The Perth Swing Dance Society (PSDS) is a non-profit organisation, committed to actively promoting swing dancing, its music and culture in Western Australia.
Sadly, due to the Covid-19 outbreak all upcoming events have been removed from the PSDS online calendar for the time being.
We want to ensure that our community is safe and that our actions support the efforts to flatten the curve and overcome this Covid-19 pandemic.
While regular classes, swing dancing events and activities are on hold for now, we hope to keep our community connected, even during times of social distancing. Keep in touch with others in the Perth swing dance community via our Facebook page and through the pages of the schools you attend. You can also support swing schools by attending their classes online.
Please continue to support the community and one other. Stay safe and In times like these, we need to be patient and kind. This includes being kind to yourself.
Perth Swing Dance Society Committee
Call out for Expressions of Interest for the 2019 Hullabaloo Committee
Hullabaloo is looking for 5 people to complete our committee and take on some very important roles as part of the festival. If you have an interest in being part of the organisational team and feel you can bring energy and initiative to the 2019 Hullabaloo festival in any of these 5 positions please email Crystle at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating which position you would be interested in and any skills/prior experience you can bring to the role.
Looking for someone who is organised, confident, outgoing and wants to really take control of the working cogs of Hullabaloo. Position will involve overseeing the Hulla working team; will be the point person throughout the festival. You will work closely with the Hulla coordinators coming up to the event and be in charge of final decisions during the festival weekend. Qualities required: fair and unbiased, able to delegate and show initiative. This is a paid position.
Looking for someone to work closely with the festival coordinator with the specific role of managing the operational aspects of each venue including but not limited to: keys collections, catering, alcohol licencing, security etc. This is a paid position.
Band Contact/Stage Manager/Sound
Liaises with venue coordinator, festival coordinator and bands. Must have a prior understanding and/or experience in working directly with musicians and stage coordination. Must be available to setup and pack down stages/backline.
Must be a people person and good with schedules and organising people. We’re looking for someone who is willing to be available throughout the Hullabaloo weekend to organise the volunteers at events.
This role entails liaising with the venue, key collection, sound and timely bump in and bump out of venues and general well being of teachers.
For more information about Hullabaloo 2019, go to our website at hulla.org.
Hullabaloo 2019: The Teachers
We’re very excited to present your Hullabaloo 2019 teaching line up:
Elze Visnevskyte & Peter Kertz
Elze and Peter are maybe just the right amount of crazy you’ve been looking for. She comes from Lithuania, while he comes from Los Angeles and together, they have this Euro-American style that’s all about fun and connectedness. Their musicality, playfulness and creativity are not just parts of their light-hearted personalities as dancers, but also as instructors. For them, Lindy Hop is much more than only leading and following… it’s dancing… trying to feel your partner… and in the meantime having a freaking great time! Their energy is contagious and their class material is stimulating.
Be prepared for loud laughs, crazy fun, and exciting new moves!
Georgia Brooks & Kieran Yee
Heralding from Victoria both Georgia and Kieran are extraordinarily accomplished Australian dancers. Living, dancing and singing in Melbourne, Georgia is a talented vocalist and singing teacher with a bad lindy hop habit. While Kieran is a veteran of the Australian swing dancing scene with an enthusiasm and energy that is as inspiring as it is unpredictable.
Expect the ridiculous with these two incredible teachers who cherish the opportunity to take risks with new ideas while also being incredibly encouraging and practical in their teaching.
JoYsS is a Jazz, Contemporary, Swing and Hip Hop professional dancer who also took acting classes at the school of art “la Comète” in Paris and is a multi-talented performer, choreographer, music producer and teacher.
As a swing dancer, he won first place in the Solo Jazz Contest at the Paris Jazz Roots Festival 2015 as well as first place in the Solo Charleston Contest at ILHC 2015 in Washington DC (USA). Now he tours and teaches all over the world and is one of the most surprisingly versatile solo dancers you’ll ever see.
In his classes he emphasises improving his students movements by teaching them how to better understand their own bodies which fosters coordination, balance and expression. All of which helps to improve a dancers musicality and capacity for improvisation – skills absolutely crucial for solo and partner dancing.
Social dancing. Live music. Late nights. Good times.
Hullabaloo is a celebration of all things swing dancing in Perth, Western Australia.
It’s a long weekend packed full of streamed workshops with international instructors, live performances, the very best Perth live swing bands as well as the iconic Paul Verevis Mix n’ Match competition.
You may have heard on the grapevine that Hullabaloo is changing a little in 2019?… it sure is, but we guarantee our famous (and cheeky) Hulla spirit is alive and well, it’s just waiting to be unleashed once again!
Thu 25 – Mon 29 April 2019!
Hullabaloo 2018: The Perth Lindy Exchange
Hullabaloo is back for its 15th year! From Friday 20th to Monday 23rd of April, we’ve got four evenings of the liveliest live bands, swinging socials, sensational venues, and the latest late nights for all the dancing you can handle.
We wish to note that due to circumstances beyond our control we are not running workshops this year, which means there’s no need set your alarms for morning class – you can dance all night long.
We appreciate that this is a change to how Hullabaloo has run in the past, but hope that you are as excited as we are about an event jam-packed with all the high-quality socials you’ve come to expect. Our bands will be bringing the floors to life at the Mustang, the Hullabaloo Hop, the Ball, and our traditional Monday farewell, and our Friday, Saturday, and Sunday late nights will run until dawn for that quintessential Hulla experience of deliriously stumbling from the late night into bright sunshine.
