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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. We have a new intake of beginners every month so check our Classes page or facebook for information. Our last intake for the year starts on Tuesday!

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!

Become a Swing Riot Society club member

Join our community by becoming a member. Have a chance to have your say at our AGMs and be in the know with what’s happening in our club. Full out the form below to become a fully fledged Swing Riot Club member. (No cost is invovled).



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.


Lindy Hop class levels and Blues Dance classes 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.


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 music scene.


  • Lazy Sunday Blues – just what you need at the end of a hard week. Kick back and enjoy some great tunes and sweet dancing at Dog with Two Tails on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Check Facebook or the calendar for details.
  • 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. These are held the last Tuesday of the month. Keep an eye out for event details on Facebook as they come up!

The Jingle Bell Ball – 2019 Edition

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We like to end the year with a bang, and this year is no different. The Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra will be swinging your socks off all night, at the Sargood Centre (40 Logan Park Drive).

Doors open, 7:30pm. Door sales only – $20.

To add to the excitement, we will be joined for the evening by a busload of Australian dancers! Fifty-something dancers will be travelling all over the South Island in the last week of November, and it’ll be our turn to host them at the Christmas party. So please come along, make them feel welcome – and take the opportunity to swing out with a new face (or fifty).

Vintage and festive attire enthusiastically encouraged!

Check out the facebook event here!

If you’re a local then join our social 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!

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. In fact – registrations are open now for this amazing event.

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.

This event is taking a break for 2020 but will be back in 2021!

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).