About Jumptown Swing

Jumptown ACT Swing Dance Society Inc (Jumptown Swing) is a non-profit organisation run by dancers dedicated to building the swing dancing community in Canberra.  We teach the following styles from the big family of jazz dances:

  • Lindy Hop (including Charleston)
  • Balboa

Jumptown Swing provides weekly classes to students ranging from complete beginners through to experienced dancers. We regularly organises social dance evenings and major events including the annual Jumptown Jam and Canberrang event.  Jumptown dancers can often seen throughout the Canberra community performing at venues such as the Old Bus Depot Markets at Kingston and in Garema Place to big band music on summer evenings.

A dedicated group of volunteers manage the operations of Jumptown Swing. These people are all committed and passionate about growing the swing dance scene in Canberra. In addition to the committee, Jumptown Swing also has a band of enthusiastic volunteers who are always keen to support the growth of swing dancing in Canberra.

Jumptown Jammers

Jumptown Swing has an experienced performance troupe The Jumptown Jammers with a range of Lindy Hop, Charleston or Swing-era routines for charity or corporate events, birthdays, dinners, balls and weddings. We can dress up in our best 20s-50s vintage threads and even recommend some of Canberra’s finest swing bands. We work the audience to encourage crowd participation and can get people up doing the Charleston with us in no time. We will get your party really swingin’.

Contact our Performance Team Coordinator for availability and quotations.

Some Swing Dancing History

Swing dancing originated in the 1930s and 40s in the United States during the era known for its big bands and their leaders like Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Glen Miller as well as jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Swing dancing was invented by the dancers in the ballrooms of Harlem to match the popular big band swing music of the day. Swing dancing was extremely popular worldwide in the 1940s and all but died away with the onset of Rock ‘n Roll music in the 1950s. Since the 1990s swing dancing has had an energetic revival in Australia and across the world.

Like the music, the dance ranges from fast and fun with fancy footwork to slow numbers – smooth, stylish and sexy.