Anna van Dijk

Anna has been swing dancing since 2009 and has developed an extensive passion for 1920–40s jazz dance, encompassing lindy hop, charleston, swing, balboa, shag, blues, solo & tap; as well as related styles such as Ghanian dance, Guinean dance & early swing styles (peabody, after seven, cake walk).

Anna has taken her obsession for jazz dance around the world and has taught in Australia, Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Greece and the UK; as well as picking up competition trophies in Sweden, France, Spain and Poland.

Back in Melbourne, Anna teaches weekly classes for dancers of all levels, as well as leading Hot Jam – a talented dance troupe devoted to creative performance. In class she is passionate about sharing authentic body movement and rhythm with her students, and seeks to build a positive and empowering environment for people to explore the dance.?

Exotic Solo Blues Dance

Anna leads a dance class for solo dancers at all levels based on the historic performance and social dancing of African American artists such as Josephine Baker, Marie Bryant, Al Minns and Sandra Gibson, creating a social space where dancers can release their inhibitions and dance fully.

Sat, Dec 28 10:30AM Parlour
Wed, Jan 01 10:00AM Dancehall

Jazz Dance 1920s and 30s

Visit the earliest expression of jazz, danced in the exotic and opulent clubs of Harlem, New York during the 1920s and 1930s – a celebration of expression and playfulness.

Sun, Dec 29 10:00AM Dancehall

Deluxe Cabaret

A feast for the senses, Deluxe Cabaret is a smorgasbord of the best the Parlour has to offer. Take your fill of puppetry, mime, comedy, circus, song and dance as our hosts serve up the best acts to tempt and delight you.

Sun, Dec 29 7:30PM Parlour

1920s Harlem Style Exotic Blues Dance

Learn this exotic blues dance as danced by Josephine Baker to the music of Duke Wellington.

Mon, Dec 30 2:30PM Dancehall