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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
Swingtown Rebels classes run 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 or “level up” courses to help you prepare for the next level.

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. 


Next taster class will be Jan 16th and the next 5 week set of lindy hop starts 23rd January, 2018! Check out the classes page for details of the classes times and levels. Register by emailing

Special notes:
The first set of level 3 will be teaching the Big Apple solo jazz routine that is maybe the most awesome thing ever – you’ve probably seen it performed by a circle of crazily energetic, wildly happy dancers and wanted to learn! This is open to all level 3 dancers, but if you are a level 2 dancer who has done a fair amount of solo jazz and desperately doesn’t want to miss out then get in touch as it may be possible to join – while it is a solo routine, we will probably have to move at quite a fast pace to get through all the material!

Level 4 class: auditions for this class will be happening at 6:30 pm on the 16th of Jan and will be based on a peer-audition format where you will social dance with a bunch of people and then record some anonymous feedback which will be collected and collated to determine the level of the class.


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

Tuesday 9th January – First social dance back at Winnie Bagoes (153 Madras St), 8.30 pm

Friday 12th January – Cathedral Square food trucks monthly social dance. Sun (hopefully), swing music, friends, dancing and tasty tasty food! 6-8 pm

Tuesday 16th January – The first band night of the year to really kick of the year on a high note! Featuring for the first time the Ellesmere Big Band, for our dancing pleasure! Free entry, just please help us support the bar – they do great food and drinks! 8.30 pm at Winnie Bagoes City.

Saturday 20th January  – Richter City Rebels (awesome wellington first line band) live at Blue Smoke from 9 pm. $10 presales, $15 doorsales.

Sunday 21st January – Balboa and Blues social dance at the Twisted Hop on Ferry Rd, 7-9 pm. Come along and get your slow or your fast on!

Ongoing on Tuesdays – Social dancing at Winnie Bagoes City, 153 Madras St, every Tuesday night from 8.30 pm. Free entry and all welcome!!


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 Winnie Bagoes City (153 Madras St) from 8:30 pm. See you there!

  • Interested in taking classes with us? Check out the info on our classes by clicking HERE.
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