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CHRISTCHURCH SWING FESTIVAL! Registration is now open. Check out all the fun details too!

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 March 20th

Next 5-week set of Lindy Hop will be 27th March. Check out the classes page for details of the classes times and levels. Register by emailing

Next Medley set starts 6th March
Costs: if you do one class per night you can do the other one for free! ($30 3 week set, $20 two week set, or $15 per night).

6:30 pm Solo Jamming (Level 2) – so you’ve learnt some sweet solo moves from us, and the music starts playing and a small group of souls jump up to get their solo jam on. You watch from the sides, wanting to join in, but feeling a bit unsure. So come along to these classes and Carla will teach you the tips and tricks to get your confidence up for some solo social dancing!
7:30 pm Level 1 Blues – for anyone who is keen to learn how to slow it down and get your groove on to some blues!
7:30 pm (6th March only) – Level 2.5 lindy hop – if you’ve been doing level 2 for 6 months or more and are starting to wonder what’s required to move up to level 3, come along and do this class and find out what you should be working on! Will also be a good refresher for newer level 3s!

Note: also at 6:30 pm for these three weeks there will also be free practice time for anyone that wants to come and brush up on some of our past routines.

Next free taster class: 7:30 pm March 20th at Hohepa Hall, 23 Barrington St. Bring your friends and family along for a go, before signing up to a set of classes.


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!

Friday 9th March – Cathedral Square food trucks monthly social dance. Sun (hopefully), swing music, friends, dancing and tasty tasty food! 6-8 pm

Tuesday 20th March– Band night! 5KG is playing at  winnie bagoes, just 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.

Sunday 25th March – 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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