Swingtown Rebels Teachers

Becky Collett
Becky is well known for both her dynamic follow skills as well as her amazing lead ability. She has competed nationally and internationally and has been teaching for over 10 years. Becky’s favourite part of dancing is fast!

Sarah Cawston

Sarah began dancing swing at 16 and fell madly in love with it. She has danced all over the world and loves performing and competition. She loves fast lindy but has a serious soft spot for good blues dancing.

Jess Mclachlan

Jess came along to lindy from a background in other solo dance styles. This has made her style and solo movement a stand out part of her dancing and given her the ability to reach top level very quickly. She has competed nationally and internationally although she hates to go upside down.
Debi James

Debi and her husband Jeff are the reason there is swing dancing in Christchurch, they were the builders of our swing-ship that we all so happily sail on now! Debi’s passion for the dance and silliness in personality shows strongly in her dancing and she’s never far from a laugh.

Jeff James

Jeff has been an integral part of swing dancing in Chch since the beginning, his main attributes are his great dancing, awesome friendliness and passion for songs not quite so vintage…

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Daniel Martin

Right from the start Daniel has had the swing style and is definitely one of our teachers to keep an eye on! He has been swinging the good dance since 2009 and can normally be found teaching his unique style with ‘quirky one liners’ .…. He has been strongly involved in our performance troupe in it’s early days, and over the years he’s taken home South Island titles in “Showcase”, “Strictly Lindy” and just keeps getting better!

Lisa Williams
Lisa began dancing June 2011 when she quickly fell in love with it. She was so dedicated to learning that she would come to classes after having spent all day breaking in horses and writing her thesis. She now joins the ranks of the teaching team bringing her soft spot for blues. She has even been known to ride a horse backwards for our entertainment.

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Susan is the baddest of the bad, in the good sense of the term. She has been smashing out the swing outs since 2011 and loves swing dancing in all of its forms. Susan is an amazing teacher with a real eye for figuring out the fundamentals of what a move requires. A nurse by day, she brings her caring a friendly mannerisms to the dance floor and is a great person to learn from, dance with, or chat to.

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Carla Benton
Carla catches the eye with her personality and sass. She brings her A-game to every dance and teaches you a lesson or two in the school of attitude. Carla spends her spare time teaching Scottish line dances as well so she has slotted right into our teaching team very easily. She has been dancing with the Swingtown Rebels for many years and always carries with her a smile.

Michael Cawston
Michael started dancing in 2012 and fell for the dance after attending our biggest social event of the year “Pocket Change Exchange”. His background in sports helped him take to dancing and he sped through the different levels of classes, into performance troupe and into the teaching team very quickly. Michael has a soft spot for blues dancing and a good medium speed lindy hop and if you’re lucky you might spot him DJing part of his vintage Jazz and blues Vinyl collection for us at one of our events.

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Rowena Martin
Rowena has been an enthusiastic part of the Swingtown Rebels for quite some time and has brought her all to classes and performances right from the start. Always smiling, Rowena has a cute style that brings the fun out of any dancer. Being one of our top performers, Rowena has been a key part of developing new performers in our troupe, and if you’re lucky enough, you might catch her in regular classes too.

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Angela has a natural ability with dancing and came into swing dancing bursting with creativity, style and ideas. She held her wild side at bay so she could learn the basic steps and now that
the fundamentals are in place she has an amazing style exploding with personality. Angela is an excellent leader and follower and is currently the leader of our performance troupe this year. She is a pleasure to watch but be sure to ask her for a dance on the social floor!

Esther Guiu-Hernandez and Xavi Costa
14205979_10153611594036511_6790295960981944188_oEsther and Xavi are our Spanish connection – they’re probably the most joyful people you will ever meet and whether you’re dancing with, learning from or just talking to either or both of them you will come away feeling happy!  They started dancing in 2012 in Barcelona, and then roadtripped New Zealand in 2013, and lucky for us joined the Swingtown Rebels in Christchurch the following year! Esther’s focus on making lessons and moves achievable for everyone is a highlight, along with her honest and happy following, while her personal style and grace is something we can all aspire to!  Classes with Xavi you will come away bursting with creative ideas, which he takes directly from his own dancing.

Nathan Allpress
13466489_10154946438296679_193396940085802202_nNathan has been dancing for years, dabbling in Modern Jive and Salsa at University, but not really hitting his stride until he discovered swing in 2012. He loves Lindy Hop at all different speeds, with people of all different levels – he particularly prides himself on being friendly (ask him for a dance next time you see him down at social dancing!). One feature of Nathan’s dancing which makes him great fun to dance with is the clarity of his moves – this is also extremely handy when
you’re attending one of his classes!  He takes special delight in seeing people “get it” when learning a new move.

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A jazz musician before he became a dancer in 2010, Daniel loves to explore the musicality of Swing and Blues dancing, and he uses this knowledge to help people connect with the music. When his jazz band, Sideline Swing, plays for dancers, he is known to join them for a dance – while still playing the saxophone. Daniel also has a passion for choreography, consistently placing in the South Island competitions.

Rachel Skews

swing dance profile pic- Rachel SkewsRachel has been dancing her whole life, but didn’t start swing dance until her first year of university in Auckland, and (many) years later she’s still going- just now in Christchurch! Lindy hop, balboa, solo jazz, blues, she loves them all at any speed you set her. She thoroughly enjoys teaching, performing, and social dancing so you’ll see her dancing at most every opportunity.

Lotus Ferguson

Lotus found dancing at university and it has taken up all of her evenings, weekends and holidays since! She loves dancing, performing, teaching and DJing at home in Christchurch, around NZ and overseas. Come say hi!

Bob Young

A bit of a silly sausage sometimes, Bob started Lindy Hop in late 2014 after never having danced before in his life. With a bit of work, he found that his two left feet were miraculously changed into left and right swing feet! Taking out the South Island Champs for the novice category the following year, Bob still enjoys telling people about it. He can be seen dancing Lindy and Blues all around the scene and thinks that “just because you can’t dance now, doesn’t mean you won’t in the future”.