In the beginning we taught our classes in small ballet schools in Nightcliff. But we outgrew these dance studios when we changed our teaching style to Single Time Swing, the more traditional 1 2 Back Step after attending Rock n Roll workshops in Melbourne.
We could never have predicted the growth and how at times we were short on girls because guys gravitated towards our classes more than ever, probably because the style is much easier to learn.
Around that time we also started experimenting with Line Dancing. These classes were small at first but then in 1992 when "Achy Breaky Heart" burst onto the scene that soon changed. Suddenly we'd outgrown our Nightcliff studio and moved to the much larger Italian Club at Marrara.
And that's when we changed our name to "Fonzies".
It wasn't long before we were teaching four nights a week, two nights for Rock n Roll and two nights for 200 eager line dancers.
Not content with being out four nights a week we started teaching dancing at several schools around Darwin. We were dancing at the "Green Room" in the city almost every Friday night, Sunday afternoon down at the Darwin Wharf. We often had dance demonstrations in the Darwin Mall and numerous Shopping Centres.
We also ventured down to Katherine for weekend workshops and social events. Branching out into the DJ business saw us working at the Over 30's and numerous private functions.
Somehow we managed to squeeze in a trip to Singapore to learn more Rock n Roll, spent a weekend at the Christmas Island Casino doing demos, and went off to Las Vegas, Anaheim and Nashville to attend the UCWDC Worlds Championships. Here we studied with some of the USA’s best swing dancers.
In 1997 we were invited to host the great Frankie Manning for swing dance workshops. Frankie taught Lindy Hop with Judy. Frankie brought with him Sylvia Sykes and Jonthan Bixby who taught West Coast Swing, Shag and Balboa.
In the early 2000s we packed our bags and headed to South Australia, not to return to Darwin for more than 10 years.
In Adelaide we taught Lindy Hop and Rock n Roll and classes and workshops for almost eight years. We again hosted Frankie Manning for two days of Lindy Hop workshops. This was attended by eager dancers from Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane.
The lure of the tropics saw us return to Darwin in the late 2000s, regrettably dancing took a back seat to work and fishing.
We both retired around 2014 and moved back to Adelaide before moving to East Devonport in Tasmania in July 2016.
Encouraged to start teaching again in September 2017 we are now teaching at the Devonport RSL and have reformed Fonzies and have made wonderful friends and loyal supporters.