Join us for Sail City Jump 2019!

November 22nd-24th

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

Sail City Jump - Full Pass
240.00 270.00

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

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Sail City Jump - Day Pass
125.00 140.00

A whole day of workshops with our amazing guest teachers!

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Sail City Jump - Social Pass
45.00 60.00

Entry to Friday and Saturday night social dances!

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Workshop Schedule

The workshops will run from 10am until 4:20pm on Saturday and Sunday at the Viva Studios at 10 Newton Rd, Grey Lynn.

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 Lindy, Bal, etc, and you don't have to stick to the same level. In fact, we encourage you to mix it up!

Stay tuned for more details!

Social Dance Details


🕺 SATURDAY NIGHT 🕺 Party at Bliss!
Come dance the night away to the LIVE tunes of the amazing Symonds Street Six! You’ll also be treated to a few performances by our lovely teachers, don’t miss it!
7pm - 10:30pm
Bliss Dance Studios, 24 St Benedicts Street

🌞 SUNDAY NIGHT 🌞Farewell at Revelry
Take the chance for some final social dancing and fine conversations! Wind down with us after classes at Revelry Bar in nearby Ponsonby.
5pm onwards
106 Ponsonby Rd

Your Teachers


Mikaela Hellsten

We're very excited to welcome Mikaela Hellsten to Sail City Jump 2019!

Mikaela grew up in Sweden with a love for music and dancing. As a child she had a preference for Jazz and Rock’n Roll music with favourite artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Bill Haley. She discovered the Lindy Hop at the age of 13 and since then her interest in Swing dancing and its music has kept on growing!

Mikaela has taught and performed all over the world, she has a fun and playful style that she would love to share with you!


Anders Sihlberg

Anders is a swing dance instructor and performer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has studied dances such as ballet, contemporary and modern jazz since the age of 10 and developed a passion for body movements, rhythm and teaching dance. At the age of 13 he fell in love with the African American social dances of the swing era such as Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz, Charleston and Tap and has since then been fortunate to teach and perform all around Europe, Africa and the USA.


Shobhana Nambiar

Starting at age 4, dancing is Shobhana’s earliest memory and still her happy place! She has been lucky enough to teach for Swing Patrol for 13 years. For the last 10 years she has travelled to teach lindy hop and blues workshops all over Australia and NZ but she still considers herself a student first of all.

Discovering the infinite adventure of dancing with a partner has brought her more joy than she could imagine. She loves to help students find the same joy and how to dance as their best selves.

Shobhana loves to “dance all the dances” and embraces lindy, blues, balboa and solo. She has won a dozen titles at the Australian Jitterbug Championships across many styles and is the inaugural winner of the Australian Blues Championships.

She is honoured to work every week with the inspiring Echoes of Harlem and since 2015 is the co-director of Slowdown.


Andy Fodor

After taking up residency in Melbourne Andy started dancing in 2004. Andy loves teaching at North Melbourne every Thursday with his wife Shobhana Nambiar, and loves creating a fun, playful environment for all to explore their dancing. Andy’s down-to-earth teaching style tends to relax those around him and his passion for swing dancing ends up rubbing off on his students.

He loves dancing with everyone from beginners to teachers, and tries to leave his partner smiling by the end of each song.

He’s been very privileged to teach with an amazing teacher, dancer and choreographer Shobhana, as well as many other great teachers over the years. Australian Teaching/Workshop credits include: Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Launceston, Hobart, And Andy and Shob have taught in NZ, Spain, New Caledonia and Victoria (Canada) too.

Andy has also taught performance troupes in Sydney and Melbourne with the talented trio of Shob Nambiar, Noni Clarke, and Cathie Gough.