We regret to inform you that due to the unavoidable Corona Virus public health risk we will not be running Swing Escape on the 20th-23rd of March 2020. The event is postponed to a date to be advised. All participants please check your email for Important updates.


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Port Stephens, March 20-22, 2020

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Location and Accomodation Information

Competition Information

Brandi and John are back and Maddie and Zac are joining the teaching team.

We are back up the bay!

(Peter, Michelle are also back on the support team).

The dates and the stars have aligned again to allow us to secure a fantastic ballroom at a magic location in Port Stephens, NSW!

We are also super-excited to have the new format Ultimate Intensive on Friday with Brandi. This amazing learning experience includes two hours on musicality and two hours targeting quality of movement. The remaining 3.5 hours will cover the essentials, including fresh material, new angles and new drills to help develop a deeper understanding (cognitively and body-wise) of essential advance fundamentals which help dancers of all levels continue to grow.

Due to popular demand our professional development series comprises of two longer seminars, now 90 minutes in duration.

Teaching (1.5 hours) and

All-star & professionals’ critique (1.5 hours).

Getting There

Plane It is best to fly into Newcastle. Newcastle Airport is only 30 minutes away from Nelson Bay. Bus transfers are available from the airport.

Bus You can catch a bus from Sydney to Port Stephens.

Train You can catch a train from Sydney to Newcastle Interchange. Bus transfers available.

Lifts may be available from Newcastle Interchange (train) and or Newcastle Airport, given some notice.

Make the Most of the Trip

For the wine-lovers we suggest a small detour to the beautiful Hunter Valley wineries. There are lots of amazing vineyards and wonderful eateries.

There is also a brewery/winery on the way up the bay at Murrays Brewery if you are keen for beer tasting, wine tasting or a hearty meal.

Your Thursday Night Cruise!

Once you are at the bay let’s kick off the event by getting together with fellow dancers on a twilight dinner cruise on the magnificent Port Stephens’ waterway!

Last year was fantastic, such a good way to relax and ease into Swing Escape in style.

Our private chartered cruise will depart Thursday night 6:30pm – please arrive at 6:15pm. This departure time will allow more daylight to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Subject to sufficient numbers and fully refundable. Back up is drinks at 6.30pm and dinner at 7.30pm at

Little Beach Boat House.

More About Swing Escape 2020

Location and Accomodation Details

The location details are available via this link.

As well as enjoying the beautiful area, we are sure you will thoroughly enjoy the awesome workshops taught by world class West Coast Swing teaching legends: Brandi Tobias, John Lindo and our very own local legends; Maddie and Zac. Can’t wait to see what’s in store in 2020!

John, Justin and JP are back on deck as DJs, plus guest DJs. The team is sure to keep the dance floor pumping!

World Swing Dance Accreditation

Swing Escape offers World Swing Dance Council (WSDC) Jack n Jill competitions.

More Information on Comps

As well as WSDC Jack n Jills you can also enjoy other fun events that make your experience extra social and inclusive, including;

Your Swing Escape Lucky Dip (free entry)

(Dance with a pro)

Your All-Oz

 $15 entry – all fees returned as prize money!

….and of course, your Friday night dance card!

2019 dance card pumping

Our extra social Friday night dance card provides a super-high energy start to the weekend and gives all dancers a chance to break the ice and win some great prizes.

Whilst we had record numbers in 2019, the large dance floor area provided ample space even during the busy dance card time.

Because we don’t run strictly or a classic division competitions our format allows for lots of social dancing that starts at reasonable times.

Your Swing Escape Culture

The Swing Escape culture aims to welcome a wide range of ages and levels. There is something for everyone. Swing Escape prides itself on being encouraging, supportive and inspirational. Each year we recognise and reward the latter by presenting a peer-voted Community Spirit Award. We look forward to the supportive positive vibe continuing in 2020 and in turn maintaining the symbiotic relationship that is vital for our community to stay alive and thrive.

Your Chilled Feel

Of course our bean bags are back and the hammocks too! 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 Swing Escape ballroom is our most spacious and functional yet: a beautiful space with two distinct areas and room to chill on the bean bags and hammocks. The venue has its own dance floor and it allows us to roll out our full 300 square metres of our floor 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.

The club offers a variety of dining options, barista coffee and a gelato bar.

Nelson Bay Diggers

There are restaurants nearby including this gem, Little Beach Boathouse (5 min walk) – a must for a quite cocktail or tasty lunch/dinner.

Dancing goes until 2:00am Friday (leave premises by 2:30am) and 2:00am Saturday (leave premises by 2:30am) and midnight Sunday (downstairs is open until around 2.00am).

Participants have access to a full size coach Friday and Saturday night that can drop them back to their accomodation at 2:30am, and other times, e.g. if wet weather occurs.

Bus Timetable

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 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

Private Lessons 

For private lessons please contact Nikki J via face book. Limited numbers are available. Full pass-holders will be given priority.

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

We sincerely hope you can be part of Swing Escape in 2020.

Location and Accomodation Information

More reasons to go – check the link below!

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danceconvention terms and condition for Swing Escape 2020

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 (the Friday night seminar is inlcuded).

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

The professional development workshops requires seperate registration and payment.

All-oz competition fees are non-refundable.

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