Category Archives: Swingtown Rebels

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 St Michael’s School Hall (249 Durham St South) and Knox Centre (28 Bealey Ave), followed by social dancing at Fat Eddie’s (upstairs, cnr Hereford St and Oxford Tce) 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.
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Next set of lindy hop classes
Currently in the last set for 2019! Started 2nd October, runs every Wednesday night. See the Venues page for where to go.

Level 1 – Charleston/8 count set (8 weeks long, at St Michael’s School Hall, 249 Durham St, 7:30 pm)
Level 2 intro – 
6 count/8 count/intro to blues set (8 weeks long, at St Michael’s School Hall, 249 Durham St, 6:30 pm)  (Anyone can join the last three weeks of intro to blues – free with any other 8 week set, or $35 for the set).
Level 2+ – Charleston B set (5 weeks long, or sign up for 8 weeks and save money plus get the fun solo set too (see below). Last three weeks from 6 November at YMCA Hereford St, Studio 1, 7:30 pm)
Routine class – 
open to confident Level 2+ and Level 3 dancers (8 weeks long, Last three weeks from 6 November at YMCA Hereford St, Studio 1, 6:30 pm)

To find out more about the structure and format of our classes, or 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


The following are all free entry, ALL WELCOME! Please help us support the various venues! 

6th, 13th 20th November – St Michaels Hall – 249 Durham St, from 8:30 pm. BYO food and drinks

Thursday 28th November – Fat Eddies – River City Jazzmen (First night of PCX!), from 8 pm

4th December – Social at St Michaels Hall – 249 Durham St, from 8:30 pm. BYO food and drinks

11th December – Social upstairs at the CARLTON  (corner of Bealey Ave and Papanui Rd)- to LIVE BAND of our very own PCX Jammers!

18th December -Fat Eddies, End of year Xmas party with Ellesmere Big Band.


EVERY WEDNESDAY Social dancing from 8:30-10:30 pm for our main Swingtown Rebels social dance – we are in a transitional period for venues – please see above for where we are for the remainder of 2019! 2020 venue to be confirmed.  

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 (currently on hiatus) 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!

Bal and Blues at Twisted Hop third Sunday of the month. Our monthly blues and balboa social, preceded by a free blues or balboa taster class, 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!


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 so many fun things planned, check out all the details here and start getting excited, and hop on over to the facebook page to get updates.

Check out the details of our classes format, styles and levels info here, and s
ee above for upcoming dates and styles.