Swing Escape 2017

Posted 18/07/2016 - by dancevibe in Important News!

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Testimonials 2017

I think the awesome level of Swing Escape went through the roof this weekend!! congratulations to Adrian and everyone on the team for making Swing Escape the amazing event that it is. It seriously just gets better every year!! Amber Pauley

Such a great event! Shoal Bay will need to expand if this keeps up!
Everything was amazing, keep up the great work. Terrence Voss

Your attention to detail for Swing Escape has been phenomenal! Thank you so much for creating an awesome vibe that included every level of every attendee. That’s a huge feat! I had the most amazing time. From watching, learning, participating, laughing and socialising with many wonderful people from Newy friends to ‘new’ friends. Loved it. Sandra Dowley.

It has been a few days to recover, and possibly still need some more sleep, but I must say, I Had such an amazing time at Shoal Bay Swing Escape 2017 and Robert Royston Intensive!!!
Congratulations to Adrian, Maryanne And-Vic Dechnicz and the whole team for an impeccable event!! The chilled vibe, amazing dances, great and supporting format was unique, and that’s not even talking about the stunning location!! I’ll definitely be going back, and probably so will you, because let’s face it it was absolutely awesome!! Kevin Lawrence

As a first timer to this event it is clear Adrian to see how dedicated you are to creating an event that is inclusive of all dancers at every level. I believe this is the event’s best achievement. Having the dance card dances right at the start was a great way to make first contact with, and dance with many people in one night, especially for someone who doesn’t know many people yet. I had such a great time and learnt so much! I felt privileged to have experienced such an amazing quality of workshops at my first weekender. Many thanks to you and all your team. Lea Genlik

Wow wee. What fun!!!!!
Amazing to watch n listen to you two very talented and entertaining gentlemen, and so so love n appreciate the dances. It inspires me to improve……a lot!!!!
Your teachings, along with our dedicated teachers, transcend to amazing ‘conversations’ on the dance floor with very kind gentlemen, and the feeling of ‘ahhhh this is why I looooove this dance’. The dance high!!!!
So thankyou thankyou thankyou.Louise Carstens

Such an amazing event Adrian – thank you so much for all the hard work that you and your team put into organising it – I can’t wait for next year’s! Shane Butler

Swing Escape was amazing; had a fantastic weekend. Thanks Adrian Doczy and his hard working support team for bringing it all together effortlessly…..or so it seemed to us attendees. No doubt there would have been months and months of planning etc but we saw the final result which in my opinion was CLEAN in its entirety… the whole event seemed to flow so smoothly without a hitch; very impressive. What an awesome weekend !!Mohini Eswaran

Finally home from the epicness that is Swing Escape 2017 – Adrian Doczy – thank you *so much* for this amazing event. I have felt horrifically distanced from my dance family over the past 8ish months as my ears have gotten worse and worse, preventing me from dancing really at all, but to catch up with friends both near and far was fab, in the relaxed welcoming environment that Swing Escape always is. Hillary Jones

Swing Escape is such a beautiful event for so many reasons the location is divine the atmosphere is second to none the teachers are exceptional in every way. The intensive with Robert Royston was beyond brilliant and workshop with John Tavares Lindo Katrina Branson, and Ani Fuller & RR were sensational , I didn’t get to do Peter Fradley & Michelle Fletcher workshops but we all know how fabulous they are. Thank you Adrian for allowing me to be part of the team and to judge and dance throughout the weekend . The SPIRIT of the weekend is so open and inclusive and I was blessed to be voted in for a second year running, I win more than any prize or trophy every year when I get to see and dance with so many of my friends in this community , to see everyone develop their skills and have the opportunity of a once in a lifetime experiences with the Pro’s in the lucky dip. It touches my soul every year !! I am humbled that Adrian would change the name of the award , that was so far above and beyond buddy ???. To all of the RR team who worked hard and danced hard I could not be more proud than I was on Saturday night. Thank you for an exceptional weekend Adrian Doczy with some of the most amazing individuals you will ever get to have in one room . Thank you for all of my dances both leaders & followers and thanks Wayne for an absolutely awesome floor !!! Swing Escape 2018 is a must !!!!!!

Leanne Lendels

thank you and Adrian Doczy thank you for putting on a sensational event and allowing us to perform and become part of it.

