Swing Camp 2023
We are thrilled to announce that Swing Camp is happening over the weekend of 24−26 March 2023! This is one of the absolute highlights of the year for our community:
– Two nights at the gorgeous Fynbos Estate olive farm in lovely cottages, the old farmhouse and garden camping;
– Daytime classes for all levels;
– Good food, fully catered;
– Chilling with new & old friends;
– Social dancing in the evenings with live and DJ’d music – and late-night farmhouse parties 🥳
Mornings will start gently with a healthy breakfast served in the farmhouse kitchen and some light stretching on the lawn, before we move into two hours of classes. Lunch will be served in De Perdestal, where you can catch up with friends. After lunch, we’ll have another two classes. There’ll be a couple hours’ break in the afternoon for chill out time, pool dips and naps. Get a quick shower and change into something nice for the evening parties before heading to dinner, which will be served in De Perdestal. We’ll head straight to the dance floor after dinner!
Draft schedule (subject to change):
Ticket prices range from R2,330-R3,230, depending on your choice of accommodation. This price includes two nights’ accommodation, three catered meals per day, all workshops, parties, showcases etc.
CTS Members get 10% off their Swing Camp tickets.
If you would like to arrange payment in instalments, please contact us and we’ll gladly make a plan!
If you register with a partner in the other role and in the same level (i.e. both booked and paid), your registration will be approved immediately. Single registrations (lead or follow) will be approved with an overall balance of leaders & followers within each level (Beginner-ish & Intermediate-ish).
There are several different accommodation options to choose from, depending on your budget, comfort and privacy needs etc. Scroll down for the specific layout (subject to change).
The huge, multi-roomed farmhouse. Cheaper than sleeping in a cottage, but in a cosy bed surrounded by fun people. Be warned: the farmhouse is the hub of Swing Camp: each room will sleep 3-5 people, everyone will be in and out of the kitchen for coffee and snacks, and the lounge is where we host the late-night parties 🙂 There will be single beds and double beds, and we will leave it up to you to figure out where you want to sleep: the sleeping plans will be made available.
There are four cottages on the estate, the furthest being a 5-minute walk away from the farmhouse. The smallest sleep 4, the largest sleeps 12. If you’re after privacy, extra comfort and quiet, this is the option for you. You can share a double bed with your partner or friend in a private room, or you can opt for a single bed. The sleeping plans will be made available.
If you love the solitude and simplicity of camping, you are welcome to pitch a tent in the garden. Needless to say, you’ll have to bring all your own gear (tent, mattress, sleeping bag etc.). You will have full use of the farmhouse bathrooms and kitchen.
The Old Cellar is a building a stone’s throw from the Farmhouse, with a concrete floor and foam mattresses. It has toilets and showers, and a small kitchen to make coffee etc. You’ll need to bring your own bedding.
The full accommodation layout (including Farmhouse, Cottages, and Camping) is shown below, and availability is updated weekly as bookings come in. You can view and comment on the online spreadsheet here.
All meals will be catered. If you have specific food allergies, let us know so that we can accommodate you.
The Beginner-ish classes will cater to those who are relatively new to lindy hop. You’ll manage better if you’ve taken at least some classes and have a little familiarity with 6-count, 8-count and charleston basics.
The Intermediate-ish classes will be for those who are comfortable with a swing out and other lindy hop/charleston/solo jazz fundamentals, have decent lead-follow technique and can improvise easily on the social floor.
The All Levels classes will be open to anyone, and will most likely focus on solo jazz 🙂
Many of our expenses are incurred months or weeks ahead of the event. Depending on when a booking (or the event itself) is cancelled, some of our event organisation costs may be sunk and impossible to get back. Hence our timeline-based cancellation policy.
If you have paid for your ticket but can no longer make it to Swing Camp, here is what we can offer, depending on whether you can find a replacement, and depending on how close we are to the event date.
Scenario 1: Find someone to buy your ticket (same dance role, same level). In this case, you can sort out the payment with them and we will transfer the ticket. They will have to take the same accommodation that you booked.
Scenario 2: We try to find a replacement: if we manage to find someone, you get a full refund minus 15% admin fee (i.e. 85% refund). If we don’t manage to find someone, you forfeit the ticket.
If the event is cancelled as a result of government directions, the following partial refunds will apply:
– Up to 72hrs prior to check-in: 60% refund
– Up to 24hrs prior to check-in: 30% refund