Jumptown Swing Canberra 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 and Wednesday nights. Our beginner classes are on Monday’s inner South and Wednesday’s in the City.

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

2017 Beginner Lindy Hop/Swing Dance classes start dates

Start at Week 1 or Week 2 of any 4-Week Beginner Block

  • Monday – 14 August – Week 1 (4-Week  Beginner Block)
    •  21 August – Week 2 (You can also start at Week 2 of a Block)
  • Wednesday – 30 August – Week 1 (4-Week  Beginner Block)
    • 6 September – Week 2  (You can also start at Week 2 of a Block)
  • Monday – 11 September – Week 1 (4-Week  Beginner Block)
    • 18 September – Week 2  (You can also start at Week 2 of a Block)
  • Wednesday – 27 September – Week 1 (4-Week Beginner Block)
    • 4 October – Week 2 (You can also start at Week 2 of a Block)
  • Monday – 9 October -Week 1  (4-Week Beginner Block)
    • 16 October – Week 2 (You can also start at Week 2 of a Block)
  • Wednesday – 25 October – Week 1 (4-Week Beginner Block)
    • 1 November – Week 2 (You can also start at Week 2 of a Block)
  • Monday – 6 November – 11 December (6-Week Beginner Block)*
    • 13 November – Week 2 (You can also start at Week 2 of a Block)
  • Wednesday 22 November – 13 December (4-Week Beginner Block)*
    • 29 November – Week 2 (You can also start at Week 2 of a Block)
  • *Monday Night Last Class before Xmas Break – 11 December
  • *Wednesday Night Last Class before Xmas Break – 13 December
  • Monday Night Starts back – 29 January 2018 (4-Week Beginner Block)
  • Wednesday Night Starts back – 31 January 2018 (6-Week Beginner Block)

What you need to know

  • Pick one of the above course start dates North (Wednesday) and Southside (Monday).
  • There is no need to register, just come along on the night!
  •  You can start at one of our beginners courses straight away.
  • You just join in at week one (the start date) or week two of a 4-Week Beginner Block at either of our two venues.
  • You don’t have to stick with this night either, feel free to mix it up depending on your timetable and desire to progress.
  • 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 or call 0412127168 for more information.


Beginner class are $15 each per class, or you can purchase a 4 week (4 classes) Multi-class pass for $50 (gives you a $10 discount). Or purchase a 10 week (10 classes) Multi-class pass for $120 (gives you a $30 discount).

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.

 Monday Night Balboa at Griffith

2017 Balboa Beginner & Intermediate classes start dates:

    • Monday – 14 August – Week (4-Week  Beginner Block)
    • Monday – 11 September – Week (4-Week  Beginner Block)
    • Monday – 9 October -Week (4-Week Beginner Block)
    • Monday – 6 November – 11 December (6-Week Beginner Block)*
    • *Monday Night Balboa Last Class before Xmas Break – 11 December
    • Monday Night Balboa Starts back – 29 January 2018 (4-Week Beginner Block)
  • Balboa is conveniently located 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!
  • Email classes@jumptown.org for more information.

Griffith Neighbourhood Hall
Griffith Shops, 55 Stuart St Griffith ACT
(behind Aubergine Restaurant)
Google Map Link

The Jumptown Jam and Canberräng 2018

Jumptown Jam 2018: TBC

All details about this legendary annual workshop with amazing teachers will be available very soon! Stay in touch via the Jumptown Jam website and the Jumptown Jam Facebook page.

Canberräng 2018: 2nd to 5th August

Canberra’s Festival of Swing is proudly presented by Jumptown Swing and this year we have an around the world adventure in store for dancers from near and far. We look forward to sharing the pleasure of your company as we revisit the heyday of the Orient Express and we dance our way around the globe at this hugely popular four day lindy exchange!

Keep an eye on the Canberräng website for all details coming soon, and stay tuned on our Canberräng Facebook page for social media highlights of 2017 and what’s planned for 2018.

 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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