Class Finish and Resume Dates

Christmas is fast approaching, and that means that it’s almost time for the summer break from classes. The last class for 2017 will be a beginners class on December 13, right before the Christmas Party, and then we’ll be getting started again in 2018 on Wednesday, February 7!


Posted in General on November 9th, 2017.


Southern Gateway Groove Classes Start Nov 1

Version 2Three minds work better than one – but which three? The Tasmanian-based trio of dancers Olivia Bowman, Ariadna Martinez and Michael Laczko love to choreograph routines together, improvise, and teach solo swing dancing as a combo. They bring together their three unique dancing and teaching flavours to create dynamic classes and inspiring solo routines.

Olivia is their swing era geek, most often the one picking the tunes to perform, and always filling all their moves with meaning. Ariadna is the exotic touch, having travelled all the way from Barcelona to share her “European style” with the welcoming Hobart dancing community. And last but not least, Michael, the weatherman and 2016 Australia’s Solo Jazz Champion, is the one in charge of keeping all their rehearsals and lessons in a pleasant anticyclone, no matter what the crazy Tassie weather is like outside the room!

The three of them are the creators of the first Australian iCharleston clip, the long acclaimed “iCharleston Hobart”. They have also represented Tasmania, performing at the Australian Jitterbug Championships in August 2016, and are in charge of putting together fun solo routines for all TasSwing students.

About the routine for this year’s Christmas Party:
All-levels solo jazz steps routine. We will break everything down from the very beginning and have everyone mastering a super fun routine by the end of our six-week block. For those who want an extra challenge, you’ll get the chance to perform at the Christmas Party (no pressure, but yayyy!) with lots of travelling moves around the stage. The chosen song this time is a version of the classic “8, 9 & 10” by a contemporary group from Texas, the Careless Lovers, check it out:


Posted in General on October 30th, 2017.


Sweet, Sweet Swing November

Dancing on FireThe next Sweet, Sweet Swing is on November 26.

That’s two hours of fabulous DJ music at the Republic Bar and Cafe, North Hobart, from 4:30-6:30pm. Afterwards, join in for dinner afterwards downstairs in the restaurant (not included in the entry fee).

Cost is $10, or $5 if you’ve only been dancing for three months or less!

October Facebook event –


Posted in General on October 30th, 2017.


Winter Swing Festival, 2018 – Save the Date

Cuskelly Photography-1663We just love our Winter Swing Festivals here at TasSwing – so much so that we’ve started organising the next one already! So pop it into your diaries now. Here’s what you can expect:

– June 29 – July 1, 2018
– Workshops with Anthony and Sarah Wheaton from Melbourne
– Dinner-dance at the Italian Club, North Hobart
– Live Band night at the Polish Club, New Town


Posted in General on August 10th, 2017.


TasSwing Christmas Party – Save the Date

16541423-christmas-greeting-card-vintage-design-674Save the date! The TasSwing end-of-year Christmas Party is booked in for December 13.

This year we’ll be holding the Christmas Party at the Polish Hall, and as a special treat we’ve booked the Clarence City Big Band orchestra to come along and play some classic big band tunes for you. As always, Barry will also be organising loads of ice-cream, so during the band break you’ll be able to tuck-in to some frosty desserts.

To cap it all off, we’ll still be running the beginners lesson first at 6:30pm before getting into the festivities.

The cost for the whole night is $30 (includes the lesson).

See the Facebook event here.


Posted in General on August 3rd, 2017.


Dance to our Spotify Playlist

Need some swing tunes to practice to? Then why not try out our Spotify Playlist?


Posted in General on April 7th, 2017.


Sweet, Sweet Swing – Upcoming Dates

Dancing on FireJust so you can plan your social dancing schedule, here’re the dates for the upcoming 2017 Sweet, Sweet Swing events:

Aug 20, Sep 24, Oct 29, Nov 26.


Posted in General on August 3rd, 2017.


iCharleston Video

icharlestonlogoEarlier this year three of our fabulous dancers, Michael, Ariadna an Liv led the iCharleston Hobart project and produced a fantastic video. We thought we should link it here so you can see it whenever you want!

Recorded and edited by:
Toño Gomez

Song: “L.O.V.E.” by Nat King Cole
Performed by: “Les Coqs Incroyables”
Randal Muir (accordion and vocals), Dean Stevenson (double bass and lead vocals), Ralph Forehead (guitar and vocals)

Choreographed by: Olivia Bowman, Ariadna Martinez, Michael Laczko

Dancers: Olivia Bowman, Ariadna Martinez, Michael Laczko, Ted Ross, Tim Grimsey, Julie Janssens, Mana Inoue, Anica Boulanger-Mashberg, Phillippa Bricher, Jen Makin, Julie McInnes, Bridget Jenkins, Annie Squires, Jo-Anne Piggott-Broadby, Paul Broadby, Shan Deng, Elysia Chase, Helen McCausland, Geoff Parkinson, Shelley Norton, Christine Toyama

*LindyMob* – Ted Ross, Elysia Chase, Alison Rose, Julianne O’Reilly-Wapstra, Dave Connell

*Moonlight Aviators* – Bibiana Devlin, Veronicka Devlin, Amanda Devlin, Kate Grieve, Bryce Lockhart-Gillett, Graeme Quinn


Posted in General on September 9th, 2016.


Lindy Chorus Music Video

Ever wonder what would happen if members of TasSwing, Lindy Mob and the Moonlight Aviators ever got together? Well, check out these videos below to see a great performance of the Lindy Chorus for Frankie 100! (note the videos are the same, one of them is just in sepia, if you prefer that old time look…)


Posted in General on June 5th, 2014.


TasSwing T-Shirts For Sale!

T-Shirt LogoIt’s been about ten years since we last had t-shirts for sale, but our fabulous graphic designer, Veronica Dixon, has been hard at work, and has come up with a t-shirt line for TasSwing!  You can see the options here, here, here and here.

There are a choice of designs, plus you can also pick the colour for your t-shirt (I got blue!).  Prices range from $24-$27 (plus shipping).
At this stage we’re not planning on having any in class, they’ll only be available online.

Posted in General on April 11th, 2016.