What is Hullabaloo?

Hullabaloo – The Perth Lindy Exchange is a 4 day celebration of swing dancing held locally each ANZAC long weekend. It is organised by the Perth Swing Dance Society and has been one of the biggest events on the Australian swing calendar since 2004.

Hullabaloo always includes a wide variety of events; with plenty of social dancing, swing dance workshops with international and Australian instructors, live swing bands at most events at some of Perth’s most beautiful halls, late night dancing, a vintage-themed swing ball, dance contests and a friendly atmosphere that typically attracts up to 250 local, interstate and overseas dancers. Hellzapoppin’ has also been included in the program twice.

In 2013 we ran a 10th Anniversary edition of Hullabaloo which was the biggest ever. The entire Harlem Hotshots team of 9 dancers from Sweden were on the teaching bill and we had over 350 attendees, 10 social events and 10 live bands. It was an incredible 5 days that attracted people from all over the country and overseas.


Pic: Jason Chong, Hullabaloo 2013


It was decided by the 2003/04 PSDS committee that the Perth swing dance scene was now big enough to accommodate a Lindy Exchange. By 2004 many PSDS committee members had travelled to other Lindy exchanges, both interstate and overseas. We had a very good idea of what we did and didn’t want Hullabaloo to be, and what we could do to make it unique. We did not want to call the event ‘PLX’ so the name was borrowed from our performance team; ‘The Hullabaloo Hoppers’. The committee at that time thought the word ‘Hullabaloo’ (which means to cause a ruckus), described exact the feeling that we wanted for our event perfectly. It was also the name of an old swing song from the 1930s.

The first Hullabaloo was a great success with locals and it attracted many interstate guests. The event has gone from strength to strength every year since, and many of the original inclusions (e.g. the Jack and Jill, the Ball and the Hullabaloo Hop) have remained an integral part of the event and are very unique to Hullabaloo.

Pic: Hullabaloo 2005

Pic: Cheryl and Mattias, Hullabaloo 2005

The PSDS are very proud of Hullabaloo and always excited that they are able to organise such a wonderful event for Perth dancers every year. Like the PSDS, Hullabaloo is completely organised and run by volunteer dancers.

If you want to know more about registering for Hullabalo, please go to the website.