Girl Jam celebrates women's artistic achievements in traditional jazz music and dance with the intention of inspiring today's jazz-lovers in a supportive, collective learning environment.

Our vision is a community where women are empowered, equal, safe and whose voices are recognised and celebrated. To bring that vision into reality, we host a workshop weekend that provides a safe space for women to connect and share the dance, to learn about historical women of jazz, and to participate in performance and competition opportunities.
We always want the community to be able to say that we contribute positively to the culture and community spirit of our scene, that we are respectful and inclusive of everyone regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation and that we know how to have fun!

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"Girl Jam is a celebration of women. 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, creator of Girl Jam events 
(Read full interview HERE)

TEACHERS

In 2018, Aussie Girl Jam celebrates and honors the women in jazz that are closest to us. There are countless women in Australia and New Zealand who have worked, and continue to work, tirelessly to ensure the vibrancy, health and spirit of our scenes. Aussie Girl Jam's teaching team will include legends from across Australia and NZ and we are so excited to showcase these women who are inspiring dancers and teachers, scene leaders and meaningful contributors to our dance culture.

Workshops

We are inclusive of ALL genders - You register as a dancer and dance you shall!

FOREVER DANCE - 432 Church St, Richmond DANCE FACTORY - 4-10 Yorkshire St, Richmond

FOREVER DANCE - 432 Church St, Richmond
DANCE FACTORY - 4-10 Yorkshire St, Richmond

Levels

Classes are all-levels unless otherwise stated. You can move between classes anytime,

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!

Variety Classes

This year we will offer a number of variety classes in other styles aside from jazz and charleston.

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. Explore movement, learn steps and gain confidence with this pass!

This year we are excited to announce that our beginners will also be able to join the Variety classes and meet the other dancers in the weekend.

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, perform in our Re-Creation Revue and meet your Aussie Girl Jam 2018 teaching team.

Doors Open 7.30pm

7.30pm-8.30pm - Cocktail Hour

8.30pm - Social dancing

10.00pm - Re-Creation Revue

Location: Forever Dance, 432 Church St, Richmond, VIC. 
Cost: $35
Music: DJs
Dress Code: An ode to the past - vintage/vintage inspired

Re-creation Revue

After the success of the 2017 Re-Creation Showcase, we’re bringing it back for 2018 and expanding the scope! Whether it be classic or contemporary, song or dance, drama or comedy. We want it all! Join us for a short selection of re-created routines from vintage-era clips performed by local dancers.


Want to perform something? FIND OUT MORE SOON!


Saturday - "Improvisation"

How good is JAZZ?! This night is all about good jazz music, good jazz dancing, and a good amount of improvisation with the Girl Jam Slam solo contest.

Doors Open: 8pm

Live Music from  9.00pm

Location: Forever Dance, 432 Church St, Richmond, VIC.
Cost: $45
Music: Georgia Brooks' Girl Jam 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 COMING SOON!


Sunday - "Celebration"

There wouldn’t be jazz dance without jazz music. Join us for a special screening of “The Girls in the Band” documentary (seriously, EVERYONE needs to see this!) and let’s celebrate women jazz musicians and finish the weekend with happy ears, happy feet and happy hearts. You’ll also get to perform the routines you just learnt!

Doors open at 8.00pm

8.30pm: Girls in the Band doco kicks off (BYO cushions, dinner and movie snacks)

9.30pm onwards: Social dancing

Location: Forever Dance, 432 Church St, Richmond, VIC.
Cost: $30
Music: DJs
Dress Code: Casual and comfy

 

 

 

music

GEORGIA BROOKS' GIRL JAM BAND

Georgia Brooks on vocals

Georgia Brooks on vocals

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.

 

Register

Wave 1:  25th November 10AM Melbourne Time

Wave 2:  31st January 2018 10AM Melbourne Time
(subject to availability)

 

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Carers Pass Option

Register as one dancer for your pass of choice, then Contact Us to let us know the name and email of the other carer :)
This option if for two adults that share the primary care of a minor. These two dancers will alternate attendance to workshops and evening events.


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By registering to attend Aussie Girl Jam, you agree to abide by
1929 Studios' Code of Conduct.


Cancellation Policy

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

  • BEFORE Feb 9th - Refunds given. No questions asked
     
  • AFTER Feb 9th  -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 23rd - No changes or refunds allowed.