2020 South Island Lindy Hop Championships

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Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of September

It’s Dunedin’s turn to host the South Island Swing Dance Competitions!

We loved the format the Christchurch came up with so, like last year – this year will be its own weekend event rather than running it as part of our Swing Fest.

This will be the 9th year these competitions have been running and, as always, they are open to entry from anyone keen to compete.

You can also follow the event on Facebook.

So what’s all happening?!

There will be workshops, an evening social dance and a full day of competitions and prize giving.

Here’s how it is shaping up!

Saturday workshops:

3 workshops run by the amazing Jesse Peters and Ana Bogdanovic from Auckland. All workshops will be focusing on different aspects of performance, competition and improvisation to get you primed and ready for the competitions the next day.

Times are more class details to come.

Saturday evening Social and Showcases:

You’ll spend the evening dancing to the smooth swing styling of local Dunedin band Skin and Bone. If you are entering the showcase section of the competitions – this will be your time to shine, while the rest of us watch in awe and delight.

We will be taking names on the door for the Dunedin competition special: JEDI. This is a fun competition where both dancers are blind folded! It’s always a crowd pleaser.

Sunday competitions:

Full day of competitions until 3pm.

Sections we are running (number of entries dependent):

Mix and match (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)
Strictly Lindy
Fast and furious
Solo Jazz/Charleston

You can see the details of all the sections here

Sunday Prize giving:

This will be held at Dog with Two Tails and will start from 4pm. Grab yourself a well deserved beverage and some curly fries before heading home.


All events apart from the prize giving are being held at Nga Maara Hall, on Sacred Heart School grounds – 63 North Road, North East Valley.

Prize giving is at Dog with Two Tails – 25 Moray Place, Central Dunedin.

How much is this all going to cost?

Full weekend pass:

$75 (waged) / $65 (unwaged)
This tidy sum gets you entry into any/all competitions, all workshops and the Saturday evening social.

Competition entry only:

Entry into any/all competitions for the one total cost.

Saturday evening social:

Dance the night away and watch the showcases. Cash on the door.

(if you don’t have a full pass but are entering the showcases – email us here and we can work out a special price for you)

Saturday Workshops:

$15 per workshop
Pay cash on the door on the day.

Spectators for competitions:

You may want to bring your friends or family along to watch you compete on the Sunday. This will be a gold coin donation on the door per person.

Code of conduct

At Swing Riot, we like to make sure everyone included and safe at our events.

Please make sure you read our specific code of conduct for this event here.

Cancellation Policy


Swing Riot cancels the event?

If we are forced to cancel the event for any reason (for instance, a return to a Covid alert level that would render the event impossible to be held) then you will be entitled to a full refund.

You can’t come anymore?

If you have registered, paid and need to cancel your registration for any reason – then please contact us and we’ll discuss refund options on a case-by-case basis.