We look forward to your continued support – see you on the dance floor this April!
Visit hulla.org for more information
Hullabaloo Hoppers – a farewell
It is with regret that the PSDS announces the adjournment of the Hullabaloo Hoppers.
As the Perth swing dance schools have increasingly taken on the role of offering local dancers the opportunity to perform the dance that they love for others, it is felt that the Hullabaloo Hoppers, in their current form, no longer continue serve the purpose of fulfilling the desire for a scene lead performance troupe. With declining active membership numbers and the increasing cost of maintaining a performance troupe, the PSDS has decided to suspend the activities of the Hullabaloo Hoppers.
The Hullabaloo Hoppers were an integral part of the Perth swing scene for over 15 years, delivering 100s of performances around the city. Team highlights included dancing live on Telethon many times, performing at Oz Concert in front of 30,000 people in the Government House Gardens (broadcast live on SBS), dancing at various charity gigs, appearing as dancing extras in ABC’s mini-series ‘The Shark Net’ and in the movie ‘Swan Swan’ and regularly performing at their namesake, Perth’s Hullabaloo. The entire team even had the honour of performing at the Melbourne Lindy Exchange in 2004 and many of Perth’s long time swing dancers and teachers were part of the team at one time or another over the years.
The PSDS is grateful for all the members, both past and present, who have helped shape the history of swing dance performance in Perth, who have given their time and passion to the scene, and who made the Hullabaloo Hoppers the institution that it is. The PSDS is delighted that we could offer our scene a place to explore the love of our dance, and share it with others. We thank you all, for everything you have given to the Hoppers over the years.
Pic: 2011 – Dabelyn Photography, Hullabaloo
We will be putting a ‘Hullabaloo Hoppers gallery’ together on the PSDS website to archive the many photos and videos of the team and its changing members, from its early beginnings back in 2003 right through to 2017. A great way to preserve some important PSDS history. Stay tuned…
Hullabaloo 2018 Committee – Expressions of Interest
Presented by: Perth Swing Dance Society
Whilst Hullabaloo 2017 might now be a distant memory, we’re starting to look towards Hulla 2018.
This means we are after people to join the Committee, and come to meetings, and be a part of the planning, and form lifelong Stockholm-esque bonds with your fellow inmat… committee members. So if you want to come and be a committee member, we’d love that. But if you just don’t have that much to give, that’s okay too.
Jobs include (but not limited to) setting up and packing down events, helping at workshops, scouting & managing venues, coordinating supplies and getting everything from a to b to c, managing volunteers, hosting, registrations, secretarial jobs like note taking and document checking, researching and applying for grants, helping with DJs and bands, looking at marketing and promotions, and running individual events.
If there’s anything here that appeals to you, or if you have any questions, please feel free to have a chat to Amanda Giglia, Luke Rokich, Emily Clarke or Elida Solecio. You can also message the FB page, or drop us an email at email@example.com. Help us make Hulla 2018 as awesome as all the rest.
2017-18 PSDS Committee
Following the AGM a couple of weeks ago, it is time to announce your PSDS committee for 2017-18. We have a mix of new, old and ‘previously retired’ committee members who are excited to be part of the team and help shape the PSDS over the next year. Your new committee PSDS consists of:
Chairperson: Fiona Kemp
Vice Chairperson: Rubin Taylor
Secretary: Mick Tee
Treasurer: Rubin Taylor
Editor/Publicity: Michelle Turner
Hullabaloo Coordinators: TBA
Web/IT Support: Katie Sutcliffe
Safety Officer: Emily Clarke
General committee: Amanda Giglia, Hannah Bootsma, Luke Forrest
We would also like to thank all those who came down to the AGM. There was extensive discussion about the future of the PSDS and the new committee look forward to following up on the discussions.
Hullabaloo 2017 – The Perth Lindy Exchange
The Perth Swing Dance Society is thrilled to announce that Hullabaloo – The Perth Lindy Exchange will be running for its 14th year from Thursday 20 April to Monday 24 April 2017.
Hullabaloo is a 5 day and night swing extravaganza in Perth which includes workshops with top level international and Australian teachers, five nights of social dancing, amazing live bands and the best DJs in the country.
All the way from Europe, we have the sensational Mikaela Hellsten and Nicolas Deniau, two of the smiliest, loveliest lindy hoppers on the international scene today.
A little closer to home, we have the fabulous Loz Yee, Julia Wharington, Joel Kohn and Kieran Yee coming at you from Melbourne, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and an infectious sense of fun.
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for further updates! #hulla2017 is coming…
(Fabulous logo by Trevor Hutchison, photo credit to Fudz Qazi)
PSDS Life Membership Nominations 2015/16
Honorary Life Membership to the PSDS was introduced at a Special resolution Meeting at the 2012-13 AGM and was welcomed and developed by the membership. Honorary Life Membership is open to “A person who has performed a distinguished service to the association over an extended period of time” (PSDS constitution, 2013). The person must have served at least one full term on the PSDS and/or Hullabaloo committee to be considered for nomination.
Honorary Life Members have their membership fees waived for life. Other benefits may be made at the discretion of the PSDS committee each year. All nominations submitted by Friday the 15th of July where the PSDS committee will consider all nominations. A maximum of two Honorary Life Memberships will be awarded at the PSDS AGM. Nominations can can be made via this link only.
Existing PSDS Life Members: