Enrolling for the DJ Masterclass

Posted by matthew on Oct 21, 2009 in dance, education

We kicked off with Part 1 of the DJ Masterclass on Monday night, and dare I say it, I think it was a raging success! The recording came out really well I think — I actually had two different methods on the go and both worked. One became a slide-show podcast and the other is just an audio podcast (with a mic in the centre of the table to capture discussions). I think I’m going to continue doing that for the whole series.

I’m now getting more and more inquiries about the class, and we’re running a little online poll about the cost of the course. Basically almost everyone’s telling me it should be exactly the same price as the face to face class ($20 for 3 classes), so I’ve now set up automatic enrolment via PayPal. So if you want to enrol, it’s definitely not too late, just go here:


DJ Masterclass video

Posted by matthew on Oct 14, 2009 in dance, education
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If you’re interested in being involved in the DJ Masterclass, drop me a line and I’ll enrol you!


DJ Masterclass next week

Posted by matthew on Oct 11, 2009 in dance, education

The DJ Masterclass is due to start on Monday week.  Since my original email, I’ve been contacted by about 6 or 8 DJs from places outside of Melbourne — people who would like to be here but who can’t.  Some are within Australia, and some aren’t.

I’m considering trying to put some of the materials, capture some of the conversations, and even perhaps putting together some new materials so that someone could actually take part in the DJ Masterclass at a distance.  For example I’ve begun talking to some international DJs about recording interviews over Skype, and we could even potentially have an online conference using Skype with some of the DJs who aren’t able to be there (the venue has broadband).

I’d like your feedback on whether you think this idea is worth the effort.  If the Monday night time slot is not suitable for you, you know of people who would like to be involved but can’t, or you just think it would be cool to review this stuff at a later date, could you let me know?

A reminder that the DJ Masterclass is a 3 week course, starting on Monday October the 19th at 7pm.  Since I am putting some resources online in Moodle, you’ll need to enrol beforehand by sending me an email at matthew@matthewriddle.com.

DJ Masterclass Flyer [PDF, 102K]


Australian Hellzapoppin’ Prize

Posted by matthew on Oct 6, 2009 in dance

The Australian Hellzapoppin’ Prize was held in Sydney for the first time on Saturday night. From my perspective it was a really fantastic occasion, and generated a lot of excitement and interest in a scene that hasn’t seen AHP close up before.

Evan Hughes and Francine Jeffrey, Australian Hellzapoppin Prize winners 2009

Evan Hughes and Francine Jeffrey, Australian Hellzapoppin’ Prize winners 2009

The winners this year were Evan and Francine from Melbourne, who were only narrowly defeated by Cam and Noni in the final of last year’s event. The list of winners remains dominated by Victorians, however, so there is a strong argument for keeping it moving around the country. If you or someone you know runs a Lindy Hop event that you think would be a good match for AHP and you would like to host it in 2010 or 2011, drop me a line!

2009 Francine Jeffrey & Evan Hughes (VIC)
2008 Noni Clarke & Cam Mitchell (VIC)
2007 Cathie Gough & Kieran Yee (VIC)
2006 Annie Ryan & Shane McCarthy (WA)
2004 Noni Clarke & Josh McKiterick (VIC)
2003 Sarah Farrelly & Anthony Wheaton (VIC)
2002 Nicole Smith & John Tenaglia (VIC)