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Welcome to the thriving home of vintage swing dance in Dunedin!

Swing Riot Dunedin runs weekly dance classes, weekend workshops and social events for Lindy Hop, Blues, Charleston, Shag and Balboa.

Each year Swing Riot Dunedin also hosts the annual Midwinter Swing Festival over Queen’s Birthday Weekend.

Swing Riot Dunedin is known for its warm welcome and outrageous enthusiasm. So whether you’ve been dancing all your life or you just want to try something new, this is the place for you!

Check out our community hub on Facebook to get connected!




Dance styles

We offer regular classes in Lindy Hop and Blues dance. Check out our calendar, or follow the events on our Facebook page to keep up-to-date.

We also run one-off classes, events and workshops throughout the year for Balboa, Shag, Solo Charleston and 20s Partnered Charleston.


Class levels are different all over the country, so if you’re a dancer new to Dunedin then speak to us – we’ll make sure you’re in the right class.

There are three levels to choose from for Lindy Hop dancers – check out our level guide for more details.

Blues dancers learn together in an open level dance class which includes teacher-directed and self-directed learning.


Our regular classes have a set price – check out our class prices and passes for all the details you need.

Note: beginner classes run through OUSA have a different pricing schedule. You can find out more on the OUSA dance class registration page.

Code of conduct

Your safety is our priority – everyone attending our classes and events is expected to read and abide by our code of conduct.

Social events

We have a bunch of great social dancing opportunities that pop up through the year. As well as the events listed below, one-off gigs are listed on our Facebook page. All are welcome – join us for a chat and have a dance!

  • Jazz in the Pocket – teeny tiny dance floor, huge live jazz. Each week the Dog With Two Tails shows off the local talent from 8pm, with a house band and then musicians’ jam. Keep an eye on what style is being showcased (swing, blues, latin, funk) and head along to catch up with the local dane scene.
  • The Mini Hop – a mid-block dance usually tucked into week three of each class block. There’s a mixture of Lindy Hop and Blues Dance opportunities for all levels. We also have teachers available for quick questions and, of course, a dance! Keep an eye out for event details on Facebook as they come up!
  • End of Block Social Dance – reward all that hard work you’ve put in and bust out your new moves at our end of block parties! Bringing together all levels, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know more dancers in Dunedin while having great fun using your new skills to dance the night away. Keep an eye out for event details on Facebook as they come up!

If you’re a local then join our chat group on Facebook to keep up-to-date.


Midwinter Swing Festival

2018 was our most fantastic festival yet! For more information on what happened check out our 2018 festival website!

You can also follow the event on Facebook.

Contact us

Want to chat? Send us an email below and we’ll get back to you with all the info you need.

If you need to contact us urgently please send us a message on the Swing Riot, Dunedin page (Facebook).