Move Modern Jive at VVDO

Move Modern Jive Auckland – where modern jive is for everyone….

With a combined 30 years of dancing, competing and instructing between them, you’re in friendly, experienced hands with Hannah Honey and Colin Flood, the owners of Move Dance Company.  When they opened Move in June 2016, their vision was for more than sharing their passion of dance with others – it was for everyone on the dance floor to enjoy a great night out and make new friends. 

So what is modern jive dancing? It’s a partner dance, with moves and steps from a fusion of Latin American dance styles and rock ‘n roll, which can be done to almost any type of music – making it really versatile in a wide variety of settings.

The crew at Move are all dancers themselves who know what it feels like to be ‘the newbie’, and many of them clearly recall their first lesson. So they understand that whether you come along with a partner, a group of friends or alone, whether you’ve danced before or not – it’s taking that first step and giving yourself time to really see how you go, that makes all the difference. What’s most important is that you’re able to relax and have fun.

The lessons are all taken by a female and male Teacher who break each step down and talk the men or ‘leads’, and then the women or ‘follows’, through their separate footwork and hand-holds so it’s easy to follow, literally step-by-step. And there’s lots of time to practise the move before going on to the next one.

Move Modern Jive is offered at 3 convenient locations across Auckland, where you can join the Beginners class first, and once you’re ready to move up, the Intermediate class – with some freestyle dancing in between. Your first class is free, but why stop when you’re having fun?? That’s where you can chat to them about concession card options to work out the most economical way to keep you on the dance floor.

You’ll be welcomed by Colin and Hannah and their crew at the New Lynn RSA on Monday nights, beginning at 7pm. Then on Tuesdays, they’re joined by a fun-loving bunch at Te Tuhi Arts Centre in Pakuranga, with Beginners getting underway at 7.30pm. And on Thursdays, you’ll find them and a social crowd at the Takapuna War Memorial Hall on the North Shore, for Beginners at 7pm.

Move to hold a club night approximately every six weeks where everyone is welcome. The night starts off with a workshop at 7pm, followed by a BYO barbeque (food is cooked while you enjoy the workshop) and after we’ve shared a delicious meal, the dancing gets underway til midnight. No matter where you are on your dancing journey, you don’t want to miss these entertaining, social Saturday nights.

Still, have questions or just need a little more information? You can email Hannah on or if you’d rather chat to someone, call Hannah on 021 576 210.

We look forward to meeting you!

For the love of vinyl – 2018 VVDO DJs!

Welcome to this year’s VVDO DJs, Miss Dom and Vintage Vamp! They will be juggling vinyl all weekend, so be sure to catch them on the main stage.

Miss Dom

Miss Dom ‘Dom Nola’ is an Auckland DJ (aka Miss Dom) and former bFM programme director who fell for 45s as a young girl.

There was a 7″ of The Stones’ Honky Tonk Woman floating around in a large bag of records that my brother inherited from our grown-up sister; I loved that 7-inch so hard and kept going back to it again and again.”

She’s now spreading her love for them to her punters, while to some extent, mimicking the flexibility of music streaming: “You can almost shuffle them like playing cards and then see how a set can just magically come together. It’s the same songs creating a completely different vibe.”

But if putting your taste and knowledge on public display carries some risk, Nola enjoys the payoff.

“For me, playing vinyl makes me feel empowered, it’s a deeply personal experience, and as a woman in what is mostly a male-dominated arena, I find playing to people a good place to stand my ground. Especially if I can pull something special from the crate. The looks I get sometimes, “oh, you little blonde chick”, and I’ll pull out a 7-inch by Agent Orange or Bad Brains … then it’s ‘woah’.

Miss Dom now spreads her love for records to her punters, while to some extent mimicking the flexibility of music streaming: ‘You can almost shuffle [the records] like playing cards and then see how a set can just magically come together. It’s the same songs creating a completely different vibe.’

So yeah, no pressure, but the prospects of records surviving another generation could come down to the likes of Dom. Vinyl’s best hope will be when it stops being seen as a hip and fashionable accessory and replaces the crappy T-shirt as the top-end expression of true fandom.

Miss Dom Sound Mix –

Herald article –

Vintage Vamp

Vintage Vamp is the alter ego of Merrin McCreadie, an enthusiastic vinyl record DJ and collector based in Auckland.  She has been a vintage chick for almost two decades, preferring vintage second hand, op shop finds to standard mall-based retail clothing.  Favouring the 60s look, however, enjoys dressing for any decade.  Her music matches her taste in fashion, favouring 60s soul and 70s funk and disco, however again enjoys music from any decade.  Vintage Vamp has done DJ sets at Golden Dawn, Ding Dong Lounge and Cross Street Market.  Her most enjoyable set was lighting up Golden Dawn for her Soul Train Disco, where she also managed 3 vintage outfit changes over 4 hours of DJ set and had the audience forming a soul train line.  She is super excited to be a part of the Very Vintage Day Out music experience!


Don’t miss these ladies in action at VVDO – get your tickets now!

Very Vintage Bake-off supported by South Auckland Women’s Institute: Judge Announcement!


We’re excited to announce our first judge for Very Vintage Bake-off supported by South Auckland Women’s Institute! Annabelle White will be joining us to judge the baked entries on Sunday 4th November.

