Classes

You do not need to bring a partner to any of our classes, as we rotate partners during class!

We teach 5 week sets of lindy hop/ swing dancing, at levels to suit everyone!

These alternate with three week sets of workshops in other swing styles in between the lindy hop classes.  The swing era had a large range of different dance styles, including lindy hop, 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, so we’ve decided to start running three week sets following our lindy hop sets, to help everyone get a taste for them!

Upcoming classes!

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.

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 lindy hop classes run in 5-week sets, usually starting the week after the taster class.

Other classes Will usually start the week after each set of lindy classes, unless events and exchanges cause a reshuffle.

Costs and Registration

Full 5-week lindy hop set  –  $50 ($40 students/goldcard)
Full 3-week set in other styles – $30 ($25 student/goldcard)
Drop in class – $15 ($10 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

Lindy hop classes
Level 1 
– 7:30 – 8:30 pm Main Hohepa Hall
      Level 2 – 6:30 – 7:30 pm Main Hohepa Hall
      Level 3 – 7:30 – 8:30 pm Hohpea Kitchen Hall
      Level 4 – 6:30 – 7:30 pm Kitchen

Other styles
See Latest News for details of what upcoming styles are on and what times 6:30 or 7:30 pm

Levels

Not sure what level you should be in? Read the descriptions below:

Level 1 (Beginners) – Lindy hop – 7:30 pm
Absolutely no experience necessary! 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 to a range of speeds by the end of the 5 weeks! A great way to meet new people and keep yourself active!

Our beginners classes are in two 5-week 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). 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  – Lindy hop – 6:30 pm
This level caters to those who have developed a good understanding of the basic moves and footwork patterns taught in Lindy 1. This level 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. Like Level 1 there are two sets of this – a 6count/8count set, and an 8count/Charleston set. You may find you want to do these classes more than once 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 2 Plus  – Lindy hop – 7:30 pm
This level is designed to build your vocabulary of moves, whilst focussing 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 –  Lindy hop – 6:30 pm
Lindy 3 is 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.
Attend more than one level but only pay for one!
As usual, 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).
 

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 will be having 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.