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.

UPDATE 31 AUGUST: Due to the ongoing COVID Alert Level 2 our partnered dancing classes and socials will be on hold until we are back in level 1. There will be ongoing solo classes, see below for an update.

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.




Upcoming dates for classes and socials:

No social dancing in Alert Level 2 as it’s just too hard to keep people suitably distanced. When in COVID Level 1 then socials are every Wednesday upstairs at the Pegasus Arms, 14 Oxford Terrace, from 8:30 pm.
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.

2. Non-dancing-social catch-up – 2nd September at the Pegasus Arms 7pm-9:30pm, no dancing, but a chance to have a drink, chat and see everyone again as well as support the bar. Hop over on the facebook event here to let us know if you’re coming so we can book some tables.

3. Classes are resuming 9th September. 
Given the uncertainty of Level 2 time frames we have been doing some thinking about what dancing we can continue with for the last three weeks of the current set.

The current set will resume the weeks of September 9th, 16th and 23rd:
7:30 – Level 1 continues with an introduction to solo, learn key moves from the likes of the Shim Sham (danced among swing dancers the world over!). At St Michaels School Hall.
6:30 Level 2 solo classes, improve your solo dancing, work on your style and be ready to break out some moves when a Solo Jam Circle starts! Space permitting, you can also stay for the Level 1 class for no extra cost. At St Michaels School Hall.

Performance Troupe (7:30 at Elim) will also be continuing with additional measures in place (see troupe emails).

Costs – if you have already paid for the 8 week set the new dates are included.

If you can’t make these dates / don’t feel comfortable dancing at Level 2 please email us with your name, level and bank account number, so we can refund you for the last 3 weeks of the set.
For people who aren’t already signed up it’s $15 per night for casual classes or $35 for the three weeks of solo.

Stay tuned for social dancing and further class announcements once we move to Level 1!

-We will be kicking off a new set of our regular classes, with something for all levels! FIRST CLASS WITH US FREE, so come along and swing with us! Check out the CLASSES page for details of how the set structure and levels work.

5. Other social opportunities
Third Sundays of the month = Balboa and Blues social at The Wool St Bar on Ferry Road, 7 – 9 pm, all welcome! Facebook event here

1st November – FFF Social – a fun afternoon social at the Makers Workshop in the Arts Centre from 2:30 pm. Gold coin entry, bring your family! facebook event here

24th-26th October Swingtown goes to the Big Band Festival! A whole weekend of fun dancing as the big bands take the city by storm. Come along with us as we coordinate our attendance to maximise dancing and social fun. Details to come here

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.