Allan Moody

Great event btw Adrian, has such an amazing weekend due to you and your staff ? JP

Such a fun weekend with the Adelaide crew this weekend! Especially loved the support everyone gave each other across the comps and social dancing. Thanks to all the Dancevibe team and staff. We’ll be back! Annmarie Stanton

I had the most incredible weekend at #swingescape. I have honestly never enjoyed a dance event so much in my life. Adrian I cannot thank you and your team enough for this event. It has filled me with so much happiness, love and confidence. I some how managed to fall in love with the dance even further. The pros were incredible, their knowledge and ability to convey such information in a way that was so lighthearted yet also ensuring everyone understood, was just astonishing. The work shops were the best I have ever attended. And I can assure you I’ll have no annual leave constrictions next year and I’ll be at Royston’s intensive.Thank you to the whole team, the staff the pros, every teachers at the event helping everyone to learn and grow this wonderful dance. It was a magical weekend.

Krystal Murphy

Swing escape jetlag ?
Worth it! The intensive was incredible, the workshops were invaluable, the social dancing was so much fun!SwingEscape was just incredible. Terrence Voss

For the first time in my life I’ve met two legends in the world of West Coast Swing – Robert Royston and John Lindo. I have no words to describe how much I loved their workshops! The intensive of “Godfather of WCS” is literally _the_best_ classes I’ve ever had at any event. I was amazed how profoundly everything was explained and taught, how technical & scientific (going from physics of the body, psychology…) and at the same time totally understandable it was – Robert’s knowledge and his ability to share it in such a way is simply beyond amazing. He gave me tons of material to work on.
Thanks a lot to Nathan for our 1st place in Intermediate JnJ. You rock!! Really enjoyed our dances 🙂
Many thanks to my dearest Krystal, Shane, Terrence and Charlotte – your hugs and words of support *before* and during the competitions are priceless! I am truly blessed to have friends like you.
Thanks a lot to my “wine and cheese afterparty” buddies – you know who you are 😉 And I’m super *kappy* to have spent time with you – it was a great fun! 😀 Can’t wait to repeat again ^^
Social dancing was great, music was my favorite (DJs, you guys are cool). A big thank you to all wonderful leaders I got a chance to dance with =)
And finally, a huge thank you to Adrian and his team for organizing such an amazing event!! Those small bags with a “Swing escape fan” were cute (^ ^) and among many other things showed once again how deeply you care about the participants. No way I’m gonna miss your event next year!

Had such an amazing weekend at Swing Escape in Shoal Bay and what a great way to start my holiday!! Another intermediate point on the board ??
Congratulations Adrian Doczy and your event team for putting on a terrific event, I look forward to coming back next year!!
Raushaniya Maksudova

Best weekend ever!! Thank you so much for all y’all’s hard work! It totally paid off. ?? Kat Branson
Wow! So much to say about last weekend. It was definitely an awesome weekend full of firsts. From my first time getting into a semi-final to my first time in a spotlight – a Lucky Dip with the incomparable John Tavares Lindo, no less (the hugest thank you to you for making me feel at ease straight away) – to my first time driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. A massive thank you to Bronwen and Jacquie, who put up with me in the room and the car. A big thank you to all of the RAdelaide crew for your support and cheering over the entire weekend including before, during and after the spotlight dance. To all of the leads who I had the pleasure of dancing with, including Krystal Smurphy (you beautiful creature), to those of you who offered words of wisdom and positivity and congratulations over the weekend and to Adrian Doczy and the rest of the crew (including the hilariously wonderful Robert Royston) for making SwingEscape the best experience. See you next year!

Sonia Zielinski

Janine Martin

Thankyou Adrian for an amazing time, this was my first Swing Escape and it definitely lived up to its reputation. I have only ever heard great things about your event and was so excited to be able to finally get there this year. I loved it every part and will certainly put it on my calander for next year.

Cindy Baldwin

Good on you Adrian. Who’d of thought you would be doing this and so successfully. Wow.
So much attention to detail, especially on providing a welcoming comfortable environment for everyone.
I know you put a huge amount of effort into making dance accessible to everyone – dance card, lucky dip, amd pros that support and encourage a kind spirited dance scene where we all dance and grow together. John and Robert represent on every level.
Congratulations to you Adrian. Fantabulous weekend. Louise Carstens


Dance Card

Honestly it’s an excellent idea, and Robert got right into it, trying to be as competitive as possible in filling up his card. James Patrick.

