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Gotta Swing has classes in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, where you can learn the great dances of the '20s and '30s:


  • Charleston

  • Lindy-Hop

  • Balboa

  • And MORE!

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COVID-19 Update
COVID19 Updates

COVID-19 Update as at 10/07/2020

Hi friends and students

As many of you would be aware, Stage 3 restrictions are now in place in Qld as of 3rd July 2020. What does this mean? Gotta Swing is currently in the process of getting all our checklists and compliance in place at the moment. We are working together with our venues on all the required COVID-safe requirements and plan to restart classes in the very near future - watch this space!


Ausdance QLD has now revised their Qld Health approved Industry Plan, Dance and Physical Performing Arts (DPPA) in line with stage 3 requirements.



Dance Business who are planning on working with the DPPA (this includes Gotta Swing) must adhere to the following guidelines:

Maximum Numbers Exemption

  • For venues (facilities) or rooms of up to 200 square meters, no more than one person per 2 square metres, up to a maximum of 50 people.

  • For venues (facilities) or rooms larger than 200 square metres, No more than one person per 4 square metres. Maximum capacity to be determined by individual room/area capacity assessment.

Contact Activities

  • Standard contact including partnering and group activities where the conditions of this DPPA Plan are applied.


Dance Businesses in our industry may chose not to operate under the DPPA however this means they must adhere to the following guidelines:


  • have a maximum of 50 people, with no more than one person per 4 square metres and physical distancing observed (no contact is permitted).

  • comply with the conditions under QLD Health Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction.


COVID-19 Update as at 23/03/20


Good morning to all our students and friends.


If you have not already heard last night you will be waking up to the news that the government has introduced fairly drastic new health and safety measures to try and slow the spread of COVID-19. They have announced the closure of all licenced pubs, clubs, bars, cinemas, theatres, gyms, indoor sports venues & places of worship as at midday today. As a result all Gotta Swing classes and events are now cancelled until further notice.


Stay safe and practice social distancing as best you can. We’ll see you again on the other side!


For more information:

Queensland Health advice here:



Queensland Health latest news:



Federal Department of Health advice here:


Class Info

Classes are run on Monday and Wednesday! We close for break during Christmas and January each year but we always come back with fresh ideas and exciting new techniques to pass on to all our students.

Now with Balboa!

Gotta Swing are excited to present new classes for students to learn Balboa.


Balboa is a fast-paced, more upright style of Swing Dancing that emerged from the dance halls in Balboa, California.


You can learn Balboa between 6:30 and 7pm every Monday night, just prior to our Charleston and Lindy Hop classes.

Half Price for You and a Friend!

Come and experience the new way Gotta Swing teaches Lindy Hop.


If you bring a friend that hasn't been to a Gotta Swing class before, the cost of the class will be half price for both you and your friend.


Just mention this promotion when you attend and introduce us to your friend.

Swing Under the Sails

Swing Under the Sails runs on the THIRD Saturday of the month with the exception of May (as it conflicts with the Broadbeach Blues Festival). Make sure that you "Like" the Swing Under the Sails and Gotta Swing Facebook pages for updates, and look for the Swing Under the Sales Event Pages in Facebook.


2020 dates as follows (unless otherwise advised on the Facebook page):

  • January 18th

  • February 15th

  • March 21st - CANCELLED due to COVID-19 restrictions

  • April 18th - TBA due to COVID-19 restrictions

  • May 23rd (moved to 4th Sat due to clash with "Blues on Broadbeach")

  • June 20th

  • July 18th

  • August 15th

  • September 19th

  • October 17th

  • November 21st

  • December 19th


Stay informed about what's going on with Gotta Swing!

Rock On Dance Workshops

Rock On Dance Workshops will host teachers from six dance schools during the Cooly Rocks On week, dates and times to be advised.

Drop-in, hour-long workshops
$10 each, pay on the day.

Schedule to be advised, watch this space.

KKDC 2020

Check out our new website for details on the Kooly Kat Dance Championship 2020.



Registrations will open late 2019, early 2020.

Pencil in this comp for Sunday, 7th June 2020

Early bird ​Online registrations will close

Friday 8th May 2020, 11:59pm (AEST)

A $10 late fee will apply after early bird online registration closes

Kooly Kat Dance Events
What is Swing Dancing?

Swing Dancing is a style of dancing that developed with Swing style Jazz music in the United States of America during the 1920s and '30s. There are several different types of Swing Dancing, including; Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa and Shag.


Swing Dancing underwent a revival in the 90s, and has grown in popularity ever since.


This is a short clip about the Swing Revival in Europe, featuring an interview with Frankie Manning, one of the original masters of Swing Dancing from the 30s.


Some swing dancing can be slow and relaxed, where as other styles can be energetic with couples kicking their legs and leaping into the air. The only requirement for Swing Dancing is to put your tongue into your cheek and to have fun.

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