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Beginner Aerials workshop – Jan 2020

Take to the sky!

Aerials are a truly iconic part of Swing Dancing – swing legend Frankie Manning’s eyes would light up when talking about air steps.

In this beginners aerial workshop we’ll teach you the basics of flying. Once you have mastered this workshop, the sky’s the limit! Get ready for a short but intensive crash course on swing aerials! Come and work hard, get sweaty, enjoy the adrenaline and finish the day with a great sense of achievement.



Date: Sunday 12 January 2020

Venue: Latin Dance Australia (Broadway 2) – 263 Broadway Rd, Glebe 2007



11.15am: check in/warm up
11.30am – 2.00pm: You’ll learn a few amazing aerial moves, and dance in and out of them in a fun jam session type environment. You’ll also get tips on good aerials technique and how to spot and practice safely. There will be short rest/drink breaks throughout.

Aerials in this session:
Pop Jump
Sling Shot (Whitey’s flip)
A frame
Leg Flip



Online pre-booking only
$100 per pair when pre-booking online via Trybooking. The only registration option is a Pair Pass, access for one base and one flyer (or one lead and one follow) for the full workshop.

Registrations close 5pm Saturday 11 January. Attendees must register online prior to the closing date, there will be no door sales for this workshop.

Bookings now open!
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Arrianne O’Shea is a web developer by day and a talented teacher and dancer, who has performed with Swing Patrol’s award winning dance troupes in the UK and Europe. She is probably best known for her aerials and teaches aerials regularly in London and Brighton.

Scott Cupit is the Director and co-founder of Swing Patrol and the driving force of the business and this unique community of swing dancers. He has been teaching local classes for more than 20 years, and is often invited to teach all over Europe and the UK. He is known as an all-rounder, and is passionate about aerials.



* This workshop is suitable for beginner swing dancers, with some knowledge of the fundamentals of swing dancing (you should know how to do an 8-beat swing out), or for any swing dancers ready to learn basic aerials technique or further their knowledge with more practice.

* You MUST attend with a partner, we will NOT rotate partners throughout the workshop. There are no single person tickets available. Prices are per pair only.

* Attendees must pre-register as a Pair online prior to the closing date (Fri 4 Jan). Only registered attendees will be admitted, no door sales on the day for this workshop.

* 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 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.
And bring a smile and lots of energy!

* 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!

* Any other questions?
Any questions, email

What to expect? Here are some class notes from an earlier workshop: