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Lindy Hop, Skip and JUMP!

Would you like to take your swing dancing to new HEIGHTS? Sign up for this aerials workshop with two of Melbourne’s most experienced and dynamic aerials instructors. Sarah Wheaton (Swing Patrol Brighton) & Jarrod Bates (Swing Patrol CBD) have both been teaching aerials in Australia and internationally for many years. If you’ve ever wanted to take a LEAP into the world of air-steps, JUMP into this aerials workshop and let Sarah & Jarrod from Echoes of Harlem get you FLYING like you’ve never flown before!

This workshop is perfect for those hitting up this year’s Australian Jitterbug Championships. Or if you’re part of an existing performance troupe, aspire to be in a performance troupe, or simply want to pick up some material to throw down in jam circles, this one is for YOU. Whatever your reason, grab your partner and sign up for this unique opportunity to learn some high-flying moves in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Numbers are limited for aerials workshops to ensure the safety of all participants – so don’t delay or you might miss out!



Session 1 – 10:00 -12:30pm (2.5hrs)
1) A-Frame
2) Hip Flip
3) Around the World

Lunch Break – 12:30 – 1:30pm

Session 2 – 1:30 – 4pm (2.5hrs)

1) Turntable
2) Hip Flick Drop
3) Harvest



** Please note: You MUST attend this workshop with a partner. **

Option A: pre-bookings
$180 (+ booking fee) per couple when pre-booking through IWannaTicket.
The only online registration option is a Pair Pass, access for one lead and one follow (or one base and one flyer) for the full day.
Registrations will close Thursday 21st July at 5pm.

Bookings now open!
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Option B: casual attendance
$220 per couple for casual attendance paid in cash on the day – no need to register.
** NOTE: aerials workshops fill up fast – online booking is the only way to secure your place. Casual attendees will only be admitted if the workshop is not fully booked.**


FAQs and Other Information I Need to Know

* This workshop is suitable for any level of dancer ready to take on a high-flying challenge. Aerials experience not essential. The aerials on the schedule cover a range of difficulty which will cater for varying levels of experience.

* You MUST attend with a partner, we will NOT rotate partners throughout the workshop.

* Both partners can pre-register online for the discount price (Pair Pass) OR
both partners can pay cash on the day. There are no single person tickets available online or at the door. Prices are per couple only. You MUST attend this workshop with a partner.

* What do I wear?
Shoes comfortable for dancing (flat shoes – supportive sneakers are best.)
Comfortable clothing that you can really move about in. It’s best for leads and follows to wear tops with sleeves (to avoid skin on skin friction where possible).
Jeans, singlets and clothing with buckles or items that can catch are not advised. Pants are generally preferable for the flyers as you will be going upside-down!

* What do I bring on the day?
Water, small towel, deodorant, mints, snacks, lunch, and loads of energy!

* Any other questions?
Any questions, email



Sarah Wheaton started swing dancing in late 1999, with no idea that she would fall madly and deeply in love with all aspects of this dance. Since those early steps, she’s managed to win a few trophies along the way, including Australian Jitterbug Champion in Fast Foot and Balboa. She also won Hellzapoppin’ in 2003 with Anthony Wheaton and has placed in many other events. Sarah has taught workshops in almost every state of Australia (except NT). In addition, Sarah and her partner, Anthony, hit the international teaching circuit and have taught at well known events: Camp Jitterbug in Seattle, Boston Tea Party, Swing Crash in Italy as well as workshops in London, Washington DC, Orange County, San Francisco and closer by in Wellington NZ.
She’s no stranger to television work, either – having danced on Spicks and Specks, Postcards and Coxy’s Big Break.
In terms of influences, Sarah consciously embraces the history of Lindy Hop. She’s studied dance footage from the 20’s right through the golden years of swing and aims to reflect the original styles in her dancing. Through fast dancing, Aerials and Charleston, Sarah is well known for her ability to ‘fly’ at faster tempos.
You’ll love being in class with Sarah – she has a special ability to be able to break things down as well as being super fun and friendly.

Sarah_SwingCrash (Tomaso Vimercati)
(photo credit: Tomaso Vimercati)

Sarah aerial_Hellzapoppin (Peter Petkovic)
(photo credit: Peter Petkovic)

Jarrod Bates thinks this swing dancing thing is just THE BEST. Having been swing dancing for 7-ish years now, he has a fondness for all of its many forms. He is best known for his skills and knowledge in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues/Slow dancing, Aerials and Solo Jazz. His greatest inspiration is without doubt the JAZZ MUSIC, appreciating and taking inspiration from the expression of that music across any level of swing dancer.
You may have seen him take …
First place: Melbourne Swing Festival 2015 Invitational Jack and Jill, Australian Jitterbug Championships 2011 Fast and Furious division
Second place: Australian Jitterbug Championships 2015 Strictly Lindy division, Sydney Lindy Exchange 2013 Strictly Lindy division, Australian Jitterbug Championships 2011 Showcase division.

Action pic_Jarrod

Jarrod (with Garrad)