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:

Help us decide our new social dancing venue!
As you know, over the last few weeks we’ve been trialing a few different social dancing venues, looking for a new home for our regular Tuesday nights. We’re keen to hear what you think, so if you’ve been along to one or more of the Darkroom, Formaggio’s or Trevino’s social nights then please jump over to this survey and let us know.

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 – Tuesday nights 8:30-10:30 pm.
We’re currently seeking out a permanent home for social dancing, and dancing at a variety of venues across the city. Check out our facebook page Swingtown Rebels News to find out where we are at each week until we find somewhere to ste up shop more permanently! 

3 week blues and balboa sets – March 7th-21st
6:30 pm Level 1 Blues
7:30 pm Level 2 Balboa
Pre-registration for this has closed. There may be space in the class for door sales if you show up. If you’re not sure about the levels check the classes page or flick us an email.

Band night and FREE taster class! – March 21st, Hohepa Hall
Head along for a super fun dance to a live band! All welcome, from absolute beginners/friends and family, to superstars. Sideline Swing will be wowing us with their high energy big band sounds. Note: the taster class starts after the blues class finishes this night, so you can do both!
– Free beginner taster class beforehand at Hohepa Hall, 7:30-8:30 pm
– Band starts at Hohepa at 8:30 pm. Free entry, all welcome!! Bring people along and help us spread the word.

New Lindy Hop classes start! – March 28th
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 medley set – May 2nd – 16th
We will run another set in related dance styles from the swing era. The exact styles we will be offering for these classes are to be confirmed but there will be something for both beginner and intermediate dancers in the given styles, so why not sign up, and broaded your dance horizons!
6:30 pm Level 1 Style TBC
7:30 pm Level 2 Style TBC
Pre-registration for this is on the same place as the lindy hop registration, HERE.

Christchurch Swing Festival – May 13th/14th
This is going to be an epic weekend of workshops, socials, live music, competitions and heaps of fun. Aimed at people who have done at least two sets of level 1 through to people who have been dancing for 20+ years. We’d love to see you there! Check out all the details here: CSF2017.

Registration for this event is now LIVE!

 

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