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Building a Practice Culture at CTS

In Contributors by Kim Snyders

Are you having social dancefloor anxiety? Just not getting that one move right? Becoming a more confident Lindy Hopper doesn’t happen overnight. It takes practice, practice and some more practice.At Cape Town Swing, we want to help nurture everyone’s growth in both confidence and skills as dancers with regular practice sessions. Why is practice so important? We’ve all heard it: …

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30 Days of Solo Jazzing

In Contributors by Jayne Batzofin

I’m not one for New Year resolutions or 30-day ‘anything’ challenges. In fact, I had no intention of even working on improving my solo jazz. Then I saw a dear friend’s post on Instagram about taking on the Jazzuary challenge. I was curious – I was intrigued. It took me seven days of thinking about it before I decided to …

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2023 in Review.

In News by Muriel Gravenor

Backdated to December 2023. Hello CTS Community, What a year it’s been! As we approach the year-end and immerse ourselves in the summer festivities, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our collective achievements and share some exciting focus areas for 2024. On a personal note, steering the ship at Cape Town Swing has been a tremendous honour. …

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Have a Swinging New Year! Setting Intentions for 2024 and Beyond.

In Contributors by Mary-Anne Slezacek

The transition from one year to the next is usually a time for reflection and resolutions. This invariably entails some disappointment for not fulfilling the previous year’s resolutions, but let’s not get hung up on that! There’s always time. However, sometimes we get to bask in the glow of a year well spent. Perhaps I’m looking at 2023 like an …

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The Dharma of Swing.

In Contributors by Alexander Pennington

When my housemate, Ruth, first asked if I’d heard about Swing, I thought she meant dating as a couple. In her mind, it was a potential hobby to help me soothe my break-up blues. We only cleared up the confusion once Ruth said she took a few classes with hundreds of people before she got married. Still, I could do …

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Why Dancing is Great for our Mental Well-being

In Contributors by Mary-Anne Slezacek

October is Mental Health Awareness Month in South Africa, and World Mental Health Day was celebrated on the 10th of October. In 2004, the World Health Organization redefined mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is …

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The Cape Town Swing Team Getaway, 2023.

In News by Alexander Pennington

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, …

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

In History by Mary-Anne Slezacek

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 …

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

In Contributors by Alexander Pennington

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 …