UPCOMING DATES FOR CLASSES :
Next medley set starting 3rd July – Level 1 balboa, level 2 collegiate shag – VENUE TBC, please check back before the classes start, or sign up for our mailing list to your right.
6:30 pm Collegiate Shag – for those who did the last beginners set of collegiate shag, come along and learn some more moves and groves to help you cement your skills in the super fun dance that is shag!
7:30 pm Beginner Balboa – a fun partnered dance style with fancy footwork that increases in fun as the music increases in tempo! All welcome, no experience required.
Next taster class and band night 24th July
Free taster class 7:30 pm (Venue tbc, check back soon) followed by a live band at Fat Eddie’s from 8:30 pm, all welcome to come along for a swinging night of fun!
Next set of lindy hop classes
New set starts 31st July (Venue tbc as we may be moving to the city!). Levels 1 and 2+ at 7:30 pm, Level 2 intro at 6:30 pm, Level 3 will only run depending on numbers so if you’re keen then email to sign up! If you’re not sure what level you should be, have a read of the info on our classes page, in check in with your teachers or the door peeps at class, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
REGULAR SOCIAL DANCING OPPORTUNITIES:
EVERY WEDNESDAY Fat Eddie’s, 8:30-10:30 pm for our main Swingtown Rebels social dance
PLUS We are aware that a) not everyone can make it to those, and b) lots of people are keen to dance twice per week! So remember the other regular monthly socials:
– Christchurch Blues Foundation gig first Sunday of the month, at Halo Club 66b Wharenui Rd. In May for the first time this will include a special Blues dance taster class from Swingtown Rebels, followed by the Muddy Mama’s Blues Band playing for some dancing and listening pleasure.
– Friday Food Trucks (on hiatus over winter) second Friday of the month. Come along and get your dance on outdoors, with the bonus of yummy food thrown in! 6:30-8:30 pm. Dancing is a great way to stay warm and there’s a special buzz about dancing at night under the stars!
– Bal and Blues at Twisted Hop third Sunday of the month. Our monthly blues and balboa social, preceded by a free blues or balboa, so even if you don’t know what you’re doing now, you will then! Class 6:45 pm, social from 7:30 pm. All welcome, please help us support the bar!
– Aikman’s Sunday Socials fourth Sunday of the month. 7-9 pm Aikman’s Pizzeria and Bar, 154 Aikman’s Rd, Merivale. Come along for some social dancing as a fun finish to your weekend so you start monday morning feeling fine!
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
Swamp Blues, 28th June – a fun day of blues workshops followed by a social dance with the Muddy Mamas Blues Band!
Check out the details on the facebook event and sign up by emailing email@example.com
SOUTH ISLAND SWING DANCE COMPETITIONS and WORKSHOPS and FUN SOCIAL DANCE!
Reminder that these are coming up on the 24th and 25th of August. More details will come out soon, but in the meantime save the date, and start thinking about what you may wanna enter!
POCKET CHANGE EXCHANGE 28 Nov – 1st Dec
The highlight of the Christchurch swing dancing calendar, the magic of PCX is kind of indescribable – a whole weekend of great music, fun dances and the best peoples! This year we are bringing the Blue Rhythm Band all the way over from Sydney because they’re awesome – and the Kiwi Lindy Exchange will be spitting their 50 international dancers off the bus at the start of PCX to come dance with us, so it may well be the best year yet – there are a lot of cool plans in the works! Save the date, sign up to the facebook event, and start getting excited already!
Swingtown Rebels Wednesday classes run on a format of alternating a five week set of lindy hop classes (at levels 1, 2Intro,2+, and 3), with a three week set of classes in other swing styles. Check out styles and levels info here, and see above for upcoming dates and styles.
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, and they’re just fun, so we’re hoping everyone gets a taste for them!