Swing Escape 2018

Posted 30/06/2017 - by dancevibe in Important News!


Step 1- use your nav man or google maps!! But, just incase, here is some extra help as it is out in the sticks! Firstly, do not confuse with the Hunter Retreat- it is Hunter Valley Retreat626 Sandy Creek Rd, Quorrobolong. If you are coming from Sydney take the Toronto turn off which veers left, go until the T intersection (you will see a service station) turn right there. Follow this about 4 km you will see a red danceVibe sign at as per below – turn left there (Sandy Creek Road). Travel another 4ks or so and you will see a white sign out the from the of the property. Go in and veer right as per video link. Locals, there are many ways to arrive but this should help you to! Look forward to seeing you.

March 16-18, 2018

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Schedule by days

Friday Schedule

Saturday Schedule

Sunday Schedule

Click here for The Swing Escape 2018 Info pack


Accommodation (Maximum of 160 people accommodated onsite) 

Update: onsite beds are sold out, only a few fold-up beds left, with permission of roomies or off-site accomodation. A few leader passes available only.

To book a massage contact Maryanne on escapecom@yahoo.com.au $25 for 15 minutes with Sebastian.

Onsite restaurant meal options  (Restaurant meal orders are no closed)

We also have a Friday sausage sizzle (complimentary) and Saturday midnight BBQ breaky! For catering please advise via Maryanne about the two above late night meal options if not already registered via dance convention.

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Thanks for you patience with the more detailed registration process this year. Remember it is not taking any longer, it is just doing it all at once!

We are managing accomodation details ourselves to keep those costs down for you. With onsite meals management we think it is important to give you freedom of choice and so you can customise your pass to best suit your needs. Any questions or anything we can do to help streamline or clarify the process please let us know.

For private lessons please contact Nikki J via face book as 1st preference or email Maryanne on escapeaccom@yahoo.com

About Our Event

2018 Swing Escape Schedule

At Swing Escape we are sure you will thoroughly enjoy, and learn a lot from our awesome workshops taught by world class West Coast Swing teaching legends: Robert Royston, Brandi Tobias and John Lindo! Regular special guests, Brady, Pete and Michelle will be there in full swing, as will Shane and Kerri and Zac.  

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As well as the highest quality workshops Swing Escape offers World Swing Dance Council Jack n Jill Comps, however, the weekend’s focus remains on friendliness, a relaxed vibe, and social fun. As well as Jack n Jills, you can enjoy other fun events that make your experience extra social and inclusive, including;

Lucky Dip (dance with a pro), All-OZ (random different-levelled partner), and of course, 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 that starts at respectable times and with exclusive use of the retreat, late night as well!

Our event culture welcomes a wide range of ages and levels, and encourages mutual support and inspirationLast year we recognised the latter, by presenting a peer voted “Most Encouraging Supportive and Nurturing Dancer” award (which was taken out for the second year in a row convincingly by Leanne Lendels!). We are now naming the award after her in her honour.

We look forward to continuing the supportive positive vibe.

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2017 Swing Escape Group Shot

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 will again feature a DJ’s top 40 dance card. Songs will be around 2 minutes 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, word-class workshops, fun and relaxed comps, community connection, late starts, and chill time. The Hunter Valley Retreat is a brilliant place to chill, even if there wasn’t any dancing on!

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).

The bean bags are back and multiplying, further helping add to our laid back feel, and allowing you to chill in the ballroom or perhaps by one of the two communal fire pits after a big night dancing.

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Swing Escape West Coast Swing Chilled-out vibe

We also have complementary stuff!!

Friday Late Night Sausage sizzle, Sunday Wine Tasting,  High Quality Digital Downloads (please note content varies between weekend pass-holders and social pass-holders: see ticket details below and/or on the danceconvention registration site) .

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We are pleased to offer customised menu options including a midnight BBQ breaky.

The synergy of all of the above is sure to work a treat!

Swing Escape is unique and 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.


2018 Swing Escape Schedule

New Venue:

Hunter Valley Retreat


We have exclusive use of this beautiful country retreat set on 200 acres of bushland, 90 minutes drive from Sydney and an easy 20 minute drive from Hunter Wine Country. There is a spacious air-conditioned ballroom, super-close comfy, clean accomodation, and a great restaurant to keep us well fed.


