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 Wednesday night at Woolston Club (43 Hargood St), followed by social dancing at the same location from 8:30 pm. See you there!

  • Scroll down for dates of upcoming classes and special events!
  • Want to know what swing dancing is? Head over HERE.  And come along to our next FREE beginner taster class!
  • 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.


Latest News




Next set of 3 week Medley classes – 3rd October
NOTE: NO CLASSES OR SOCIAL 10th OCTOBER DUE TO VENUE AVAILABILITY, the set will continue on the 17th and 24th October. Email swingtownrebels@gmail.com to register.




Solo open level: Sarah is one of the Queens of solo jazz in NZ, so no matter your level (complete beginner to solo jazz afficianado) come along and learn some sweet solo moves to jam solo or with friends on the dance floor – teaching people how to really *move* is Sarah’s specialty! (note the change of time on 24th Oct).

Balboa level 2: If you did Amazebal at a Movers or Groovers level, or you have done at least two sets of balboa with us, then come along to these classes with the talented Justus and Lisa who are full of ideas to share to help you add to your move repertoire, as well as covering some pure balboa fundamentals and variations to help you be more musical! Let’s keep the bal groove going!

Blues level 2: Fast blues with Daniel and Lotus (yes that’s right, she’s BACK!). A new set of classes for Christchurch looking at fast blues. Take your basic blues dance techniques and blend them with up-tempo blues music. Perfect for live blues gigs, and just in time for the Chch Blues Club opening night. Must have some blues experience to do this class – if you’re unsure check in with Daniel or Lotus in advance. (please note this class only happens 3rd and 24th October).

Next set of 5 week lindy hop classes – 31st
All four levels running (Level 2 Intro and Level 3 at 6:30 pm, and Level 1 and Level 2+ at 7:30 pm) – if you’re not sure what level you should be in check in with your teachers or the door peeps at class, or email us at swingtownrebels@gmail.com


19th OCTOBER – Food Trucks Dancing with the All Girl Big Band! 6-8 pm we’ll be kicking it up in Cathedral Square in the (hopefully) sun with live big band goodness and food and friends and general good times, as part of the Christchurch Big Band Festival. https://www.chchbigbandfest.com/plan-your-festival/2018/10/19/swing-dancing-at-friday-night-food-trucks-with-the-all-girl-big-band

18th-22nd OCTOBER – The Christchurch Big Band Fest is happening. Check out the details of the schedule here  and keep an eye out on our facebook page  to keep up with what events will have a Rebels presence at.

21st OCTOBER + 18th NOVEMBER + 9th DECEMBER – Bal and Blues Hop – our regular monthly balboa and blues social. Come along to get your fast and/or slow on at the Twisted Hop from 7-9 pm.

9th NOVEMBER + 14th DECEMBER Food trucks social dance  in Cathedral Square, 6-8 pm.

15th DECEMBER – END OF YEAR CHRISTMAS PARTY FUN AFTERNOON IN DIAMOND HARBOUR WITH DAVEY BACKYARD ONE MAN BAND – live music, dancing, sunshine, drinks, food, icecream, friends, fun, ferry rides, do not miss this afternoon and why not bring the family along too! 1:30-3:30 pm at Preserved Eatery in Diamond Harbour!


Regular classes and social dancing venue: WOOLSTON CLUB!
Join us every Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30 pm for classes, and 8:30-10:30 pm for social, all at 43 Hargood St for great music, fun dancing, good company and some yummy drinks and food from the bar!

Classes format
Swingtown Rebels Wednesday classes run on a format of alternating a five week set of lindy hop classes (at levels 1, 2Intro,2+, and 3), with a three week set of classes in other swing styles. Check out styles and levels info here, and s
ee above for upcoming dates and 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!