What we're about

We are a fun group of social dancers, who love to swing dance to the big band jazz of times gone by (1920s - 1940s, and occasionally mixing in some rock 'n roll and rockabilly!).

There are classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights for beginner and intermediate dancers.

Every March, we welcome lindy hoppers from around the world to Cape Town for Mother City Hop (http://mothercityhop.com) - SA's very first swing dancing festival. It's an incredible event and we can't wait for the next edition (22-25 March 2018).

We welcome newcomers of all levels at all our events. We look forward to meeting you and swinging out with you!

See http://www.capetownswing.co.za for more details! And follow our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/capetownswing/) to get the latest news of swingy socials, like going to dance to some great local swing bands or at open streets events.

We also have a WhatsApp group where we post class updates and impromptu swing socials. If you would like to join the group, contact us!

For some examples of what social (improvised) lindy hop looks like, see https://youtu.be/XT1j8... (https://youtu.be/XT1j8KOMjNE?list=PLkDvAGqaLEqC-av0wzaold4gDaXy9Eb7N)­ and https://youtu.be/veAOU... (https://youtu.be/veAOURiM-1U?list=PLkDvAGqaLEqC-av0wzaold4gDaXy9Eb7N)­.

Upcoming events (5+)

Mother City Hop 2019

Cape Town City Centre

Join our friendly lindy hop community for a unique experience at the southernmost tip of Africa. Mother City Hop is South Africa's only swing dance festival, featuring internationally acclaimed instructors, lindy hop, jazz and African dance workshops for all levels, taster classes and vibey parties in beautiful locations. – Sightseeing Tours: Monday 18–Friday 22 March 2019 – Festival (parties & workshops): Thursday 21–Sunday 24 March 2019 Featuring: – Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz & African Dance workshops for all levels – Parties every night with live and DJ'd music International Teachers: ☆ Sharon Davis ☆ LaTasha Barnes ☆ Joshua McLean ☆ Hanna Lundmark ☆ Mattias Lundmark ☆ Registration is open. For more info, visit http://www.mothercityhop.com

Beginner Swing Weekend: Mother City Hop

Cape Town City Centre

Learn to swing dance in a weekend intensive, join parties with live swing music, and meet dancers from all over the world! Perfect for total beginners, no partner required, two left feet welcome. ★ Beginner Workshops ★ Parties ★ Live Swinging Jazz ★ Pro Performances ★ This event is part of Mother City Hop 2019, an international swing dance festival in Cape Town. Full information is available at http://www.mothercityhop.com WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO: • Kick -off party & Social • 6 hours of beginner workshops with the Boogie Back Dance Co. teaching team • Visiting dancers from all over the world • Party with The Pebble Shakers & South African swing tunes • Performances by international pro lindy hoppers TICKETS: R900 each. Book now: http://www.mothercityhop.com/beginner/ WHAT IS LINDY HOP? The lindy hop is known as the granddaddy of swing dances, and developed alongside the swinging big band jazz sounds of the 1920s-40s, and spread from the African American communities in Harlem, New York, throughout America and further afield in the hey-day of the Swing Era. It is a vibrant social dance, encouraging improvisation, musicality and fun. The music has its roots in African rhythms, and came full circle to South Africa in the 1930s, with Sophiatown becoming known as Little Harlem for its Savoy-style music and dancing. A thriving lindy hop scene has been growing in Cape Town since 2012.

Echoes of Sophiatown – Official Launch

Homecoming Centre (District 6 Museum)

★ ECHOES OF SOPHIATOWN – OFFICIAL LAUNCH ★ Join us for an evening to celebrate the legacy of Sophiatown. Come shake your booty in your ‘50s best to live music from the swing era by The Pebble Shakers as they pay tribute to the likes of Miriam Makeba, The Alexandra All Star Band and The Manhattan Brothers. WHEN: Saturday 23 March @ 7pm WHERE: District 6 Homecoming Centre TICKETS: R200 - http://bit.ly/EchoesLaunch Dinner will be available (pre-orders only) as well as a cash bar. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ECHOES OF SOPHIATOWN Many are familiar with the big band swing music of the American Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance – music from such jazz greats as Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington are familiar to even the most casual listeners. However, what many may not know is that South Africa experienced its own swing era from the 1930s-1950s: this was a launch pad for jazz legends Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, and Dolly Rathebe among others. Named after one of the cultural hubs of this era, the Echoes of Sophiatown project aims to pay tribute to the original artists and celebrate their legacy by uncovering and bringing their music and stories to life. A great deal of South African swing music, born in the townships surrounding Johannesburg and Cape Town, was lost, buried, or actively censored under apartheid. Cape Town Swing has identified 30 original songs from various South African artists featuring an array of local instruments, languages, and rhythms, and has raised the funds to transcribe these so they can be played live once more. In addition, 12 of the songs will be recorded with the help of The Pebble Shakers, a group of experienced local musicians. Cape Town Swing will debut these songs at Mother City Hop, their annual international swing dance festival, in March 2019. More info: http://www.capetownswing.co.za/echoes-of-sophiatown/

Beginner swing classes at Artscape

The Artscape Annex

Mondays in the Artscape Jazzart studio, room 552 * 7 pm - Beginner 6-Count (East Coast) Swing taught by John Morrison * 8:15 pm - Lindy Hop classes taught by John Morrison Free secure parking at the stage door entrance on Jan Smuts Street. R100 for one class; R180 for two classes (R90 each) All month = R300 pp (8x classes) See https://www.facebook.com/quepasaswingtime or http://www.capetownswing.co.za for more details.

Past events (598)

Swing dance classes & social dancing on Bree St

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