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Learn To Dance In A Day – Balboa & Collegiate Shag

Balboa and Collegiate Shag – two vintage swing dances, continually growing in popularity around the world. We’ll teach you the fundamentals so you can feel comfortable and confident on the dance floor. You can choose either Balboa or Shag, or make a day of it and learn it all!



Date: Saturday 10 February 2018
Venue: The Space (New York Studio) – 318 Chapel St , Prahran VIC 3181 (Upstairs – enter via Carlton St)



12.15pm: Check in
12.30 – 2.40pm Learn to Dance Balboa
15 min break
2.50pm: Check in for Shag-only
2.55 – 5.05pm Learn to Dance Collegiate Shag



$60 per person for the full day (both Balboa and Collegiate Shag sessions)
$120 Pair Pass (1 Lead & 1 Follow – full day)
$35 per person for single session (either Balboa or Collegiate Shag)

Attendance is by online registration only.
Registrations will close at 5pm on the Friday prior to the workshop.

Bookings now open!
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If you’re registering for you and a friend, make sure you register Leads and Follows separately – please don’t book 2 Follow tickets for a Follow and a Lead. Or you can buy a Pair Pass in one single transaction (for 1 Lead and 1 Follow.)

BONUS OFFER: All attendees at this workshop will receive a discount voucher for registration to All The Cats Join In – A Balboa & Shag Affair, a four day festival celebrating these two dances. Once you’ve tasted Balboa and Collegiate Shag at this workshop, get some more learning and social dancing at this fabulous festival, 9-12 March 2018.



Our Dance in a Day workshop will teach you some introductory moves and technique that will allow you to build your confidence and take your dancing to the social floor. After this workshop, you can easily join a Level 1 class at Balpit (Balboa), Richmond (Collegiate Shag) or Club Maxie’s (both dances), or be ready for a 1 Star session at All The Cats Join In.



Comfortable shoes (most swing dancers don’t wear heels), water bottle, snacks, mints, deodorant, spare t-shirt, small towel, band aids – swing dancing is exercise, and you may well break a sweat, so be prepared.


No partner required

No need to register with a partner. We rotate partners throughout the workshop – a great way to meet new people, all sharing the same fun learning experience.

Want to know more?
In most Swing Patrol classes and workshops, we change partners frequently throughout the lesson, so everyone gets the chance to dance with different people, for a taste of lead & follow social swing dancing. So bringing a partner is not necessary.
We do ask people to join in the rotation and dance with everyone. It can be beneficial to the learning experience to feel what it’s like to lead or follow a move with a variety of people, of different sizes, strengths, abilities etc. Not only is it lots of fun, dancing with lots of people accelerates your learning hugely. Of course, the key focus of any Swing Patrol class is having fun and enjoying yourself, so if you’re really not keen to change partners, it’s a good idea to mention it to the teachers so they can accommodate.


Lead or Follow?

These are partnered dances so you will need to sign up as either a Lead or a Follow. We don’t mind which role you do!

Want to know more?
Swing dancing is a partner dance, in which there’s a Lead and a Follow. The Lead “directs” the dance, indicating the moves and the direction. The Follower responds to the lead, but has room to add personal styling/embellishments. Like jazz/swing music, it’s seen as a “call & response” partnership.
If you equate it to something you may be familiar with, such as Waltz or Quickstep (like Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers), then the male is usually leading and the female following.
At Swing Patrol, we do make every effort to encourage people not to choose which role they learn simply based on their gender, and many people do dance both the lead and follow roles. Even then, it’s still probably more common for men to lead and women to follow.

Please email if you have any questions about these roles.

Cancellations and Refunds

Some of our venues have a fixed capacity so we close off places for participants at a set point. For this reason, cancellations and refunds are not possible without 24 hours notice as we may have turned away other dancers. Thanks for understanding.
Where applicable, a full or partial refund (less administration fee) may be available up to close of registrations. Contact
After close of registration, no refunds will be issued.
We are pretty friendly and approachable so send an email and hopefully we can assist you!



Julia Wharington found her passion for all things swing in 2008 and has been teaching Lindy Hop, Balboa and Blues since 2011. She saw a couple dance Balboa at her very first social dance night and has been fascinated by this intricate and elegant dance ever since. When she met John, she had found the perfect partner to take her Balboa dancing to the next level. She loves social dancing, enjoys competing, and frequently travels around Australia and the US to work on her Swing dancing. For Julia, the most beautiful thing about teaching dance are those times when the students have little light bulb moments, when it all sinks in and suddenly works.
John Wharington has been teaching Balboa regularly since 2007 with a focus on creative teaching techniques, distilling the dance to its essence, and bringing an infectious enthusiasm to his classes. He’s taught numerous interstate workshops, travels to the USA annually for Balboa, has attended The Balboa Experiment various times, and is a successful competition dancer. John has an analytical approach to the dance and loves to explore the frontiers. He is highly motivated by seeing his students’ progress.
John and Julia have won many many Australian Balboa Championships, and also have won or placed in Balboa competitions in the USA. They are experts in their field, who focus on creative teaching techniques and bringing an infectious enthusiasm to their classes. Together they run Australia’s only Balboa and Shag festival, ‘All the Cats Join In’ in Melbourne.

Watch John & Julia dancing Balboa (couple #501):

Vivian Cantera – music teacher by day, Shag fiend by night, Vivian leads a life full of music and creativity. Her very first lesson in Shag was from Peter Flahiff who showed her how graceful and effortless Shag can be. Since then, Vivian has traveled to Europe and America in search of more Shag knowledge and has an insatiable appetite not only for learning Shag, but also for teaching it.
Tyler Holmes has been dancing Shag for about 4 years and is fueled by his passion for jazz and history. Tyler was drawn to Shag by the exciting energy and speed that can be achieved through this dance, but what made him fall in love with it was how gentle and light it can be, with every step being a part of the music, he is often heard saying “Shag is what I dance when I’m too tired for anything else”. His biggest joy as a teacher is seeing his students using the skills they learned on the social floor and having a good time.
Vivian and Tyler have won a number of Collegiate Shag competitions, including the Shag Showdown division at All The Cats Join In 2017, and the Australian Jitterbug Championships in 2016 and 2017. They are members of the acclaimed Double Rhythm Riot performance troupe, and popular teachers at Swing Patrol’s Club Maxie’s. Vivian and Tyler love to explore new shapes and combinations that can be created in Shag. As teachers, their emphasis is on keeping each move and all the basics in between as comfortable and as low impact as possible.

Watch Tyler & Vivian dancing Shag:


Learn To Dance In A Day is a great first step on your swing dance journey.
After the workshop we’ll add you to our newsletter so you can get a sense of what we offer and where to take your next steps as a dancer.

See also
Learn To Dance In A Day – Lindy Hop
Learn To Dance In A Day – Blues