Mother City Hop campaign update

We’ve passed the halfway mark towards our first target for Mother City Hop! Tickets, t-shirts and other campaign perks can be bought at indiegogo.com/projects/mother-city-hop/.

We started off the fundraising campaign with a great launch party on 18 June. The Swanky Doodles ensured the dance floor was buzzing all night. Here’s a little taste of the fun –

We’ve had 36 people signing up for full festival passes so far, with a third of them coming from outside of South Africa (and a few more who are originally from elsewhere but currently in SA). We hope you’re looking forward to meeting and dancing with lindy hoppers from around the world as much as we are! We’ve also had our first All Star sale and a dancer sponsored, and hope the numbers will keep growing.

A reminder those in SA can pay for passes in rand through a direct EFT to Cape Town Swing. We will add your contribution to the campaign. There are 22 passes still available at R1680 (corresponding to $140). Another option is to buy a one day pass for R840 ($70) and later upgrade to a full pass. This includes a full day of classes and a party, so it’s a great way to go if you can’t commit to the whole weekend yet. (But remember that we need to meet our goal to get as many of the amazing teachers out here as possible, and if you upgrade later you’ll pay a bit more than the discounted campaign ticket price.)

Bank Account:
First National Bank
Cape Town Swing
Account number: 62527638780
Branch: Gardens (201511)

Two of our MCH organisers, Brendan and Muriel, are currently in Herräng, the biggest Lindy Hop camp in the world, held in Sweden every year. They’re Frankie Manning Foundation ambassadors,  and are looking forward to sharing what they’ve learnt and growing the Cape Town swing scene when they get  back. Meanwhile, they’re spreading the word about Mother City Hop far and wide!

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video updates from Cape Town Swing, including the latest news shared from rainy Sweden –

Sandbox Wednesdays 1 July 2015 – DecaVita Revision 1

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With Cape Town Swing’s brightest representing us at the Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden and spreading the word about Mother City Hop 2016, our thoughts turn to the last time the Swedish swing community enriched ours. Emelie and Rebecka DecaVita came to Cape Town in January and taught us the the best of Swedish swing.

The time has come to revist those lessons. Whether you missed them the first time round or went to every single class, join us on Wednesday 1 July at 8:15pm for the first of a series of sessions when we’ll be going over the first two beginners and intermediate lessons. We’ll also begin teaching the Mother City Hoppers routine that a group of us performed at the Wembly Tap on 29 January 2015.

We’ll be having drinks beforehand at YOURSTRULY Cafe accross the road from 7pm to socialise and discuss all things swing – come and join us!

The lesson will be held at the hall of the Cape Town Union Congregational Church, cnr Kloof Street and Eaton Road, Gardens/Tamboerskloof. The price of admission is R20, which goes towards the cost of hiring the venue.

Mother City Hop campaign launch

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Woohoo! The long-awaited launch of our Mother City Hop crowd funding campaign is upon us! We can’t wait to swing out at the launch party tonight, and show you all what we’ve been up to the last few weeks.

In case you haven’t heard much about Mother City Hop yet, here’s the scoop –

We’re inviting swing dancers from all around the planet to converge on our city in March 2016 for an unforgettable experience – the very first swing festival on South African soil. A weekend of swing dancing: top-class lindy hop teachers combined with local dance concept classes, and 3 nights of live music and dancing with dancers from around the world.

To make the festival a reality , we’re launching an IndieGoGo campaign, due to go live on 24 June. The festival will be scaled in size depending on the response. The teacher line up is so incredible – we really want them all to join us! If you do too, join in early and spread the word! Special prices on early bird tickets, a Cape tour option for the days leading up to the festival (a great way to see the sights and get to know the Cape Town dancers) and fabulous t-shirts are all available through Indiegogo. Register now!

If you’d like to be kept up to date with our news, sign up to our MCH mailing list. We’re going to need your help to spread the word! (We promise not to spam you.)

 

Lindy in De Park!

Last Saturday, we were joined by famed Baltimore teachers Dorry and Sommer, as well as solo jazz sensation Dave Plotkin from Chicago. We were lucky enough to share some swing outs with them in De Waal Park, catching the last of summer. We also discovered that Dorry’s talents don’t end with lindy hop and transplant surgery; he’s great at baby-leading, too! The photos below reveal all…

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Mother City Hop 2016 announced!

Cape Town is pretty isolated from the rest of the swing world and to date it hasn’t yet featured on the international scene – but that’ll soon be rectified!

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We’re inviting swing dancers from all around the planet to converge on our city in March 2016 for an epic weekend of swing dancing: world-class lindy hop teachers combined with local dance tasters, and 3 nights of live music and dancing with dancers from around the world.

If you can see yourself swinging out on Table Mountain, kicking up your heels in the Cape Winelands and doing dips and tricks on some seriously picturesque beaches, save the date and start looking at flights!

To make the festival a reality , we’re launching an IndieGoGo campaign on 19 June 2015.

If you’d like to be kept up to date with our progress and get first options on ticket sales, add your email address below. We’re going to need your help to spread the word! (We promise not to spam you.)