The Cape Town Swing Team Getaway, 2023.

Alexander PenningtonNews

There are two entries about the Swing team’s getaway: “The Summary” and “The Weekend”. They need different kinds of attention. You can read the “The Summary” like you’re driving in a car to a place you have in mind. You only have to look at what you need to. The second is more for those who aren’t in a hurry, …

The Significance of Celebrating Heritage Month with The Pebble Shakers at District.

Mary-Anne SlezacekHistory

There are many things I love about South Africa: the dramatic landscapes, the wild oceans and springtime flowers for a start. Then there’s the fact that traffic lights are called “robots” (and that you can do some shopping while you wait for them to turn green), there’s wine at children’s parties, you’re expected to be thirty minutes late to everything …

Women Who Lead. A Brief History of Love in Cape Town Swing

Alexander PenningtonContributors

Dear Reader, While I was preparing this piece about the women who lead the Swing community, I was reminded of two things. The first thing I’ll mention at the end, but the second thing was an insight of a much older person during my early years of studying: “When you have any doubts, when you feel lost, and you turn …

Women of the Swing Era.

Mary-Anne SlezacekHistory

In the third instalment of CTS’s Women in Jazz blog series, we turn the spotlight on the pioneers of jazz and swing in the USA. Two of our members, Alisa and The Funky Dak, showcase some remarkable women who made a huge impact. Not only in did they help create the Swing scene that we know and love today; these …

Empowering Insights from WOMXN IN DANCE

murielNews

As it is Women’s Month, we will be posting a series of blog entries that showcase the experiences and viewpoints of women. To begin, we believe it would be timely to share the insights gleaned from a recent gathering for women in the dance and movement communities of Cape Town. Recently, Cape Town Swing (CTS) took part in a significant …

How Swing Dancing Helped Me Overcome My Fear of Intimacy.

Ruby PatonContributors

Humans crave intimacy. There are many feelings and sensations that come with holding hands, touching a person’s leg to show you’re listening, and hugging someone so tight you can’t breathe. It can be magic, but it can also be tainted by pain. In 2021 I recalled an act that I had not dealt with, which had traumatised my body five …

The Shim Sham: A Brief History of a Lindy Hop Institution.

Mary-Anne SlezacekHistory

You’re taking a sip of your drink, in need of a break after some particularly swinging swingouts, when a familiar stomping intro kicks in. There’s something so alluring about that bold and rhythmic statement from the brass section, with its syncopated motif, and you find yourself abandoning your drink to run back to the dance floor and join in the …

Honouring Frankie Manning’s Enduring Legacy with World Lindy Hop Day.

Mary-Anne SlezacekNews

On May 26th, swing dancers around the globe come together to celebrate Frankie Manning’s birthday and World Lindy Hop Day. I can’t think of anything more joyous than the entire world dancing together in a collective homage to the rich history, vibrant culture, and enduring fun of the Lindy Hop. It’s undergone some change and transformation since it first tore …

Learning to Swing Again

Phil RendelContributors

Strangely, it’s hard to recall when, or even why, certain pivotal moments of one’s life began. This could be said of my late wife’s and my relationship with Lindy hop – how we got started has been lost in what for me has been an on-and-off relationship with swing dance that’s lasted over twenty years. When I met Liz, I had …