16.6 C
Byron Shire
October 22, 2021

What’s the latest dance craze in the Northern Rivers?

Latest News

Charges laid after police pursuit at Murwillumbah

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have been investigating several incidents of stolen motor vehicles from within the Kingscliff area over the past month.

Other News


I know I’m not the only one who has joined the dots between Byron Shire having the lowest vaccination...

End the cult

A military conflict between China and the USA would very likely result in global nuclear war, a major setback...

One new COVID case in Lismore and Local Health District venues of concerns

Northern NSW Local Health District says there has been one new case of COVID-19 reported for the are to 8pm 17 October.

Government secrecy around health advice defended by local Nats MP

The NSW Liberal-Nationals government’s attempt to block transparency around its health advice with the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney last June will now become public.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 19 October, 2021

Check out what's on at the cinema this week in Ballina and Byron

Egotistic rabble

Strident anti-vaxxers claim that COVID-19 vaccination violates their individual sovereignty and freedom. However, there’s not a beep from them...

Swing dancers Santi and Lissa enjoying a hop. Photo supplied

Our grandparents and great-grandparents probably met at their local village dances, perhaps at one of the many heritage community halls dotted around the Northern Rivers.

It was in these halls that our forebears met to socialise and dance away the care and toil of daily life. Yet sadly, it seems that partner dancing has become something of a lost art these days – at least, until now.

One of the most popular vintage partner dances is a dance style called Swing, also known as Lindy Hop. Popular in the roaring twenties, Swing dancing is experiencing a revival that is taking the world by storm, especially among millennials – after all, it is almost the twenties again!

Across the globe, young people are exchanging nightclub casual for the vintage fashion of Prohibition and the Great Gatsby, the mosh-pit for the jazzy big-band, the music that is filled with the nostalgia and optimism of a bygone era.

And seeing as our modern digital world also brings with it an era of disconnection with, what better way to reclaim the human connection we all need than through the lost art of partner dancing?

In Johan Hari’s latest book, Lost Connections – Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression, he explains depression as a form of grief from losing the connections that we still need.

Young people are especially confused, lacking a model for healthy relationships between the masculine and the feminine, the yin and yang, and with our modern culture losing touch of these old world values, this makes partner dancing like Swing even more delightful.

Frankie Manning, the godfather of Swing dancing, once explained why he was so passionate about sharing Swing with the world: ‘I’m not interested in fame and glory. It’s just that I would like others to know what a happy dance this is.’

There’s a new group that have started up workshops and socials called Northern Rivers Swing Dance.

You can find them every second Sunday afternoon at Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall

Twenty-on- year-old Santi Esposito-Rose, one of the founding members, describes the group as ‘a not-for-profit community group promoting swing dancing for mental health and physical wellbeing. It’s also a great place to make new friends. We have created a friendly and safe environment for all ages to have fun and learn something new.’


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

#BigBadBiomass – protesters reject burning trees for energy

North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) and the NSW Forest Defenders have thrown their support behind the protests against the burning of Biomass to generate electricity across Australia ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP) 26.

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

Chainsaw accident Ewingsdale

A 44-year-old arborist suffered a serious lower leg injury following a chainsaw accident at a Ewingsdale property yesterday.

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.