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.

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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If you’re new to dancing with us sign up for our mailing list  or join our Facebook group to make sure you stay up to date for new classes and socials for 2021 as they are announced.

1. BAND NIGHT 17th March
At the Pegasus Arms, featuring the amazing Quintessence. The band will start at 8.30pm.

2. TASTER CLASS
Due to the COVID postponements, we intend that the next free taster class will happen on the 31st of March.

3. SOCIAL DANCING AT THE PEGASUS ARMS every Wednesday 8:30 – 10 pm (while we’re at COVID Level 1)
The Pegasus Arms bar kindly lets us use their space for free for our social dancing. They do incur extra costs and effort having us there and our group is definitely not the most lucrative source of income. So there’s a few things we can all do to make sure the bar is happy for us to continue:
1) Please do buy a drink and/or food and support the bar. As a guideline, aiming to spend $10 or more for the evening is fair.
2) Socials will now be stopping a little earlier at 10 pm on all weeks except for band nights. Please try to leave promptly (although please see point 3 below) when the music stops so the bar staff can go home too.
3) We have promised to return the furniture that we have moved back to the floor. The DJ each week will know where to put it so if you are still around at 10 pm please pitch in to help before you promptly disappear.
4)
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.

4. NEXT SET OF CLASSES starts 7th April

The next set will start 7 April. This will have Level 1 and 2 sets (different to the current ones), and include a Level 3 set and some classes in other styles – levels and styles schedule coming soon.

5. OTHER SOCIAL DANCING OPPORTUNITIES

RIVERSIDE JAZZ CLUB
This happens every Thursday night from 6-8 pm on the third floor at Riverside Markets – there’s not much space for dancing up there, but the floor below where the seating area is gets good sounds, plus is free entry and is above all the scrummy food places at the market. If there are a few dancers there then it’s possible to move a table to create some dance space. It’s always great jazz and a chance to support our local musos, but some weeks will be better than others for danceability so keep an eye on our facebook page where we will try share any particular highlights.
The lineup is here: katiejaneevents.co.nz/riverside-jazz-club

LINDY AT THE FOOD TRUCKS 26th MARCH (COVID permitting)
Our monthly swing dancing social in the open air at the Cathedral Square food truck market. We’ll provide the music, you provide the dancing. 6-8 pm, families encouraged to come too and eat some yummy food truck treats while you dance!

BAL AND BLUES SOCIAL – VOLUNTEER FACILITATOR NEEDED
We had to put our monthly balboa and blues social on hold at the end of last year due to the venue closing. We are missing getting our dedicated fix of these fun styles so looking for a new space to hold this. We are also in need of a new facilitator to help us out with organising – so if you’ve got a love of blues or balboa, and a little bit of time to support the social dancing scene then please get in touch! (It’s not a big time commitment, probably only about 30 minutes a month to organise and promote each event once we find a venue).

6. SAVE THE DATE – ANZAC WEEKEND
And last but not least tucked down at the end of the newsletter. We here at Rebels HQ have been getting super twitchy about not having run any of our big events in forever… We’re not quite ready to announce specific details just yet while we get all the ducks in a row, but one of the ducks might have just escaped and run into this announcement to quack frantically at you that keeping ANZAC weekend free might be a good idea… Details coming soon soon soon.

 

Swingtown’s Covid Rules (updated 09/01/2021)
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.

Contact tracing
Please use the NZ COVID App 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.


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

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 strictly required but we do still 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.

Classes will not run at COVID levels 3 or 4. Postponements or refunds will be arranged.