Rugcutters Swing & Jazz Parties at Bella Union

1929 studios rugcutters swing dancing

My first foray into swing dancing was during the Melbourne International Jazz Festival which was an event of epic proportions. As with most things dance-related for me, I soon forgot about the fun to be had and settled back into my normal dance-less routine. However, in the back of my mind it lingered that swing was one of the few formal dance styles where I actually had fun. So when the Rugcutters team, Georgia and Kieran, decided to hold a pop-up swing party I couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to attend.

The team held its party at Bella Union with three sessions: beginners from 6.30pm to learn some basic (but cool-looking) moves, advanced practitioners, and a giant mash up of all things swing from 9pm. The basic moves arm you nicely for the fun to come and will hopefully keep me in good stead for many a swing to come.

I turned up to the event partnerless. Why is it so hard to get people to dance? However, I was quickly welcomed by the team and fellow swing-goers. When the moves started leads stayed in place and followers simply rotated around the circle. It was super simple to get to know people and nerves were calmed when I realised we were all at a basic level of learning.

The session went for around an hour. You can attend their regular sessions on the third Tuesday of each month. At $15 it’s a steal. Did I mention that there were six girls and two guys…

– Rukmal
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Rukmal lives and breathes events.

Keep up-to-date on all things swing on the 1929 Studios website and Facebook.
Rugcutters runs every third Thursday at Bella Union in Carlton.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of 1929 Studios.
Image credit: 1929 Studios.