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.

COVID UPDATE: As of 21 September we are back in COVID alert level 1 so will be resuming social dancing and partner dancing classes – see below for details.

When not impacted by COVID19, we have regular classes every Wednesday night at St Michael’s School Hall (249 Durham St South) and Elim Church Dance Studio (285 Cashel St), followed by social dancing at the Pegasus Arms, upstairs at 14 Oxford Terrace, from 8:30 pm. Scroll down for dates of upcoming classes, socials and special events, and news of what is going on under NZs COVID restrictions!

  • Want to know what swing dancing is? Head over HERE.  And come along to our next set of classes, the first class is FREE no obligations just come see what it’s all about.
  • 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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1. Big Band Picnic Take 2
The Big Band Festival the other weekend was heaps of fun – but the weather rained off the last day. So the lovely organisers are running a repeat, in the Botanic Gardens all dat this Sunday, with great music, food trucks, drinks available, so come along for some good music and hopefully a dance or two on the grass. Details
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2. End of year workshops – something for everyone! 
We’ve got a fun complement of workshops to finish out the year – check out the details in this table: 


A note on levels:
“Beginners” level is open to absolutely anyone and has no assumed knowledge
“Open” level will assume you’ve done a bit (or a lot) of swing dancing before (say the equivalent of at least a set of level 1) and the classes will be aimed at being fun for everyone regardless of your level.

And as usual, for no extra cost you can attend two classes in an evening (if you’re at the appropriate level).

If you’re unsure on any of the information feel free to email us at swingtownrebels@gmail.com to ask!

3. Sideline Swing band night and last social for the year 9th December
We’re finishing up a week earlier than usual due to venue availability, but we’ve got Sideline Swing booked to play so make sure you come on down to the Pegasus Arms for our last social for the year from 8:30 pm on the 9th of December. There might even be a special performance from our troupe, and your chance to join in on our annual Rebels tradition of Christmas Jazz!! (See workshop list above for those who don’t know of what we speak or want a refresh).

4. Swing dancing in 2021
It’s been a funny old 2020, so here’s hoping 2021 is a bit more swing-dancing-friendly! We’ll kick back off with social dancing at the Pegasus Arms from the 13th of January, and a new set of classes will start back from the 20th of January with something fun for all levels. Details to come.

Social dancing
When in COVID Level 1 then socials are every Wednesday upstairs at the Pegasus Arms, 14 Oxford Terrace, from 8:30 pm.  (There will be a break from and including Dec 16th – Jan 6th as lots of people tend to be away on holidays).

All welcome, dancers, non dancers, friends and family. Free entry, just please help us to support the bar and buy a drink or two and maybe some yummy food.

(If we move to COVID level 2 then there is no social dancing as it’s just too hard to keep people suitably distanced and we need to do our bit to keep our community safe).

Social dancing floor etiquette – NO TALC OR POWDER on the floors at our venues please, unless you get explicit permission from one of the organisers. It creates extra clean up for the staff and after trialing various options the decision has been made not to use any talc on the floor at the Pegasus Arms in order to keep the bar staff happy with us. We suggest you consider other options such as leather soled shoes, suede soles, tape etc to achieve your desired level of slipperyness.

Other social opportunities: 
Bal&Blues monthly social – this is currently on hold, so November and December’s editions will not be happening, as the venue is closing. Come the New Year we will start some plotting and scheming about getting this back up and going.

Food trucks monthly social – we’re also aiming to kick this back off in January for the summer months, details to come

 

Swingtown’s Covid Rules (updated 31/08/20)
By attending our classes or socials you agree to follow these rules. They will be subject to change as government guidelines are altered, but will be clearly communicated when you register.

for ANY COVID Alert Level:

Don’t come if you’re sick!
If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms (such as a cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing or runny nose, loss of smell etc) please DO NOT ATTEND CLASS. Get in touch with us to discuss a full or partial credit for classes that you miss for sickness reasons.

Practice good hygiene!
There will be hand sanitiser at the door, and hand washing facilities available in the bathrooms. Please ensure you utilise these frequently.


For Level 2:
Regular classes will be operating for solo dancing styles only. Performance troupe classes will be operating with restrictions.

Contact tracing
Contact tracing requirements are in place: Please use the NZ COVID Ap to scan the COVID19 QR code poster at the door when you enter, or make sure to sign the contact tracing form at the door.

Social distancing
Please do your best to stay a 2 m distance away from others both on the dance floor and also when arriving before and after class.  Masks are optional but worth considering.

Online payment encouraged but EFTPOS/Cash available at the door
To streamline the registration process we encourage you to pay online in advance but you can also pay via EFTPOS or cash at the door.

Performance troupe non-rotating of partners
As performance troupe is a set group of people from week to week, these classes will go ahead, with the requirement that people do not rotate partners during a class. Each pair should try to keep spaced from other pairs, both during and pre/post class, but a strict 2 m spacing is not required.

For Level 1: 

Contact details are no longer required but we encourage you to scan the QR code and/or ensure that you are registered with us at the front desk.

Classes can operate with partner dancing styles and rotation of partners as per usual. Social dancing can happen.

Social distancing is no longer required but please ensure you still pay attention to hand hygiene and definitely do not attend if you are unwell.