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Meet The Scene Ball 2019

Come and meet the whole scene!
Affectionately known as ‘The Beginners Ball’, this is always a highlight of the year and a great opportunity to meet everyone involved in our Melbourne scene. Join teachers and students from all of our venues across Melbourne, catch up with friends and make new ones. It’s a favourite Swing Patrol tradition, as we welcome newcomers to our community of dancers and celebrate with a fabulous Ball.

* live swing band – Mat Jodrell’s Romping Stompers
Mat Jodrell – trumpet
Ben Gillespie – trombone/vocals
Steve Grant – piano
James Clark – bass/vocals
Andrew Swann – drums/vocals
* DJ Julia Wharington – two time winner of Swing Patrol DJ Battle
* complimentary beginner dance lesson – with Celia Webb & Bruce Frame (Swing Patrol Point Cook)
* inspiring performances by Swing Patrol troupes and special guests
* heaps of social dancing

Details at a Glance

When: Saturday 11 May, 2019
Where: Fitzroy Town Hall – 201 Napier St, Fitzroy
Time: Doors open at 8.00pm (no earlier), until midnight.
Live Music: special surprise swing stars.
Drinks: Bar on site at Fitzroy Town Hall, so it’s strictly NO BYO.
Food: some snacks for sale from the bar, but bring your own nibbles, and there’s plenty of dinner options in the immediate area.
Cost: $35 (+ booking fee) online pre-bookings, or $40 cash at the door, $15 kids 5 – 15 years.

What’s happening?:
8pm Doors Open, DJ music
8.30 – 9pm Complimentary swing lesson – fun & easy moves to get everybody dancing, bring your friends.
9pm, 10pm, 11pm Live band – Mat Jodrell’s Romping Stompers – playing 3 sets of swinging jazz music for your social dancing delight.
DJ music in between.
Plus performances from Swing Patrol’s own Brat Pack, Harlem Shout and The Bluebelles, and guests showcasing all the swing dances.
But wait, there’s more … Shim Sham, Teachers’ Dance … you might even see a jam session break out! All the fun of a big swing Ball.

Dress code:
It’s a Ball, let’s dress up! Whatever makes you feel fancy. You can go full vintage, or just a touch of swing; formal or not. Dress to the nines, the eights, the sevens or even the sixes. Whichever way you go, here’s your chance to leave the jeans and t-shirts at home and make an effort.
Add a touch of colour to represent your venue (see below).
And our roving photographer may snap you in your sartorial splendour.
The number one thing is to have comfy shoes to dance in.
Swing dancing is hot hot hot! … not a bad idea to bring a change of clothes for later in the evening.

Colours or “How Do I Find Friends From My Venue?”:
Whether you choose to add a touch colour to your outfit (a ribbon, a tie, a flower in your hair or buttonhole) or go the whole hog and deck yourself out head to toe, sporting your venue’s colour makes it easy for venue regulars to find each other, and gives you a talking point when you meet a stranger-soon-to-be-friend from the other side of town.
Wear your venue colours with pride!

Brunswick: red
Camberwell: orange
Elsternwick: dark green
Fitzroy: purple
Fitzroy Blues Dancing: blue
Fun Pit: white (that’s WHITE)
Melbourne CBD @ The Exford: light green
Moorabbin: grey
Northcote: pink
Oakleigh: black
Point Cook: gold
South Yarra: silver
Sunday Blues: blue
Yarraville: yellow
Richmond Balboa, Coburg Collegiate Shag, Club Maxie’s: stripes
Everywhere & anywhere dancer: spots/rainbow


Online pre-bookings: $35
Cash at the door: $40
Kids 5 – 15 years: $15 (available online and at the door)
Kids under 5 years: free

Online bookings closed at 12pm on Friday 10 May 2019.
Tickets only available for cash at the door thereafter, unless sold out.

$40 (or $15 for kids 5-15 years)
Best to arrive early in the night though (doors open at 8pm) as last year we reached capacity and we have about the same number of pre-sales this year.

Information for Ticket Holders!
If you’ve been super organised and pre-paid your ticket to the Ball, well done. You’re going to have a ball … literally!
Remember, there are no paper tickets for you to collect. Instead, your name will be on our VIP door list. Just walk in, say hi to our friendly door peeps and they will cross you off the pre-paid list before you enter the Ball. If you have booked your tickets in a group, then your tickets will be under the name of the person who booked/paid for them. Make sure you know what name your ticket will be under before you turn up, just to avoid any confusion at the door.
Note that pre-paid entry is general admission and does not guarantee a seat or place at a table. It is simply an entry payment.

Table Seating
There will be a limited number of tables around the venue but, by popular demand, we’re making sure there’s more room for dancing. Tables are not reserved or regarded as permanent seating for anyone throughout the night. Think of them as a place to park your bag, and from there you can dance, grab a chair when you’re resting or, if there’s no chair available, share a chair and make a new friend. Better still, get back onto the dance floor!! There’s also seating in the upstairs gallery, which is a great place to catch your breath while watching the dance floor buzz.

Code of Conduct
Never been to a Ball before, or need a refresher on minding your manners? Check out the Swing Patrol Code of Conduct, and use good common sense.


We love our Events Crew! They make magic happen and are essential to the smooth running of our events.
In exchange for volunteering on the night, you’ll get FREE entry and good swing karma. If you are interested in volunteering at the Meet Our Scene Ball, please send an email to Kerryn at