Popular television and radio cooking personality Annabelle White is synonymous with good food and fun times in the kitchen. Annabelle believes that keeping food simple, easy, “confidence-building” and delicious, mixed with plenty of tips, funny quips and great recipes make for good times for family and friends.
Annabelle was a long time food columnist for the Sunday Star-Times and also wrote the popular Food Detective column. She is the former food editor for NZ House & Garden and the New Zealand Women’s Weekly. She is now devoting her efforts to her website –
The author of eleven cookbooks Annabelle is also busy with cooking classes and the public speaking circuit. In 2009 the University of Waikato recognized her with the Distinguished Alumni award. Annabelle holds a history degree (MA First Class Hons) from Waikato University.
Annabelle was born and raised in New Zealand and while she does not have formal chef’s training, her love of “great honest cooking” came from watching her mother cook every day after school. Annabelle’s extensive travels continue to be a great motivating factor in appreciating the global kitchen and learning about good food.

When she was just 17 years old Annabelle spent a year in Dover, Delaware as an AFS scholar. She credits her time with a high-energy, good food-loving Italian American family as a great experience to gain knowledge and appreciation for new ingredients and new cooking styles.
Annabelle’s first cookbook Best Recipes was released in 1997 and had been reprinted multiple times. Many of her titles are now out of print but her sequel to Best Recipes entitled Simply The Best co-authored with Kathy Paterson in 1999 topped the New Zealand best-selling list and remained there for many weeks. Other titles include, Annabelle Cooks, Annabelle Cooks Healthy and specialist cook books in the areas of Christmas, BBQ and Cakes and Slices.
Annabelle began her TV work as the zany food reporter for TV3’s Nightline in 1989 and then on a more regular basis for 5.30 With Jude and subsequently 5.00 With Jude in 1999-2001. She hosted her own prime time shows for World on a Plate featuring filming in New York City and Tonga in 2001. Her foray into Breakfast TV started with TV3 in 2008 and then moved to TVNZ in 2009. Her role with Breakfast has seen her filming food and travel pieces in China (Shanghai), the United States (Santa Monica) and Ireland. Annabelle’s radio work began in 1990 and she has been on-air nationwide on a regular basis since then.
Annabelle’s newest book is Casual Cooking (Penguin) published August 2012.

Check out all the Very Vintage Bake-off supported by South Auckland Women’s Institute information and enter here!

Very Vintage Entertainers: City of Sales Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Club

The City of Sails Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Club is a non-profit organisation established in 1988 and is one of Auckland’s largest 50’s & 60’s Rock ‘n’ Roll dance clubs. Our club is based in Bucklands Beach, East Auckland.

We provide dance lessons for juniors (under 18 years), adult beginners, intermediate and more advanced.  If you are organised and can come to lessons 6 months before your wedding we can even get you rock and roll dancing your first dance. There is always something we can all learn.  We have members of all levels and abilities.  It doesn’t matter if you have not danced before, our beginners’ lessons will take you through the basics and you can progress to lessons at other levels.

The City of Sails Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Club has a full events calendar each month for you to enjoy a dance and socialise with club members. Clubs nights are only $2 and run on most Tuesday evenings 7.15 pm to 9.15 pm once a week from early February to early December, dances are once a month for eight months of the year and competitions are run twice a year.  We also try to promote other places you can dance on Friday and Saturday nights.  So, there are ample places to meet up with us.

We will be performing at The Very Vintage Day Out on Saturday afternoon from approx. 1.15 pm. Come and say hello and have a to chat to us about taking some lessons and joining our club. Membership cost ranges from $15 to $40 for the year and lessons are approx. $25 per person per set of 4 or 6 weeks. The club is full of friendly welcoming people and we would love to see you.  Great fun and great fitness.  If you happen to love dressing up in clothing from the 50s era, even better.







Want to know more? Visit our website, look us up on Facebook (City of Sails Rock n Roll Revival Club Inc), contact or phone the President, Mark Roberts 0210 352 394 or Linda 021 0266 8577.

Very Vintage Prize Partner: Pattern Postie

Bronwyn – Pattern Postie

Pattern Postie started over 6 years ago after a frustrating search to purchase patterns in a store with a baby and toddler in tow. There had to be an easier way, so I looked online, found nothing, and realised it could be a great business opportunity. The next few months were pretty frantic as I sourced the patterns and figure out how to put a website together. The business runs from my home and grew to a point where we had to convert our garage, much to my husband’s dismay!

Pattern Postie started with 3 brands of patterns and now has 10 different brands in stock including an extensive range of Ottobre and Burda sewing magazines. I pride myself on keeping good stock levels and looking after the patterns (I have my own private collection as well!). It amazes me that there are patterns for (a doggy superman costume?) and I have learned not to second guess what will or won’t sell, as it is often not what you expect!

One of the many patterns available via Pattern Postie

Extra items are always being added to the website, especially the trim, haberdashery and buttons. I often buy something because I like the look of it and it is rewarding when someone else thinks it is worth buying.


A speciality of Patter Postie is the huge variety of out of print patterns and Burda magazines that can be very hard to find. These sell well internationally as well as people can’t find them in their local stores.

Singer sewing machines and Tailormade sewing cabinets and cutting tables have been fantastic additions to my inventory as they are great quality products and my customers are really happy with the quality.
I get some great feedback from my customers who sometimes send me pictures of their completed projects. I enjoy the personal contact with them and it’s nice to know that it is appreciated, as it’s not something you experience with the larger corporates

There is a $100 Pattern Postie Pattern Pack available for first place of each category of the Very Vintage Dressmaking Competition!

Check out Pattern Postie on their website and get sewing!