Disclaimer: The information currently on the website corresponds to 2017 edition. It has been left here as reference.

solo & partnered dance workshops * social dancing with live music & DJs * all genders welcome

"Girl Jam is a celebration of women. It's an opportunity for women to inspire one another in a supportive, collective way and take this inspiration to the dance floor. Girl Jams emphasize individuality and encourage the knowledge of Jazz dancing throughout its role in history, in hopes that women can bring these concepts to their partnered and non-partnered dancing.  As an organization, Girl Jams bring awareness to women’s rights and supports artistic achievements within the community to both enliven and continue this art form.

- Giselle Anguizola, creater of Girl Jam events 
(Read full interview HERE)

Giselle Anguizola

Giselle has dedicated her life to swing and jazz era dances since the 90’s revival movement. She has been an unmissable voice in the swing dance community; as a social dancer, competitor, DJ, performer, instructor, judge, and organizer. One of the top proponents of syncopated footwork, personal style, improvisation and communication - Giselle will breathe rhythmic life into any dance, class, or stage appearance.  She frequently performs with traditional jazz & swing bands, blending live music and dance improvisation.

www.giselleanguizola.com
 

Sara Deckard

Sara, of Denver, Colorado, has been in love with Lindy Hop for 12 years and loves to show it.  She values the spirit of jazz music, authentic, organic movement, and having as much fun as possible, both as a performer and as a teacher. 

Inspired by many strong women dancers, she strives to give follows the skills they need to dance with everyone, from the absolute beginner to the pros, without losing their own creative voice.

Workshops

All genders welcome - You register as a dancer and dance you shall!

Saturday

 

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Sunday

 

Friday
Add On

Classes on Friday available for purchase as an add on to another pass. 4 classes with our international teachers.

Levels

Classes are all-levels unless otherwise stated. You can move between classes anytime, choose to take all solo, all partner or mix and match.

Routine Classes

Learn a routine on the day, perform it that night. Learning routines is super fun and getting to perform is an opportunity we think everyone should have regardless of level or experience (even if you choose not to in the end!). The routine classes will challenge your choreography learning, inspire you to think about performance, and provide an outlet to dance like peeps ARE watching!

Partner vs Solo

The solo classes will be about you as an individual dancer, working on improving your movement, skills and concepts as a solo dancer. The partner classes will be about you as a dancer within a partnership context, with a focus on concepts and content more closely associated with following, but we encourage everyone - whether you prefer to lead, follow or love both, to attend.

Advanced Classes

We’ve thrown a few classes in there for dancers who are ready to crank up the pace in learning, explore advanced movement concepts and absorb new material at a fast pace. Experience in performing, competing or teaching is expected and a solid understanding of solo dance is required to jump into these classes.

Beginner Classes

These classes allow those newer to swing and jazz dancing to explore the world of solo dancing in a supportive environment. Classes are taught by Loz Yee & Tina Rizza, who bring YEARS of global dance experience to the studio!
Explore movement, learn steps and gain confidence with this pass!

PARTIES

All parties included with your full weekend pass. Party Passes available. Have a read to see what's happening each night as there's some really exciting things in store that you can be part of!

 

Friday - "Inspiration"

Kick off the weekend with Friday night drinks at our Cocktail Hour, celebrate dancers past with a Girl Jam History and Vintage Clips talk by Giselle AND be part of our first ever re-creation showcase.

Time: Doors Open 7.30pm
7.30pm-8.30pm - Cocktail Hour
8.30pm -9.15pm - Girl Jam History and Vintage Clips with Giselle
9.15pm -  social dancing

 

Location: Bastings Street Ballroom, 1 Bastings St, Northcote
Cost: $35
Music: DJs
Dress Code: An ode to the past - vintage/vintage inspired

Re-creation Showcase

Watch the clips and see it live! We are so excited to host the first ever Aussie Girl Jam “re-creation showcase”; a short selection of re-created routines from vintage clips performed by local dancers. This is open to everyone. Want to perform something? FIND OUT MORE!


Saturday - "Celebration"

How good is dancing?! This night is all about good music, good dancing and a bit of a throw down with the inaugural Girl Jam Slam solo contest.

Time: Doors Open: 7.30pm
9.00pm: Live Music
Location: Bastings Street Ballroom, 1 Bastings St, Northcote
Cost: $45
Music: Georgia Brooks Band + DJs
Dress Code: Fancy for the Dancey

The Girl Jam Slam! Contest

This contest is about you, a buddy, and all the YAZZ!

You enter as an individual and you bring your solo dancing A-game in the heats.

Then, get ready to play doubles! Judges will select eight dancers for the final battle who will be randomly paired up into four teams. Two teams will dance off against each other at a time until there is only one team left to take the Cup - did someone say 1, 2, 3, POIIIIINNNNT?!

MORE INFORMATION HERE...


Sunday - "Innovation"

What now and what next? Let’s finish the weekend with happy feet and happy hearts - perform the student routines you just learnt, don’t miss the Positive Change panel and get your final dances of the weekend.

Time: Doors open 8.00pm,
Positive Change Panel 8.30pm -- Social dancing from 9.15pm
Location: Bastings Street Ballroom, 1 Bastings St, Northcote
Cost: $30
Music: DJs
Dress Code: Casual and comfy

POSITIVE CHANGE PANEL FULL DETAILS...

 

music

GEORGIA BROOKS' GIRL JAM BAND

Put together JUST for Girl Jam, the Georgia Brooks’ Girl Jam Band is set to swing on Saturday night. Headed up by lindy hopping homegirl and vocalist extraordinaire, Georgia Brooks, this all-woman band is comprised of some of Melbourne’s best jazz musicians, playing sets that celebrate the great women of jazz.

