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  • An Australian Christmas Blessing

    For all the women of the world who need a break: May the light be dappled where you walk. May the creek water be clear and cool on your summer-hot skin.  Having had a small break from love-making, may you enjoy a slow, deep and releasing connection that wakes up alllllllll the neighbours. This Christmas, may your mangoes be…

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  • Talking 80s Dance on Bay FM

    What it’s like running a creative business in Byron Shire As embarrassing as it is to hear your own voice played back, here’s an interview I did with Phil on Byron Business, People & Lifestyle. It’s one of many fantabulous shows on Byron Shire’s very own radio station: Bay FM 99.9. You can read the interview…

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  • Flashback to the Bentley Blockade – a fracking good news story.

    We live in a time of being constantly bombarded with bad news stories. The news has always been primarily negative – “if it bleeds it leads” is an old journalist motto – but we haven’t always carried it around it our bloody pockets. When I spontaneously pick up my phone to feel connected to the…

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  • Feeling Lucky

    Kim Goodrick is a mum of two. She’s been a Cassette since 2016, first dancing to synth-pop track Whip It in our Byron Mix Tapes 80s Dance class.  Warm, cheerful and shy, we’re lucky to still have her dancing with us. Kim recently shared a post on facebook about luck, privilege, and success.  She was…

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  • What does a giant gold clitoris and Led Zeppelin have in common?

    I’m so glad you asked. . That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people, and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons. – Dave Grohl . Dance at The Cassettes in 2020: Book in now to receive your place. Prayers and Practicalities Mullum Music Festival 2019…

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  • What’s in a name?

    When dreaming up The Cassettes, I wanted to find a symbol that represented: The flash of creativity that occurs when an exciting idea strikes, and  A rad flashmob dance group The zig zag flash of a lightning bolt was a happy way to marry these two meanings into one recognisable shape. Flashmob Dance Company name…

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  • Body rolls and brain waves

    We know from personal experience that dancing is: deeply fun physically beneficial on a bunch of levels socially fulfilling and has a lovely habit of blowing away storm clouds that obscure our inner light. Art also promotes neuroplasticity As told in this delightful RN Big Ideas podcast, being creative increases our smarts and is proven to help prevent us from losing our mind: always…

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  • It’s Raining Cassettes

    In its passivity and resignation, cynicism is a hardening, a calcification of the soul.  Hope is a stretching of its ligaments, a limber reach for something greater.  – Maria Popova We make a literal “limber reach for something greater” in every single class at The Cassettes’ Mix Tapes. When I deliberately pull my face and…

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  • Hands up if you love the arts?

    The Cassettes’ Burleigh Mix Tape Crew perform their first flashmob eva, at the Gold Coast’s incredible SWELL Sculpture Festival! Umbrellas twirl and trench coats unveil in this exuberant Priscilla Queen of the Desert mash-up, choreographed by Deb Chalmers. But first, we shall debut Priscilla in our quarterly Mix Tape show @ Burleigh Masonic Hall: 7pm sharp, short and shiny! Join our Burleigh…

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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!