Welcome to Swingtown Rebels!  We are a fun community of dancers in Christchurch who teach, perform and social dance an array of swing dance styles from the 1920s, 30s and 40s including Lindy hop, Blues, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Charlestons, Burlesque and  jazz-style strolls.

We have regular classes every Tuesday night at Hohepa Hall (23 Barrington St), followed by social dancing, currently at the Darkroom (336 St Asaph St) from 8:30 pm. See you there!

  • Interested in taking classes with us? Check out the info on our classes by clicking HERE.
  • Looking for a fun performance for your next conference, event or party? Go HERE.
  • Check out our CALENDAR for upcoming classes, socials and more!

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Change of venue for social dancing! New venue The Darkroom (336 St Asaph Street)
After four and a half years of good times at Cargo Bar, they will be undergoing non-dance friendly refurbishments this year, so we have to move on.  The Darkroom has kindly agreed to host us on Tuesdays, which is great as it’s got some pretty sweet vibes (as many people commented on in December). They open up especially for us, so please come along, bring your friends, and make sure to support the bar! Longer term we are looking for a slightly larger venue, so enjoy the cosiness while you can.

Regular sets of other swing styles on Tuesdays
This year due to popular demand, we are trialling a new format of putting shorter blocks of workshops in other swing styles in between the lindy hop classes.  The swing era had a large range of different dance styles, including lindy hop, blues, balboa, solo Charleston, shag, and many more. These styles are both excellent fun in their own rights, or to incorporate into your lindy hop. A basic understanding of other styles will make you a better, more versatile dancer, so we’ve decided to start running three week sets following our lindy hop sets, to help everyone get a taste for them! See below for dates and styles. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Social dancing starts for 2017!  – Jan 17th 
At Darkroom from 8:30-10:30 pm (doors open from 8 pm). We weren’t supposed to start back until the next week, but we’ve missed you guys and dancing way too much to wait! Come along and shake off some of your festive coat for a casual night of some social dancing! No classes tonight, this is all about just having fun (and remembering what you’re doing).

Band night and FREE taster class! – Jan 24th
Kick off the year properly with a live band! All welcome, from absolute beginners/friends and family, to superstars.
– Performance troupe info evening (see below) at Hohepa Hall from 7-8 pm
– Free beginner taster class beforehand at Hohepa Hall, 7-8 pm
– Band starts at Darkroom at 8:30 pm. Free entry, all welcome!! Bring people along and help us spread the word.

Performance troupe info evening – Jan 24th
If you’re interested in improving your dancing, with a focus on performance skills, as part of a group of keen and committed dancers, then performance troupe might be for you! Depending on interest levels this year we are finalising what the format for troupe will be this year, so if you’re level 2 and up and possibly keen, come along at 7 pm to find out more! May involve a little bit of an audition, but don’t worry it will be nice and casual and non-judgey. Please email us at swingtownrebels@gmail.com to let us know if you’re interested in troupe this year to help us plan.

New Lindy Hop classes start! – Jan 31st
A new five week set of lindy hop classes starts at Hohepa Hall – levels 1 (beginners) and 3 at 7:30 pm, level 2 at 6:30 pm. Register HERE. 

3 week blues and balboa sets – March 7th-21st
6:30 pm Level 1 Blues
7:30 pm Level 2 Balboa
Also register on the link above. If you’re not sure about the levels check the classes page or flick us an email.

Christchurch Swing Festival – May 13th/14th
Put aside these dates in your diary for an epic weekend – we’ve got the one and only Ramona Staffield (who’s only one of the most sought after teachers on the international scene) confirmed, teaching alongside the amazing Kieran Yee (so excited!!) for starters, with more teachers to be announced, so this will be a weekend to remember!

All upcoming socials, classes, events and general fun dancey times in Christchurch can be seen on our calendar.