Rob took his first swing steps in the corner of a social dance floor on his birthday in 2008. His gratitude towards the friend that took him along that night can not be overstated, because that night changed his life. He was instantly hooked and set about doing every class he could possibly go to. It wasn’t long before he was attending international swing events and performing with the local demo troupe.
Now days his passion for all things swing has him out dancing, teaching, or practising most nights of the week. Rob can teach Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues, and Solo Vernacular Jazz, but his first love is Balboa, for which he is one of Australia’s top competitors. He is also the founder of a solo jazz and hat tricking group called The Keen Gents Collective, which is the largest such group in the world.
Rob’s enthusiasm for dancing is only matched by his love of the infectious dance music of the swing era. Under the tutelage of America’s top swing DJ (Kyle Smith), Rob has worked hard to build the knowledge and skills that are expected of a world class Swing DJ.
His recent competition highlights have included placing 1st in the Australian Balboa Championship in 2015, 1st in the Windy Lindy Balboa competition in New Zealand (2015), and being a semi-finalist in the Australian Hellzapoppin’ competition 2014, all with his partner Emma Hadfield.
In 2016 Rob is looking forward to continuing to expand the Brisbane Balboa scene, continuing to run Balboa social dances, and continuing to guide The Keen Gents Collective.
The Balboa Experiment – 2012, 2014, 2015
Australian Balboa Championships – 1st place 2015, 2nd place 2014, 3rd place 2012.
Balboa on the River 2015 – 1st place Jack & Jill
Windy Lindy 2015 (NZ) – 1st place Balboa, 2nd place Hellzapoppin’, 2nd Place Showcase, 2nd place Lindy Jack & Jill.
Windy Lindy 2014 (NZ) – 2nd place Balboa, 3rd place Strictly Lindy, 3rd place Lindy Jack & Jill.
Australian Hellzapoppin’ Prize – Semi-finalist 2014, competitor 2013.
California Balboa Classic 2016 - Competed in the Open Classic, Pure Balboa, and Open Jack & Jill
Attended dance camps in Los Angeles, Massachusetts, North Carolina, San Diego, Wellington, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Lismore, and Margaret River.
Member of Brisbane’s demo troupes :
– The Pocket Rockets (Corner Pocket Swing) 2015-present
– The River City Stompers (Empire Swing) 2009-2014
– The Keen Gents Collective – 2013-present
Teacher of The Diga Doo’s (Brisbane Balboa Performance Troupe) – 2014
Teacher & Choreographer of The Palladium Apple Stealers (Brisbane Balboa Performance Troupe) – 2015
Teacher of Lindy Hop (up to and including advanced level) 2011-present
Teacher of Balboa at Corner Pocket Swing 2015-Present
Teacher of Balboa at Empire Swing 2013-2015
Organiser monthly Balboa Blitz 2012-2015
Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Blues DJ since 2011
If you have any questions or are interested in taking a private lesson with Rob, he can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org