Classes

What’s happening when? 

Dates and details of what’s coming up soon can be found on the Latest News section on our home page to find out the dates for upcoming classes.

What do I need to know about Swingtown Rebels classes? 

You do not need to bring a partner to any of our classes, as we rotate partners during class! This helps people learn much faster, and how to dance with a range of different people, as we have a big focus on social dancing – that’s where the real fun comes in!

We teach sets of lindy hop/ swing dancing, at levels to suit everyone! Lindy hop is the style that most people will think of when they think of “swing dancing” but we also teach a large range of different dance styles from the swing era, including blues, balboa, solo Charleston, shag, and many more. These styles are both excellent fun in their own rights, or to incorporate into your lindy hop. A basic understanding of other styles will make you a better, more versatile dancer, plus they are just fun, so our syllabus is structured so that you will get at least a taste of all of them before deciding which areas you want to focus most on.

Costs and Registration
(See the section below on classes format for info about the length of each set)  

Full 8-week level 1 or level 2 intro set  –  $75 ($65 students/goldcard)
5-week set (level 2+ and level 3) – $60 ($50 students/goldcard)
3-week set (other styles) – $35 ($25 student/goldcard)
Drop in class – $16 ($12 students/goldcard)

Register for all classes by emailing swingtownrebels@gmail.com

Payment is by EFTPOS at the first class, or by bank transfer to Swingtown Rebels (account number: 01-0797-0852621-00). If you pay online please include your name and the class you are attending as reference for any payment you make.

Times and places

Lindy hop classes run on Wednesday nights each week

St Michael’s School Hall (249 Durham St South)
     Level 1 lindy hop – 7:30 – 8:30 pm
    Level 2 Intro swing dancing – 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Knox Centre (28 Bealey Ave)
      Level 2+ Lindy hop – 7:30 – 8:30 pm
      Level 3 Lindy hop – 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Other styles as advertised – check the homepage for updates, or facebook page Swingtown           Rebels News

*parking options: St Michael’s – there are quite a few on street parking options in the neighbouring area, as well as many council and Wilson’s car parks nearby, with different rules around what they cost at that time of evening. Perhaps come a few minutes early the first week you go there to find a solution that works for you! Knox – there is plenty of parking in the church car park to the east of the church.

Classes format and levels
We’ve recently decided to mix up our format slightly, in order to give everyone the best experience and facilitate a thriving social dance scene. So from the 31st of July, the following will apply:

Taster classes are run approximately every 8 weeks, and are FREE! Come along, by yourself or with some friends, and give lindy hop a go before signing up to a set. If you already do our classes, come along anyway as the content is designed to fit in with our regular syllabus!

Regular classes will usually start the week after the taster class, unless events and exchanges cause a reshuffle.
– Level 1: Absolutely no experience necessary! Our beginners classes are in two 8-week long sets – A and B. These include some different material and some repeated, in order to ensure everyone gets a solid grounding in all the fundamental footwork styles for lindy hop (6-count, 8-count and Charleston). Come learn the basics of this fun dance style and we’ll have you up on the floor in no time. Lots of people are worried about their “two left feet” but if you can walk you can dance and maybe even if you can’t walk! Your teachers will break down the steps in an easy to learn format, and have you social dancing from week 1, and really getting the hang of it by week 8! A great way to meet new people and keep yourself active!

We require people to do both sets before moving up to Level 2 Intro, but you’re welcome to repeat them as many times as you like if you are still building your confidence. We also encourage you to start coming social dancing – it really is the best way to get better (even if it is a bit scary at first!).

– Level 2 intro is also now run in 8 week long sets (there are two different sets), aiming to cater to those who have developed a good understanding of the basic moves and footwork patterns taught in Lindy level 1. The first five weeks is designed to consolidate and build on the Level 1 material to increase your confidence social dancing the moves, including mixing the footwork styles, as well as introducing some new moves and fundamental concepts for your swing dancing. Additionally in the last three weeks we will introduce one of the other related swing styles such as balboa, blues or solo jazz for lindy hop, which you will either fall in love with for their own sake’s, or find really useful for your lindy hop to enhance your connection, versatility and musicality! You may find you want to do the level 2 intro sets more than once each, to really get a grasp on the material, as most of the concepts covered will be key to your development further down the line. (Level 1s are also welcome to attend the last three weeks of the level 2 intro course as an addition to their level 1 class for no added cost, win!)

