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, socials 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.

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UPCOMING DATES FOR CLASSES (AT WOOLSTON CLUB, 43 Hargood St):

Next medley set starting 1st May – Collegiate Shag, Blues and mini-privates

6:45 pm Intermediate Blues – if you’ve got some blues experience come along to these three classes with two of Christchurch’s grooviest ladies, Sarah and Carla have some sweet ideas to help you take your blues dancing to the next level.

7:45 pm Beginners Collegiate Shag – open to everybody, these classes will teach you the basics of the super fun dance that is collegiate shag, and if you know a little bit already we’ll try to give you some fun things to work on. What is Collegiate Shag?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIhgmevkEKI   Great compliment to your lindy hop or fun to learn in it’s own right.

Mini privates
We’re going to try something a bit different in the second room for this medley set!  It can be hard to really progress during group classes, so some of our teachers have made themselves available to teach some one-on-ones to help you really develop your dancing. The idea is 15 minute slots where you can get some personal feedback on whatever you want to work on – be it figure out something that’s been perplexing you, get some pointers on your technique, or learn a new move you’ve seen the teacher doing. We encourage people of all levels to sign up for these! Cost is $10 for a fifteen minute slot, you can sign up on your own or as a lead/follow pair. Check out the teacher details on our facebook page or email for more info. Email swingtownrebels@gmail.com with your teacher/date/time preferences and we will sign you up for a session, or sign up at the door at class this week – you can do as many as you like, and if there’s lots of enthusiasm for this approach then we will look at offering this kind of thing more often.

Next taster class and band night 22nd May
Free taster class 7:30 pm followed by a live band from 8:30 pm, all welcome to come along for a swinging night of fun!

Next set of lindy hop classes 
5 week set starts 29th May. Levels 1 and 2+ at 7:30 pm, Level 2 intro at 6:30 pm, Level 3 will only run depending on numbers so if you’re keen then email to sign up! If you’re not sure what level you should be, have a read of the info on our classes page, in check in with your teachers or the door peeps at class, or email us at swingtownrebels@gmail.com


REGULAR SOCIAL DANCING OPPORTUNITIES:

EVERY WEDNESDAY Woolston Club, 8:30-10:30 pm for our main Swingtown Rebels social dance

PLUS We are aware that a) not everyone can make it to those, and b) lots of people are keen to dance twice per week! So remember the other regular monthly socials:

Christchurch Blues Foundation gig first Sunday of the month, at Halo Club 66b Wharenui Rd. In May for the first time this will include a special Blues dance taster class from Swingtown Rebels, followed by the Muddy Mama’s Blues Band playing for some dancing and listening pleasure.

Friday Food Trucks second Friday of the month. Come along and get your dance on outdoors, with the bonus of yummy food thrown in! 6:30-8:30 pm. Dancing is a great way to stay warm and there’s a special buzz about dancing at night under the stars! This is lots of fun, so if you’re keen to see it keep happening through winter then come along and support it.

Bal and Blues at Twisted Hop third Sunday of the month. Our monthly blues and balboa social, preceded by a free blues or balboa, so even if you don’t know what you’re doing now, you will then!  Class 6:45 pm, social from 7:30 pm. All welcome, please help us support the bar!

Aikman’s Sunday Socials fourth Sunday of the month. 7-9 pm Aikman’s Pizzeria and Bar, 154 Aikman’s Rd, Merivale. Come along for some social dancing as a fun finish to your weekend so you start monday morning feeling fine!

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

Level 4 upcoming workshop afternoon 4th May
Reminder about the upcoming afternoon of level 4 workshops on the 4th of May – coordinated by the legendary Becky – if you’re interested in taking part please email swingtownrebels@gmail.com to get more info and so we know to put you on the list!

SOUTH ISLAND SWING DANCE COMPETITIONS and WORKSHOPS and FUN SOCIAL DANCE! 
Reminder that these are coming up on the 24th and 25th of August. More details will come out soon, but in the meantime save the date, and start thinking about what you may wanna enter!

POCKET CHANGE EXCHANGE 28 Nov – 1st Dec
The highlight of the Christchurch swing dancing calendar, the magic of PCX is kind of indescribable – a whole weekend of great music, fun dances and the best peoples! This year we are bringing the Blue Rhythm Band all the way over from Sydney because they’re awesome – and the Kiwi Lindy Exchange will be spitting their 50 international dancers off the bus at the start of PCX to come dance with us, so it may well be the best year yet – there are a lot of cool plans in the works! Save the date, sign up to the facebook event, and start getting excited already!
https://www.facebook.com/events/715370765598624/

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!