14th to the 16th of September

Our Friday night social and workshops have sold out! But there are still door sales for the Saturday night social at Shenton Park Hall so come down for the taster class, social dancing, performances and all round good times!


Get ready for a whole weekend of Balboa workshops and dancing! 

We are so lucky and excited to announce that the swoon-worthy John & Julia Wharington will be coming over from Melbourne for a whole weekend of workshops, socials and all around fun times

- Opening night at the Jazz Cellar with awesome Corner House Jazz band! (spots limited)
- 2 days (8 hours) of workshops with John and Julia
- Saturday night social with special performance by the Wharingtons featuring Perth's best balboa djs
- Farewell drinks and dance on Sunday



Meet the Teachers


Julia Wharington

While Julia has been dancing some form of partner dancing since she was a young teenager, she found her passion for all things swing in 2008, and has never looked back since. She is a true all-rounder, happily dancing Balboa, Lindy Hop, Shag, or Slow Swing, depending on the song and mood. Balboa will always have a special spot in her heart, because she met her husband John on a Balboa dance floor (naaaaawwwww). Together they are four-times Australian Balboa Champions, and they haven’t been doing all that shabby at the major competitions in the US either. Julia’s biggest international success has been winning the CalBal Open Jack & Jill in 2016 as well as the IBC comp at All Balboa Weekend 2017. 
Julia has been teaching Swing dancing since 2011, both in her hometown Melbourne, as well as at various events around Australia. It gives her immense joy to provide the students with a fun learning experience, with her favourite times being those little success moments, when she sees big smiles around the room because the students get the hang of something that is being taught.



For every Follow there is a Lead, and what a lead!

We're pleased to introduce other half of our amazing teaching duo: John Wharington!

Meaningful play is all about getting into the zone, which Balboa delivers in spades. John has been teaching Balboa regularly since 2007 with a focus on creative teaching techniques, distilling the dance to its essence, and bringing an infectious enthusiasm to his classes. He's taught numerous workshops throughout Australia, travels to the USA annually for Balboa, and is a keen competition dancer, with six Australian Balboa Championship titles under his belt. John has an analytical approach to the dance, loves to explore the frontiers, and is highly motivated by seeing his students’ progress. Incorporating games frequently into classes, John loves teaching with Julia to be memorable and rewarding for everyone.