WHAT’S IN A NAME?
The name Canberräng is inspired by the Herräng Dance Camp, a world-renowned festival for swing dancers held each year in the small seaside village of Herräng in Sweden. Back when our event first started way back in 2003, the idea was that if you couldn’t make it to Herräng, you could come to the next best thing instead – Canberräng! The name stuck and every August since we’ve been providing 4 days of top social dancing and live music.
WHAT IF I’M NOT A SWING DANCER?
Why not learn!? Jumptown Swing offers weekly classes and you can complete a beginner course in just 4 weeks. If you start in June (or even early July) you’ll definitely be ready in time to take to the dance floor in August. You can find more information about classes here.
Throughout Canberräng we’ll be dancing all over Canberra, so even if dancing isn’t your bag, you can come along to spectate and enjoy the wonderful music. You can buy tickets to each event online, and our free public events are held at Garema Place in Civic, and the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston.
The jewel in the Canberräng crown, the Saturday evening ball is not to be missed, especially if you’re a fan of swingin’ jazz music. Even if you’re not a dancer, you can still come along and enjoy a first-rate live gig! On Saturday evening you can experience the incredible Professor Cunningham & His Old School (direct from NYC) as they take on the iconic Albert Hall. Buy tickets here.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Each Canberräng has a unique theme, and this year we are celebrating the greatest hits of swing – in other words, the iconic music, moments and people that have shaped swing dance! It’s a great chance to break out your best vintage or vintage-inspired threads, and some events have a more specific theme to guide you.
Traditionally the Friday and Saturday evening dances are a bit dressier (many people grab the chance to don their finest frocks and snazziest suits), while Thursday evening and Sunday evening tend to be more casual. Of course, these are guides only and dressing to the theme is by no means compulsory. The most important thing is that you’re comfortable and ready to dance!