so great for dancing?
Andrew is a jazz history scholar, and he knows what musicians in the swing era did to make such great music. As a drummer, he understands the importance of a good rhythm section, and as a band leader, he knows when to rein in the band, and when to let them fly.

The musicians in this band all really enjoy playing for dancers. We even attract musicians from interstate, who've found like minded people in the lindy hop community. And that is what makes this band so great for dancing: they love the same things we do.

The Unity Hall Jazz Band


This band has held down the longest running jazz gig in Sydney for 41 years, and they know what they like. They like hot jazz, they liked a rowdy, crowded room, and they like a good time.

Though there's a good dance floor, this is a band's gig, and the music is the thing. This is drinking and talking music. This is shouting and laughing music. This is dancing music. It is hot jazz in the New Orleans revivalist vein. There is a grand piano, a handful of regular musicians, and always a few guests.