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!

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Regular social dancing venue: WINNIE BAGOES CITY!
Join us every Tuesday night from 8:30-10:30 pm at 153 Madras Street for great music, fun dancing, good company and yummy pizza!

Classes format
This year Swingtown Rebels classes are running on a format of alternating a five week set of lindy hop classes (at levels 1 – 3), with a three week set of classes in other swing styles.

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, and they’re just fun, so we’re hoping everyone gets a taste for them!  See below for dates and styles. 

UPCOMING DATES FOR CLASSES:

17th-31st October: 3 week Medley set
Pay for one class per evening and you can do both! (*if you are at the right level for both).
To register email swingtownrebels@gmail.com
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Details:
– Lindy Hop Progression classes for people in level 1 looking to solidify and move to level 2  (2 weeks, $20 or $15/class). Will be good revision for newer level 2s as well.
– Solo Jazz! Continuing open level (anyone welcome) solo jazz with Jess, learn more cool moves and build your confidence for solo dancing! Solo can also be incorporated into your partner dancing, so even if you never plan to join a solo jam circle it can still be really good to learn what’s what. (3 weeks, $30 or $15/class)
– Balboa Level 2 – the final set of bal classes for a while, to build on all the cool stuff that we’ve done in the last few sets. Come along, learn some more technique tips for your basics and add some new moves to your repertoire. You must have done some balboa before (2 weeks, $20 or $15/class)

FREE taster class – for people to get a taste of lindy hop before signing up for a five week set. A fun one to bring your friends or family along to, before band night! The moves taught are additional to the level 1 and 2 syllabus, so it’s worth coming along to even if you’re not completely new.

New 5 week set of lindy hop
Starts 7th November! Register by emailing swingtownrebels@gmail.com

UPCOMING DATES FOR SOCIALS:

Looks like we are going to be finishing the year in amazing style – there’s so much live music and social dancing coming up (seven different events!!) So get out your calendars for all of these, and tell your friends because everyone is welcome!

13th OCTOBER – Cathedral Square food trucks monthly social dance – nowthat daylight has been saved this will be even better again! Sun (hopefully), swing music, friends, dancing and tasty tasty food! 6-8 pm

15th OCTOBER – the next Bal and Blues Hop – your monthly fast and slow social fix down at the Twisted Hop, 7- 9 pm Sunday.

21st OCTOBER – the Big Band Ball at the Hornby Working Men’s Club. Check out the link below and buy some tickets as this is going to be an epic night. Aaaannnd…. in exciting news, they have offered Swingtown Rebels dancers half price tickets, so it’s a total bargain! Just use the code SWINGTOWNREBEL when you buy your tickets – and get them soon so you don’t miss out!

31st OCTOBER – HALLOWEEN BAND NIGHT!! This is going to be a super fun night – free taster class at Hohepa, followed by the very appropriate Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers playing at Winnie Bagoes – better start dusting off your ghoul outfit or digging up some skeletons!

12th DECEMBER – This is super advance notice, because it’s exciting! The last band night of the year is going to feature the Wellington swing band the Andrew London Trio – these guys are awesome, and this night will be not to be missed.

19th DECEMBER – the final dance for the year – the traditional Swingtown Rebels Christmas Jazz down at Hohepa, followed by a festive night at Winnies.

And of course we have our regular social dancing happening on all the other Tuesday nights. Good times!