But we haven't settled for the usual Sydney social dancing fare. All these venues have put together special programs of DJed or live music for your dancing pleasure.
Friday 9th October
We colonise Sydney's fortnightly Friday night with great DJs, truckloads of energy, and plenty of social dancing for everyone. This venue has a great dance floor and a casual vibe - come prepared to DANCE.
BYO (bottle shops on King St).
Public transport: St Stephen's is a short walk from the Newtown train station, or from bus stops on King St. Allow extra time to find street parking.
Saturday 10th October
8.00pm-late, The Splendid Six at The Ashfield Polish Club, 73 Norton St, Ashfield (MAP). $25 online, in person at Retrospec'd, at Swing Dance Sydney or Swing Time classes, or in limited numbers at the door.
Harlem! Sydney's newest and most boisterous party is a night for dancing and carousing.
Harlem is run by Sharon Hanley and Sam Carroll, who've run countless swing dance parties, exchanges, and events. They're serious about jazz and swing dancing in Sydney, and Harlem is serious fun.
For this Harlem party we welcome The Splendid Six, a Dutch-Australian collaboration with years experience playing for dancers. Legit jazz.
The Polish Club has a full bar (specialising in enormous Polish beers), and Ashfield itself is home to dozens of very good restaurants, most of which are Shanghainese.
Public transport: the Ashfield Polish Club is a short walk from Ashfield Station, and can be reached by the 480 and 481 buses from the CBD. Parking available on the property and surrounding streets.
Sunday 11th October
Hot Jazz with the Unity Hall Band
4:00pm-7:00pm, Unity Hall Jazz Band, @ The Workers, Level 1, 292 Darling St, Balmain (MAP), free.
Sydney has a surfeit of good jazz on Sundays (is that even possible?), and we visit one of the best. The Unity Hall Jazz Band have had a residency at this pub for 40 years, and they often host great musicians from out of town.
A renovation of the venue has tempted dancers back in droves. This band plays hot jazz, and they're GREAT for dancing.
The Workers can be reached via public transport on the 433 bus from the cbd, and the 444 and 445 buses connecting from Parramatta Rd. Another option is a ferry from Circular Quay, and then a 433, 442, 444, or 445 bus to the pub. Street parking is often difficult.
The Small Ball
7.00pm, Andrew Dickeson's Swingtet at the Annandale Town Hall in the the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, 79 Johnston St, Annandale (MAP). $25 online, very limited door sales.
The most ridiculous party ever imagined.
Chandeliers, parquet floors, charming balcony. All at quarter size. The Annandale Town Hall is Sydney's smallest town hall. So we will bring the biggest band we can afford, and crowd in as many dancers as fire safety legislation will allow.
Why? Why not! We will round out the Little Big Weekend with the smallest ball ever held. The music will swing like a gate, and we will all develop perfect floor craft.
The evening will include one of Lennart's characteristically entertaining historical talks and a light supper (ie snacks), followed by live music from Andrew Dickeson's Swingtet.
Tickets to this party are strictly limited (by the laws of physics), and will sell out quickly.
We discourage you from wearing large skirts, wide trousers, or bustles. The ceiling is, however, quite high, so hairdos may bouffant as high as they like.
Bags will not be allowed in the ballroom.
BYO (bottle shops and pubs in Johnston Street shopping strip.)
Public transport: the Hall can be reached via the 370 bus from Newtown, and the 470 bus from the CBD. The Rozelle Bay light rail stop is a 20 minute walk away.