Its an awesome idea that promotes dancing with as many different people as possible, rather than just sticking to the same old friends – its really hard sometimes for newer dancers to get a look in on the social floor as understandably us humans return to the familar faces we have danced with before, but dance cards promote having a go with people whom you maybe have never danced with before and possibly wouldn’t otherwise in some cases

Hillary Jones

Thank you Adrian Doczy and the DanceVibe team for an amazing Swing Escape weekend! You get so many things right and they add up to create the most wonderful atmosphere.
It’s that magical combination of the venue, the staff, the music, the schedule, the hosting community and the visiting attendees that give Swing Escape its “secret sauce”.
I loved seeing my RADelaide family again and catching up with you all. I loved cheering on your many competition successes – congratulations on your results. Special mention to Sonia Zielinski… You know what you did 😉
I could write all night about the many wonderful moments of this weekend and special times shared with special people – you know who you are – but I will keep this short and sweet.
What better compliment or endorsement could I give than to say that I’ll be back and I’ll be encouraging my friends to come with me! Claire Casucci

Fantastic event Swingescape just gets better and better thanks Adrian Doczy and the crew you do a fantastic job, can’t wait for next year John Lindo and Robert Royston are the best, John Squibb

SwingEscape 2017 was without a doubt (in my humble opinion) the most memorable event for me so far this year!
Robert Royston’s Intensive was exactly that… INTENSE!
The man has so much knowledge of the dance and a different perspective was extremely refreshing!
All the workshops I attended were conducted with the utmost in professionalism but also were delivered in a way that I believe encompasses what SwingEscape is all about… To support and nurture ALL dancers of ALL levels in a fun, caring and supportive environment.
I would like to thank Adrian for asking me to be a part of the DJ team. To Maryanne And-Vic Dechnicz, Nikki Jayne and the rest of the DanceVibe Team, you should be extremely proud of what you have created over the last 4 years! It is definitely a unique event and I look forward with anticipation with what the future of the event holds! Justin Zadro

Home post a fab weekend at Swing Escape! Brilliant fun.. amazing teaching and great atmosphere! Well done Doczy & team on another successful year! Thanks John & Robert for sharing your knowledge and love of the dance and for your hilarity!..Kate Foster

What another amazing weekend of dancing, thank you Adrian Doczy and your team for putting on a great event, loved every minute of it. Amanda Garland

March 17-19, 2017

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The event now includes a Newcomer’s Learn to dance in a day. 10am-12:30pm for $40-still open for registrations.

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About Our Event

At Swing Escape 2017 we are sure you will enjoy world class workshops from the awesome Robert Royston (including an 8-hour intensive on Friday), John Lindo, Kat Branson, Ani Fuller and Brady Stanton. Pete Fradley and Michelle Fletcher are also on the event team. All are brilliant teachers, lovely people and a pleasure to work with. Your dancing is sure to progress. With Robert as MC, John as Head Judge and Head DJ, you can expect a high energy, entertaining weekend.

The event takes place at the Ramada Resort, 35/41-45 Shoal Bay Rd, Shoal Bay, Port Stephens, NSW. Simply drive in to Shoal Bay, keep the water on your left and you will find the venue on your right, adjacent the beach. You can’t miss it. An easy 30 minute drive from Newcastle Airport.

Why not make the most of the area and join us for a Dolphin Cruise 10:30am Monday!

Massages available over weekend, 15 min $25 by Sebastian. Contact Maryanne to book.

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Please note:  the Whitesands building (where the ballroom is) is sold out. Please call 1800 181 810 and note dancevibe Swing Escape event. Current rates as of February 3rd are:

16th – 20th March 2017

One Bedroom Side Waterview
$220.00 per night

Two Bedroom Waterview
$360.00 per night


This year we have two dance rooms available and more flexible registration options.

Whilst Swing Escape offers World Swing Dance Council Jack n Jill Comps overseen by John Lindo, the weekend’s focus remains on friendliness, and relaxed, social fun. As well as Jack n Jills, you can enjoy other fun-focused events that make your experience extra social, including;

Lucky Dip (dance with a pro), All-OZ (random partner), and our Friday Night Dance Card!

Our professional team always work hard to inspire, not only through excellence in teaching, but also through performances, involvement in our fun events and through their presence on the social floor.

As we don’t have a heavy competition schedule there is plenty of social dancing and it starts at respectable times.

Our culture welcomes a wide range of ages and encourages mutual support and inspirationLast year we introduced our inaugural “Most Encouraging Supportive and Nurturing Dancer” Award (taken out convincingly by Leanne Lendels). We look forward to offering the same award and a experiencing a similar vibe.

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Dance, DanceVibe, Shoal Bay, Swing, West Coast Swing

Our extra social Friday Dance Card event provides a unique high energy start to the weekend and gives all dancers a chance for some great prizes. This year we are featuring a DJ’s top 40 dance card. John Lindo, Allan Skinner, Paul Barker and Justin Zadro will play their top ten tunes sure to make you hit the floor. Songs will be around 2 min long so you are guaranteed of meeting and dancing with lots of people on day one! Great prizes on offer too. Friday night always has an amazing buzz to  start the weekend!