Well-priced drinks will be for sale at the ballroom bar and in the Restaurant. no BYO.

We love the  feel of this isolated bushland venue and are sure you will too.


Accomodation details


Pass Options

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(Accommodation, meals, and comps are separately priced)

Full Escape Experience Includes; the 8-hour Robert Royston Intensive (9.30am-5.30pm) [complimentary sandwich and wrap lunch Friday], all workshops (Friday night fire-side seminars, Saturday workshops, and Sunday workshops), three dance parties, Friday late-night sausage sizzle, Sunday wine tasting onsite, high quality digital download of comp finals (spotlights and jams), performances, Lucky Dip, and workshop notebooks (digital download does not include the Friday Intensive, the Friday night seminars, nor the Sunday critique).

Just reiterating for clarity: comp fees are paid separatelyas we have done every year since Swing Escape’s inception.

Very Early Bird $495 up until October 6th

Early Bird $530 October 7th to November 30th

Standard $570 December 1st to March 15th

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

NEW 8 Hour Intensive only (Friday from 9:30am-5:30pm)

$260 (strictly limited numbers). $50 discount if included with full escape or weekend pass. Includes lunch. (Does not include comp fees). 

NEW 8 Hour Intensive and Social Pass (Limited Number)

$410. Intensive + social pass inclusions. By October 6th.

$440 after October 6th and subject to availability.

Weekend Pass (Full Escape minus the Intensive)

Includes; Friday night fire-side seminar (A- Robert B-Brandi), Friday night dance card dance party, Friday late-night Sausage Sizzle, Saturday workshops, Saturday night dance party, Sunday workshops, Sunday night dance party, performances, Sunday 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 (Download excludes: Friday Intensive, Friday night Seminars, and Sunday’s Coach’s Critique).

(Comp fees are paid separately).

Very Early Bird– $290 by October 6th

Early Bird $330 October 7th to November 30th

Standard $360 November 12th to March 15th

Social Passes 

Social Passes include; Friday night social dance card event, Friday Invitational, Friday night late-night sausage sizzle, Saturday night social and Performances, Sunday night social, WSDC Comp Eligibility, and Sunday wine tasting.

Please note: Social Pass price does not include competition fees, accommodation, meals, digital downloads, or workshops.

Social pass-holders please note, strictly no access to Ballroom during workshops, unless specific workshops are added-on and paid for via registration. Thanks.

Very Early Bird-$150 by October 6th (strictly limited numbers).

$180 after October 6th.

Spectator non-dancer weekend pass- $50 or $25 a night.

Social Pass add-ons available 

Intensive ($260), Friday Night Royston Fire-side Seminar ($30), Friday Night Tobias Fire-side Seminar ($30), Sunday’s Critique ($40), High Quality Digital Download of comp finals (jams and spotlights only), Invitational and Lucky Dip, and performances ($20)-digital download for social pass-holders does NOT include workshop notebooks.

After October 6th, Social Passes will be $180 subject to availability. I encourage you to get in early.

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Swing Escape 2017

Swing Escape Performers, Robert Royston Team Routine

2018 Swing Escape Schedule


Dancing until late, Director’s Discretion!

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Jack n Jill ($25 entry) (WSDC)


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 All Australian (non-refundable $15.00 entry, all ALL-oz money returned in cash prizes)
 Lucky Dip (no entry fee), a chance to dance a spotlight with a pro!

 Video (Personal filming is permitted for competition heats and All-skate finals only. this allows individuals to ensure their whole dance is recorded)


Please note; as per terms and conditions on danceconvention, passes are non-refundable. They are transferable. The on-selling is the owner’s responsibility. Thank you.

Thanks for supporting our unique event, we are super excited about the new venue and the new teaching line up and we look forward to seeing you.

Accomodation (Limited numbers onsite-160)

On-site Meal Options (Including midnight suppers)

Please note to choose/ change/ pay for meals, simply log on to dance convention, ‘modify registration’ choose ‘options’, choose the meals you want.

More Reasons to go- read below.

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Facebook 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