Australia has a long and storied dance tradition, and dance clubs are a way for locals to get together.
It’s no secret that many of these venues are frequented by dancers, but are they worth the price of admission?
We spoke to several experts on Australia’s dance scene, including the owners of local clubs, to find out.
Our guest: Jason Hickey, head of music at the Sydney Opera HouseIn a nutshell, the dance clubs we visit here are all quite affordable and a bit of fun.
It can be a bit tough finding a good dance club that offers you a little something extra, so it’s worth making an effort to find one that’s a bit closer to home.
Jason Hickey of the Sydney opera house told Al Jazeera that he had “always loved dance music” and “thought the Sydney dance scene was unique”.
Hickey said he had visited many dance clubs across Sydney, including a “sad and very quiet” one, but found his own was “not as good as the Sydney club”.
Hickey was keen to emphasise that he was not against dancing at the opera house, but was not “interested in dancing at clubs that are very quiet”.
“I think that’s fine, but when you’re in a club you have to be in a group,” he said.
“I’m not going to sit at home at night and just be a bystander watching everyone else.”
He explained that he would only dance at the Opera House because of its location and “its great atmosphere”.
“We’ve never had any problems.
If we go to a club, we go with someone who knows how to do the dance,” he explained.
Hickey added that Sydney’s dance scenes had “really grown up over the last 15 years”, adding that it was a place “that’s very good for music”.
Hitting the dance floorAt the Sydney Rooftop Dance Club, we were impressed by its ability to keep things lively, even during a bad weekend.
This club also offers an “open mic” section, where people can “come and be themselves” and interact with each other.
“We love to be able to bring people together and see them have fun and learn from each other,” Hickey told Al.
He also said that there are “some pretty cool” people on the dancefloor.
Hicks, a dance instructor at the club, said he enjoys seeing people from different parts of the world “turn up”.
He explained that this was a positive sign that “there are a lot of people coming here”.
“I think it’s very important to bring different people to a dance,” Hicks told Al via email.
“A lot of dance venues are quite dark, so people need to be exposed to a lot more different things.”
Hicks said that he does not think Sydney’s club scene is as big as many people think.
“I don’t think Sydney has as many great dance clubs as I think many people believe.
I think Sydney is a really unique dance scene,” he told Al through email.
In fact, there are so many different dance venues in Sydney, many of which have different dance styles.
We spoke to three dance instructors to find a club in Sydney that would fit our needs.
For our first look at Sydney’s Sydney Room’s club, which opened in July, we decided to look at a venue that Hickey had previously visited in the city’s south.
We were impressed with its “sketchy” interior, with “muddy” carpeting and the like.
However, it was still a nice experience, even if it did not have as much “fun” as some of its competitors.
It turns out that the Room was not the only one offering “fun”.
The owner of the venue told us that he often brings people from around the city to join him in a “cool” dance party.
The owner added that he is a “big fan” of the club’s “trendy” sound system.
We were impressed, but were unsure whether it was enough to “keep the party going”.
We asked the owner if there was any “dance that you want to do at home, but the club doesn’t have any”.
“No, I don’t have that,” he replied.
“The club is very quiet.”
The owner said that they do not “always get that kind of crowd”.
He added that they “might not get enough” people to show up at the dance, but that the club has “very good staff”.
The Room did not offer much in the way of “dancing”.
There were no “tables or dancing chairs”.
Instead, the owner explained that the “dancers have to wear very loose-fitting dresses.
That makes it very hard to move around.”
The Rooffs’ club, the Deltabar, does not offer a “disco club”.
Instead it “does a little bit of all that stuff”.
“It’s about dancing,