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 …

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 …

The Big Apple: A brief history of a dance that’s harder than it looks!

Mary-Anne SlezacekContributors

In March, I attended Muriel’s super-intensive three-hour Big Apple workshop at the Observatory Community Centre. I’m going to be honest: it was hard. There were moments in which I was praying for time to speed up so I could be released from the mental and physical ordeal. But those moments were few; mostly I tried to maximise every second in …

Swinging Out Far from Home: A Cape Town Lindy Hopper in Vienna.

Mark ChimesContributors

A month and a half ago I waved goodbye to my parents and boarded the plane to Austria. Though filled with excitement, I knew there would be much I’d miss about South Africa, and the Cape Town Swing Dance community featured prominently in my mind.  I’ve been part of this community since I attended the Stellenbosch classes with Sarah back …

Dancing My Troubles Away

Mary-Anne SlezacekContributors

I’m not exaggerating when I say that swing dance has saved me. It’s changed my life completely, and I’m so thankful. I won’t bore you with the details, but last year was a struggle. I moved continents and had my heart broken to a million pieces. My only source of income was the online business I’d started so that I …