CAPE TOWN SWING

A community of dancers in Cape Town sharing their love of Swing Era jazz dances: Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz Charleston, Balboa, Blues. We offer classes, host events, and work with musicians.


Spreading
joy
through dance

Established in 2015, Cape Town Swing is a community organisation driven by jazz-loving dancers sharing the joy of Lindy Hop and other Swing Era dances.

Our values are grounded in safe and inclusive community, jazz roots appreciation, and our unique South African context.


Our story and values
  • I first joined Cape Town Swing as it looked like fun but it became so much more - a safe and diverse community where the joy of dance, history and music is celebrated. I learned about Frankie Manning, shim sham, 6-step, 8-step, etc. Join and find out more!
    Kobie
  • Cape Town Swing is a fabulous community of dancers and lovers of Swing and Jazz music. Affordable & enjoyable classes and regular swinging socials, what more could you need!
    Jasmine
  • I joined the Truth dancing classes in town, and it was awesome!
    Julian
  • Great community, super fun classes. Awesome way to meet new people.
    Lise-Mari
  • Very special and connected community with a huge passion for swing dancing!
    Ruby

    Learn to Swing Dance


    We offer a variety of classes and workshops in the family of Swing Era dances, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Solo Jazz, Blues and Balboa – for absolute beginners and experienced swing dancers alike.

    Our classes are designed to help you get used to moving to swinging jazz music, and most of all, to feel the joy of this almost century-old dance.


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    On the Blog


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    World Lindy Hop Day: A.K.A Frankie Manning’s birthday

    The 26th of May is the day we Lindy Hoppers get to give a whole-hearted, joyous, and jazzful thanks to the dance that has been instrumental in our lives. It is a day when I feel most connected with the international community, trusting that at any point along the multiple time zones where Lindy Hop is danced and loved, someone...

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    Rhythms That Bind: dancing for intergenerational connection.

    This blog explores the power of swing dance to bring together and connect people of different ages in a positive, joyful way. It is written as a series of first-person reflections between Lizzie and Selina, (both members of Cape Town Swing) and also includes some written contributions from different generations within their own families that were sparked by this blog....

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    Thrifting for the Swing Era: all things vintage, vintage-ish and thrifting.

    Born and raised in Durban, no one loves a good deal like I do. My love of thrift shops started when I lived in Korea. I was too cheap to spend thousands on the latest long puffer down or branded ski jackets to get me through just two winters, so I hit the local thrift shops – Cue Macklemore “I’ll...

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