Sweet & Hot is a WORKSHOP focused swing dance weekend with the world's HOTTEST dancers, in Melbourne's SWEETEST venues.

International Teachers

FRIDA.SKYE.RAMONA.MOE.ANDREAS

Australian Teachers

JULIA.JOHNNY.KATHRYN.JOEL.
GEORGIA.KIERAN

Workshops

To sign up for a Weekend Pass, you will select one of the tracks from the schedule below. The SOLO TRACK is available for anyone (except beginners) to FLOAT into at any time.  You may NOT float into any track other than the Solo Track.  #danceallthedances

Download a PDF of the full event schedule and venue map!

Friday Schedule

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Saturday Schedule

 

Sunday Schedule

 
 
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All workshops take place in Northcote within walking distance from Northcote Town Hall.

Tracks

Intermediate, Advanced & Lindy Hop Tracks

  • INTERMEDIATE track dancers have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of each dance, and are keen to expand their vocabulary, style and technique.
     
  • ADVANCED track dancers are expected to learn new material at a quick pace, have refined technique, are super comfortable improvising. Experience in performing, competing or teaching in one or both styles is expected. A solid understanding of the fundamentals of each dance is required.

If you have not spent much time with one of the dances, but learn at an Advanced level, you may take this track. 

  • LINDY HOP track dancers may be Intermediate or higher level dancers.  This is an open level track.

Friday Solo Jazz Workshop *Add On

  • Intermediate level & up with a Challenge Class at the end of the day
  • Can only be taken as add on to a Weekend Pass

Solo Track

  • All levels Intermediate and up

Beginner Track

  • Suitable for total beginners and those who have already been exploring swing dancing!

Master level dancers

  • Masters classes (1 each in Lindy & Balboa) will take place outside of the weekend schedule at an additional cost
  • When registering for your weekend pass, tick the 'Interested in Master Class' checkbox on the registration form. You will then be considered for the Masters class and contacted with further details if accepted

Parties

All parties are included in the weekend pass. Individual tickets and packages are available for purchase online and at the door based on availability.
......just quietly, there'll be a Special Edition RUGCUTTERS - Thursday 8th December!  Tickets are only available through Bella Union. Limited availability. Georgia, Kieran and M. McQuaid's Po' Boys will be ready to get your feet happy!

****BAR ONSITE at all venues, no BYO please :)

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Friday Night Party

Welcome to the weekend! Meet, greet and dance with friends old and new. Let's warm this thing UP! Contest Prelims.

Venue:  Northcote Town Hall
Dress Code: Comfortable and cool
Music: Andrew Dickeson's Blue Rhythm Band & DJs TBA
Doors Open: 7:30pm
8:00pm - All Levels Solo Class with Ramona
9:00pm - 1:00am Party!
Price: $45 (Friday & Saturday Package: $85).  Buy Tickets

 

Saturday Night Party

Party like it's 1929. Dance to crazy good live music in a killer venue.
Contest Finals,

Venue:  Northcote Town Hall
Dress Code: Look goooooood. No jeans or t-shirts please
Music: Andrew Dickeson's Blue Rhythm Band & DJs TBA
Doors Open: 7:30pm
8:00pm - Beginner Swing Class
9:00pm - 1:00am Party!
Price: $55 (Friday & Saturday Package: $85) Buy Tickets

 

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Sunday Night Party

Dinner and dancing.  Our heads & hearts are full, our feet are sore. Let's wind down in another beautiful, vintage venue while we EAT drink & BE MERRY!

Venue:  Spotted Mallard
Dress Code: Brunswick Casual
Music: Sean Loughran's Sweet & Hot Combo & DJs TBA
Doors Open: 7:00pm with Swing DJ
Select during registration...
7:30pm - 1st Dinner Group OR 8:30pm - 2nd Dinner Group
8:30pm - 11:45pm LIVE BAND
11:45pm - 1am Funk/Soul set with Pete & Jono
Price: $15. If you don't have a weekend pass, tickets will be available at the door AFTER 10pm.

Note: Cost of dinner not included in weekend pass
Seating is limited, so please nominate a dinner group when registering

Music

Every night at Sweet & Hot will feature live music and stellar DJs.

Live Bands

Andrew Dickenson's Blue Rhythm Band from Sydney will be joined by Melbourne's finest musicians and they will swing your face off on Friday and Saturday night!

