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.

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.


 Swing Dancing Beginner Classes

2016 Beginner Lindy Hop/Swing Dance classes start dates

  • Monday 18th, or Wednesday 20th of July 2016 (6-Week Courses)
  • Monday 29th, or Wednesday 31st of August 2016 (6-Week Courses)
  • Monday 10th, or Wednesday 12th of October 2016 (6-Week Courses)
  • Monday 21st, or Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 (4-Week Courses)
  • See our NEW Tuesday night Specialty Classes below

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 two (Monday or Wednesday) 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.


Tuesday 4-week Speciality Classes

  • Tuesday nights now bring something a little different.
  • For many years we have run three levels of regular Lindy Hop Classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
  • For the rest of the year Tuesday nights will now offer a variety of special classes menu to chose from.
  • These will mostly be four week blocks, some shorter.
  • Some of these will be aimed at complete beginners like the Blues last month and Shag now, however other classes will be aimed at Intermediate and Advanced levels so keep an eye out on Facebook for upcoming courses.
  • So far we have had our Blues for Beginners block, currently Collegiate Shag with something different coming up next.

Currently Showing on Tuesday nights:

What: Collegiate Shag
When: 5th to 26th July 2016
Class time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Social dancing: 7:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Turner Canberra Seniors Centre, 10 Watson Street Turner
Teachers: Husband and Wife Dynamic Swing Duo Ricky and Carlie
Cost: Special whole 4 week course price $50
Pay as you go price: $15 a night or use your Jumptown class passes

Monday Night Balboa at Griffith

  • Balboa has settled into their new venue at Griffith Neighbourhood Hall, which brings our regular Lindy Hop classes and Bal closer together on Monday nights.
  • Having four classes running in two rooms on a Monday night at the one venue means more options and ease of changing between classes!

Griffith Neighbourhood Hall
Griffith Shops, Stuart St Griffith
(behind Aubergine Restaurant)
Google Map Link

Canberräng 2016 Registrations Now Open!


Check out the Canberräng website for all details about this year’s spectacular event being held 28-31 July!

Canberräng is Canberra’s Festival of Swing, one of Australia’s longest running and most loved lindy exchanges hosted by Jumptown Swing. This year we bring you ten events over four days in a 1930s setting you’ve never seen before – a wild mix of horror and sophistication where paranormal beings come out to play alongside the jazz loving socialites of New York City. Over 30 hours of social dancing including late nights with a blues and lindy room, eight incredible live bands, Australia’s best DJs, stunning venues and wonderful lindy hoppers from near and far all contribute to making this a spectacular weekend.

Register online by midnight 4 July 2016 to take advantage of the early bird discount while it’s alive and kicking. Pass prices are the same as last year which represents amazing value!

  • Diamond Pass Early Bird price $170
  • Gold Pass Early Bird price $155
  • Bus Ticket for the Winery (not included in any other pass or ticket type) $5

You can also get information about Volunteering, Merchandise, Events and Venues by heading to the Canberräng website or you can send an email to canberrang@canberrang.org!

 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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