Port Stephens, March 15-17, 2019

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Draft Schedule Swing Escape 2019

Robert, Brandi and John are back & Swing Escape is returning to the bay area!

The dates and the stars have aligned to allow us to secure a fantastic ballroom at a magic location, one beach around from Shoal Bay, Port Stephens! We are also super-excited to be introducing for the first time in Australia, the ultimate intensive with Robert and Brandi: the title speaks for itself!

Another exciting addition is the introduction of a professional development series of workshops; 1- Judging, 2- Teaching and 3- an All-star & professionals’ critique (including video analysis of competition dances).

Plenty of great stuff to look forward too!

Why Not Make the Most of the Trip!?

For the wine-lovers, we suggest a small detour to the beautiful Hunter Valley.

There are lots of amazing vineyards and wonderful eateries.

Hunter Valley Wineries

Thursday Night Cruise

Once you are at The Bay, before the serious learning and dancing fun starts, let’s kick off the event by getting together with fellow dancers on a twilight dinner cruise on the magnificent Port Stephens’ waterway! Our private chartered cruise will depart Thursday night 7:15pm – please arrive at 7:00pm. Tickets are $70.

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The location details are available via the above link. As well as the bonus of enjoying the beautiful area, we are sure you will thoroughly enjoy, be challenged and significantly progress your dancing through attending the awesome workshops taught by world class West Coast Swing teaching legends: Robert Royston, Brandi Tobias and John Lindo. What amazing synergy they had in 2018! Can’t wait to see what’s in store in 2019. 

We are very lucky to have many of Australia’s best dancers keen to learn, and support the event again and to help grow and nurture the community.  

John and Justin are back on deck as DJs and sure to keep the dance floor pumping!

World Swing Dance Accreditation

Swing Escape again offers World Swing Dance Council Jack n Jill competitions. $25 entry fee.

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The weekend’s focus is on friendliness, a relaxed supportive 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)


(Random different-levelled partner) $15 – all fees returned as prize money.


….and of course, our Friday dance card!

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Our extra social Friday dance card event provides a super-high energy start to the weekend and gives all dancers a chance to break the ice and to win some great prizes. This year we will feature a DJ’s top 30 dance card. A bigger venue and more floor means more space, even during the peak dance card time.

Because we don’t run strictly or a classic divisions it allows for lots of social dancing that starts at reasonable times. This year we also have two dance spaces to utilise, allowing us to strategically schedule and balance learning (type and amount), social dancing, and chill time.

The Swing Escape Culture

The culture aims to welcome a wide range of ages and levels, and encourages mutual support and inspirationEach year we recognise and reward the latter, by presenting a peer-voted Leanne Lendels’ Community Spirit Award, which was won this year, quite convincingly, by Krystal Murphy.

Congratulations again Krystal!

We look forward to the supportive positive vibe continuing in 2019, and in turn, maintaining the symbiotic relationship that is vital for our community to thrive.

The Chilled Feel

Of course, the bean bags are back, along with coffee tables and this year a few couches. This all helps add to our laid back feel, and allows you to chill and recover in the ballroom with your friends and new acquaintances.

Your Event Venue 

Your 2019 ballroom is our most spacious and functional so far: a beautiful space with two distinct areas! The venue will allow us to roll out our full 300 square metres if needed. You won’t realise it but your busy legs will appreciate our purpose built, high quality sprung-feel dance floor, which will quietly aid in your dance recovery and help you feel better. The club offers plenty of dining options, barista coffee and a gelato bar.

Nelson Bay Diggers

We have been approved for dancing until 2:00am Friday (leave premises by 2:30am) and 2:00am Saturday (leave premises by 2:30m) and midnight Sunday (leave premised by 12:30am). Please note, we have thoughtfully adjusted the schedule to ensure we offer plenty of social dancing, including on Sunday night.

Participants have access to a full size coach that can drop them back to their accomodation at 2:30 am, and other times, if needed, for example, if wet weather occurs.

Bus Timetable

As you can see we have an amazing weekend in store. We look forward to seeing you.

Why Not Extend Your Stay?

Don’t forget to put your leave applications in early. You do not want to miss the cruise or the ultimate intensive and perhaps a recovery day or two after? We can’t talk highly enough about the bay area, it is truly a brilliant place to chill, even if there wasn’t any dancing on! I know I will be there for a few extra days this time!

Things To Do

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

We sincerely hope you can be part of Swing Escape in 2019!

A refreshing, fun weekend, fine tuned and now offering the ultimate learning experience at a magic sea-side location! 

For private lessons please contact Nikki J via face book.

 Video (personal filming is permitted for competition heats and All-skate finals only, which allows individuals to ensure their whole dance is recorded)


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More reasons to go – read below!

Facebook Testimonials 2017 and 2018


2017 and 2018 Testimonials

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dance convention terms and condition for Swing Escape 2019

I understand West Coast Swing is a physical activity undertaken by choice at my own risk and I hereby release danceVibe, any danceVibe staff (paid or unpaid) and / or any independent contractor engaged (paid or unpaid) by danceVibe from any claim, demand, action, suit, cause of action and/or liability in relation to any damage, injury or loss suffered whether or not arising as a result of the negligence of, or breach of duty by, danceVibe, and or any paid or unpaid danceVibe staff and / or any independent contractor engaged by danceVibe.

I understand that no alcohol may be brought into the ballroom, and doing so puts future events at risk, and that if caught I may be asked to leave the event with no refund given.

The only filming allowed by participants without permission is; competition heats and all-skate finals, and Intensive recaps for Intensive pass-holders.

I understand that there is strictly a no refund policy. Tickets may be transferred and the transfer process is the ticket holders’ responsibility.

Social pass holders are not permitted in ballroom during workshops.

Competition fees, meals and accommodation are paid separately to passes.

All-oz competition fees are non-refundable.

Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and supervised at all times.