This is a band for dancers. They play what Basie did. They play 4 solids beats to the bar and no cheating. 
Read more about Andrew HERE

The talented and charming jazz vocalist Hetty Kate will join Andrew's band on Saturday night.
Read more about Hetty Kate HERE.

Andrew Dickeson's BLUE RHYTHM BAND play Song: "Jumping at the Woodside" Live at the Little Big Weekend May 2016 Andrew Dickeson - drums/leader Brad Child - sax Rickard - piano Brendan Clarke - bass

Andrew Dickeson on drums

Andrew Dickeson on drums

Bradford Childs on sax

Bradford Childs on sax

Hetty Kate on vocals

Hetty Kate on vocals

Steve Grant on piano

Steve Grant on piano

Eamon Mc Nealis on trumpet

Eamon Mc Nealis on trumpet

Mark Elton on bass

Mark Elton on bass

John Scurry on guitar

John Scurry on guitar

Sean Loughran is a classic of our Sunday dinner party now. Sit down, relax or stand up and have a dance!

Enjoy a delicious meal in Brunswick's Spotted Mallard and wind down from an amazing weekend.

This time, Sean will be joined by:

Philip Smurthwaite on violin,
Ben Calderazzo on gutar,
Rob Gador on bass and,
Jen Salisbury on vocals.

Our DJs

International DJ Sam Carrol (SYD) Sam DJs for lindy hoppers, and her usual goal is: manic crazed adrenaline junky party. The best men for that job are Count Basie and Lionel Hampton, and of course, in front of every good man is a good woman: Mary Lou Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, or Billie Holiday. Yes, Sam likes a big serve of meat and potatoes. Nothing complicated here. All because she loves jazz.

International DJ Sam Carrol (SYD)
Sam DJs for lindy hoppers, and her usual goal is: manic crazed adrenaline junky party. The best men for that job are Count Basie and Lionel Hampton, and of course, in front of every good man is a good woman: Mary Lou Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, or Billie Holiday. Yes, Sam likes a big serve of meat and potatoes. Nothing complicated here. All because she loves jazz.

Kathryn Atckinson (MEL) Kathryn's love of swing dancing stems from a life long love of swing music.  She is a regular DJ at Club Maxie's, Fun Pit, and Blues Night, as well as being a guest DJ at Balboa On The River, All The Cats Join In, The Balboa Experiment (USA) and at Herrang Dance Camp (Sweden).  When behind the decks, Kathryn aims to set the mood, and inspire super fun, creative dancing.  You won't want to leave the floor.

Kathryn Atckinson (MEL)

Kathryn's love of swing dancing stems from a life long love of swing music.  She is a regular DJ at Club Maxie's, Fun Pit, and Blues Night, as well as being a guest DJ at Balboa On The River, All The Cats Join In, The Balboa Experiment (USA) and at Herrang Dance Camp (Sweden).  When behind the decks, Kathryn aims to set the mood, and inspire super fun, creative dancing.  You won't want to leave the floor.

Noni Healy (MEL) Noni has been lindy hopping forever. She is a well-known teacher and event organiser, based in Melbourne and traveling nationally and internationally to teach, compete, perform, and DJ. Noni has impressed dancers with her sets at MLX, MSF, SCOZ and Jazz Bang where she cranked out the hot, hardcore jazz and swing  

Noni Healy (MEL)
Noni has been lindy hopping forever. She is a well-known teacher and event organiser, based in Melbourne and traveling nationally and internationally to teach, compete, perform, and DJ. Noni has impressed dancers with her sets at MLX, MSF, SCOZ and Jazz Bang where she cranked out the hot, hardcore jazz and swing
 

Jono (MEL) & Pete (SYD) Two soul brothers united in funk, but quibble over whose name goes first in credits. For a time, these fellas lived in the same city and founded the legendary Speakeasy in Sydney, an underground party the likes of which hadn’t been seen in generations. Infamous for their Church City Blues party sets and late-night baked goods, these guys will put the soul in swing and get you on the good foot.

Jono (MEL) Pete (SYD)

Two soul brothers united in funk, but quibble over whose name goes first in credits. For a time, these fellas lived in the same city and founded the legendary Speakeasy in Sydney, an underground party the likes of which hadn’t been seen in generations. Infamous for their Church City Blues party sets and late-night baked goods, these guys will put the soul in swing and get you on the good foot.

