ABOUT SWING DANCING
“Swing dance” is an umbrella term for a number of amazing dances that developed with the swinging jazz music in the 1920-1950s. These dances include Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Blues and more.
The dance styles and music that we teach, dance, and share at TasSwing come from the Black communities in America. The dance forms we celebrate at TasSwing are descended from Black vernacular dances that developed across the USA in the first half of last century, with specific focus on the styles danced in the dance halls of Harlem from the 1920s onwards.
We acknowledge that we participate in this culture without the lived experience of the people who invented the music and dances that we love, and are deeply grateful to be guests in this art form. We work to educate ourselves on the historical, political, and social context in which swing dancing developed and continues to grow.
TasSwing was established in 2001 by lovers of swing dance for the Hobart dance community. We run weekly classes, workshops and social nights that feature live music and DJ’s.
We are well known within the swing dance world as being a fun, friendly & welcoming community!
Currently TasSwing run classes every Wednesday night at the Polish Hall, 20 New Town Road, New Town (enter via the blue door on Clare Street). See the Classes page for details!
We acknowledge the owners of nipaluna, the land on which we dance, and we pay our respects to the muwinina and palawa peoples and their elders past, present, and emerging.
Curious to know what swing dancing looks like? Have a look at some clips: