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 20th October 2021
SOLO DANCING CLASSES HAVE RESUMED, NO PARTNER DANCING CLASSES OR SOCIALS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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!
We are waiting on further guidance from the government about what shape the next stages of the country’s Covid response will look like before deciding on when partner dancing classes and socials will resume. We know many of you are probably chomping at the bit to come back, but we want to make sure we are finding that balance of meeting our social obligations, protecting our community and ensuring we provide a safe and inclusive space, before we resume.
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.