 
Georgia Brooks on vocals

Georgia Brooks on vocals

Holly Norman on drums

Holly Norman on drums

Flora Carbo on sax

Flora Carbo on sax

ON DECKS

Julia Wharington It’s all about the music, right? No music, no feels, no fun. As a DJ, Julia always aims to mix it up and play a variety of styles and tempos, from smooth to funky, traditional to modern, all depending on the time of night, mood in the room, and reaction of the crowd. She’s super excited to play some pretty sweet swingin' jazz for your dancing pleasures!  

Julia Wharington

It’s all about the music, right? No music, no feels, no fun. As a DJ, Julia always aims to mix it up and play a variety of styles and tempos, from smooth to funky, traditional to modern, all depending on the time of night, mood in the room, and reaction of the crowd. She’s super excited to play some pretty sweet swingin' jazz for your dancing pleasures!  

Earanee Niedzwiecki A lover of Satchmo and Nat King Cole since childhood, Earanee grew up with an ear for jazz, learning saxophone and dabbling in jazz singing in high school. While many flock to Lindy Hop for its high energy steps, it was the swingin’ tunes that reeled Earanee into the dance world in 2010. Partial to the sounds of saxophonists Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins, and the keys of Basie and Fats Waller, Earanee has deejayed at events across the world, always by the old adage “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!”.

Earanee Niedzwiecki

A lover of Satchmo and Nat King Cole since childhood, Earanee grew up with an ear for jazz, learning saxophone and dabbling in jazz singing in high school. While many flock to Lindy Hop for its high energy steps, it was the swingin’ tunes that reeled Earanee into the dance world in 2010. Partial to the sounds of saxophonists Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins, and the keys of Basie and Fats Waller, Earanee has deejayed at events across the world, always by the old adage “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!”.

Trevor Hutchison As an enthusiastic collector of vintage jazz and blues music, Trevor is a sought after swing DJ and has DJed at events all around Australia. He has also featured as a guest DJ on Yehoodi Radio (USA) and at the Herräng Dance Camp (Sweden). He has a particular passion for the music of the original bands of Harlem, tracks featuring hand-clapping and songs about food. Trev will be spinning the tracks for both the heats and final of the Girl Jam Slam contest. WOOP!

Trevor Hutchison

As an enthusiastic collector of vintage jazz and blues music, Trevor is a sought after swing DJ and has DJed at events all around Australia. He has also featured as a guest DJ on Yehoodi Radio (USA) and at the Herräng Dance Camp (Sweden). He has a particular passion for the music of the original bands of Harlem, tracks featuring hand-clapping and songs about food.
Trev will be spinning the tracks for both the heats and final of the Girl Jam Slam contest. WOOP!

Noni Healy Noni has been lindy hopping forever. She is a well-known teacher and event organiser, based in Melbourne and traveling nationally and internationally to teach, compete, perform, and DJ. Noni has impressed dancers with her sets at MLX, MSF, SCOZ and Jazz Bang where she cranked out the hot, hardcore jazz and swing

Noni Healy

Noni has been lindy hopping forever. She is a well-known teacher and event organiser, based in Melbourne and traveling nationally and internationally to teach, compete, perform, and DJ. Noni has impressed dancers with her sets at MLX, MSF, SCOZ and Jazz Bang where she cranked out the hot, hardcore jazz and swing

Jarryd Reynolds Jarryd is based in Adelaide, where he teaches and performs lindy hop. He is one of Australia's most popular lindy hop DJs, and he will DJ pretty much anything that swings. He loves the classic big band sound with a particular emphasis on a strong rhythm section such as the Count Basie Orchestra or Duke Ellington.

Jarryd Reynolds

Jarryd is based in Adelaide, where he teaches and performs lindy hop. He is one of Australia's most popular lindy hop DJs, and he will DJ pretty much anything that swings. He loves the classic big band sound with a particular emphasis on a strong rhythm section such as the Count Basie Orchestra or Duke Ellington.

Loz Yee Divas through the decades Loz is a fan of all things swing and has been lindy hopping and DJing for swing dancers for a pretty long time. Before she started swing dancing though, Loz was a bona fide teeny bopper, a lover of pop and student slave to the best dance breaks of the 90s. She is beyond excited to be DJing the Diva’s through the Decades dance party on Sunday night, and can’t wait to bust a move with you all….bring on Whitney, Britney, Madonna and Bey, Aretha, Tina, Mariah and Tay!  

Loz Yee
Divas through the decades

Loz is a fan of all things swing and has been lindy hopping and DJing for swing dancers for a pretty long time. Before she started swing dancing though, Loz was a bona fide teeny bopper, a lover of pop and student slave to the best dance breaks of the 90s. She is beyond excited to be DJing the Diva’s through the Decades dance party on Sunday night, and can’t wait to bust a move with you all….bring on Whitney, Britney, Madonna and Bey, Aretha, Tina, Mariah and Tay!  

 

Venues

Bastings Street Ballroom

1 Bastings St, Northcote

Northcote Town Hall

189 High St, Northcote

Chalice Hall

251 High St, Northcote

 

 

Register

Wave 1:  7th January 10AM Melbourne Time

Wave 2:  31st January 10AM Melbourne Time
(subject to availability)

 

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Cancellation Policy

All cancellations, refunds and transfers will be charged a $30 handling fee. Contact Us.

  • BEFORE Feb 12th - Refunds given. No questions asked
     
  • AFTER Feb 12th  -Transfers allowed.
    • You will be responsible for finding a person to transfer your pass to, Unless we have a waitlist, in which case, the spot will go to the next person on the list.
       
  • AFTER Feb 26th - No changes or refunds allowed