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.
Current COVID update
Updated 17th November 2021
SOLO DANCING CLASSES HAVE RESUMED, NO PARTNER DANCING CLASSES OR SOCIALS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (hopefully January 2022).
The South Island’s current COVID status is the (Delta) Alert Level 2. While the risk is objectively very low at the moment, NZ’s current COVID response framework is based on us behaving as though we may be a vector for spreading the disease. Given the tighter restrictions, increased capacity limitations on bars and other indoor venues, and increased social distancing requirements, along with the sacrifices so many people are making around the country, we at Rebels HQ are keen to do our best to be socially responsible. For our scene this looks like keeping partner dancing on hold for the moment – as sad as that makes us! Partnered social dancing in particular is notorious for sharing bugs!
We are running solo dancing classes however – with suitable precautions. Check out the details on our regular classes page!
Moving on into 2022 we are planning to start the year off with classes from Mid-January. We have been working to understand what we can do once NZ moves to the Covid “traffic light” system, and we are excited to say we think we will be able to have partner dancing and social dancing under the Green and Orange lights, subject to vaccination certificates. So if you’re hanging out for partner dancing and haven’t got vaccinated yet, this is your advance notice to do so! We will continue to let you know more around how this will work as more information becomes available. As always, we will continue to monitor the situation in our community and be responsive – we want to both operate in accordance with the Government rules and do our best to keep our dance community safe and inclusive. But we are keen to get dancing with you all again too!!
Keen to get in on the fun? We run regular sets of classes on Wednesday nights.
Weekly socials, one off workshops, big events – all the things!
Read here about swing dancing, Swingtown Rebels, and useful things like our community guidelines and COVID rules.
Swingtown Rebels has a performance troupe who love to add some flair to your events.
Wedding dances, private parties, corporate functions or just a chance to learn at your own pace – we have several teachers who are available for private lessons.