Cape Town Swing

is a community organisation that shares swing dance, music and culture in the Mother City and beyond.

I’ve never seen a lindy hopper who wasn’t smiling. It’s a happy dance. It makes you feel good.
Frankie Manning

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Our team is on a bit of a hiatus as we take a breather during Covid times. Feel free to join our newsletter (scroll up) and you'll be the first to know once we start up again!

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What is African Dance?

A series of four online lectures with Maxwell Xolani Rani

Lindy hoppers around the world value an understanding of African Dance. So, we invited Maxwell Xolani Rani (lecturer, choreographer and PhD fellow at the University of Cape Town) to give a series of four lectures on the topic.

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Echoes of Sophiatown

After months of transcribing, translating, and practicing the songs at the centre of the Echoes of Sophiatown project, the album at the core of the first project milestone has dropped!

Featuring 12 of the 30 songs transcribed in the first phase of the project, the Echoes of Sophiatown tribute album is now available on CD and vinyl.

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Mother City Hop

Every March, we invite dancers from around the world to Lindy Hop on down to Cape Town for our festival, which features workshops from international instructors, parties with live music, and other memorable experiences in the Mother City.

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The Cape Town dance scene is vibrant with weekly lessons, regular social dances, and swingin' live music events! 

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Echoes of Sophiatown

As part of our mission to promote swing dance and music, we have launched the Echoes of Sophiatown project for preserving, celebrating, and reviving the original South African swing music, culture, and history. 

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