– Level 2+
This is run in five week sets designed to build your vocabulary of moves, whilst focusing not just on the WHAT of the moves, but also the WHY and the HOW, to help you become a great lead or follow (or both!) on the social dance floor!

There are five 5-week sets in our level 2 + syllabus, each based around one of the main footwork patterns of 8-count, 6-count or Charleston. We rotate through these sets, teaching you fun new moves, some styling, and really start to work on the underlying techniques of how you make it all work on the social dance floor.  We hope at this stage that you’re coming out social dancing with us regularly because it’s so much fun! To get the most out of this level and be of a similar level to the other dancers you need to be at a level where you are confidently social dancing the basic level one and level two intro moves at a range of speeds and footwork patterns.

You can repeat these multiple sets as many times as you need/want to make sure you are very comfortable with the material before moving to the next level. Different teachers will approach the material in different ways so you can still gain a lot from repeating a set and moving up too soon can be detrimental to your progress.

– Level 3 is also 5-week sets, and is aimed for those who have been dancing for long enough to rock out to a bunch of different tempos and can comfortably social dance with most people in the scene. You should be able to mix moves of different counts and be very comfortable with the concepts of lead and follow!  You are starting to think beyond steps and ready to develop ‘how’ you dance. You have a basic understanding of the concepts of balance, centering, weight change and you wanting to develop your dance to music and feeling driven rather than steps driven.

Learn some tricky moves and techniques to make your dancing amazing!  There is no set syllabus for level 3 – its completely up to the teachers each set to teach you their own special brand of awesome! There will be a focus on developing your technique, social dancing and style as a dancer. If you are feeling like you might wish to move up from level 2 then please let us know and we will get some feedback from your teachers as to whether you are ready or give you pointers about what you might want to work on.

Occasionally we will do a choreographed routine based set in level 3 instead of a regular set.

-Medley sets These are three week sets following on from Level 2+ and Level 3 which run at intermediate and advanced levels of the other swing dance styles such as balboa, blues, solo, collegiate shag etc. Beginner levels in these styles will run at the level 2 intro classes, at St Michael’s Hall, whilst higher levels will run at Knox Centre. You can sign up for these as a part of an 8 week set if you are also attending the 5 week lindy hop set, or as a standalone set, whichever you prefer.  See the Latest News for details of what upcoming styles are on and when.

Attend more than one level but only pay for one!
If you’re taking classes at a given level you are welcome to attend classes at a lower level for free – this not only helps you recap and consolidate your own dancing, but helps newer dancers develop by having more experienced peeps in class with them (note that if the level down is particularly full, or if you are contributing to a large imbalance in leads/follows then we make ask more experienced people to step out). If you are a level 2 plus and wish to continue attending level 2 intro for added practice (at no extra cost) then you will need to change venues in between. We ask that you discreetly slip out of class five minutes before the end of level 2 intro, and head across to Knox promptly to join the warm up for level 2+.

Level 4 lindy hop
We will run several weekend workshop days throughout the year for our level 4 dancers – with entry to these via peer-audition. If you are an experienced level 3 dancer and interested in being considered for level 4 please let us know at swingtownrebels@gmail.com.

Performance classes
For the performers amongst you – We currently have no permanent routine class, however levels 2+ and 3 will run occasional routine based sets, to learn routines for performances or for your own enjoyment. We will also include some of the well known routines such as the Big Apple, Tranky Doo and Shim Sham etc. We will also likely run one or two performance class sets on a different night of the week during the year, with an auditioned group of performers to prepare a high level, polished routine for an event, so if you’re a super keen bean performer you won’t miss out! We will schedule some review sessions for existing routines to keep them alive.

 Other styles 3 week sets
For the purposes of these classes, “Level 1” means you know nothing (or have forgotten most things) in the style, whilst level 2 means you’ve done a number of classes, and know enough basic moves that you are happy social dancing for at least a whole song in the style (nothing flashy required – come along to class and learn the cool stuff!). If you’re unsure, flick us an email at swingtownrebels@gmail.com to check.