Classes start again February 2024
Open level - no experience and all the experience welcome each week.Find out more
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.
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 is a solo and partnered dance that developed alongside the music and is as varied in its style and tempo as the music itself is. It has its roots in African-American dance, which itself is rooted in sub-Saharan African music traditions and the historical dances brought to the United States by European immigrants. It is steeped in improvisation between dancers and on their own movements, pushing and pulling creating a sense of tension both in the body and the body moving through space, while remaining loose and relaxed. 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.