We teach different styles of dance...

At Swing Riot Dunedin we most regularly offer classes in the Lindy Hop and Blues dance. We also run one-off classes, events and workshops throughout the year for Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Solo Charleston and 20s Partnered Charleston.

What is Swing dancing?

Swing dance is more than just a dance – it’s an era. The term “swing dance” applies to the dances that developed during the 1920s to the 1940s. Some of the swing dance styles you may find aroudn the place are the Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Shag, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and the Jive. These dances grew alongside the big band jazz era of music and improvisation.

If you would like to find out more information, the Wikipedia entries on swing dance and lindy hop are great places to start.

The Lindy hop

Lindy hop is an African American dance which started in the 1930s in Harlem, New York. It developed from the 1920s Charleston and had its peak during the 1930s and 40s. It was widely danced until the late 1950s, had a resurgence in the late 90s, and has been going strong since then! It is a social partner dance that is playful and full of joy. It's all about having fun, communicating with your dance partner and enjoying the music. Some basic steps, and you'll be dancing.

Blues dance

Just as swing dancing and jazz are related, blues dancing developed as the genre of music developed. It developed over much the same  time period as swing dancing and is generally thought to have been born in the African-American juke joints of Mississippi. It is generally a much slower dance compared to lindy hop or charleston, but the dance styles often go hand in hand. Blues is both a solo and a partnered dance.