About Us

Jazz Bang?

A weekend of jazz. Jazz dance, jazz music, jazz history, jazz FUN.

Top quality workshops with great teachers, parties, history performances (with live music and dancing), panel discussions (with musicians and dancers), and shows.

Lindy hop + balboa = jazz.
Rooted in the same swinging jazz music, lindy hop and balboa were born to be together.

What's the deal?

Sharon and Sam, jazz collaborators, are your two event managers. They've been running this thing every year since 2017, and people are into it.

Who goes?


Jazz BANG has a reputation for finding the best musicians in Australia and putting them in a room with a lot of dancers. We work with musicians who love jazz, who know their history, and are excited about working with dancers.


Dancers come from all over Australia for Jazz BANG. They're very particular about music, but they're very enthusiastic about social dancing. With everyone. The mixed level classes help you meet all sorts of people, and the focus on enjoying music together helps you have a good time.


We only hire teachers who are fantastic dancers, gifted teachers, and good humans. They all offer something unique, whether it's a dance specific to their home town, or 40 years of experience. We don't look for the latest competition winners; we look for dancers who are jazz.

What're the most important parts of this event?

  • Taking care of the music.
  • Taking care of yourself, taking care of your partner.
  • Dancing to excess.
  • Having strong opinions about jazz.
  • Making new friends on and off the dance floor.
  • The music.

Who manages Jazz BANG?

Sharon and Sam

Sam Carroll (Swing Dance Sydney) and Sharon Hanley (Swing Time Australia are the bosses. And there's a team of local managers and volunteers.

This mostly means that everyone we spoke to about the weekend volunteered an opinion.

Sam and Sharon have years of experience running dance events, teaching classes, DJing, performing, competing, and social dancing. They have worked together on projects in the past, and are good at going large with big weekend events.

They have different dance interests. Sam digs the Harlem roots of lindy hop, Sharon's into the LA history of swing. Sam loves solo jazz, Sharon is all about the balboa.
But they both love lindy hop, and they both love good, solid, swinging jazz. It's the music that brings them together, and the joy of a shared dance floor.

Dance events run on people power, and we have the very finest people involved in Jazz BANG. It's hard to pin everyone down, but we have about 40 people on the team. And they are all hard working, creative, and quite excellent fun.

Swing Dance Sydney

Swing Dance Sydney is a group of humans with a very great passion for jazz music and dance. They teach regular lindy hop, rhythm tap, and solo jazz classes, they run regular parties with live and DJed music, and occasional workshop weekends.

Swing Dance Sydney focuses on African American jazz dances of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, and celebrates the Harlem roots of lindy hop.

Swing Time Australia

Swing Time Australia have been serving up lindy hop, rock n roll, and balboa classes in Sydney for 18 years. Sharon Hanley is one of the most experienced teachers, dancers, and organisers in Sydney, and she leads a crew of teachers and performers who are not only very well dressed, but also committed to good, solid fun.

Swing Time Australia focuses on the east coast history of swing era dances.


Swing Dance Sydney is very much committed to equity in the jazz dance and music world. They are leaders in developing Codes of Conduct and broader strategies for preventing and responding to sexual harassment. Their projects actively encourage diversity and equity in dance, and they are always prepared to act when people need help.

Swing Time Australia's long history as an organising and teaching body give it unparalleled experience in managing people safely.

Both groups are made up of caring people, who have your back during the weekend. If you need help during the event, please consult our Safety page.