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“Victory in Europe” was a night that will go down in history!

By Rara - 20 February 2007 21

I thought I would share with you what I got up to on Saturday night. I attended “The Stomp” dance spectacular. “The Stomp” is a cooperative project organised by a group of volunteers from the local dance community and the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin. The disasterous Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 was the trigger for the organisers decision to run the first Stomp as a couple of dancers pondered what they could do in the face of such an enormous human tragedy.  The first Stomp raised $4000 and helped to get a Sri Lankan fishing village back to work with new fishing boats. Since then Stomp has run every 3 months and raised between two and three thousand dollars each night.  The money is dedicated to needy charities identified by the Rotary Club.

The first Stomp dance for this year was held on the 17th of February at the Albert Hall in Yarralumla. The theme was a 1940’s celebration of Victory in Europe (VE Day), with all monies raised going to CanTeen

The Stomp is a night of great live music, professional dance performances, dance competitions, the odd surprise and of course, lots of dancing. The Stomp tries to cater for the broadest array of dance styles and you will certainly see plenty of swing, ceroc, rock and roll, Latin and ballroom styles. Each Stomp begins with complementary dance classes enabling you to expand your dance knowledge – Stomp is the ultimate event for any enthusiastic dancer! 

So if you are keen to support local charity and have a great time, write this date in your diary – Stomp 10 will be held on the 12th May 2007, theme yet to be announced. You can find more information on The Stomp at

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“Victory in Europe” was a night that will go down in history!
Rara 10:26 am 22 Feb 07

JB – did you ever consider that the girl was laughing at herelf for her own ability or disability? I spend most of the dance classes I go to in stitches as I feel challenged by the moves. I am not laughing at my partner just at myself!

poisonivy 10:14 am 22 Feb 07

sorry to hear you had a bad experience jb. it can be very confronting at first – you feel like everyone is watching and judging, but actually they are all watching their own feet.

If you dig on swing music, there is nothing better than being able to express that on the dancefloor – it’s like flying!

so I would encourage anyone who’s been turned off after one class (of whatever style) to give it another whirl – let’s face it, it can’t be any worse than the first time!

johnboy 9:38 am 22 Feb 07

Oh I agree, it looks like great fun.

Just if I’m doing a beginners course I really, really need it to be a beginners course.

evee 9:19 am 22 Feb 07

You guys don’t know what you are missing. When you get a good teacher, and get some confidence up, it can bring so much joy. Hey don’t knock it there may be other people out there interested!! :o)

Hasdrubahl 7:49 am 22 Feb 07

I let go of mine at the wrong time and she ‘swung’ right through the doors and ended up on her backside in the mud outside.

I was not invited back.

johnboy 11:08 pm 21 Feb 07

My swing dancing “beginners” lesson was the worst night of my life.

Expected to dance straight off the boat with women who’d done the course three times and they fair dinkum laughed in my face.

simbo 10:53 pm 21 Feb 07

Oh, dear, the swing dancing cult is getting going again. I swear, it’s like Amway with a better sense of rhythm…

Pandy 8:30 pm 21 Feb 07

Comfort woman.

GnT 8:24 pm 21 Feb 07

Hello sailor!!! I know the chick in those photos, but I don’t know the sexy spunks she’s dancing with. Did we have any luck girls?

evee 4:12 pm 21 Feb 07

Were you there poison ivy? I didnt see you…I have been so slack but getting back into swing is great fun. I tell everyone I meet to go along to class. :o)

poisonivy 12:10 pm 21 Feb 07

Girls LOVE a fella who can dance, Rara! (and ps, bonfire, I’ve been to a swing dance camp where they taught the electric boogaloo – if you started up, you might find yourself with an instant posse!

So let me put in a plug for swing dancing as well – Jumptown runs classes at different locations 4 nights a week (ANU, O’Connor, Braddon, Narrabundah). Check out for more details

. . . and keep an eye out for Jumptown’s Fall Ball at the Albert Hall on Friday 23 March!

Rara 11:49 am 21 Feb 07

The only way to get over dancing phobia is to give it a go and take lessons….any takers?? I do ceroc classses which are on a monday and wednesday night, check out for details. Its fun – don’t need to bring a partner and all the moves you learn can easily be incorporated into the Canberra nightclub scene! Remember….girls like a fella who can dance!

bonfire 10:37 am 21 Feb 07

id go if they let me bring a sheet of cardboard for the electric boogaloo and other forms of hip and or hop…

Nik_the_Pig 9:25 am 21 Feb 07

Looks like fun but I’d have to get over my phobia of dancing

evee 8:24 am 21 Feb 07

Stomp is always great fun, and this one was a blast! So nice to be in Albert Hall and I’m looking forward to supporting the next stomp coming up.

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