Loz Yee (MEL) Loz brings enthusiasm and joie de vivre to her dancing and DJing. From phat big band beats to a bit of ye olde jazz fiddle, slow, sweet, fast or fiery, Loz is a fan of all things swing and it's her number one goal to keep your toes a'tappin and your fingers snapping. 

Loz Yee (MEL)
Loz brings enthusiasm and joie de vivre to her dancing and DJing. From phat big band beats to a bit of ye olde jazz fiddle, slow, sweet, fast or fiery, Loz is a fan of all things swing and it's her number one goal to keep your toes a'tappin and your fingers snapping. 

 

Locations

Northcote Town Hall

189 High St, Northcote

1929

1 Bastings St, Northcote

Chalice Hall, Uniting Church

251 High St, Northcote

Spotted Mallard

314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Sunday Party only

Passes

We anticipate that passes will sell like hot cakes!  Therefore, we have not offered any day passes or single classes and recommend that you get onz it as soon as rego opens!  #yousnoozeyoulose

WAVE 1 Rego - Opens August 27th, 10am

Registration for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Lindy Hop Tracks; Friday Solo Add on.

WAVE 2 Rego - Opens October 1st, 10am

Registration for Solo Track; Friday Add On with Ramona and waitlists, Party Tickets, Contest Regos!

Carers Pass Option

Weekend Pass shared by two people that care for one or more children. At any time, the pass may be used by one of the two carers. Under Role, select "Carer" option during registration.

Contest

Sweet & Hot Shakeup

There is only ONE contest at Sweet & Hot and we want you in it.
There are INTERNATIONAL judges, SWEET prizes and a HOT live band!

The Lowdown

It takes TWO. You enter as a couple.

There are THREE dance styles: balboa, lindy hop & solo jazz.

You choose at least TWO of them and get out there on that floor.

This contest is a strictly lindy, strictly balboa and/or solo jazz mashup.

Click HERE to learn more and register!

Register

Signing up as a partnership (one lead, one follow) in the same track, will secure your spot! Individual lead and follow passes are limited to help keep classes balanced. Want help finding a partner? Reach out on the S&H Facebook Event!

By registering to attend Sweet & Hot,
you agree to abide by
1929 Studios'
Code of Conduct.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations, refunds and transfers will be charged a $30 handling fee. 
Contact Us.

  • BEFORE Nov 1st - Refunds given. No questions asked
  • AFTER Nov 1st  - Transfers allowed.
    • If your track/role has a waitlist, your pass will go to the next person in line
    • If there is no waitlist, you may sell your pass to someone of your choice. No refunds given.
  • AFTER Dec 2nd - No changes or refunds allowed
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Safe Spaces Procedure

“I was really creeped out…”
“Someone said something inappropriate…”
“I’m feeling unsafe…”

If someone is making you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, we are here to listen to you and support you. Please contact Sweet & Hot staff at the desk and ask to speak to the Safe Spaces Officer, Connie. If the Safe Spaces Officer is unavailable at that moment, please ask for Sweet & Hot organizers, Lexi Keeton, Michael Collins or Tina Rizza.

What will happen if I talk to the Safe Spaces Officer?

  • The conversation can be anything from an informal chat to writing up an incident report of happened.
  • You can always bring a friend or a support person with you.
  • We will ask you details about what happened and who was involved.
  • We will decide whether there has been a breach of the Code of Conduct.
  • We will discuss with you different resolutions. This could include strategies to approach or address the behaviour, a talk or an intervention by the Safe Spaces Officer, or asking someone to leave the event.
  • There may be some interventions where you can remain anonymous, but in other interventions we may need to give your account of what happened. We will always make sure we have your consent before passing on identifying information.

Sweet & Hot is brought to you by these fun and talented people...

Additional awesome staffers...

  • Ian Caughley
  • Melinda Smith
  • Sharon Mullins
  • Susan Mullins
  • Corinne Allen
  • Angie Richards
  • Lauren Byrne
  • Gabrielle Urban
  • Jet Phey Lim
  • Olivia Latrache
  • Pao Aviles
  • Karen Eldenblos
  • Kate Davidson
  • Ondi Crino
  • Dan Griffith
  • Grant Collins
  • Jenny Collins
  • Suzie Wilton
  • Matt Waters

Special thanks to...

  • Indimax Productions
  • Merch Girls
  • City of Darebin