Cape Town Swing

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

Coming up

The pandemic has kept us off the dance floor for more than a year, and it’s about time that we dust off those jazz pants and get moving a bit – safely, of course. We're sussing out the demand for classes in different areas of Cape Town, and figuring out what will work. In the meantime, please take a quick minute to fill out this survey to let us know where you're based and what you're keen for. Feel free to join our newsletter (scroll up) to be the first to know about new classes or events.

November 2021
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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

Echoes of Sophiatown official launch event

After months of transcribing, translating, and practicing the songs at the centre of the Echoes of Sophiatown project, The Pebble Shakers have dropped their first album: the core of the first project milestone!

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!Β 

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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.Β 

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