CSF 2020 – Teachers

Update: We’ve made the call to postpone CSF this year. We hope to reschedule it at some point, once the COVID-19 situation becomes clear. 


Kara and Evan first encountered each-other on the blues floor at a late night party at Church City Blues, Australia’s first ever blues event. Since then, they have both made major contributions to the development and promotion of swing dancing across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. With almost 30 years of combined experience, Kara and Evan have taught swing and blues together at all levels they bring a mix of silliness plus brain breaking concepts to each class so every student can dance up a storm.

Kara has danced in one form or another since she was a kid. In 2004 she found swing dancing, and she’s never looked back. Kara has been an event organiser, manager, DJ, student, performer, choreographer, judge, competitor and dancer but teaching is where she excels the most. Bringing fun and collaboration to both leading and following, she loves empowering dancers to find their own style and musical journey. In 2018, she was the recipient of the all-rounder award at AJC where she competed as both a leader and follower across blues, balboa, shag, and various lindy hop competitions.

Evan, on the other hand, was a hard-core, dedicated non-dancer. Once he finally made the transition to the dance life, nothing held him back. His passion for social dancing has seen him travel all over to learn, teach, and hang out. Evan has been fortunate enough to win a bunch of things from balboa to blues, mid-tempo to lightning fast such as The Australian Hellzapoppin’ Prize. He has taught in a bunch of cities in a bunch of countries, performed in a bunch of cool places, but in the end just digs social dancing a bunch.

(Plus an unofficial bio comment from the gang here at Rebels HQ: Kara and Evan have taught for us in Christchurch several times over the years, as well as most recently in Dunedin at MWSF in 2019- we know for a fact that they are an absolute class act and their classes are not to be missed. PLUS, they are an example of the loveliest people you will ever meet, on or off the dance floor!)




Steph and Pete are a swing dancing duo, originally hailing from Christchurch, NZ. They have been dancing and teaching together since 2010, and in 2014 made the move to London, teaching Lindy hop for Swing Patrol London. Steph is a Music teacher by day, and by night she is devoted to all thing’s Lindy hop. Pete is a structural engineer and loves to chat about concrete when he’s not swinging out. They enjoy teaching high energy classes with a focus on rhythm and groove.


(Plus an unofficial bio comment from the gang here at Rebels HQ: Steph and Pete are a much loved part of the Christchurch swing scene who sadly abandoned us for the fame and glory of the big city several years ago (was it really 2014?!!). We are absolutely stoked that they’ve decided to return home and share all the experience, fun and mad dance skillz that they’ve picked up from teaching, dancing and performing in the UK and further abroad. Great fun to learn from, dance with and absolutely top notch hangin’ out buddies – we know you’ll will love them as much as we do!)