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World Lindy Hop Day: A.K.A Frankie Manning’s birthday

In Contributors by Jayne Batzofin

The 26th of May is the day we Lindy Hoppers get to give a whole-hearted, joyous, and jazzful thanks to the dance that has been instrumental in our lives. It is a day when I feel most connected with the international community, trusting that at any point along the multiple time zones where Lindy Hop is danced and loved, someone …

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Rhythms That Bind: dancing for intergenerational connection.

In Contributors by Selina Palm and Lizzie Llewellyn

This blog explores the power of swing dance to bring together and connect people of different ages in a positive, joyful way. It is written as a series of first-person reflections between Lizzie and Selina, (both members of Cape Town Swing) and also includes some written contributions from different generations within their own families that were sparked by this blog. …

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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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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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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 …

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A Homage to South African Women in Jazz.

In Contributors by Makeeda Swan

In this second instalment of the Women’s Month blog series, we take a look at some of the women who shaped the jazz scene here in South Africa. In a country overflowing with talented women, narrowing down the spotlight to fit into one blog post alone was no easy task. But the women featured here- Miriam Makeba and the Skylarks, …