Hey Swingapore! I’m back from Hullabaloo!! It was a fun-filled and swing-filled 6 days in Perth accompanied by gorgeous weather and my fellow Swingaporeans Pam, Desie, Antonio and Scoot. If you haven’t already, you can check out all the recently posted pics on facebook of the event. My album is almost complete but due to technical difficulties, I’ve yet to finish uploading all my pics, but most of them are up, so do check them out along with all the rest 🙂
Hullabaloo is a yearly event in Perth which has been running for 7 years now, and has 100+ attendees each year. Most of the attendees are from interstates and there are usually not that many overseas dancers. And this year is no exception. I think the 5 of us from Singapore were the only dancers from Asia. The event is organised by the Perth Swing Dance Society, of which Robbie and Cheryl really put a lot of effort into organising a fantastic event and also went out of their way to make us feel welcome 🙂 There were 2 days of workshops and 5 nights of fun socials. With the exception of the first two nights which had DJ’d music, the remaining 3 nights all had live music which was a real treat. The venues were also wonderful since most of them are buildings from the 1900s and the Perth Town Hall was built way back in 1870. So add on the vintage costumes, and you really feel like you’ve been transported back in time to the swing era. On top of the parties, there were two nights of after-parties at the studio so you can literally dance the night away. Scoot, Antonio and I went to the Sunday night after-party and caught an awesome solo charleston competition! In addition to that, the second night had a Jack n Jack and Jill n Jill contest and the third night had a Jack n Jill contest. The 5 of us only did the socials, but the workshops were taught by Hasse and Marie from Sweden – we were oh so happy and excited to see them again after Bali! They are such great and fun teachers! The other teachers were Chris and Spud from Perth.
The dancers at Hulla were really all very good. The Aussie dancers are very athletic and have a lot of energy, musicality, and flashy moves. Most of the dancers are also familiar if not very good at balboa. Being unfamiliar faces and intermediate followers, Scoot and I did have to work very hard to ask leads to dance. There were also more followers than leads. However, most leads were friendly and ready to dance with us when we asked them 🙂 I think once we got used to the fact that we have to be aggressive and ask people for almost every dance, we quickly took the opportunity to dance with as many different leads as possible. We also realised that we’re really spoiled in Singapore where the gracious leads always ask the followers for dances 🙂 I’ll leave Antonio to give comments from a lead’s point of view.
Aside from dance events, it was nice that the organisers also arranged some strictly social events, such as the picnic on the last day at King’s Park. It’s a good chance for dancers to mingle and chat since normally at the dance parties, everybody is too busy dancing on the dance floor.
All in all, it was a good exchange and a good experience. It was my first lindy exchange outside of Asia and I hope there’s more to come!
See ya all on Saturday at Big Easy!