We do our best to balance social dancing, brilliant workshops, fun and relaxed comps, community connection and late starts, so you can enjoy some seaside chill time. Shoal Bay is a true paradise and we encourage you to take advantage of it during your stay. The ballroom is literally a stone’s throw from the crystal clear unspoilt waters of Shoal Bay, Port Stephens.

          A brilliant place to chill, even if there wasn’t any dancing on!

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We encourage you to extend your stay, have your very own mini-break, while enjoying the further discounted mid-week rates. There are lots of great sights to see and plenty of fun activities to try nearby. We have a Dolphin Cruise on Monday at 10:30am Monday. We will take bookings closer to event.

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Accommodation includes discounted rooms with easy access to the ballroom. This year we have taken over the whole building above the ballroom so we don’t expect any noise complaints! (See bottom of this page for accommodation details).

Your busy legs will appreciate our purpose built, high quality sprung-feel dance floor, which will help your dance recovery. Please note we have 300 square metres available for hire (contact Adrian on 0418 679 048 for details).

To keep you on the dance floor as much as possible, we offer a professional music mix managed by renowned American DJ, John Lindo and featuring home grown talent; Justin Zadro, Paul Barker and Allan Skinner.

The bean bags are back and multiplying, helping you chill in between dances.

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Dance, DanceVibe, Shoal Bay, Swing, West Coast Swing

We also have free stuff!! Complimentary Wine Tasting (Sunday on-site), and High Quality Digital Download (for Full Escape and Weekend Pass-holders).

The synergy of all of the above works a treat! Swing Escape is fast becoming one of Australia’s most popular West Coast Swing events. We hope you can be part of it?

All in all, a refreshing weekend, that must be experienced to be appreciated.


Below is a list of ALL available pass options.

(Accommodation and comps are priced separately)

Registration update as at 4th Feb 4:30pm.

We regret to inform you that registrations are closed for followers and couples.

We are still accepting a limited number of leaders’ registrations for social passes, the intensive, and weekend passes.

Please note the Newcomers’ workshops are still open to Newcomer leaders and followers.

If in doubt please contact me on 0418679048.

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Full Escape Experience The Robert Royston 8-hour Intensive on Friday (starts 9am), all workshops (Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday), three dance parties, Sunday Wine Tasting onsite, High Quality Digital Download of comps, performances, and workshops (Digital Download does not include the Intensive, the Friday night leader’s seminar, or the Sunday Critique).

Very Early Bird- $490 up until August 22nd

Early Bird- $530 up until October 22nd

Standard- $550 by March 10th

(After March 10th an additional $50 late fee applies for all passes if any remain, which is unlikely this year).

International and Western Australia $100 discount on the above rates!

Royston 8 Hour Intensive (Friday from 9am)

$250 (strictly limited numbers). $50 discount if included with weekend pass.

Weekend Pass (Full Escape minus the Intensive)

Includes; Friday night workshop, Friday night dance card dance party, Saturday workshops, Saturday night dance party, Sunday workshops, Sunday night dance party, performances, Sunday night Wine Tasting and a High Quality Digital Download of the following; all performances, competition finals (spotlights and jams), Invitational, Lucky Dip (pros dancing with students), workshop notebooks (excluding; The Intensive, Friday night Leaders’ Seminar, and Sunday’s Critique)

Very Early Bird– $290 by August 22nd

Early Bird- $330 by October 22nd

Standard- $350 by March 10th (late fee of $50 after this date)

Social Passes (Pure Social Passes Currently closed for followers)

Social Pass Includes; Meet and Greet, Friday Night Social Dance Card Event and Invitational, Saturday Night Social and Performances, Sunday Night Social, WSDC Comp Eligibility (competition fees additional), and Wine Tasting (Sunday Early Evening).

Social Pass Price does not include competition fees, accommodation, or workshops.

Social Pass Holders please note, strictly no access to either Ballroom during workshops, unless workshops are added-on via registration. Thanks.

Very Early Bird-$150 by August 22nd (strictly limited numbers).

$180 after August 22nd.

Social Pass add-ons available – We are accepting registrations for Leaders only at the moment, Paid-up Followers Waitlisted.

Royston Intensive ($200-contact if interested), Leaders’ Friday Night Royston Seminar ($20), Friday Night Ladies’ Styling with Kat and Ani ($30), and/or Sunday’s 75 minute Critique ($40), High Quality Digital Download of comp finals, (including Invitational and Lucky Dip) and performances ($30).

After August 22nd Social Passes will be $180 subject to availability. I encourage you to get in early.

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Weekend Registration

Registration Desk Opening Hours TBA.

Draft Schedule (subject to change)

Friday Robert Royston Intensive:

9am – 5pm

Friday Night:

7:00pm-8:00pm  Official opening in the break-out area, adjacent the ballroom, and flowing into ballroom if necessary. Enjoy some easy listening acoustic tunes and meet your teachers, staff and fellow dancers.

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Dance, DanceVibe, Shoal Bay, Swing, West Coast Swing

8:00pm-8:10pm  Orientation for 1st-time event attendees (others welcome). A general run down on what to expect and tips for maximizing your weekend’s learning and enjoyment.

Workshop A- 8:15pm-9:15pm Open Level Ladies’ Styling Workshop with Kat and Ani.

Workshop B- 8:15pm-9:15pm Leader’s Development Seminar with Royston. An informal discussion lead by Robert Royston over a cold beverage. An intimate opportunity to hear a brief history of the dance from a hall of fame legend and learn more about the leader’s journey in West Coast Swing, including how to achieve your potential, tips on musicality, and guidance on balancing fun with dance growth!

9:20pm – 11:00pm Social Dancing/Dance Card.

9:20pm 40-2 min Song Dance Card Event with Prizes!

Our 4 Djs will play their top ten social dance tunes!

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11:00pm Invitational Jack n Jill, followed by social dancing until late.


Enjoy some time to experience beautiful Port Stephens.

Private Lessons Available.


10:00am-12:30pm. Main Ballroom.

Newcomer’s Learn to Dance in a Day by Peter Fradley and Michelle Fletcher, past Australian Champions and founders/directors of Swing Skool Sydney.

These two highly experienced teachers will guide through the essentials of West Coast Swing in a digestible but intense manner so you are dancing day one! This is free for weekend and full escape pass holders and subject to overall number of leaders and followers registrations- priorities will be the newcomers of course. If interested please see front desk or contact me on 0418679048.

New dancers please book via main link above or here 


Main Ballroom


Main Ballroom


Main Ballroom

5:00pm-JnJ Heats

(Finalists posted outside Ballroom and online via danceVibe.com.au latest news)

Ballroom Closed After Heats

7:30pm Ballroom open for social dancing.

8:00pm Jack n Jill Finals and Performances, followed by social dancing until 2am.

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Dance, DanceVibe, Shoal Bay, Swing, West Coast Swing


Private lessons available.

Chill time- sleep in, rest and check the local sights out.

The area offers an array of activities check these links for ideas




or perhaps a leisurely swing and lazy beachside brunch?

Dolphins at the Bay

Dolphins at the Bay



Main ballroom


Mian Ballroom

3:30pm-4:45pm Critique Session

Main ballroom

Critique Session: Dive into this shared learning experience! Enter the professional coach’s mind and start to analyse your own dancing in a new way. Volunteer couples needed  (register at front desk), but please note we all learn from being present.

Sunday Night

Chill time until 6:30pm. Ballroom remains open but unattended from 4:45pm-6:30pm for those super-keen for more social dancing.

6:30pm-7:30pm Complimentary Wine Tasting in Foyer/Breakout room (optional pizza at own cost).


Two Quick Fun Events to Wrap up The Weekend

7:30pm Ballroom re-opened for general social dancing.

8:00pm All Australian Jack n Jill – heats, more social dancing and final!

($15 entry, all money returned to top 3 couples as prizes)

Soon after the All-Australian we have the following: Lucky Dip Jack n Jill; a random draw for participants to dance a one of the event team. Midnight finish.

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Jack n Jill ($25 entry) (WSDC)



 All Australian ($15.00 entry, all money returned in cash prizes)
 Lucky Dip (no entry fee), a chance to dance a spotlight with staff!

 Video (Personal filming permitted for competition heats and All-skate finals only)


Please note; passes are non-refundable. They are transferable. The on-selling is the owner’s responsibility. Thank you.


Accommodation bookings are via The Ramada, Shoal Bay. Accommodation includes, one undercover park per room. See below for danceVibe discounted rates.

Simply call 1800 181 810 and say you are booking for danceVibe’s Swing Escape.

Please note: the Whitesands building (where the ballroom is) is sold out. Please call 1800 181 810 and note dancevibe Swing Escape event. Current rates as of February 3rd are:

One Bedroom Side Waterview
$220.00 per night

Two Bedroom Waterview
$360.00 per night

Whitesands Building Rates below are sold out.

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Accommodation includes one under cover car space per room. Please note room servicing is limited. The housekeepers will stop by each day to collect the rubbish.  Any amenities or towels that may be needed can be collected from the front desk.

Any questions about the event please call or text Adrian on 0418 679 048.


Thanks for supporting our event, we look forward to seeing you.