2020 Auditionsadmin

Echoes of Harlem is currently looking to add 3–4 Leaders and 1–2 Followers,approximately. There will be two components to the audition process.

  1. A dance audition
    The dance component of the audition process will take place on Saturday, 11 January 2020 between 3-5pm at Forever Dance Studios in Richmond.
    We are looking a high-level of dancing specifically related to Lindy Hop and associated jazz dances.
  2. Questionnaire
    Prior to / Following the dance-audition, prospective members will be required to fill in a short questionnaire.

The audition process will focus on:

  • Social dancing and improvisation skills
  • Style of learner and speed at learning choreography
  • Solo and partnered dance skills, including elements of performance
  • Dance experience and composure
  • Compatibility with the current group

To register your intention to audition, email:
Please address the subject line as “Echoes of Harlem Auditions 2020” and state your full name and the role (i.e. lead/follow) you would like to audition for in the body of the email.
Please register your interest by Thursday 9 January 2020, 5.00 pm.

The Lowdown

Echoes of Harlem is a swinging lindy hop and jazz age dance company from Melbourne, Australia. It is made up of everyday people who inspire each other, challenge each other, and share the joy of dance with their community. The group primarily works on and performs Lindy Hop and associated jazz dances.

Echoes of Harlem currently trains every Sunday 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm in Richmond, and will resume training on 2 February 2020. 

As well as training weekly and performing periodically throughout the year, members also assist with events or projects the group undertakes. For example, in 2018, Echoes of Harlem ran an event called ‘The Big Practice’, which was a workshop day involving a range of lessons across an entire day, and a World Lindy Hop Day social dancing party  in the evening featuring live music and entertainment. In 2019, the group ran a World Lindy Hop Day social dancing event which featured DJs and a ‘floorshow’ performance. Members are asked to contribute their time and experience/skills to the delivery of the above projects, which can include tasks such as booking venues, developing a project budget, contributing ideas and/or content to an event program, along with attending project team discussions.

The group is an Incorporated Association that currently consists of 18 members, run by a committee that consists of an Artistic Director (Noni Healy), Manager (Sarah Johnston), Secretary (Phoebe Armstrong), and Treasurer (Jarrod Bates), along with other smaller roles.

Current membership costs are $90 per month, from February to November. The group traditionally is on break during December and January.