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  • Hairography will one day be a recognised sport

    Opening Ceremony Dancers! Whether from the grandstand or your couch (ahem), watching the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games tonight will be an absolute treat. Keep your eyes peeled in the final act, 10-11pm, for Cassette dancers past and present.  They’ve been 1. Rehearsing and 2. Not revealing anything about the Ceremony choreography,…

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  • A Rhythm Nation

    We are like-minded individuals Sharing a common vision…. We are a part of a rhythm nation – Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation, 1989 Jackson wanted to create the feeling of a “nation” founded on positivity, inclusion and dancing.  According to Los Angeles Times, she was inspired by the hub of upbeat dancers in New York clubs at…

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  • Wave of Dance Classes in Byron Bay

    Byron Shire is pumping with dance classes of every variety at the moment.  Let’s pop on our terry towelling bikinis and soak it up. The Tide is High Dance classes in the Bay come in waves.  They float in like gifts from the sea.  Slovenian hip-hop dancer Kim Kosic recently rolled to the shore like…

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  • Commonwealth Games Auditions

    Oh What a Feeling! 80s Dance is not *yet* an internationally recognised sport, however dancers from The Cassettes have been invited to audition to perform at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of The Commonwealth Games, 2018. Held at the Gold Coast’s tremendously large Cararra Stadium, this will call for our dancer’s highest stag leaps EVER. Open to all Cassette…

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  • So You Think You Can Do The Running Man

    Guest Teacher Announced So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Travers Ross will be leading the Flashmob Troupe for Term 3.  I am so curious to see how the dancers handle Travers’ Street and Commercial Dance styles; and I reckon they’re up for the challenge.  Travers is a very friendly and versatile dance-theatre artist who promises to…

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  • Dance at The Cassettes!

    Kudos to our fantabulous Mix Tapes, The Cassettes’ beginner – intermediate 80s Dance Crews. Another 8-week term is done and dusted, although I’m still finding pieces of glitter stuck to my head. There’s 1 week left to catch the Early Bird for Term 3.  But first, let’s revel in and enjoy what just happened during Term…

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  • Greased Lightning!

    Grease was one of many excellent films I watched at an inappropriately early age.  Like Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters and Mannequin, the songs from Grease are happily embedded in my cellular memory.  So when The Cassettes and I heard the Bruns Picture House were showing the film on June 24, we got excited! Released in 1978 and set…

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  • Creatives of Byron Shire

    Marissa chats with dancer, yogi, artist, film maker and Hot Stuff dance teacher, Vivianne Frehner.  From Switzerland and now based in Byron Shire, Vivi covers important topics such as having a sore ass, why 80s music + dancing are a match made in heaven, and how to expand your aura. Vivi’s Hot Stuff Dance Class is on Thursdays 6pm…

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  • Death of a grunge god

    Soundgarden were my chosen teen-angst / best-band-to-bake-to of the 90s.  Superunknown did not leave the kitchen tape deck often.  I’d listen to Chris Cornell’s screeching banshee voice while stirring chocolate cakes, as if it were a sexy, sacred hymn. Birthed in Seattle in the mid 80s, Soundgarden were a pioneer of the grunge and alternative rock movement.  This flowed…

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  • Joining The Cassettes has brought me so much joy, opened me up to a new social circle and given me a real freedom and diversity from my aerial choreography work.
  • The best thing I did in 2019.
    Thank you for making dreams come true.
    Dancing alongside such delightful, positive women, full of encouragement.
    You all made me feel that I could do it.
    Such a wonderful experience.

  • Thanks for all the joy you bring to the world….Dancing in lines with amazing ladies: I forgot how fun it is.
  • I really love the vibe of positivity and community you’ve created at The Cassettes.  I love coming every week and even if I haven’t had the best day, by the time I get to class I feel so much better, and then after class, on top of the world!  It’s an awesome sweaty workout too, but the best part for me is the people, the music and the funky, entertaining dance moves!  Such a fun way to have some ‘me time’ and get some exercise!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • I feel so blessed to be able to do a dance class with you and all the gorgeous women there.  Thanks Marissa, for the great dance class and your beautiful encouraging words.

  • I’m having a blast.

  • The classes are awesome.  The dance routines are so much fun.  Thank you for everything.

  • I just love The Cassettes dance classes.  They are part self-help; part dance; part entertainment.  A complete mind, body and soul experience that has me laughing the whole way through!

  • It is such a happy space at Burleigh Mix Tapes.  Deb sets a such a friendly, safe environment for us to be a little crazy and break out in the name of 80’s fun!