ABOUT US

SwingMania is a not-for-profit community organisation run by a committee of volunteers in Launceston, and is home to an incredibly friendly bunch of dancers. We frequently host social dance nights and can often be seen performing at community events. Contact us at swingmaniatas@gmail.com if you are looking for a fun and welcoming performance or dance class for your upcoming event.

The Examiner and the Advocate have covered several stories of our dance adventures:

Devonport Jazz Festival 2019

"Come Dance With Us"

SwingMania Exchange 2016


And you can see videos of several of our past performances below and on youtube.

MEET THE TEAM

 

Emily; President, Event Organiser & Teacher

Emily started swing dancing in 2017, introduced to the dance style and SwingMania by a friend. Having danced Jazz Ballet as a child, but nothing since teenage years, swing dancing has been a great style of dance to start as an adult as it is very approachable to people of all abilities and the school is very welcoming to people of all backgrounds.

Emily particularly likes swing dancing over other styles of dance because of the combination of control and freedom it gives. The dance style has rules and techniques that can be perfected while also having lots of freedom to add as much personality and style as you like.

Emily has enjoyed becoming more involved in organising and teaching, and is proud to be taking on the role of President this year with the support of the committee and the wider swing community. Emily and the SwingMania committee are always here to help and welcome new members to the school, and to address questions, concerns or suggestions that anyone may have.

Cassie; Vice President, Organiser & Teacher

Cassie is our dance teacher, organiser and dancer extraordinaire.

Finding her immense love of swing dancing in 2012 (After being told she couldn’t dance to save her life!!), Cassie finds places to dance wherever she goes! You’ll find her on the dancefloor, grinning or laughing; there’s nothing she loves more than dancing!

Cassie aims to share her passion for dancing and having fun with the whole world, starting right here in Launceston.

Andreis; Vice President

This is Andreis. He wishes he had started swing dancing earlier! He had never danced until 2016, and he began after watching some swing dancers perform here in Launceston. He had just finished beginner Rock & Roll... but this looked like so much more fun and the music said GET UP AND DANCE!!! So he did.

What a great experience it’s been! He’s met so many people, and had great times dancing in Tassie, Victoria, Canberra & Brisbane. Tassie’s the best! What a great era: the Big Band era. Jazz in its heyday. Chuck in style & fashion - simply awesome. 

Andreis has been helping out on the committee for a couple of years now, and finds it feels great to be part of this community. It’s so good for the body and the brain, too. He’s not jive talking when he says, “It don't mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”

Austin; Treasurer, Harvest Market Wrangler & Door Person

Austin started swing dancing in 2013 when the school was still a part of Swing Patrol. He was roped into joining swing dancing by a very enthusiastic group of swing dancer friends. Austin had never done any form of dancing before and decided to start regular classes as a way to fill in time, but it wasn’t long before it became a real passion.

Austin has attended classes regularly since he first started and has recently joined the teaching team, working alongside the other teachers to work on various techniques and moves he has learnt over the years. This year Austin has taken on the role of Treasurer and you’ll likely see him at the door greeting you at your next class.

Nathan; Secretary & Teacher

Nathan is an avid swing dancer, honing his skills for 8 years so far...and believes there is always so much more to learn! A regular teacher at SwingMania since 2016, Nathan tries to introduce some of the more technical aspects of swing dancing, while trying to maintain the fun and creative side of the dance.

Nathan was introduced to swing dancing in 2011 by a friend, and it has seen him travel around to dance exchanges domestically and join performance troupes to push himself and help showcase the dance style to other people. Nathan enjoys social dancing, choreographed routines, and solo Jazz. SwingMania has a small, but welcoming and vibrant community, and is a lovely group of people to dance with... we can't wait to share the love of swing dancing with you!

Renee; Committee Member

Renee started swing dancing while traveling back in 2016, after chatting to some uni students on a bus trip from London to Glasgow. She took up their suggestion of attending a free Lindy Hop class in Glasgow the following night and immediately fell in love with the dance, the music and the community.

Returning home to Tassie two years later, Renee was thrilled to find a local swing dancing group in her home town of Launceston and has joined the SwingMania committee to share her enthusiasm for dancing and to promote a welcoming, inclusive community. She hopes to continue learning and developing her dancing, as well as to share her skills with others through the SwingMania teaching team.

Bec; Committee Member

Bec joined SwingMania in June 2019 after a 10-year break from dancing. She originally started Rock’n’Roll dancing with her parents (many moons ago) in South Australia, and later with Retro Rockers, but through a love of Jazz she discovered the joys, laughter and fluidity of Swing dancing.

She joined the Committee in September 2019 to help grow the profile of swing dancing and is enjoying repeating her parents’ actions by exposing her children to swing dancing, hoping to inspire the next generation to embrace this fun, breezy and friendly past time.

Kathryn; Committee Member

Kathryn’s introduction to Swing Dancing was at a Parent/Child Adult Education Course back in 2007 with Rachel and Tony teaching. In 2008, she attended an introduction to Swing and Tango event at the Albert Hall, and not long after that began attending Swing Patrol Dance Classes at the Saloon Bar with Rachel and Tony.

Kathryn loves dancing and will give every dance style a go - rock ‘n’ roll, salsa, tango, to name a few, keeping her love, interest and passion for dancing alive.

She absolutely recommends dancing for all ages and abilities and believes SwingMania is one of the more inclusive dance groups in Launceston and Tasmania. Kathryn loves the music, the dance routines, the outfits … and it’s FUN!

Kathryn joined the Committee thinking it was time to step up, and to find/use her knowledge and skills from the past and attempt to merge them into the future.

Julie; Committee Member

Julie has been dancing with SwingMania since May 2019, having been looking out for a dance style that would be fun and relatively easy on her recovering-from-injury body. She also wanted to find people to dance with who were joyful, kind and inclusive.

A chance meeting with a SwingMania dancer who taught her some steps and a recommendation to give classes a go was all she needed! (The Universe provides!)
Turning up soon after, she was pleased to find a happy, encouraging bunch of dancers, with teachers who both know their stuff and how to build confidence in newbies.

The SwingMania community is inviting, friendly and supportive, and members just luuurrrve to dance. She joined the committee to help grow swing dance participation and opportunities.
She keeps dancing for the sheer joy of communicating with a partner and creating movements with them that go way beyond what can be experienced solo. Swing dancing is joy on steroids!!