Jumptown Swing have been running swing dance classes in Canberra for over twelve years.  Our experienced and passionate teaching team love what they do and will have you up and dancing in no time, or reaching new heights if you are already doing swing.

Swing dancing is a great way to keep fit, socialise or get ready for a wedding. We have beginner classes on the North and South side of Canberra.  You can join in the fun, and meet new people while learning Lindy Hop, the original partner dance from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Classes run on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

We run a regular Thursday Night Hop social, plus loads of other great workshops and events such as the Jumptown Jam and Australia’s longest running and hugely popular Canberräng swing exchange.

In addition, Jumptown is proud to present JitterBlast Fitness, a new fitness program that provides an intense total-body dance workout. JitterBlast Canberra classes are held on Saturday mornings at 9:30am in Braddon.

Jumptown Swing has an experienced performance troupe, the Jumptown Jammers who can perform a range of Lindy Hop, Charleston and Swing-era routines for charity events, corporate functions and events, birthdays, dinners, balls and weddings.


2016 Class & Social Dates

  • All Lindy Hop beginner and Level 2, 3 classes start back on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of February 2016 at our regular venues.
  • All Balboa beginner and intermediate classes start back on the 1st of February 2016 at our regular venue.
  • Our regular Thursday Night Hop Social at Griffith starts back on the 11th of February and runs fortnightly from then on.
  • Saturday morning JitterBlast classes have already commenced back for 2016.


Swing Dancing Beginner Classes

2016 Beginner Lindy Hop/Swing Dance classes start

  • Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, or Wednesday 3rd of February 2016 (6-Week Courses)
  • Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th, or Wednesday 16th of March 2016 (6-Week Courses)
  • Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th, or Wednesday 27th of April 2016 (6-Week Courses)

What you need to know

  • There is no need to register, just come along.
  • You can join in at weeks two or three if you can’t make week one.
  • You can do one of the three 6 week courses starting in a particular month.
  • You don’t have to stick with this night, you can go to another night that week if you miss a class to catch up.
  • We recommend you wear flat comfortable shoes.
  • There is no need to bring a partner.  Partners are rotated during the class.
  • Email classes@jumptown.org for more information.


Beginner class are $15 each, or you can purchase a 6 week Jump Start pass for $75.  That’s 6 classes for the price of 5.

When you graduate to our Essentials (Level 2) class you can still do beginners and get two classes for the price of one.  When you graduate to our Evolve (Level 3) class you can do as many classes as you like all night and still pay for one class.

See Lindy Beginners for the full years beginner course dates and more information.

 Summer Program 2016


The Summer Program is to keep everyone dancing during January before our regular schedule starts again in Febuary. This year we have incorporated two Lindy Hop Basics classes for complete beginners and those that just completed beginners last year.  So come along and brush up and bring along some friends.  There will be some revision but also some new stuff.  We will also have two great variety classes for everyone with a chance to learn the Shim Sham with a difference and the Singapore stroll with lost os great solo jazz moves.

See the full program here

Thurs 7 January BBQ and Lindy by the Lake
Lennox Gardens (Pavilion in the Beijing gardens) – BYO BBQ food & drinks, we’ll supply the music
Social only – no classes
6:30pm – 8:30pm (If raining, check Facebook for alternate arrangements)

Thurs 14 January Lindy Hop Basics – Part 1- 7pm – 8:30pm
Social Dancing to DJ music – 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Workshop – $22 (no passes)
Social – $5 or Free with workshop

Sun 17 Jan – Botanic Gardens Jazz
Lulu Swing a Manouche (Gypsy Swing/Latin) – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Thurs 21 January Lindy Hop Basics – Part 2 + Al and Leon Shim Sham
Al & Leon Shim Sham – 7pm – 8:30pm (Meeting Room)
Intro to Lindy Hop Part 2 – 7pm – 8:30pm (Main Room)
Social Dancing DJ music – 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Workshop – $22 per class (no passes)
Social – $5 or Free with workshop

Thurs 28 January Singapore Stroll – 7pm – 8:30pm
Social Dancing – DJ music – 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Workshop – $22 (no passes)
Social – $5 or Free with workshop

Sat 30 January – Botanic Gardens Jazz
Annie and the Armadillos (swing, jazz & blues) – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Lindy Hopper’s Etiquette

Everything you needed to know about the etiquette of dancing in one easy infographic.


Reproduced with permission from Holy Lindy Land. Infographic designed by Ron Dobrovinsky. Produced by Ron Dobrovinsky, Ilya Grigoriev, Maya Shapira and the Holy Lindy Land team.

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