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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!

 

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Classes

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.

Levels

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.

Prices

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!

Weekly

  • 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 music scene.

Regular

  • Tuesday night social – stick around after class on a Tuesday for a social dance! Pizza included.
  • Lazy Sunday Blues – just what you need at the end of a hard week. Kick back and enjoy some great tunes and sweet dancing. Or join us at the start for a skill-sharing session to up your game!
  • End of Block/Meet the Scene 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.

 

Festivals & Weekend Events

Swing Riot Dunedin runs some of the top national Swing and Blues dance events in New Zealand. We also run regular workshop weekends and events throughout the year, so keep an eye-out for something that suits you!

**NEW** Jingle Bell Ball and Full Swing Riot Workshops

Sat 24th November enjoy a chocabloc day of dancing – with workshops from visiting teachers (and an aerials class from locals!), followed by our annual Jungle Bell Ball, we’ve got your spring into summer sorted!

Join us for the Jingle Bell Ball (there’s a FREE taster class if you’re new to dance!) and if you’re keen, spend the day improving your dance through a bunch of fun workshops.

Dunedin Midwinter Swing Festival

Our annual dance exchange over Queen’s Birthday weekend. Featuring international instructors teaching workshops over three days, and top local musicians, this event is all you’ll need to keep you warm this winter! A Lindy Hop and Blues event with a great vibe, perfect for newer or more advanced dancers.

Check out the Midwinter Swing Festival website here.

Karitane Blues Retreat

A wildly successful new initiative in 2018, the Karitane Blues Retreat brings together intermediate and advanced Blues dancers from around New Zealand to support and grow the national Blues dance scene. Back in February 2019 with Vicci & Adamo!

Check out the Kartiane Blues Festival website here.

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).