Join us for The Midwinter Mess-Around 2019!

July 12th-14th

Come and join us for the highlight of the swing dancing year so far! We've got workshops, international teachers, social dancing, games, performances and more fun than you can shake a stick at! A whole weekend of good people and great dancing - what more could you want?!

Midwinter Mess-Around - Full Pass

All the workshops, all the socials, all the good times! Get your full pass now!

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Midwinter Mess-Around - Day Pass

A whole day of workshops with our amazing guest teachers!

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Midwinter Mess-Around - Social Pass

Entry to all social dances! Come and have a boogie with new friends and old!

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Workshop Schedule

The workshops will run from 10am until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday at Empire Studios, 2 Bond Street, Auckland.

The levels are described as 1 and 2 - as a rough guide, if you've been dancing 12 months or more, you'll probably be fine for level 2. If you've been dancing for less than 12 months, you may still be ok for level 2, but you need to be a confident and regular social dancer.

The workshops are a "choose your own adventure" - you can do whichever class you like at any time, you don't have to stick to any particular style, etc, and you don't have to stick to the same level. In fact, we encourage you to mix it up!

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Social Dance Details


7pm at Mt Eden Village Centre Church Hall (449 Mount Eden Rd, Mount Eden)


7pm at Bliss Dance Studio (24 St Benedict's Street, Eden Terrace)

Including the amazing SYMOND STREET SIX!


5pm @ Revelry (106 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn)

Your Teachers


Laia Puig Azagra

Laia started dancing at the age of six and practiced Ballet, Contemporary and Flamenco daily. When she was 12 years old she started practice and compete in Ballroom dances. At 19 she didn’t want to continue with the ballroom dances and she agreed to go with her parents to a Lindy Hop dance. She loved what she saw at the dance and immediately starting to take Lindy Hop lessons, leaving the Ballroom dancing behind. Now a full time dancer and teacher based in Stockholm, she is focusing her teaching on followers to have a strong rhythm and to actively take part in the dance. She constantly strives to improve her dancing and movement by working on her solo jazz dancing as much as her Lindy Hop. She tries to connect fun, rhythm and silliness in her dancing.


Gustav Jacobsson

Gustav comes from a sports background and had his first contact with Lindy Hop in Herräng. He fell in love with the dance right away and since then, he has been dedicating a lot of time to learn more about this amazing dance. Now a full time dancer and teacher based in Stockholm, his teaching is focused on rhythm and flow. Gustav is constantly working to improve his movement by practicing Solo Jazz movement as well as Lindy Hop. He likes to perform and compete and has been successful at events such as ILHC, ESDC, Lindy Shock and The Snowball. Together with Laia he won 1st place in the Advanced Strictly Division at ILHC 2016, and they were finalists in the All-Star Strictly at ILHC 2017 and 2018. They are both members of Brothers and Sisters in Rhythm who won the team competition at ILHC 2017 and 2018.


Jen Hale

Jen learnt to dance while studying at the Otago University, and was instrumental in running the scene in Dunedin for a fair number of years. Jen has a passion for a bit of everything (including attending the occasional hip hop class!) and is all about using her whole body to express herself: she definitely brings more than a little bit of sass and spunk to the dance floor!


Nick Kokay

Nick, learnt about swing dancing from his sister, and properly gave it a go while on exchange overseas. As an ex-jazz musician, Nick is drawn to the big band jazz classics and has eyes only for lindy hop. You’ll probably find him jumping and stomping around the place, and being a bit cheeky.